Did you know that chanting, like prayers, have a powerful effect on yourself, your immediate surroundings and the world? Prayers have a powerful effect, scientifically, because of the power of intention. Mantras are similar--but the effect is greater. Why? Because the sound in a mantra *manifests the meaning* without doing anything other than uttering those syllables. A good analogy for it is that a mantra is like an algorithm for a desired (and specific!) uplifting effect in the Universe. Try chanting Om Namah Shivaya 108 times twice daily if you want to see the effect in your own life. Do you know--we chant mantras while we make Prana Pancakes? Maybe that's the real secret of why they're so good!