Chanting and Mantra Healing

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Introduction to Chanting and Mantra Healing:

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Sanskrit and the Jivanmuktas:

Is there a language where spiritual light reflects through sound, grammar and communication? Yes, it’s called Sanskrit. Mantras are realized sounds of light discovered by the rishis in a state of thoughtless reality. Think of it like this, rishis and rishikas are beings, who purified their consciousness through yogic practice.  And by their immersion in the union became channels of that light while embodied. They are also called the jivanmuktas. Once this purification happens, they are able to both receive and translate yogic healing for others. Mantras are one of the tools that the rishis, and jivanmuktas use to convey the depth of that spiritual contact.

Mantra Therapy for Healing:

What makes this language so healing? When you chant Sanskrit, there is a marked difference in your entire being, from your mental state to your physical body. After chanting a Sanskrit mantra or even a few of its very simple bija sounds, your mind becomes tranquil, your body relaxes and your breathing steadies. Nothing major right? It’s pretty major. Additionally, when you chant Sanskrit sounds with the intention of goodness and love behind them, you draw that energy towards you and begin to heal your entire system through chanting.

Sanskrit sounds emanate from five distinct mouth positions that exist on your palate. These five positions correspond to different points in the brain and/or body, which exponentially magnifies their potency. In other words, as you say, for example, the sound ‘A’ you are not just mindlessly saying ‘A.’ You say the sound and if you pay attention you can feel the prana contact the back of the throat, the vocal chords rub together creating a gentle friction and the vibration of the sound energy rising to the front of the face, the crown of the head and then extend down to the heart. This whole process culminates together to create a kind of inner soul dialog between the head and the heart.

Dr. David Frawley echoes the healing nature of Sanskrit mantras when he says, “The subtle body of Sanskrit sound vibration relates to the mental body and to the subtle or astral body in general, the site of the seven chakras. It creates and sustains the physical body, supporting health and well-being within it. Through changing the frequencies of the subtle body of sound, we can bring healing into the physical body and remove negativities from the mind.”

The English word ‘to heal’ derives from the Old English ‘Haelan’ – to restore to sound health, to restore to wholeness. The process of chanting is a process of healing and restoring our body, mind and health back to wholeness which is our natural state. Sanskrit chanting is a process of restoring our entire system back to peace and balance. Each mantra reminds us that we are already whole and that we are a direct emanation of spiritual source. We have only to remind ourselves and then learn to be still and feel it. For this reason chanting Sanskrit is a kind of mantra therapy and is a wonderful way to remove suffering and arrive at healing for the practitioner. If that isn’t enough to convince you to start a chanting practice, Ayurveda, the great science of life, considers mantra recitation to be one of its best tools for bringing about greater health.

Source list: Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound, by Dr David Frawley, Lotus Press, Copyright 2010. Copyright 2015 Sanskrit Studies/Luminous Soul, Manorama.


Traditional Chants and Mantras

Teacher Mantra:

Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheswara,
Guru Sakshat Param Brahma
Tasmai Sri Guruve Namaha

To that teacher that is creation, to that teacher that is this very life, To that teacher that is all challenge and transformation, to that teacher within each of us, To that teacher beyond all things – formless and divine, I bow down and offer my life and efforts.


Lovingkindness:

Lokāh samastāh sukhino bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

May all beings be happy, healthy, peaceful and free from suffering.


Gayatri Mantra:

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha,
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yona Prachodayat

Oh, God I (we) meditate on your divine light. Bestow your blessings on us so that my (our) intellect may be enlightened, so that I (we) may rise higher and higher to the highest consciousness. Enable me (us) to meditate, to be successful in all aspects of life, and to realize Truth.


Deity Mantras

Durga Mantra:

Om Dum Durga Yei Namah 

Durga removes negativity from our energetic space — both within us and around us.


Lakshmi Mantra:

Om Shrim Maha Lakshmi Yei Namah

Lakshmi opens our eyes to the material and spiritual abundance in our lives, while also empowering us to create beauty in all that we do.


Saraswati Mantra:

On Eim Saraswati Yei Namah

Saraswati, translated as flow in Sanskrit, represents knowledge, speech, intuition, creativity, and art.


Tara Mantra: 

Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā

Tara represents compassion, healing, selflessness, and serves as a guide to moksha (liberation).


Kali Mantra:

Om Kleeem Maha Kali Yei Namah

Kali represents transformation and serves as a guide to enlightenment as she facilitates the breakdown of samskaras (engrained patterns of thought & behavior) and removes negativity from our energy fields. Kali stokes inner strength so that our interactions with others are grounded. She has a sweet yet fiery fierceness.


Ganesha Mantra:

Om Gam Ganapataye Namah

Ganesha Chant:

Version 1: Gam Gam Ganapataye Namo Namaste (x2)
Namo Namaste Namo Namaste (x2)
Gam Gam Ganapateye Namo Namaste
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Version 2: Om Gam Ganapataye, Namo Namah
Jai, Ganesha, Jai Ganesha
Ganapathi Om, Jaya Ganapathi Om

Ganesha offers freedom from obstacles in our path in order to manifest our intentions by providing a grounding and calming presence.


