Mantras are energy-based sounds, from the Vedic tradition, that have no translation and are not prayer. A mantra is made up of a combination of sacred syllables which have spiritual energy. Each has a specific purpose. Mantras are composed of Sanskrit letters (called bijas or seed sounds) which correspond to certain petals or spokes of the chakras in the subtle body. Mantra repetition quiets the active mind and helps strengthen it. While they don’t have literal translations, they do have energetic associations when sounded, vibratory power.