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MANTRAS

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What is a Mantra?

I use Sanskrit mantras taken from Hindu Philosophy, which are typically about different deities that hold different meanings and different powers. It has been stated that the recitation of Sanskrit Mantras can bring transformation in you, while leading you to power and strength, and softness as well.

The combination of sounds directs the force of creation. The currents transmute the limitations of linguistics and become tools for power.  The beauty of using a mantra is that it has no meaning for our literal mind. It surpasses the logic and our need for meaning. This vibration transmits greater vitality for it is meaningless to the functions of the intellect.

Mantras speak to the universe, our cells, and soul’s directly. The sound itself reverberates through our body acting as nourishment for the soul. As it vibrates within, the mantra emanates and blesses outside of us to affect the subtle fields of energy in the universe.

Different sounds have different effects on the human psyche. A soft sound of wind rustling through leaves soothes our nerves, the musical note of running stream enchants our heart, and thunders may cause awe and fear.  Sanskrit dates back 7000-8000 years. Used before language, before the written word, its sounds are not simply phonetic but rather carry within them the very sounds of creation. The sounds are onomatopoeic (which means the utterance mimics  a sound) and transmit the raw power of the universe.

 

This vibrational legacy was once reserved for initiates alone. The revered Brahmins made the path of spiritual study their life’s work. They committed to their own self-realization and acted as mighty carriers of the ancient paths of power.  As the potency of the mantra became more far-reaching, it is now a vital component of those devoted to enlightenment in all forms.  Chanting in any form is an audial mediation and vibratory healing.

The wisdom traditions all note that as we chant, we directly affect the fields of energy on the Earth. Though we can conceptualize this truth (and some clairvoyants may actually see it) we haven’t had actual proof until recently.

The Schumann Resonance is the electromagnetic frequency of the Earth. It has remained steady at 7.83hz. This is also the vibration of the sacred mantra of creation Om.

We can now see, in quantifiable means, that the raising of our consciousness is affecting the frequencies of the Earth. These ancient mantras are more than spiritual practice, they are powerful forces creating true change.  

In using mantras we are contributing to the creation of the world around us.  The world we want to live in is within our power to create within our thoughts and actions. Even if our individual efforts may not be actively changing the planet, through sacred sounds, we become a powerful transmission of change, peace, and stability.  If you wish to contribute to something you believe in, you can chant Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu or any mantra with purity and love.

When we chant, we are essentially making music. From a modern perspective, we are already aware of how music affects the mind and body. You may have favorite songs to listen to while getting ready, driving, working out, or going to sleep. The effects of music are highly individualized by our experiences and associations with it. Through music with softer sounds and calmer tempos are generally soothing, a person’s favorite music can have those same effects, even if it is very loud or aggressive.

Music is believed to connect the physical, emotional, and spiritual realms simultaneously. Its effects are instant and long-lasting. Research is still in its infancy, but music appears to cause changes in mood, releasing neurotransmitters that directly affect our sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (stay and play) nervous systems.

Music therapy employs music to positively affect patients in a clinical setting in a myriad of ways to promote health, positive mood, rest and healing, tolerance of difficult or painful procedures, create positive experiences, promote feelings of connection with others, and making music to increase memory and cognitive functioning. Activities that engage both sides of the brain, such as singing or playing an instrument allow the brain to be more capable of processing information.   

When you chant, sit comfortably, as you would for your meditation (use props where needed).  Use a tone that is natural and comfortable for your voice, not straining to be high or low in pitch. Let the sound rollout slowly for the duration of your breath.

Origin of Mantra’s

Mantras are Vedic in origin. The teachings of the Vedas consist of various Mantric chants or hymns cognised by different seers or Rishis from the Cosmic Mind. Since the Vedas are impersonal and eternal, the exact historical date of the origin of Mantra chanting is hard to arrive at. For example, every Mantra in the Vedas, Upanishads and various religious traditions (sampradayas) within Hindu religion begin with Om or Aum - the primordial sound, the sound that is said to have its origins at the time of the creation of the cosmos.

Typically, Sanskrit chants are sung 108 times. There are 108 beads on a mala and malas are generally used to count the rounds of a mantra. It is believed that the mantra takes a powerful hold and comes into fruition after being recited 108 times. It is stated in Hindu Philosophy that the Gayatri Mantra is the most powerful mantra: It is believed by practitioners that reciting this mantra bestows wisdom and enlightenment, through the vehicle of the Sun (Savitr), who represents the source and inspiration of the universe.

Why 108?

  • The number 108 is considered a sacred number in Hinduism, Buddhism and yogic tradition.

  • Malas or Japa beads come in a string of 108 and are used for devotional meditation, mantra and prayer.

  • The Rosary also has 108 beads.

  • 108 shows up in the distances between the Sun, Moon and Earth

  • The diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Sun and Earth, and the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Earth and Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. 

  • 108 is the number of the east-west axis of the cross, where the sun rises and sets.

  • Hindu dieties have 108 names, and India is said to have 108 sacred sites.

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GANESHA
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Mantra 

Om gam ganapataye namaha

Aum gam gahna- paht-AH-yay nam-AH-ha

 

Om: the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute

Gam: seed syllable for Ganesha

Ganapataya: another name for Ganesha 

Nama: I bow to

Ha: yo!  Celebrating the essence of the mantra

Closing Blessing: May all of your obstacles be removed so that flow, forgiveness, acceptance and ultimate healing enter your life.  May all obstacles that are blocking the connection to your spirit and your heart energy; both known and unknown, be dissolved.  May you experience freedom, connection and abundance in each and every area of your life. 

Purpose

To remove obstacles to plant new seeds & clear the path for new beginnings. 

