SACRED CHANTING

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Chanting is an instantaneous way to change your frequency! Think of your body as a guitar... as soon as you pluck the strings by thinking or uttering high-frequency mantras, it raises your vibe and suddenly... you just feel good.

 

Typically in my Sacred Sunday classes, I break out the harmonium and we do some chanting. Often we'll sandwich it on the front and back end of class. And at the end, the chanting is a natural segue into a silent meditation.

The beautiful thing about chanting in a language that is not your native tongue is that you don't get mentally caught up in the words. Their divine connection and vibration are much more available to us when the brain stays out of the way and the heart can simply receive the goods and get uplifted, healed, protected. When we're done, we just feel closer to the divine truth of ourselves as an expression of Source energy. 

 

During livestreamed classes, I will typically give students a visual cheat sheet, but want to share some with you here so that you can incorporate them into your home practice if they are really resonating with you. I'm also including links to a few of my free YouTube recordings in case you want a friend to chant with!

Om Gam Ganapatayei Namaha

om gum gone-a-pot-tie-yay nom-uh-ha

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Traditionally, chanting the name(s) of Ganapati or Ganesh is done at the beginning of a new endeavor to ask that the path ahead be cleared for the highest good of the traveler. "Gam" is the bija or seed sound - shorthand, if you will, for invoking this energy. We cannot tell Ganesh what we perceive to be in the path, only the Divine knows the perfect path for our individual souls. Sometimes the perfect obstacle may appear so that the traveler learns a valuable lesson in how to navigate it. 

SOME FAVORITE MANTRAS

Sa Ta Na Ma

just like it sounds.

Birth, Sustenance, Dissolution, Rebirth

Also referred to as the "Kirtan Kriya" in the Kundalini tradition, this mantra clears negative energy from old memories and thought patterns, and generally clears out lower vibrating emotions. The end result is a re-calibrating of the brain that brings about balance, calm, peace and deeper understanding. Enhance the effects of the mantra by using the hand mudras for each syllable: 

SA - thumb to index finger

TA - thumb to middle finger

NA - thumb to ring finger

MA - thumb to pinky finger

GAYATRI MANTRA

Om bhur bhuva svah

om boor boovah swaha

tat savitur varenyam

tot sa-vee-toor vuh-rain-yum

bhargo devasya dhimahi

bargo day-voss-yah dee-mah-he

dhiyo yonah prachodayat

dee-yo yo-nah prah-cho dah-yot

The eternal earth, air, heaven

That glory, that resplendence of the sun

May we contemplate

the brilliance of that light

May the sun inspire our minds

(translation by Douglas Brooks)

MAHA MRYTUNJAYI MANTRA

oṃ tryámbakaṃ yajāmahe

sughandhíṃ puṣṭivardhánam
urvārukam iva bandhánān

mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt

"We sacrifice to Tryambaka

the fragrant, increaser of prosperity.
Like a cucumber from its stem,

might I be freed from death,

not from deathlessness."

For more chanting videos, visit my YouTube page!

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