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The Tao of Chants and Mantras

Mantras and Chanting
The following quote is by W. Somerset Maugham
and relates to one man's search and attainment of spiritual Enlightenment:

"The man I am writing about is not famous. It may be that he never will be.
It may be that when his life at last comes to an end he will leave no more trace
of his sojourn on earth than a stone thrown into a river leaves on the surface of the water.
But it may be that the way of life that he has chosen for himself
and the peculiar strength and sweetness of his character may have an ever-growing influence
over his fellow men so that, long after his death perhaps,
it may be realized that there lived in this age a very remarkable creature."
-The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham-

Chant is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds,
often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones.
Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes
to highly complex musical structures,
often including a great deal of repetition of musical subphrases,
such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant.
Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech.
In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song
(forming one of the roots of later Western music).

Chanting the Name of God or Goddess
is a spiritual practice that is commonly practiced.
Chants form part of many religious rituals,
and diverse spiritual traditions consider chant a route to spiritual development.
Some examples include chant in African and Native American tribal cultures,
Gregorian chant, Vedic chant, Jewish liturgical music (chazzanut),
Qur'an reading, Baha'i chants, various Buddhist chants, various mantras,
and the chanting of psalms and prayers especially in
Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican churches.

Tibetan Buddhist chant involves throat singing,
where multiple pitches are produced by each performer.
The concept of chanting mantras is of particular significance
in many Hindu traditions and other closely related Dharmic Religions.
For example, the Hare Krishna movement is based especially on
the chanting of Sanskrit Names of God.
Japanese Shigin (éçã·), or 'chanted poetry',
mirrors Zen principles and is sung from the gut —
the focus of power in Zen Buddhism.

The word Mantra is a Sanskrit word combining the two syllables:
man, meaning mind, and tra translated as deliverance.
A mantra is a pure sound-vibration
intended to deliver the mind from illusion and material inclinations.
Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra.

Mantra Chanting helps one to keep the mind centered and peaceful
while instilling the whole being with love and devotion.

"A Mantra is divine power in the form of sound.
Constant repetition of the Mantra with faith, devotion and purity
enhances the shakti or power of the aspirant and bestows illumination,
freedom, peace, eternal bliss and immortality."
-Swami Sivananda-

Peace and Love

June 2010

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

the Wanderling

The Mantra's (or mantram as it is sometimes refered to) purpose is to assist your mind to focus when it is scattered. By chanting mantras, one is able to produce a spiritual effect which is associated with the physical sensation of the vibration the chant produces. Thus when the mantra is chanted the effect is felt. This is an easy way to obtain peace of mind, but takes much practice.

Chanting mantras is also used to make the intent of the mantra a physical reality. Energy naturally follows intent and thus the chanting of a mantra will eventually lead to the physical manifestation of the mantra. Chanting mantras affects your subtle body (electromagnetic energy field) which holds your consciousness.
Since your subtle body is made up of small vibrations, chanting directly affects the energy vibration of your subtle body.

Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.

By slowly understanding how mantras work, our understanding of the universe which is composed of energy is broadened.

See also White Light Shields.

Ramana Maharishi

A mantra can be as simple as the single syllable "OM" to the repetition of the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi's

"Who Am I?" to the more complicated "OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM " used by Swami Ramdas

and "OM TARE TUTARE TURE SVHA" as used by the Female Buddha, Tara,

to the super complicated Shurangama Mantra that was recognized as being so valuable at one time
that the rulers of India forbade it to be circulated outside of the country:

The esoteric wonder is inexhaustible; it is truly difficult to fathom.
The secret words of Vajra come from the inherent nature.
The Shurangama Mantra contains miraculous wonders.
Cultivators and ordinary people can open the Five Eyes and Six Penetrations.

Regardless of all of the above, the following should be carefully
taken into consideration by any serious seeker along the path:

The Buddha said that neither the repetition of scriptures, nor self-torture,
nor sleeping on the ground, nor the repetition of prayers, penances, hymns, charms, mantras,
incantations and invocations can bring the real happiness of Nirvana.
Instead the Buddha emphasized the importance of making individual effort in order to achieve spiritual goals.

When the Buddha was walking along the road to Benares
following his post-Enlightenment pause
he was approached by a wandering ascetic.

