The Walk to Emmaus, an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949, is a program put on by Upper Room Ministries (an organization that promotes Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality)). If you want to understand the dynamics of Walk to Emmaus, then understanding the spirituality of Upper Room will help you. The following is taken from the Upper Room website:
Mantra — The word comes from Sanskrit. Its two-syllabus mean: man or mind and tra or deliverance. A mantra is sound vibration that is intended to deliver the mind from distractions and a focus on the material world. A mantra is repeated like a chant and has a spiritual effect associated with the physical vibration. A mantra can be as simple as one syllable ‘OM’ or as more complicated such as, “OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM”.
To show you how widespread the Walk to Emmaus has become, please see this list of locations where Emmaus is done.
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