According to the great yogis, a mantra is a sound vibration...that embodies a spirit being. Remember when young people started talking about “vibes”? The repetition of the mantra is a call to the demon it represents to possess the meditator! One of Maharishi’s proudest claims is that the meditator doesn’t need to understand the meaning of the mantra—it’s power comes from the occult tradition and the spirits behind it.
Dave Hunt, The Cult Explosion, Harvest House Publishers 1980, pp 32