Dancing Shiva (Nataraja) Mantra:

Om Nama Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya Mantra:

Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya
Shivaya Namah, Shivaya Namah Om

 

Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer, presides over destructive energies, which break up the universe at the end of each age. This process allows the old to make way for the new. In a more personal sense, it is Shiva’s energy by which one’s lower nature is destroyed, making way for growth. Something must end so a beginning can be initiated.


Sambasada Shiva:

Sambasada Shiva, sambasada Shiva, sambasada Shiva, jay jay Om
Jay mata, jay mata, jay sri mata jay jay ma

Chant to Shiva, the transcendent reality that exists in every soul. Shiva is beautiful and filled with compassion, reveling blissfully in truth and consciousness.


Sita Ram:

Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram jaya Sita Ram
Oh Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram jaya Sita Ram
Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram, Sita Ram Sita Ram jay jay Sita Ram

A chant for uniting with our own perfect masculine and feminine; glory to the divine couple Sita and Ram


 Chants and Mantras Inspired by The Five Elements

earth

Earth 

Native American Chant by Windsong

Mother I feel you under my feet
Mother I feel your heartbeat
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Sister I feel you in the Full moons glow
Sister I feel you in the warm blood’s flow
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Brother I feel you in the darkest woods
Brother I feel you in the rites of manhood
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Heyana, heyana, heyana ho
Father I see you in the sun in the sky
Father I hear you in the Eagle’s cry


water

Water

Chandra Mantra

Om Som Somaya Namaha 

The Chandra (Moon) mantra is used to align with lunar energy.

The River is Flowing (Jai Ma)

The river is flowing, flowing and growing.
The river is flowing, down to the sea.
Oh, Mother carry me, your child I will always be
Oh, Mother carry me, down to the sea.
Jai Ma, Jai Ma, Jai Ma, Jai Ma


 

fireFire

Savitri Gayatri Mantra

OM
bhur bhuvah svah (or suvaha)
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayat

 

Kali

Om Mata, Om Kali
Durga Devi Namo Namaha


air

Air + Ether/Space

Shiva

Om Namah Shivaya,  Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya 

A bowing to Shiva and all that is divine.

Hanuman

Hanuman bolo Hanuman bolo, bolo bolo Ram
bolo Ram, bolo Ram, bolo Ram, bolo Ram
Sri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram
Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram


Mantras Inspired by the Chakras by Silvia Mordini

Silvia is writing a series on the chakras for Yoganonymous.com: Chakras 101.

Chakra 1 — Root Chakra:

Let’s get down to the root of it all, and explore the powerful, grounding root chakra.

The chakras are the seven main energy centers in the body where we receive, absorb and distribute life energies. They are located along the spine, starting at the base and running upwards to the crown of the head. The chakras are described as “Whirling Wheels of light” and each chakra radiates a specific color and energy. Each chakra relates to specific spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical issues. Balancing these energy centers leads to our well-being.

These seven chakras can become blocked through external situations and internal habits such as long-held tension in the body or staying stuck in our thoughts about things past or constant worry about the future. As a result, a chakra can become either deficient or excessive.  Therefore this chakra is imbalanced. Practicing mantras that correspond to each chakra can release these blocks and clear the path to more joyful living.

Muladhara, The Root Chakra

About the Root Chakra:

“Our entire biological system, the brain and the earth itself, work on the same frequencies.”  – Nikola Tesla

This chakra forms our foundation. Located at the base of the spine it represents the earth element and is therefore related to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. In order to honestly reveal our feelings, we must first feel safe. When we are grounded, our roots go deeper, providing us more physical and emotional stability. The stronger we are in our foundation the more confidence we have to reach for our greatest visions. The root chakra feeds and gives strength to the power of manifestation.

“I’ve had a problem feeling real all my life.” – Amanda Palmer, “The Art of Asking”

Location: Base of the spine at the perineum between the genitals and the anus.

Intention: Manifestation

Your Rights: Right to be Here

Self-Work: Self-Preservation

Identity: Physical identity

Affirmation: I am here

Color: Red

Element: Earth

Sense: Smell

Healing Stones: Lodestone, ruby, garnet, smoky quartz, obsidian, onyx, hematite

Root Chakra Psychology:

Basic Issues: Grounding, survival, finances, family, physical health, trust, safety, security, stability, centering, coming home, embodiment, boundaries, determination, courage, will, strength, vitality

Characteristics When Out of Balance: Fear, instability, mistrust, insecurity, monotony, hoarding, materialism, greed, sciatica, constipation, anorexia, obesity, addictions to food, gambling, shopping, work

Excessive: Obesity, hoarding, greed, sluggish, lazy, tired, fear of change, rigid boundaries

Deficient: Underweight, fearful, restless, anxious, poor focus, chronic disorganization, poor boundaries

Healing: Physical activity, lots of touch, massage, yoga

First Chakra Mantras:

  • I am ready for simplicity.
  • I am grounded.
  • I am stable.
  • May I be able to nourish and nurture myself
  • It is safe for me to be here.
  • The earth supports me and meets my needs.
  • I trust my body’s wisdom.
  • I’m here and I’m real.
  • I am home in my body.

“Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” – Kurt Vonnegut


References:

Many thanks to the teachings of Dr. Manoj Chalam!