Beej / Gam.    Moon / New Moon.     Pranayama / Breath of Fire.

 Mudra: GANESHA

 

Ganesh (or Ganehsa) is the celebrated elephant-headed deity, said to be the remover of obstacles and patron of letter-writing and learning. It is common to invoke Ganesh before an important journey or event or to give him some thought when we are looking to overcome life’s obstacles.  

 

You might notice this with the hand positioning of this mudra: the hands are interlocked in front of the chest, representing both the obstacles we meet but also the strength we hold within to overcome them.  How to: hold your left hand in front of your chest, palm facing out. Grasp the left fingers with the right to form a 'lock', with the back of the right hand facing out. 

 

This mantra is used to remove obstacles to create success, health and wealth.  Best to be chanted during the new moon, to remove any obstacles in the way of creation and planting new seeds.   

The Story

Also known as Ganapati, Ganesha, is Shiva’s first son, who is often depicted in various postures with the head of an elephant and a big belly. He is typically seen with four arms holding an axe in one upper arm and a noose in the other upper arm. In most instances, he holds his own broken tusk in one hand with his trunk turned to the left sampling a delicacy held in his lower left hand. He is portrayed at all times with a mouse by his side which is said to be his vehicle.

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Here is one of the many stories of how Ganesha received the head of an elephant:

 

Parvati (pictured above on the right), the wife of Lord Shiva (pictured above on the left) was alone at home and wanted to have a bath. She needed to have a guard at the door, as Shiva was not at home. So out of earth, she created a child, and asked him to guard the entrance while she took a bath. While Parvati was bathing, Lord Shiva came to the scene and wanted to enter the house. However Ganesha blocked him from entering saying that it was his mother's orders not to allow anyone inside. Enraged, Lord Shiva cut off Ganesha's head and entered the house. Parvati, upon learning this, was overcome with grief. Upon learning that Ganesha was his own son, Lord Shiva felt sad too. Parvati then asked Lord Shiva to go down the Himalayas (their abode), cut off the head of the first animal he sees and splice it onto the headless body of Ganesha. The first animal Lord Shiva found was an elephant and that is how Lord Ganesha came to have the elephant's head and thus, infinite wisdom.

 

This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities. The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha. He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.

 

Lord Ganesh also symbolizes intelligence in the body and the highest process of creation, being the higher mind, which is crucial for reasoning and discernment.

It is traditional to chant this mantra at the commencement of new beginnings, such as a new course, new relationship, new business venture or before the start of rituals and ceremonies and also before undertaking any auspicious event or occasion (and even before buying a new vehicle or home).

 

Ganesha is known as the Remover of Obstacles. Devotees connect to Ganesha to protect against adversity, dispel fear and to gain material prosperity and success in life. The Ganesha statue with trunk on the right side is called Siddhi Viniayaka. It is believed that connecting to this form of Ganesha is said to bring about quick results.

 

Vinayak Chaturthi: which is Ganesha’s birthday (September 2), is grandly celebrated with a festival that extends for a period of up to 11 days. Intricately moulded clay images of Ganesha with red flowers and red sandalwood paste with colorfully decorated umbrellas beside it, are placed on pedestals and worshipped. Offerings of modaks and laddus (which are sweet Indian desserts), are made to Ganesha and free food known as Prasadam is distributed to devotees. The Idol is then taken in a procession to the nearest body of water and immersed with great reverence and respect. This celebration is one of the most important power times in the year to welcome Ganesha, the Lord of fortune and wisdom, into your life and receive his blessings for the fulfilment of your desires, success, prosperity and new beginnings of all kinds.

 

Another myth is that Ganesha’s tiny mouse could not bear his weight and tripped. The moon started laughing at the funny sight. Ganesha got angry and cursed the moon saying that anyone who looks at the moon on the night of the Ganesh Chaturthi during Bhado will be falsely accused.  The moon begged Ganesha to remove the curse and Ganesha also realised that he had overreacted but he could not take the curse back.  Now anyone who looks at the moon on the night of the Ganesh Chaturthi may be falsely accused.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi  is when the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Moon period) a period of 15 days, which begins on the Shukla Amavasya (New Moon) day and culminating Purnima (Full Moon) day and is considered auspicious because it is favorable to growth or expansion on every plane of existence i.e. Mental, Physical and Spiritual Plane.  Bhado in translation to our calendar is August / September.

 

It is also believed that for the household purpose, The Ganesha statue should be in sitting position so that the god stays in your home. Whereas for festivals, he can be standing.

 

If you want to keep Ganesha statue in the home for material prosperity then the trunk should be touching or close to the laddu (the sphere shaped sweet that Ganesha holds). This represents Ganesha having his favorite food in his hand and will offer the prasad (another Indian food) to its devotees also. Here the laddu represents material gain and prosperity. If you want to have spiritual wisdom or spiritual bliss then the trunk should be close or touching the Modak.

 

Normally in temples, you will see the Ganesha statues with the trunk facing the right. This is because we are to worship the right side trunk Ganesha daily. Any mistake in a ritual can bring the wrath of the deity. The Ganesha statue with trunk on the right side is called as ‘Siddhi Vinayaka‘ because if worshiped correctly then it can give quick results.

 

Right sided Ganesha statue is believed to represent our Pingala Nadi which is on our right side, related to the energy of the sun, male energy, Shiva. It has fiery nature but can give quick results. If the fire is used properly, it can cook your food; and at the same, the fire element will also help your stomach to digest food. However, at the same time, fire can also burn you if handled improperly. So you have to follow the rituals properly if you want to have right sided Ganesha Statue in your home.

