Mantra and Music
Listen to a sample chant
"I Bow / Ra Ma Da Sa"
from Chant Your Heart Open CD
Why Chant Mantra?
Chanting in unison offers uplifting and healing effects.
While chanting, the lines between musician and audience are blurred: the audience members play a vital role in the music through their singing with or in response to the call of the artist.
Chanting mantra can be used by anyone looking for inner peace and joy.
It is a powerful way of connecting with yourself -- your inner knowing -- and can help you reach a deep state of bliss.
“Man” means mind, “tra” means wave or projections.
Therefore mantra is the projection of the mind through sound vibrations.
When a Mantra is pronounced repeatedly, the sound waves fill our bodies and are transformed into vibrations. That's why we call it a "sound current" rather than "music."
It's perfect for meditation.
Mantras are chanted in any language.
It is helpful to know the meaning of a mantra; however, it is not essential to getting the desired effect.
Chanting mantras is also useful to clear the subconscious and unconscious mind of negative thoughts.
Chanting mantras, like all meditations, can bring peace, calm and joy into our lives.
It can help us raise our own vibrational frequency by filling us with positive vibrations and can also help us to be more present, live in each moment, and focus on what is important in our lives.
The age-old tradition of chanting mantra can be used by anyone looking for
inner peace and joy.
Some popular mantras in languages other than English ...
OM MANI PADME HUM
A Buddhist mantra that is so infinite it can't be described. The closest we can come is "The void of all creation lives in my heart."
NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO
A vow, an expression of determination, to embrace and manifest our Buddha nature. It is a pledge to oneself to never yield to difficulties and to win over one’s suffering. At the same time, it is a vow to help others reveal this law in their own lives and achieve happiness.
AAD GURAY NAMEH
JUGAD GURAY NAMEH,
SAT GURAY NAMEH
SIRI GURU DEVAY NAMEH
This Kundalini Yoga mantra is known as the Mangala Charn Mantra, and is chanted for protection. It surrounds the magnetic field with protective light, and means "I bow to the primal wisdom, I bow to wisdom through the ages, I bow to true wisdom, I bow to the great, unseen wisdom."
This mantra means "Undying, Great death" and is a powerful life-giving chant removing fear and relaxing the mind.
RA MA DA SA, SA SAY SO HUNG
RA MA DA SA is the earth mantra. This part of the mantra pulls the healing vibration into the physical plane. SA SAY SO HUNG is the ether mantra. This part of the mantra resonates with the universal healing frequency.
RA (Sun Energy) MA (Moon Energy) DA (Earth Energy) SA (Infinity) SAY (totality of infinity) SO HUNG (I am Thou)
This mantra is the Seed Mantra or Bij Mantra and it is the most widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means the Truth and Nam means to call upon, name or identify. Sat Nam means Truth is my identity and I call upon the eternal Truth that resides in each of us. Chanting this mantra awakens the Soul.
This is the mantra of ecstasy. It's like saying AWESOME times a gazillion! Chanting it elevates the spirit.
WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE JEEO:
"The ecstasy of consciousness is my beloved."