This release comes at a time when reconnecting with the power of our words and intention, cultivating compassion, and recognizing the interconnectedness of all things is critical. “There is nothing we can do to ourselves that we do not also do to others, and there is nothing we can do to others that we do not also do to ourselves.”
Think of mantra as transcendental technology tapping into the energetic matrix underlying reality as we know it and awakening the practitioner to higher levels of consciousness. Repetition of specific Sanskrit mantras holds special significance as they are believed to have sacred origins. The word mantra may literally be translated as a mind instrument*. In modern culture, we understand the therapeutic value of affirmations and positive self-talk. Mantras are the most ancient form of this practice emphasizing our connection to the Divine. Whether classical or imbued with our own personal intention, chanting mantras has been found to positively impact mental and physical health.
This composition includes Bija Mantras of the Chakras, Shanti Mantra, Gayatri Mantra, Maha Ganapati Mool Mantra, and the Pavamana Mantras (Om Asatoma). Mantras may be repeated silently (manasa japa), whispered (upamsu japa), or spoken aloud (vachika japa) tapping into different qualities and levels of speech (Vaikari vak, Madhyama vak, Pasyanti vak, and Para Vak).**
*Mantra from -man, -men,- manas related to the mind or mental processes; and -tra, or -tram a tool or instrument by some accounts and alternately -to go across, -to protect, -to free by other accounts. Many interpretations exist.
**See The Yoga of Sound by Russill Paul for an introduction to various streams of mantra and Nada Yoga.
Bija Mantras of the Chakras
These simple powerful mantras are said to activate and purify energy centers (chakras) in the physical body. They belong to the class of mantra referred to by Russill Paul in the Yoga of Sound as Tantric or Shakti mantras which are “…rooted in the body as opposed to Vedic mantras, which are rooted in the cosmos.”
Like tuning an instrument, bija mantras help to recalibrate the mind/body complex addressing physical and subtle imbalances that impact our health. When the system of Nadis is restored to optimal balance the shakti energy is able to travel safely and effectively from the lower energy centers toward the higher centers, heightening awareness and reconnecting us to Divine Consciousness.
Bija Mantras are equally effective chanted silently. When recited aloud they are typically spoken rather than sung.
LAM 1st Root (I am) Earth Grounding, Stability
VAM 2nd Sacral (I am) Water Sexuality, Identity, Creative Energy
RAM 3rd Abdomen (I am) Fire Will Power, Confidence, Personal Power
YAM 4th Heart (I am) Air Love, Compassion, Forgiveness
HAM 5th Throat (I am) Space Communication
OM 6th Third Eye (I am) All that is Intuition, Command
Silence 7th Crown (I am) All that is and all that is not Divinity, Connection
Aum is the sound which emanated from the movement of Pure Consciousness. It is said that in the beginning there was only Pure Consciousness (God). At some point, this Pure Consciousness moved, creating friction that produced vibration which expanded out into the vacuum of empty space. This ripple underlies the duality that we experience in the material world. This vibration reverberates throughout the cosmos and everything in it. Aum is the sound expressive of the Divine and it is this source energy that animates all things.
Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
“Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” recited independently constitutes a powerful prayer for peace.
Repetition of the word Shanti here addresses the three realms adhi-bhautika (physical/external), adhi-daivika (divine/spiritual), and adhyaatmika (internal, arising from one’s own body and mind). It invokes peace by encouraging the dissolution of obstacles arising from these realms (tapa-traya).
Shanti Mantras are a class of mantras found in the Vedas and in the Upanisads, which are always followed by this phrase.
Gayatri Mantra, Savitri Mantra, Ved-Mata
The most ancient of Vedic Mantras (Rigveda, Mandala 3.62.10), The Gayatri is often called the mother of the Vedas (Ved-Mata). It belongs to a class of mantras that emphasize the power of the word, Shabda Brahman. This class of mantras draw power from adherence to pronunciation and meter during recitation of verses first intuited by rishi’s during periods of deep meditation. They are said to be “Shruti”, born of deep listening…that which is heard.
Many translations exist, but in essence, The Gayatri is an expression of gratitude, a celebration of Divine Light, and a prayer for spiritual awakening.
Om bhur buvah suvah To the earth, the above (sky,space), and the heavenly realms
Tat savitur varenyam That (Divine) Light (Savitur, sun) worthy of veneration
Bhargo devasya dimahi We meditate on that Light as remover of sin (ignorance), embodiment of truth (glorious)
Diyo yo nah pracodayaat That it may illuminate (enlighten, inspire, awaken) our minds (intellect, buddhi)
It is recommended to recite The Gayatri at dawn or dusk three times in succession, or 108 times as is traditional.
Maha Ganapati Mool Mantra, Shree Ganesh Mool Mantra, Ganesh Beej Mantra
This mantra is often chanted at the beginning of a project, as recitation is believed to bring success, good fortune, and aid in spiritual enlightenment. It invokes the energy of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, to clear the path for harmonious and prosperous outcomes.
“Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Glaum Gam Ganapataye Vara Vara da Sarva Janam Mey Vashamanaya Swaaha”
These classic Sanskrit words address fundamental “positive energy” concepts that make life and creation possible. Repetition should induce a trance-like state of heighted awarenes.
Om The sound expressive of the Divine, AUM.
Shreem Bija mantra of Lakshmi. Invokes the energy of health and prosperity. (Shri, splendor)
Hreem Bija mantra of Bhuvaneshwari or Adi Shakti. Creative energy, healing, compassion, purity.
Kleem Bija mantra of Kamadeva, God of love and attraction.
Glaum Earth element, Stabilizing force
Gam Seed sound of Ganesha
Ganapataye Formal Sanskrit name of Ganesha
Vara Vara da Requesting a blessing or boon with emphasis (repetition)
Sarva Janam All external and internal associations / influences (people, places, thoughts, senses)
Vasamaanaya Let it be under my control. First focusing on control self and senses, the rest follows.
Swaaha Offering prayers to the heavenly realms, divine surrender
See this link for more detail: https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/the-explanation-of-ganapathy-mantra
Pavamana Mantra, Pavamana Abhyaaroha
A prayer for purification that was originally recited prior to soma ritual for cleansing past sins, attaining clarity, liberation, and peace. The mantra appears in the Brhadaaranyaka Upanisad (1.3.28). Soma may refer to the moon or “moon drops” also known as amrita, or immortal ambrosia…nectar of the Gods said to render one immortal.
Asato ma Sad Gamaya From the untruth (unreal, evil) into truth (real, good)
Tamaso ma Jyotir Gamaya From the darkness into light
Mrtyormamamratam Gamaya From death into immortality
These three statements are referred to as the Pavamana Mantras, while modern recitations often add “Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti” to close the prayer.
Om shanti, shanti, shanti-I Peace, peace, peace