 

Right Curved Trunk of Ganesha

 

Ganesha idols with right curved trunks are called Sidhi Vinayak and they need special worship. According to Puranas, Sidhi, a daughter of Brahma, is a wife of Ganesha. Worshipping this statue helps in the manifestation of desires or powers. It is considered most lucky and auspicious to worship this form of Ganesha. The powers of Ganesha and Sidhi work powerfully to bring success to endeavors when all others have failed. It acts powerfully to bring speedy results bestowing prosperity, knowledge, and final emancipation.

 

Ways to connect to Sidhi Vinayak:

 

• Bathe daily and remain without dust.

• Such idols have the Sun`s principle active in them. If prayers are not done as per Vedic norms,

then it will burn away the results that are bound to come.

• Red sandal paste should be applied as tilak to Ganesha.

• Dress must be changed every day and they must be washed in clean water.

• Fresh flowers or blades of Durva grass should be offered with devotion and lovingness.

• Ghee lamps must be lighted along with scented agarbattis.

• Mantras should be chanted and arati of camphor must be shown to him.

• Food offerings of sugar candy, modak or laddoo or boiled channa gram should be made to Ganesha.

• These offerings to the Lord constitute the five elements of nature: earth, fire, water, air and ether.

 

Spiritual significance of Ganesha

 

One must perform these sacred acts with purity in body and mind. Only if a person does these acts with selflessness does the Lord respond to his prayers. It represents the pingala nadi and this is related to the Sun`s energy. In the Sun`s energy flowing through the right trunk, reside the trinity- Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu. The idol has the blessing of a million suns. Pingala nadi corresponds to the right sympathetic nervous system that governs the supra-conscious mind. It has immense power to give what one desires. It needs regular purificatory rites of mantra chanting. But this form of Ganesha holds the hot power of pingala nadi in the psychic body. Hence, he is very powerful and is not forgiving if we do not follow Vedic norms in connecting to him.

 

Mantras to recite:

 

“Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha” - Chanting this mantra 108 times before Sidhi Vinayaka idol will bring success in all efforts. Students will shine well in their studies if they recite this mantra.

 

“Om Gam Ganeshaya Namaha” - Reciting this mantra will remove all the obstacles before commencement of any activity.

 

The Ganesha with the trunk facing forward represents our Sushumna Nadi - our central channel where feminine and masculine, moon and sun, cooling and heat, are all balanced.

 

The Ganesha with the trunk swung upright in the air represents Kundalini energy which has reached the crown chakra.

 

Also, remember in mind that Ganesha is a sattvic (Sattva is one of the 3 Gunas or modes of existence - Sattva means balance and harmony, positivity, luminosity and creativity). So it is recommended to avoid having non-vegetarian food at home. This is to help create a pure environment. The favorite food of Lord Ganesha is Modak and Laddu. Whenever you plan to make prasad for Ganesha then make with a lot of devotion and purity. Never taste the food which is meant to be offered to Ganesha. Once Ganesha has taken the prasad then only you can consume the food as a prasad. Secondly, avoid adding onions and garlic to the food which is meant to be offered to Lord Ganesha.

 

Avatar in Sanskrit means “descent”; in Hindu mythology, a deity descends from heaven to earth for a specific purpose. Sacred texts like the Ganesha Purana and Mudgala Purana state that Ganesha assumed eight avatars, each manifesting in a different epoch and descriptive of a single attribute. All the avatars had one purpose – to slay a demon for the purpose of restoring peace and harmony in the world, with each form taking on a separate and individual significance of its own.

 

Vakratunda: Lord of the Twisted Trunk / Vanquished the demon Matsarasura

 

As Vakratunda, Ganesha embodies the formless spirit of the Universe or Brahman. In this avatar, He defeated the demon, Matsaryasura (Envy), who came into being when Indra, king of the Gods, once lapsed into absent-mindedness. Performing austere penances to Shiva won Matsaryasura the boon of fearlessness. He soon brought all the gods, including mighty Shiva, to their knees. Dattatreya, the unified form of the Holy Trinity, advised them to invoke Vaktratunda and divulged to them, the powerful seed mantra ‘Gam’. Their penance bore fruit – Vakratunda appeared seated on a lion and defeated Matsaryasura.

 

In the long run, there is nothing that envy cannot overcome; it can only be defeated by the purely abstract form of the divine, here symbolized by Ganesha’s trunk.

 

Additional Activities

 

Journal & Burn: Pinpoint obstacles that may be invading your life with a simple “Journal & Burn” Ritual. 

 

Step #1: Intentional Journaling Exercise

 

Detail a situation in your life where you are experiencing stress.  Be very detailed.  Next, go through your journal entry and make a list of all of the obstacles in your situation and write them on a loose piece of paper.

 

Step #2: Burning Ritual 

Take a small piece of paper and write out the obstacles on it.  Use a fire safe container in a well-ventilated area and make the following declaration:  “I hereby release these obstacles (read the obstacles on your paper), to Ganesha for them to be removed”, and burn the paper. 

PEACE

Mantra

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om 

har: God or universe, creative infinity wa: wow
he: everywhere
gu: dark
ru: light 

Purpose

Please also note that Shanti mantras always end with three utterances of the word Shanti which can be referred to as "peace". The reason for saying Shanti three times is for calming and removing obstacles in the three realms namely physical (people, places and situations), divine (from nature - storms, droughts etc.), and from the internal realm (from within one’s own body and mind - pain, diseases, laziness and stress).  This mantra is found in the Upanishads.

Beej / N/A    Moon /  Half   Pranayama /  Alternate nostril

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 Mudra: SHUNYA

Practicing shunya mudra is thought to provide relief from a range of hearing and balance issues, including: motion sickness, vertigo, ear disorders such as acute pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus.  How to: Press your middle finger into your palm with your thumb, extend other three fingers.  