According to the custom of the time the ascetic greeted him
and asked who his teacher was or what doctrine he followed.

The Buddha told the wanderling that he was
"the Victor and Conqueror of the World,
superior to gods and men, an All-Enlightened One beholden to no teacher".

The wandering ascetic could see no hint of anything of the Buddha's nature
and wandered off as wanderlings are oft to do,
mumbling under his breath something like,
"If it were only so!"


"The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus"

(Excerpts by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet )
It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while
you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning

Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence
on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom,
you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure
body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

It is said that you should not
seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself;
the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within.

all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed
of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (TATHAGATAGARBHA), that is
to be transformed and full developed into Buddhahood.

Karma Thubten Trinley says,
"These are the six syllables which prevent rebirth into the six realms of cyclic existence.
It translates literally as 'OM the jewel in the lotus HUM'.

prevents rebirth in the god realm,
MA prevents rebirth in the Asura (Titan) Realm,
NI prevents rebirth in the Human realm,
PAD prevents rebirth in the Animal realm,
MI prevents rebirth in the Hungry ghost realm,
and HUM prevents rebirth in the Hell realm."

Listen to Om Mani Padme Hum

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

OM is considered to be the primeval sound,
the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed.
You could regard it as being the equivalent of white light, in which all of the colors of the rainbow can be found.

One Sanskrit-English dictionary says the following:
"A word of solemn affirmation and respectful assent , sometimes translated by 'yes , verily , so be it' (and in this sense compared with Amen ; it is placed at the commencement of most Hindu works , and as a sacred exclamation may be uttered at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or previously to any prayer ; it is also regarded as a particle of auspicious salutation [Hail!] ; Om appears first in the Upanishads as a mystic monosyllable , and is there set forth as the object of profound religious meditation , the highest spiritual efficacy being attributed not only to the whole word but also to the three sounds A, U, M, of which it consists "

Shanti simply means "peace".
It's a beautiful meaning and also a very beautiful sound.
The shanti is repeated three times, as are many chants in Buddhism.
You could interpret this as meaning peace in body, speech, and mind
(i.e. in the entirety of one's being), or as a wish for peace individually, collectively, and universally.
Hindu teachings typically end with the words Om shanti shanti shanti as an invocation of peace,
and the mantra is also used to conclude some Buddhist devotional ceremonies.


Let us meditate on this syllable,

The earth emerges from the waters;
plants emerge from the earth;
human beings emerge from plants;
speech comes from human beings;
and OM comes from speech.
OM is the essence of all essences.

It is the highest of the high. It is the ultimate.
Speech and breath combine to form OM.

Speech and breath are like a couple in coitus,
and OM is their offspring.
OM is the fulfillment of their desires.

OM represents the wholeness of the universe
and the eternal vibratory sound of brahman (the universal soul) that permeates it.
Om is called shabda-brahman, the sound-form of brahman.
All Hindu mantras generally begin and often also end with Om.
It has been frequently mentioned in the Vedas and other scriptures of Hinduism.

OM is also the mantra of ascent and causes our energy to rise upward into the infinite.
By reciting Om, a person gains access to the powers of the universe;
and meditation on Om is said to lead to enlightenment and immortality.

OM is expansive and increases the fire, air and ether elements, particularly ether.
It also gives strength, protection and grace. It connects us with the guidance power of the inner Guru.

Om is both atman and brahman: it is the past,
the present and the future,
as well as all that transcends time.

By chanting OM and controlling the breathing perfectly,
which is mostly a mechanical way of steadying the mind,
one is eventually able to go into trance or samadhi.
Through this system,
one gradually changes the tendencies of the
materially absorbed mind and makes it spiritualized.
This process may take many years to perfect.

Om creates a soft, peaceful inner space for the mind to rest.
Chanting OM will re harmonize your whole being from the most subtle to the most tangible level
by directly working on the chakra system - whether you know about this system or not.

Even though the OM chant can be used as background music to create harmony in your environment
as well as in yourself it is most beneficial when used as a support for formal meditation.

When listening, focus your attention on the sound vibrations.
After some time, you will be able to chant along.
This will develop your awareness of the subtle effects of sound and takes the mind deeper inside.

