Mantras and Music
Concerts include chanting mantras and singing uplifting songs.
Listen to a sample chant
"I Bow / Ra Ma Da Sa"
from Chant Your Heart Open CD
Why Chant Mantras?
Mantra, as used in Kundalini yoga, is a specific technology that uses sound vibration to affect and elevate consciousness, and, therefore, heals on all levels.
The age-old tradition of mantra chanting - also called kirtan - is a valuable tool on the spiritual path. It can be used by anyone looking for inner peace and joy, regardless of their belief system. It is a powerful way of connecting with the Divine, and can help 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 are transformed into electrical energy or vibrations. That's why we call it a "sound current" rather than "music".
In Kundalini Yoga, mantras include a specific combination of syllables mainly used from an ancient language (Ghurmuki), which is based heavily on the Naad, or science of sound. These sounds or vibrations tune, quieten and focus the mind. These specific combinations of syllables, words, phrases and rhythms hold great power in their meaning and sound current to create different healing effects in the body and also to elevate consciousness. By repeating them, we increase their power. When we vibrate these sounds, we are tuning into specific frequencies of consciousness - a bit like a TV or radio tuning into different channels. The universe reflects back to us what we vibrate out. If we vibrate and tune into a frequency of healing and abundance, then that is the vibration with which we fill ourselves.
By thinking, whispering, or chanting a mantra, we are vibrating it, and sending out specific waves. Through the power of the vibrations of these specific sounds and their meanings, we can create positive thoughts, feelings, actions, and manifestations.
Mantras can be chanted in any language, for instance, in the Christian faith “Hallelujah” is chanted, or we may make up our own mantras or affirmations which we can repeat over and over to help us in our lives. However, in Kundalini Yoga, mantras are mainly chanted in Ghurmuki, the language of the Sikh Gurus, as that is the tradition and culture from which Kundalini Yoga came.
All the Kundalini mantras have a positive effect and although knowing their meanings is useful, it is not essential to getting the desired effect.
As well as the elevation of consciousness, we can use mantra to heal the body, mind and emotional states, and also attract or create prosperity, success, and love. Chanting mantras is also useful to clear the subconscious and unconscious minds of negative thoughts.
If these negative thoughts are not cleared out, it will result in them resurfacing unconsciously in our daily lives and behaviour, either as negative behaviour patterns, habits and addictions, or just in our daily perceptions and projections such as depression or anger.
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 is a
valuable tool on the spiritual path.
It can be used by anyone looking for
inner peace and joy, regardless of belief system.
Some Mantras ...
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.
GOBINDE, MUKUNDE, UDARE, APARE, HARIANG, KARIANG, NIRNAME, AKAME
This is the Guru Gaitri Mantra which means "Sustainer, liberator, enlightener, infinite, destroyer, creator, nameless, desireless". It brings stability to the hemispheres of the brain and works on the Heart Centre to develop compassion, patience and tolerance, uniting one with the Infinite.
ONG NAMO GURU DEV NAMO
This mantra is the Adi Mantra that precedes each Kundalini Yoga practice, tuning one in to the higher self. Ong means Infinite Creative energy in manifestation and activity. ("Om" or Aum is God absolute and unmanifested), Namo means reverent greetings implying humility. Guru means teacher or wisdom. Dev means Divine or of God, and Namo reaffirms humility and reverence. In all it means, "I call upon Divine Wisdom".
RA MA DA SA, SA SAY SO HUNG
This mantra is the Siri Gaitri Mantra. Yogi Bhajan, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West, said that the mantra RA MA DA SA SA SAY SO HUNG is one of the most powerful healing mantras on the planet. He said the power of this mantra comes from its ability to connect earth and ether. 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)
SA TA NA MA
This is the Panj Shabad expressing the five primal sounds of the universe. "S" is Infinity, "T" is life, "N" means death and "M" is rebirth. (The 5th sound is "A".) This is one of the most frequently used mantras in Kundalini Yoga.
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. It is pronounced to rhyme with "But Mom!"
This is the Guru Mantra, the mantra of ecstasy. It is not translatable but chanting it elevates the spirit.
WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE GURU, WAHE JEEO:
"The ecstasy of consciousness is my beloved.