BALANCE

Mantra

Har Har Wahe Guru

Purpose

Please also note that Shanti mantras always end with three utterances of the word Shanti which can be referred to as "peace". The reason for saying Shanti three times is for calming and removing obstacles in the three realms namely physical (people, places and situations), divine (from nature - storms, droughts etc.), and from the internal realm (from within one’s own body and mind - pain, diseases, laziness and stress). 

Beej / N/A    Moon /  ANY   Pranayama /  Box breath with kumbakha 

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 Mudra: BUDDHI

 The seal of mental clarity. When the little finger, which symbolizes water and communication, touches the thumb, which represents divine nature and fire, the buddhi mudra signifies fluid communication and access to inner knowledge.  How to: Bring your pinky finger and thumb tips together, extend other three fingers, palms up, allow hands to relax. 

GETTING YOUR CERTIFICATE

  • Complete all contact hours.

  • Lead 2x 15 minute mantras, both different, following our "How To Guide A Mantra" Teaching Techniques, this can be submitted via voice recording or video, must include a mudra and meditation.

  • Lead a 30 minute mantra; different from the above, following our "How To Guide A Mantra" Teaching Techniques, this can be submitted via voice recording or video, must include a mudra and meditation.

  • Lead a 60 minute mantra; different from the above, following our "How To Guide A Mantra" Teaching Techniques, this can be submitted via voice recording or video, must include a mudra and meditation.

  • Complete your Mantra Self Study Assignment: Chant along to the Healing Mantra, for the entire duration on 3 different days.  Do a 7 Bodies Check in both before and after the mantra; note your insights, and submit them via email, including the dates of your completion.

CHANDRA

CHANDRA

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Mantras 

Om Chandraya Namaha 

 

Om: Creation 

Chandraya: Evoking the powers of Chandra! 

Nama: Bow

Ha: Yo!

Shrim: denotes Sharana Shakti, the power of refuge, surrender, peace and delight - pronounced as 'Shreem' 

Closing Blessing: May your life be filled with enough presence to notice the beauty and brilliance. May your mind be strong and your will be powerful. May you move forth into life with clarity & ease, forever connected to your purpose here on earth. 

Purpose

Chanting Chandra mantra can help clear the confusions of the mind and enhance the power of the mind. Lord Chandra can help enhance beauty, brilliance, eyesight, memory and mental faculties.

 

Beej / Shaam.    Moon / Any, esp full.     Pranayama / Shitali

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 Mudra: BRAHMA

Brahma Mudra allows flow of prana i.e. energy of life force throughout the body. It calms the mind and energizes the body. It instantly boosts your energy and improves focus.  How to: Fold thumbs inside fists, press knuckles together. 

 

I bow down to the Lord who resides in the hearts of all beings. 

CHANDRA 1
The Story

Chandra is the cool and calm deity of the moon, linked also to soma, which is said to be the amrit or ‘nectar’ of immortality and fertility.

 

The word Sanskrit word ‘Chandra’ translates as ‘moon’, in ancient texts is said to hold the nectar of immortality, waning when the gods were drinking from it, and waxing when the cup was filled again. In Vedic astrology, the moon represents the subconscious mind, emotions, intuition, imagination, feelings and perceptions, and also links to the element of water.  Chandra meaning moon also translates to shining - another name for Chandra is "soma" = the intoxicating sacred drink used in Vedic sacrifice.

 

Chandra is often seen riding a chariot being pulled by two deer.  He is associated with the night, plants and vegetation. He is usually depicted as only a head and two hands holding white lotuses - but without a body to symbolise his waxing and waning.  As with the other deities, there are a few myths behind their creation. 

Moon worship has taken place throughout religions and traditions for as long as we know, especially regarding the moon’s cycle, tides of the sea, and the female menstrual cycle. As we tend to mark the calendar instead of watching the waning and waxing moon, its likely many of us are unaware of our synchronicity to the moon and our own cycle as women, and reconciling this relationship is one way we can reconnect with nature.

 

Mythology says that chanting Chandra is the surest way to gain blessing of happiness and prosperity.  The scripts say to take a bath early in the monition and chant the chosen Chandra mantra in front of a picture of Chandra.  It is also advised to understand the specific meaning of the mantra you choose to maximise it’s benefits.  The Chandra mantras create positive vibrations that will off-set any negative vibes. 

 

A story for Chandra is that he was born in the Ocean of Milk, and nearly blinded the Devas with his bright glowing body.  The Devas then decided he would serve best in the cosmos, and sent him away.  Another version is that Brahma created the seven rishis and instructed them to aid him in creation by engaging in procreation. One of the seven rishis was Atri - who was married to Anusuya - known as a virtuous woman married to a Rishi.  A virtuous woman, meaning a woman who controls her mind, speech, and body and is never unfaithful to her husband attains the world of her husband. 

 

The holy trinity wanted to test Anusuya.  They appeared at the home of the couple, and requested that she feed them dinner, however said they follow certain principles, to which she agreed. The principle was an odd request - it was to see her naked.  So she transformed the three into children and served them food in the nude. 

 

The deitys were satisfied and awarded them with a boon, to which the couple requested a son - soon they had 3 sons: Chandra, Durvasa, and Dattatreya.  Chandra was married to the 27 daughters of Daksha, Brahama’s son.  The 27 daughters are the 27 stars.  When Daksha gave away his daughters, he asked Chandra to promise to never look down on them, and treat them all equally with love and care, to which Chandra agreed. 

