What is Chanting? What are Mudras?
Chanting is an ancient spiritual practice that is simple and can be used with meditation and has many benefits. It’s just the repetition of a word or sound. According to the Indian yoga tradition, sound is a powerful force for healing mind and body.
Every mantra has its own unique effect and can help to:
- - heal
- - help to balance cleanse your energies or chakras
- - manifesting positive relationships, career, money, health
- - improve sport, art or any passions you want to pursue.
- - Chanting can be done at any time of day and for all kinds of intentions.
- - Chanting the right mantra before bedtime promotes sound sleep.
- - Chanted in the morning can promote positive thinking for the rest of the day a
Always be sure to keep your mantras positive!
- Any phrase or word that we say repeatedly to ourselves can be considered a mantra
- Every time a person thinks they are fat or not smart enough or that they can’t make money these negative mantra attracts more of that to them.
- Where as positive mantras will promote peace and joy or whatever you are asking for.
They can be said aloud taking advantage of the vibration of your voice, but also whispered, repeated silently, or even written.
You can do it 108 times or for 20 minutes. It is important to get the sound right as well as have a positive intention. Imagine the vibration starting from the navel, then move up to the sternum and then through the throat and out of the mouth.
Dr. Pillai is an enlightened Guru in India teaching chanting and it’s powerful effects. Here is a video of him guiding the meditation I mentioned in my video.
Here is Dr. Pillai talking about manifesting:
Here is another Montra he has come up with to manifest money:
• Om - Everything in the universe is carried on this mantra. It energizes all of life, awakens our prana, clears the mind, and opens us up to positivity. As explained in part 1 Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating –The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature, so it connects us to all beings.
• Ram - Ram is considered a mantra of protection. It strengthens our mental capacity and our immunity, warding off fear and anxiety.
• So'ham - In Jyotish (Vedic astrology), So'ham is the mantra for the moon. Just like the moon, it has a cooling, calming effect that also brings joy and calm energy. (Read about So'ham. I Am That.)
Traditionally chanted in three parts, with equal time given to each part. It is chanted from the navel, then moves up to the sternum and then through the throat and out of the mouth. In the process, an internal vibration is created. This vibration is said to be the trinity that connects the physical body, mind and spiritual Self. It is also spelled as Aum, with three letters, in order to represent the three states of consciousness. “A” is the waking state, “U” is the dream state and “M” is the state of deep sleep. (Learn more in The Meaning of Om.)
Throughout history, different meanings have been associated with the Sanskrit word, Ram. Many believe that Ram is symbolic of daily life as an act of worship, along with bringing oneself closer to God. It has been described as a reorientation to one’s true, purest Self, or “...the essence of who you are when you realize your true Self (the Atman).” As a mantra, Ram is repeated as a way to show bhakti (devotion) and commitment to acting justly, with wisdom and compassion for all. A popular mantra that contains Ram is “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram,” which was originally popularized in western India by the enlightened saint, Samantha Ramdas.
According to Vedic tradition, So'ham is considered the universal mantra, used to identify someone with Ultimate Reality and the larger Universe. It may be translated from Sanskrit to mean "I am That," and is an answer to the mantra, Hamsa, which means "Who am I?" As a mantra, So'ham has the primary purpose of connecting people to one another because the sound it makes is like the sound of breathing and every human must breathe. It acknowledges that all of us have the same nature, life force, maker and origin. (Learn more in So'ham. I am That.)
The first part of the mantra (pronounced as an extended “sooo”) is said on an inhalation, while the second part (“hummm”) is said on an exhalation. This creates a natural vibration and slowly relaxes the nervous system. Because it is practiced while inhaling and exhaling at a steady, slow and consistent speed, the So'ham mantra is one of the easiest ways to quiet the mind and reduce muscle tension. Repeating this mantra activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is responsible for reducing heart rate and increasing restfulness. (Read more about Relieving Muscle Pain and Tension with Breath.)
Om Namah Shivaya
The mantra of Om Namah Shivaya is intended to call upon the highest, purest Self. Some consider this mantra an act of respectfully bowing to Shiva. Shiva being the “true Self,” or identify that each person contains and is eternal, even after the body is destroyed.
Om Namah Shivaya is sometimes called the five or six-syllable mantra. It contains at least five syllables (na-mah-shi-va-ya), which all have different meanings, and Om is the sixth syllable when added at the beginning of the mantra. In Hindu traditions, https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/9001/namahanamah means "adoration" and "respect," while shivaya means "aligning with Absolute Reality." In practicing this mantra, one can work on attaining Self-realization and dissolving the ego. By aligning with a pure self, one is able to reduce negative, ego-based feelings such as jealousy, disappointment, anger, frustration, insecurity and greed. (Learn How to Dissolve Your Ego.)
Chanting Guru Om is a way of showing thanks and respect for one’s guru. It is especially beneficial to chant if you are seeking a teacher to learn from, or are showing devotion to an existing guru that you practice with. A guru is a spiritual teacher who helps his/her student dispel ignorance and connect with the Divine. This mantra contains the original sound of Om because it’s a way of connecting with the original source of energy while acknowledging gratitude and commitment to one’s personal guru. (Read more on How to Find Your Guru.)