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.
(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.
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.
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.