 

Later he had grown to have a favourite, the 4th daughter, Rohoni and spent most of his time with her.  The other 26 were unhappy and went to complain to the father. Daksha got angry and told his son in law that he would lose his powers and beauty.  Chandra began to die and he began to pray to Lord Shiva, which eventually began to reverse the affects of the curse.  This started the waxing and waning of the moon.  Chandra didn’t want to wax and wane - he thought the crescent was weak. Shiva told him that he would wear the crescent moon on his head to remind his people that he would be with them even in their lowest times.  Resulting from Daksha’s curse, Chandra did not have children with is 27 wives, however before he married, he birthed the planet Mercury with Goddess Tara, who was married to another deity. When Tara was pregnant, everyone questioned her.  She told her husband that she believed the child was Chandras and he cursed the child to be neither male or female - however the child was born a sun, and became the God Mercury.  "Budha" is a Sanskrit word that connotes the planet Mercury. He is also known as Soumya: son of Moon. He is the awakened discriminating intellect and the part of us that knows, and is known as grahapati, or lord of the planets.   

Shiva adorns Chandrama (moon) on his forehead. Chandrama has absorbed the frequencies of Prajapat, Brahma, Vishnu, Minakshi and Shiva and imparts them to others along with energies of Indra. Chandrama means 'The one which gives pleasure'. It gives affection, mercifulness and motherly love.

 

The Moon is a Sattvic or spiritual planet. It gives faith, love, openness, surrender, devotion, peace and happiness. As a very sensitive and mutable planet, the Moon can be easily influenced and overcome by other planetary energies. Saturn can darken it, depress it or give it detachment. The Moon represents not only responsiveness but also inertia. Through our lunar sensitivity, we can become accustomed to a life of pain, sorrow, or ignorance, as well as to a life of joy and truth.

 

Philosophy states that any moon mantra should be repeated 11,000 times on Mondays, or in the evening, specially around the time of the full Moon. Begin recitation on a Monday during the bright half of the Moon. 

LAKSHMI
SHIVA

SHIVA

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Mantras 

Om Namah Shivaya

 

Used to get rid of internal imperfections and limitations; and clean physical space energy.

 

om: the universal sound 

nama: I bow to 

shi: Shiva

va: is his revealing grace ya: is the soul’s questions 

Closing Blessing: May your fears be small and your courage be great.  May you be protected from any and all negativities.  May you walk forth with undefeated grace, love and good health. 

Purpose

To win over fear and fight one's battles and come up undefeated; and also to stay protected from our fears, negative energy and disease.

 

 

Beej / Hroum    Moon /  Third Quarter    Pranayama /  Surya Nostril Breath  

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 Mudra: RUDRA

A powerful healing and energizing mudra. Rudra is a Sanskrit word that means “howler” or “terror.” It is also the name of a Rigvedic deity and is associated with the Hindu god, Shiva.  It is said to have a plethora of benefits, including: mental clarity & concentration, which is said to banish tension, improve circulation and respiration, reduce feelings of dizziness and exhaustion, promote better eating habits, energize the body and promote personal empowerment.   

SHIVA
The Story

Shiva is the third member of the Hindu Trinity, tasked with destroying the universe in order to prepare for its renewal at the end of each cycle of time. Shiva’s destructive power is regenerative: It’s the necessary step that makes renewal possible.

 

Hindus customarily invoke Shiva before the beginning of any religious or spiritual endeavour; they believe that any bad vibrations in the immediate vicinity of the practice are eliminated by the mere utterance of his praise or name.

 

There are multiple stories about the origin of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. One is that Shiva emerged from a burning tower when Lord Vishnu and Brahma had an argument. The Shiva Purana states that Vishnu originated when Shiva rubbed some nectar on his ankle.

 

The Vishnu Purana says that lord Shiva originated from the eyebrows of the lord Vishnu, and that is why lord Shiva is mostly in the meditative state.

 

Though it seems that there are multiple stories and hence, confusion about the origins of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, but, actually it is stated that all of the stories are true.

 

There are broadly two reasons for this confusion:

 

  • One is that we do not account for the fact that the Hindu system of time is not linear but cyclical in nature.

  • Second being that every deity has a formless (nir-gun or without attributes and characteristics) and Physical form (Sagun with a form and attributes).

 

So, Who was the First Deity Born?

 

It depends on what belief system in Hinduism you follow. Shiva Purana attributes that at first Ardhanarishvara came into being from whose bifurcation came to being Shiva and Shakti. From Shiva’s left body came Vishnu and from Vishnu came Brahma.

 

Vishnu Purana attributes Vishnu first came to being and then from his navel sprout a lotus bearing Brahma in it and from his left body came Shiva. 

LAKSHMI

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LAKSHMI
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Mantra 

Om Hreem Sri Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha

 

Om HA-REEM, SHREE, lahk-shmee bye-oh, nam-AH-ha 

Purpose

Used to evoke love, beauty, health and prosperity.

 

Closing Blessing: May you feel the beauty of your soul shine outward, each and every day, as you connect to the ever available abundance that becomes available from experiencing both the light and the dark.  May you be open to all the blessings that are available to you as you travel on your journey to each destination. 

om: the universal sound 

hreem: an exclamation

sri: glory, adorning 

lakshmi: goddess lakshmi 

bhyo: bestow me

namaha: I bow to (Lakshmi) 

Beej / Shreem    Moon / Any, esp full     Pranayama /  Viloma

 Mudra: LAKSHMI

This mudra help us open up to receiving abundance, wealth, beauty and prosperity. 

The Story

Lakshmi was born from the stirring of the primordial milky ocean - the same sea that Chandra was born.  The name Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, which means aim or destination.  Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity of all forms, material and spiritual.

