Meditation and chanting are very important yoga practices which connect the human being to the Higher Self.
When chanting is performed in a group the vibrations will be felt more strongly to the benefit of all members of the group. Participants will experience calmness, a sense of peace and joy, strength and plenty of energy. Taking this opportunity to participate in such a setting will also help people with whatever they need to face in their private and professional lives. Group sessions are held at the Chaithanya Yoga School, please see Services/Events or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and times of meetings.
According to Yoga philosophy there are four time cycles (or “Yugas”, in Sanskrit), and the one we are now living in is called “Kali Yuga” (an age of excessive amounts of pain, suffering, calamities and bad energy). The Saints and Sages tell us that in this particular “Yuga” a person can realise the Supreme Being (known by many names, e.g. God, Brahman, Allah) more easily by chanting the Divine Name of the Supreme.
Sanskrit mantras contain the God (Absolute Reality) energy. They are universal sacred vibrations which were experienced by the ancient Sages of India during deep states of meditation.
The Sages passed these Mantras to their students, for their use so they get closer and closer to the Pure Love, Divine Light and Universal Truth of the Absolute Reality which is inherent in every human being in a dormant state. Sadhana (spiritual practices - like Mantra chanting, Meditation and Prayer) is necessary to activate this energy and realise the Divine Inside.
Sanskrit mantras have a profound effect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level of the person who uses them, as well as on the environmental, global, planetary and galactic vibration. These sacred mantras affect a person on their cellular and sub-cellular levels, dissolving blocked energy and contributing to the harmonious flow of energy, purifying and transforming to and aligning with the Most High Ideal. They increase our vibratory frequency. They also delete bad Karma.
Kamal has recorded the Sanskrit prayers and a selection of Mantras which are used in her yoga classes and workshops. Her aim and wish is to help the students to learn the prayers quicker, so that they can benefit from using them and the mantras frequently when setting quiet time aside, and also repeating them in the mind, when being out and about, travelling, doing household chores and so on. The prayer we use at the beginning of the yoga class is Om Asato Maa, the two prayers to conclude the class are Mrityunjaya and Om Saha Naavavatu.
Recommendation for pregnant women: the Shiva Mantra, and one of the Divine Mother mantras, e.g. Shakti, Saraswati, Gayatri. Mums & Dads can play the mantra & prayers to their baby/children, and also before they fall asleep.
Anyone who wishes to incorporate these ancient life-transforming Prayers/Mantras is welcome to do so. You are also welcome to listen to or download the 4 Samples, or purchase the CD.
IMPORTANT: Correct pronunciation is crucial. (Incorrect pronunciation changes the vibration.) You may just want to listen to one mantra without even seeing the words. To have maximum effect "bhava" (devotion) is recommended, repeating the mantra from your heart with loving energy, and with full mental concentration. If you wish you also can visualise the form of the correspondent deity (scroll down for photos) while chanting or mentally repeating the mantra.
Each track is 3 minutes. If you want to listen to one of them longer, just put your device on "repeat".
You can listen, and repeat them while sitting in a meditation position, like the lotus/half-lotus or cross-legged position with your spine, neck and head in one straight line and the hands in one of the meditation mudras. (Some people may find it more comfortable sitting on a chair, again with straight spine, and legs hipwidth apart).
You can also play the CD while practising your yoga postures - each yoga position you can hold for 3 minutes while repeating the mantra in your mind. (The sun mantras can be practised with each movement of Surya Namaskar).
You also can just lie down and listen to all tracks (30 minutes) - you will feel deeply relaxed and reap benefits. Please enjoy!OmSahanav.mp3 Shiva.mp3 Gayatri.mp3 Saraswati.mp3 Shakti.mp3
"Mantras and Prayers" CD by Kamal - short explanation:
Shiva: Om Nama Shivaya - Shiva destroys negative energy. This energy transforms. Shiva is also known as Pure Consciousness. The Lord of the Eternal Bliss. This mantra activates and purifies all our energy centres (chakras).Ganesha: Om Gam Ganapathe Namaha - Ganesha removes obstacles, and evens the way for success. Sometimes obstacles (which we perceive as such) are needed to further us on the spiritual path, opening our heart more, becoming more loving. For example: a relative may be very ill, and our experience of caring for the relative may make us develop more compassion for the relative, and for humanity as a whole. Ganesha is always invoked at the beginning of any important ceremony or endeavour. You can pray to Ganesha asking for removing one of your obstacles and adding if it is in accordance with the Divine Plan. When you scroll down you will see a photo of Ganesha and the Yantra of Ganesha. This yantra is the sacred geometrical form of Ganesha. You can visualise this also instead of the physical form, the energy is the same. To increase "bhava" (devotion) the physical form is used. Bhava is necessary to reach the Divine Love. There is a yantra for each deity. Saraswati: Om Aim Saraswatiyai Namaha - Saraswati is the Goddess of Wisdom (intellectual & Higher Self wisdom), Music, Arts, Creation. Om Chaithanya: Om Chaithanya Sri Chaithanya Om Sri Jaya Jaya Chaithanya - Chaithanya is "pure Consciousness" and this is the mantra of the Chaithanya Yoga School, connecting to the Divine Energy of the Spiritual Master of the School.