Yogi Hari OM Chant

Listen to the chant Om Shanti Shanti Shanti in Real Player

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

'White Tara' © Suzanne deVeuve


Tara is the most praised female Buddha in Tibetan Buddhist practices
because she protects us from dangers, difficulties and all sorts of obstacles.
Tara's presence can be swiftly felt when using her mantra.
It is recommended this mantra be chanted by everyone since it universally brings benefit
and aids in the removal of all kinds of obstacles, especially around the full moon and new moon periods.

Tara (whose name means "star" or "she who ferries across") is the female Bodhisattva of compassion.
In Tibetan, Tara is known as "Dölma" (Sgrol-ma), or "She Who Saves."
In particular she represents compassion in action,
since she's in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.

Her mantra is a loving play on her name.
According to Sangharakshita, a traditional explanation of the mantra
is that the variations of her name represent three progressive stages of salvation.


1. Tare represents salvation from mundane dangers and suffering.
Tara is seem as a savioress who can give aid from material threats such as floods, crime, wild animals, and traffic accidents.

2. Tuttre represents deliverance into the spiritual path conceived in terms of individual salvation.
In traditional terms, this is the path of the Arhant, which leads to individual liberation from suffering.
This is seen in Mahayana Buddhism as a kind of enlightenment in which compassion does not figure strongly.

3. Lastly, Ture represents the culmination of the spiritual path
in terms of deliverance into the altruistic path of universal salvation - the Bodhisattva path.
In the Bodhisattva path we aspire for personal enlightenment,
but we also connect compassionately with the sufferings of others,
and strive to liberate them at the same time as we seek enlightenment ourselves.

Svaha, according to Monier Monier-William's Sanskrit Dictionary,
means "Hail!", "Hail to!" or "May a blessing rest on!"

Her mantra can therefore be rendered as something like
"OM! Hail to Tara (in her three roles as a savioress)!"
although this may one of theose occasions when the mantra is best left untranslated.

Listen here to the Tara (Green Tara) Mantra on Real audio.

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

Om Namo Narayanaya
Vishnu is regarded as a major god in Hinduism and Indian mythology.
He is thought as the preserver of the universe
while two other major Hindu gods Brahma and Shiva,
are regarded respectively, as the creator and destroyer of the universe.

The original worship of Vishnu,
by the Aryan conquerors of India or the original Dravidian inhabitants is not definitely known.
In the ancient Vedas, the body of literature known as the Veda, and sacred literature of the Aryan conquerors,
Vishnu is ranked among the lesser gods and is usually associated
with the major Vedic god Indra who in the epics and Puranas
fights against dragons and demonic forces.
These latter writings emerge during the later development of Hinduism.
It is throughout this literature and especially through incarnations
that Vishnu is raised to higher rankings within the Hindu pantheon.
He becomes the prominent second god of the Trimurti, the Hindu Triad, while Brahma is first and Shiva is third.

In some Puranic literature Vishnu is said to be eternal, an all-pervading spirit,
and associated with the primeval waters that are believed to have been omnipresent before the creation of the universe.

Narayanaya is another name for Vishnu who symbolizes
the tendency inherent in all aspects of life to find a state of balance.
This tendency manifests for example in the healing of wounds, in chemical bonds,
as well as in the great incarnations such as Rama, Krishna, Buddha etc.
who come to this plane when the order of the world is threatened.
Vishnu preserves and maintains the cosmic order.
He symbolizes compassion.
This mantra attracts those who like responsibilities
and who have a protective nature.

Listen to Yogi Hari chant Om Namo Narayanaya

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

Om Namah Shivaya
Shiva symbolizes the power of destruction and transformation at work in all aspects of life.
Shiva destroys the negative tendencies and obstacles to spiritual evolution.
He holds the power of the whole universe. He is the ideal of the yogis.
This mantra suits those persons drawn to meditation and a life of solitude.
Siddhis or psychic powers are easily granted to the Shiva Devotees.

Om Namah Shivaya is known as the great redeeming mantra also known as five-syllable mantra
The meaning :
It means "I bow to Shiva." Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self.
It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.