 

Like most Hindu mythology, Lakshmi’s origin story has many different versions and is always embellished with many surreal, magical or even unbelievable elements. Lakshmi’s story begins with a meeting between Sage Durvasa and Lord Indra. 

 

Sage Durvasa, with a lot of respect, offers Indra a garland of flowers. Indra takes the flowers and rather than humbly placing them around his own neck, he puts the garland on the forehead of his elephant Airvata. The elephant takes the garland and throws it down on the earth - after all, he is an elephant. He didn’t know better! 

 

Durvasa gets angry at this disrespectful treatment of his gift and he says to Indra, “you have an inflated ego and in your arrogance, you have disrespected me!” Durvasa curses Indra, stating that his kingdom will be ruined just as he ruined the garland by throwing it onto the ground in his excessive pride.

 

Durvasa walks away and Indra returns to his home. The changes in Indra’s city start to take place following Durvasa’s curse. The higher powers and the people start to lose their vigour and energy, all the vegetable products and plants start dying, men stop doing charity, minds become corrupted, and everyone’s desires become uncontrollable.  With the higher powers getting weak in Indra’s home town, the demons invade and defeats them. Everything became chaotic.

 

This is the reason that both the higher powers  (light) and Demons (darkness) reside in us and are representative of the good and evil within us.

 

After being defeated, the higher powers went to Vishnu (the preserver of the universe) who suggested they churn the ocean to restore the power back to the light. The work of churning this primordial ocean will bring back the elixir of immortal life to the higher powers.

 

The churning is symbolized by a literal tug of war between the Gods and Demons in the story.  Being a vast body, it would take all of the gods and all of the demons to churn the ocean. So the gods took a snake and wrapped it around Mount Madura. They then sunk the whole mountain into the milky sea. With the gods at the tail end and the demons at head, they both pulled, uncoiling the snake, causing the mountain to spin and the primeval sea to swirl. 

 

From this churning many things rise up out of the ocean, including Lakshmi AND the elixir of immortal life.  Goddess Lakshmi rises out of the waves, fully grown, gorgeous and on a lotus flower. Eventually through some tricky slight-of-hand the elixir of immortal life also is returned to the gods and order in the universe is restored. 

Lakshmi is depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed, prosperity-showering golden-coloured woman standing or siting in the padmasana position upon a lotus throne, while holding a lotus in her hand, symbolising fortune, self-knowledge, and spiritual liberation. 

 

One of the lessons in this story is that when we get arrogant or angry, it leads to an inability to perform good work. We will lack mental peace, willpower and have a meaningless life. It also shows us that we sometimes have to work with our adversaries, finding compromise and collaboration in order to restore order for a greater good. 

HANUMAN

References: 

Dr. Arjun, India, umaachi.com, Tales of Gods V. Satish, Yoga International 

HANUMAN

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HANUMAN 1
HANUMAN 2
Mantras 

1. Om Shri Hanumate Namaha

2. Hanuman bolo, hanuman bolo, jai sita ram, jai jaya hanuman

Om: the universal sound
Shri: Mr
Hanumate: Hanuman
Nama: I bow
Ha: yo! 

Bolo: say

Jai: to hail someone or indicate praise or admiration 

Jaya: Victory

Sita: An avatar, or incarnation, of Lakshmi, Goddess of abundance. Lakshmi and Vishnu incarnate on earth as Sita and Rama. Sita is known for her devotion and purity, and is the central female character of the Ramayana.

Ram/rama: An avatar, or incarnation, of Vishnu, the lord of the universe. Rama's story is told in the Ramayana, his wife is Sita, and he is known for his compassion and courage. 

Closing Blessing: May the connection to your wisdom be strong and powerful. May your intuition speak clearly, and may you have the courage to listen.

Purpose

Used to evoke wisdom, strength & power 

Beej / Fraum    Moon /  ANY     Pranayama /  Kapalabhati 

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 Mudra: ABHAYA

Abhaya in Sanskrit means fearlessness. Thus this mudra symbolizes protection, peace, and the dispelling of fear. It is made with the right hand raised to shoulder height, with the arm held in close toward the body, the palm of the hand facing outward, and the fingers upright and joined. 

The Story

Hanuman's name originates from the Sanskrit hanu, meaning “jaw,” and man.

 

Hanuman was the son of Vayu, the god of the wind, and Anjana, a celestial nymph, also known as Punjikastala, from the kingdom of Lord Indra. One day while she was roaming the heavens. She saw a monkey rishi deep in meditation. The sight of the cross legged monkey made her giggle. Rather than admiring his devotion, she was unable to control herself and burst out laughing. The monkey rishi was so deep in meditation that he did not even know that someone was laughing at him. She thought that he was ignoring her, so she started to pester him even more and unkindly threw fruit and stones at him. When one of the mangoes hit the rishi on his head, he opened his eyes and was startled, his meditation was broken. He looked around furiously and saw Anjana ready to throw another stone.

 

The monkey sage lost his patience and was enraged at Anjana's behaviour. He was even more angry that she had interrupted his meditation. He was so angry that he cursed her. The curse was that she would take the form of a monkey, as she had made fun of a monkey.  She pleaded to the sage to take back his curse she was so sorry for her actions and truly repented.  The rishi could see that she was genuinely sorry and was unable to take back the curse as the words had been spoken. He then told her that the curse would only be broken when she gave birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The monkey vanished into thin air, and she was left with her new face of a monkey.

 

She continued to pray to Lord Shiva. She decided to go for a walk in the forest and came across and Ashram.  The people inside the ashram were kind and holy people and did not make fun of her monkey face. She was feeling very hungry after a long day, and accepted the fruits they offered. The people of the ashram ‘priests’, wanted to know who she was and where she had come from. She was too embarrassed to tell her tale of the curse, and who she was previously.  She told them her name was Anjana, and decided to make up a new identity, leaving her past life behind her and start a new beginning. She felt this new name was destined for something special.