Maha Mantra: Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare - connects to Rama and Krishna energy, two incarnations of Vishnu, the preserving cosmic energy.
Gayatri: Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha, Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat - "Let us meditate upon the Light of that adorable Sun (of Spiritual Consciousness). May it awaken our spiritual perception on all three planes - physical, vital and mental". Gayatri is the mother of the Vedas (the ancient scripture of India). The essence of the Vedas is in this Mantra. Traditionally this mantra is repeated daily at dawn, midday, dusk (each time e.g. 3x, 7x, 27x or more). You can also visualise the sun when repeating this mantra. This mantra prepares the mind/emotions also very well before you meditate. It removes bad energy fast. For example if you stay in a hotel room: burn some incense and a candle and repeat this mantra for 15 minutes and the energy of the room will be transformed. You will feel very good staying there.Shakti: Om Sri Parashaktiyai Namaha - Divine Mother mantra without form. The Primordial Energy which created our universe. Sun Mantras: Om Mitraya Namaha, Om Ravaye Namaha, Om Suryaya Namaha, Om Bhanave Namaha, Om Khagaya Namaha, Om Pushne Namaha, Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namaha, Om Marichaye Namaha, Om Adityaya Namaha, Om Savitre Namaha, Om Arkaya Namaha, Om Bhaskaraya Namaha. These are 12 mantras. Each for one movement of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). You can practice the Sun Salutation in a dynamic and also in a meditative way. If you want to do a few rounds in a meditative way, you can use the sun mantras listening to them, and when you know them by heart, also repeating them mentally while practising the sun salutation. You also could repeat the 12 mantras several times and visualise the white golden light of the sun, thinking of increasing your life force, it will give you a lot of energy, strength and radiance. PRAYERS (these prayers are all from the ancient scripture "Upanishads") Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya: Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Maa Amrtam Gamaya - Om Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu - Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. "God, please led me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light (i.e. spiritual ignorance to universal knowledge), from death to immortality. May all beings in all the worlds experience peace, harmony and happiness. May there be peace." Mrityunjaya: Om Tryambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam, Urvaarukammiva Bandhanat, Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat - This is the Rudra Mantra (another name for Shiva). "We worship Lord Shiva the three-eyed one, the one who is the master of all senses and qualities and the one who is the sustainer of all growth. May He release us from the bondage of death as a ripened cucumber is released from its stalk and may he grant us immortality." This prayer/mantra is used to prevent accidents of any kind. Chanted or mentally repeated 3 times before you drive in the car, or on the aeroplane/bicycle... It is also a healing mantra, healing for physical, mental, emotional pains. Ill people can listen to it. If you want to send some healing energy to someone, you can visualise an image of the person in pure white light, and then repeat this mantra. It is also known and used for people who are dying to help them with the transition. It can be played in the room. Or if the dying person is not open to this, you can repeat the Mrituyunjaya or "Om Nama Shivaya" in your mind. When the person has died, the relative/friend can repeat this mantra everyday for 13 days or more (15 minutes or more) which will be experienced by the soul of the dead person as very soothing and will help the soul on its journey. Any sacred mantra (e.g. Shiva) and Prayers will help the soul. Shanti: Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shaantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu. "May auspiciousness be unto all, May peace be unto all, May perfection be unto all, May prosperity be unto all". This is a prayer for peace. Peace for all humanity and the whole world. Om Saha Naavavatu: Om Saha Naavavatu, Saha Nau Bhunaktu, Saha Veeryam Karavaavahai, Tejasvi Naavadheetamastu, Maa Vidvishaavahai, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Hari Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha, Hari Om Sri Gurbhyo Namaha, Hari Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha. "May the Lord protect both of us from deviation of the spiritual path, May he nourish us together, May we work together uniting our strength for the good of humanity, May our learning be luminous and purposeful, May we not criticise each other, May there be peace. Reverence to Guru (spiritual guide)."
"Devotional Chanting" CD (voice by Steve P): £7 plus £1.50pp. This CD contains 11 Devotional Chants and the Lingashtakam (well-known verses to connect with the Shiva Energy). You can download the text of the CD. Click here for the text in word format
"Mantras and Prayers" chanted by Kamal: £7 plus £1.50pp. For Text scroll up and read above.
"Mantras and Stotras" chanted by Swami Atmachaithanya: £7 plus 1.50pp. Click here for the text in word format
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