Hello all! As has been hinted, Mantra has in fact returned. It is now available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is as identical to the original version as was humanly possible. Here is a story of how this new version came to be:
Sometime in the late 90′s or early 2000′s (who can keep track of such things), the Syzygy Cult made a website with a forum. In September of 2005, Christopher O’Neill, a loyal fan of the original game, found the site, created an account, noticed an overall lack of activity, and continued on his way. However, much to his surprise, he soon received an email from none other than Ben Birney himself! He proposed the idea of collaborating on a sequel, and Chris jumped at the opportunity. After some discussion with the other members, it was decided that there was not enough time or manpower to create a whole new game, but that it might be possible to recode Mantra to work for Mac OS X using the old code as a template. Chris, being the sly programmer he was, rewrote the game using the Allegro Game Programming Library, so that Windows users could also enjoy the game. Some 5 years later, and after many starts and stops in progress, the game was finally ready for release. It was released for beta testing in December 2009, and released soon thereafter. Now, longtime fans and newbies alike could enjoy Mantra once again.
I hope it brings you all as much nostalgia as it has brought me. Here is a link to the sourceforge page where both versions can be downloaded.