 

The priests told Anjana that she was a very brave lady, they looked scared.  They told Anajana that they would not go to the forest at night. They told Anjana of a huge demon Sambasadan who lived there. He was as monstrous demon and had been terrorising people in the forest.  They were worries that he was going to attack the ashram and were preparing to defend themselves. Anjana told the priests, that she would help them.

 

Anjana made a small Shivling on the ground and began to pray to Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati.  She prayed to help these good and kind people and protect them from the demon. She prayed for strength and bravery. Anjana suddenly heard the words fill her ears, “Sambasadam can be defeated only by his own blood my child...May you be victorious...'

 

Anjana knew her prayers had been answered and she was filled with hope, which would guide her to victory. She got ready for the battle. As she was picking up the weapons she saw another man standing beside her, she could not see his face. The man looked like a warrior and was very well-built. Anjana thought the priest had called this warrior or King to help fight the demon. The man wore a coat of scars and looked like he had fought many battles. When the man turned to face Anjana she could not believe her eyes he had a face of a monkey.  The monkey man introduced himself as Kesari, the king of the monkeys, and this was his territory.

 

Suddenly there was a thunderous roar, the huge demon was hurtling towards the ashram. Kesari picked up his weapon and charged at the demon. Together the two of them along with some people from the ashrama and a small monkey army fought with the demon. Kesari could not defeat the demon, even with his skills.  The demon moved very quickly and changed forms. Finally Kersari hurt the demon, his blood flowed to earth. Anjana raced over and dipped the arrows in the demon’s own blood. She rapidly fired the arrows at the demon. The demon let out mighty cries as each arrow pierced him. Kesari saw what Anjana had done and dipped his own weapons in the demons blood, and continued to fight. As each blood dipped weapon hit the demon he began to melt. His deafening cry echoed through the forest. He had finally been defeated and the forest was safe again.

 

A priest approached Anjana and told her that when someone has helped their people win a battle they offer a gift as custom. She asked Anjana if she would consider marrying Kesari, Anjana looked surprised. She knew he was a brave and extremely intelligent man. Anjana was willing if she thought Kesari would be. The priest told Anjana that Kesari was already willing to marry Anjana. A special and auspicious day was chosen and Kesari and Anjana got married. After their marriage, both Anjana and Kesari daily worshiped Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They led a very happy married life.

 

Meanwhile in the city of Ayodhya, King Dasaratha had no children of his own and was performing a ritual for children. He was given a sweet pudding to share with his three wives. King Dasaratha gave the pudding to Kausalya and Kaikeyi.  However as the king was about to give the pudding to Queen Sumithra, and a bird snatched the pudding and flew away. Both Kausalya and Kaikeyi immediately gave a portion of their own pudding to Queen Sumithra, and that is why she gave birth to twins – Lakshmana and Shatrugana. Queen Kausalya gave birth to Rama, the hero of the Ramayana and Queen Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata.

 

The bird who stole the pudding was actually an apsara (heavenly being) named Suvarchala. Suvarchala was very hasty and often would act without thinking. He had been cursed by Lord Brahma to take the form of a bird due to his previous wrong doings. Lord Brahma however changed the curse and said that Suvarchala would only be  freed from her curse if she touched the pudding given by Lord Agni to King Dasaratha.

 

Suvarchala saw his chance to lift the curse and snatched the pudding from Queen Sumitra. Immediately she changed form and became an apsara. The pudding fell towards Vayu, the Wind God following the orders of Lord Shiva, Vayu blew the pudding straight towards the forests where Anjana and Kesari were staying.

 

Anjana and Kesari had just finished thier morning prayers when Anjana saw the pudding. Anjana and Kesari looked surprised when they heard a heavenly voice, 'Take this offering Anjana. It has the power of the Wind God as he was the one who blew it you and the essence of Lord Shiva inside it. You will have a healthy brave boy, who will be the incarnation of Lord Shiva...Take the pudding...'Anjana gave birth to one of the most powerful heroes of Ramayana – Hanuman. Our beloved Monkey god. Anjana was freed of her curse (her face returned to normal) as she had given birth to an incarnation of Shiva. 

 

Hanuman was named  Anjaneya [Son of Anjana]. He was also called as Pavanputra, (Son of the Wind God). He was called so because he had the essence of the Wind God, he has many names and was alsio called  Hanuman was also called as Kesharinandan  (Son of Kesari) 

 

Even as a child, Hanuman had great powers. One morning, he saw the sun rising and thought it was a great yellow ball. He decided to get hold of it so that he could play with it. Indra, the king of gods, saw Hanuman leap into the sky and wanted to stop him. And how did he do that? He threw his weapon, the Vajra (thunderbolt) at the child. Hanuman fell to earth, wounded.

 

Hanuman’s enraged father decided to go on a strike until the one who hurt his child was punished. Imagine if there is no wind on earth! How would it be? No gentle cooling breeze when the sun blazes down. No power to move the rain-bearing clouds. Why, after a point, both humans and animals couldn’t breathe. Vayu’s strike made life on earth difficult.

 

The gods knew they had to make Vayu less angry,  so they offered the baby a multitude of boons. Brahma said that no weapon would ever hurt Hanuman and that he would be able to change his form at will and travel wherever he chose. Indra’s boon was that the Vajra would no longer hurt the child and that his body would be stronger than the weapon. Varuna, the god of the ocean, offered him protection from water. Agni, the god of fire, blessed him with immunity to fire. Surya, the sun god, gave him the power to change the size of his body. Yama blessed him with good health and immortality. Vishwakarma, the divine architect, offered a boon that Hanuman would be safe from all objects of his creation. With all these boons, Hanuman became a great warrior who played a crucial role in the Ramayan.

