Let’s break down what the Sanksrit word “mantra” means.
The syllable “man” means thoughts, and “tra” means release: thought-release.
Whenever we recite a mantra, we are engaging in a process of releasing our thoughts, thereby tuning into a Higher Intelligence within us.
A mantra can be a word, phrase, sound, rhythm or even breath. Since our breath is universal and always on, so to speak, it makes for a really suitable mantra.
Meditation and mantra are thus, perhaps, synonymous.
Student of Meditation