According to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who run this creation. The Brahma - who creates the universe, the Vishnu - who preserves the Universe and the Shiva- who in the end destroys the universe. Among the three deities, Shiva, though considered as destroyer, also symbolize the - the inner self which remains intact even after everything ends.
In this mantra the chanter (one who repeats the mantra) bow to Shiva- his true self.
Om Namah Shivay is a very powerful mantra. It has been said about this mantra that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate, or to practise yoga. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place." This mantra is free of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him.

How to repeat 'Om Namah Shivay'
Sit in a comfortable and peaceful place and position.
Start repeating the mantra in your mind or loudly with the same speed as you talk:
Om Namah Shivay (Aum Num-ha Shi-why)

Listen to Yogi Hari chant Om Namah Shivaya

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

The Gayatri Mantra

It is considered one of the most universal of all Hindu mantras,
invoking the universal Brahman as the principle of knowledge
and the illumination of the primordial Sun.

Rishis have selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them in such a way that they not only convey some meaning but their chanting also creates specific energies. Gayatri is a mantra which inspires righteous wisdom. It means that the Almighty God may illuminate our intellect, which may lead us on the righteous path. This is the most important prayer. All the problems of a person are solved if he is endowed with righteous wisdom. Having far-sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in avoidable calamity nor does he tread a wrong path. A wise man intuitively finds solutions to his problems. Those who lack this clear-sightedness find themselves always facing problems and ever living from crisis it crises. The worship of Gayatri mantra bestows the boon of righteous wisdom. The teachings of and the powers incorporated in Gayatri mantra fulfil this purpose.

In short it is a prayer to the Almighty Supreme God, the Creator of entire cosmos, the essence of our life existence, who removes all our pains and sufferings and grants happiness beseeching His divine grace to imbibe within us His Divinity and Brilliance which may purify us and guide our righteous wisdom on the right path. A man gets imbued with divine qualities contemplating and meditating on this meaning of Gayatri. One should contemplate on these feelings daily and regularly.

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us.

Om ~ Brahma or Almighty God
bhuh ~ embodiment of vital spiritual energy (Pran)
bhuvah ~ destroyer of sufferings
svah ~ embodiment of happiness
tat ~ that
savituh ~ bright, luminous like the Sun
varenyam ~ best, most exalted
bhargo ~ destroyer of sins
devasya ~ divine
dhimahi ~ may imbibe
dhiyo ~ intellect
yo ~ who
nah ~ our
prachodyat ~ may inspire

Listen to Yogi Hari chant the Gayatri Mantra

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

The Maha-Mantra

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

This mantra is like a prayer asking God for his protection and guidance
that is why it is always chanted when the world's peace is in danger.
Chanted with call and response and beautifully arranged in different ragas,
it gives an inspiring experience of perfection and fulfillment.
This is also a chance to erase our old inner tapes that poison our mind
and replace them with these divine vibrations. Can also be used as background music.

[ Pronounced as: Hare - ( Ha'ray), Rama - (Raa'maa) & Krishna - ( Kri-Sh'-Naa) ]

'Hare Krishna' is the mantra which is known to maximum number of western seekers
thanks to the commendable work done by His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad (founder of ISKON -

(International Society for Krishna Consciousness)
in spreading its awareness world wide.

George Harrison, the popular singer of world famous Beatles group
also devoted his entire life in spreading the awareness about this mantra.

"A mantra is mystical energy encased in a sound structure
and each mantra contains within its vibrations a certain power.
But of all mantras, the maha-mantra (the Hare Krishna mantra)
has been prescribed as the easiest and surest way
for attaining God Realization in this present age."

-George Harrison (1943-2001),-
in his autobiography :'I, me and Mine'

This mantra is known as the Maha-mantra of Kailyug
(the supreme mantra of Kaliyug - the present era of machine where truth and righteousness are at their lowest level. )
It has been said that by repeating this mantra with faith and devotion, one can attain salvation and peace of mind.

Listen to Yogi Hari chant the Maha -mantra

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

Click above to hear this beautiful and powerful chant

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Krishna is also am incarnation of Vishnu.
Krishna was in full possession of all his divine powers from birth.
He came to show humankind the rules of correct conduct,
and to teach them how to find Liberation through doing one's duty.
He symbolizes knowledge, equanimity and divine love.
This mantra is for those who have to play many different roles in their life.
Also for those who want to experience the bliss of lover and beloved relationship.

( To repeat any mantra one should repeat it with full awareness of its meaning. )

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