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Mantra chanting

    Mantra Chanting Classes are held every first Sunday of a month at our Thonglor Studio from 16:00 - 17:15. It is as well mentioned on the yoga schedule every first week of the month.   

   Chanting mantras is a powerful technique to quiet your mind. It helps to forget troubles, produces a sense of connection with others and fosters a wealth of positive feelings such as serenity and joy. When repeated together, mantras produce physical vibrations and invoking spiritual energies in the body.

    What exactly is a mantra? The literal translation of the word mantra is manas (mind) + tram (protect) “to guide and protect the mind by taking the consciousness away from excessive thoughts”. What is a kirtan? A mantra, you can sing alone or in a group and then everybody at the same time. But with a kirtan you have a leader who is chanting the mantra first and the rest of the audience follow. At the beginning you only hear your own voice but as time passes and you relax into the chant, you may notice your own voice in harmony with everyone else’s. Chanting mantras or kirtans is a dynamic way of relaxation. Only a relaxed mind can meditate.

     Every spiritual aspirant should practice Mantra Sadhana at the beginning of the day. Why? When we sleep at the night, the mind becomes tranquil and passive, like the surface of a still lake, undisturbed by any agitation or movement. When we wake up in the morning the mind is relaxed, the senses are at peace and there are no mental, emotional or intellectual distractions. Therefore the first impression the mind should receive is in the morning is a mantra. When the mind is quiet and peaceful, sensitive and receptive, positive seeds can be planted in the subconscious. Mantras are “Sankalpas” or resolutions for physical health and mental well-being, for wisdom and inner clarity, and for overcoming distress in life. By making mantra sadhana the first activity of the day you will derive courage, inner strength and peace. Your association and relationships will improve. You will grow and find your balance. You will be in control of your life and mind.  Following mantras we chant in our class.

Shanti Mantra
(for developing a good relationship between teacher and student)

At the beginning of a class, the teacher and students generally recite this peace invocation together. Both seek the Lord’s blessings for study that is free of obstacles, such as poor memory, or the inability to concentrate or poor health. They also seek blessings for a conductive relationship, without which communication of any subject matter is difficult. Therefore this prayer is important for both the teacher and the student.

Aum saha nau vavatu      saha nau bhunaktu    saha viiryam kara vaavahai   tejasvi nau adhiitam astu     maa vidvis saavahai      Aum shanti shanti shanti                                                                                                                                                             

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (for healing, energy, power, immunity and strength)

Chanting this mantra has traditionally been known to create positive physical, mental and emotional benefits. Often thought of as a moksha mantra, this prayer is believed to help promote longevity. This mantra is addressed to Lord Shiva and can help to prevent the untimely death of you or your loved ones. This mantra we chant 108 times.

Aum tryam bhakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushti vardhanam 
urva rukamiva bandhanat 
mrityor mukshiya maamritat 

Gayatri Mantra (for wisdom, inner clarity, intuitive knowledge and learning)

Gayatri is a mantra that 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. 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 to crises. This mantra we chant 27 times.

Aum bhur bhuvah swaha 
tat satitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi 
dhiyo yo nah prachodayath

Shanti Path (for peace, harmony and happiness)

The word ‘Shanti’ in Sanskrit language means ‘Peace’ and ‘Path’ refers to the ‘direction in which one is moving’. The Shanti Path is a universal prayer for peace. The ‘Shanti Path’ is usually recited at the beginning and the end of a religious ceremony.

asato ma sadgamaya                                            From ignorance, lead me to truth;

tamasoma jyotir gamaya                                      From darkness, lead me to light;

mrityorma amritam gamaya                                From death, lead me to immortality

Aum shanti shanti shanti                                       Aum peace, peace, peace

sarvesham svastir bhavatu                                   May there be happiness in all

sarvesham shantir bhavatu                                  May there be peace in all

sarvesham purnam bhavatu                                May there be completeness in all

sarvesham mangalam bhavatu                           May there be success in all

lokah samstah sukhino bhavatu                          May all beings be everywhere happy and free.

Aum tryambhakam yajamahe                             Aum, we worship the three-eyed one (Lord Shiva)

sugandhim pushtivardhanam                              Who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings.

urvarukamiva bandhanat                                      May he severe our bondage of samsara (worldly life), like a cucumber                             

                                                                                  (severed from the bondage of its creeper)

mrityor mukshiya maamritat                                and thus liberate us from the fear of death, by making us realize that we are

                                                                                  never separated from our immortal nature.

Tvameva mata cha pita tvameva                         You truly are my mother and you truly are my father

Tvameva bandhu cha sakha tvameva                You truly are my relative and you truly are my friend

Tvameva vidya dravinam tvameva                      You truly are my knowledge and you truly are my wealth

Tvameva sarvam mama deva deva                    You truly are my all, my god of gods.

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