 

The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the sage Valmiki and dated to around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.  It is comprised of seven different books.

 

Dasharatha was the King of Ayodhya and had three wives and four sons. Rama was the eldest and his mother was Kaushalya. Bharata was the son of Dasharatha’s second and favorite wife, Queen Kaikeyi. The other two were twins, Lakshmana and Shatrughna whose mother was Sumithra. In the neighboring city the ruler’s daughter was named Sita. When it was time for Sita to choose her bridegroom (at a ceremony called a swayamvara) princes from all over the land were asked to string a giant bow which no one could lift. However, as Rama picked it up, he not only strung the bow, he broke it. Seeing this, Sita indicated that she had chosen Rama as her husband by putting a garland around his neck. Their love became a model for the entire kingdom as they looked over the kingdom under the watchful eye of his father the king.

 

A few years later, King Dasharatha decided it was time to give his throne to his eldest son Rama and retire to the forest. Everyone seemed pleased, save Queen Kaikeyi since she wanted her son Bharata to rule. Because of an oath Dasharatha had made to her years before, she got the king to agree to banish Rama for fourteen years and to crown Bharata, even though the king pleaded with her not to demand such a request. The devastated King could not face Rama and it was Queen Kaikeyi who told Rama the King’s decree. Rama, always obedient, was content to go into banishment in the forest. Sita and Lakshmana accompanied him on his exile.

 

One day Rama and Lakshmana wounded a rakshasas (demon) princess who tried to seduce Rama. She returned to her brother Ravana, the ten-headed ruler of Lanka. In retaliation, Ravana devised a plan to abduct Sita after hearing about her incomparable beauty. He sent one of his demons disguised as a magical golden deer to entice Sita. To please her, Rama and Lakshmana went to hunt the deer down. Before they did though, they drew a protective circle around Sita and told her that she would be safe for as long as she did not step outside the circle. After Rama and Lakshmana left, Ravana appeared as a holy man begging alms. The moment Sita stepped outside the circle to give him food, Ravana grabbed her and carried her to his kingdom in Lanka.

 

Rama then sought the help of a band of monkeys offer to help him find Sita. Hanuman, the general of the monkey band can fly since his father is the wind. He flew to Lanka and, finding Sita in the grove, comforted her and told her Rama would come to save her soon. Ravana’s men captured Hanuman, and Ravana ordered them to wrap Hanuman's tail in cloth and to set it on fire. With his tail burning, Hanuman escaped and hopped from house-top to house-top, setting Lanka on fire. He then flew back to Rama to tell him where Sita was.

 

Rama, Lakshmana and the monkey army built a causeway from the tip of India to Lanka and crossed over to Lanka where a cosmic battle ensued. Rama killed several of Ravana’s brothers and eventually confronted the ten-headed Ravana. He killed Ravana, freed Sita and after Sita proved here purity, they returned to Ayodhya where Bharata returned the crown to him. 

VISHNU

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Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

bhaga vate

vasoo day vya 

Om: Creation

Namo: Bow

Bhagavate: one who is divine or blessed, and most often is used to describe the supreme deity

Vasudevaya: Another name for Vishnu 

Closing Blessing: May you live a life encased in complete happiness, bliss and beauty; and may you do so in a loyal union with your most soul connected, highest self.

Purpose

Ultimate freedom.  Additionally, it is stated that Krishna will stand by the reciters of this mantra, and respond to the calls of their hearts immediately. Krishna is said to dwell within all beings, and reciting this mantra is therefore a means of attaining awareness of the Krishna consciousness within.  Krishna, being one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshipped as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of the Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right.   In essence, Krishna is the symbol for the supreme beauty and bliss of life. He is a symbol for luxury, beauty and happiness. He teaches us to live our yoga; meaning, to stay in union with our highest self. 

 

Beej / Dam    Moon /  Full moon day     Pranayama /  Ujjayi 

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 Mudra: GARUDA

Garuda Mudra is named after the eagle that Vishnu (the lord of preservation) rides. It can help you cultivate the discipline you need to stick with your daily yoga practice when life gets busy.  It cultivates perseverance, commitment,  discipline, and balances energy.  How to: Right hand on top of left, thumbs hook, other fingers gently extend. 

VISHNU
The Story

 

Vishnu is the second member of the Hindu Trinity. He maintains the order and harmony of the universe, which is periodically created by Brahma and periodically destroyed by Shiva to prepare for the next creation. 

 

Vishnu has many forms and several avatars (incarnations). Vishnu is important and somewhat mysterious. Less visible than the nature gods that preside over elements (such as fire and rain), Vishnu is the pervader — the divine essence that pervades the universe.  

 

Vishnu is the Preserver and guardian of all humans, he protects the order of things (dharma) and he appears on earth in various incarnations (avatars) to fight demons and to maintain cosmic harmony.

Vishnu is known by his 4 arms, his conch, his powerful flaming weapon and the lotus.  He rides on the eagle Garuda, and is accompanied by the Shakti consort: Lakshmi. 

 

Vishnu is believed to have existed even before the creation of the universe. According to Vishnu Purana, the only one to survive even after complete devastation (Pralay) was Vishnu. And therefore, to keep the cycle of creation, destruction and recreation moving, Vishnu, began the resurrection of the universe by giving birth to Brahma from his naval.

Soon after giving birth to Brahma for creating life on earth, Vishnu produced Lord Shiva from his forehead, to end the journey of the varied forms of life. 

The 10 Avatars of Vishnu

Vishnu has ten avatars or worldly appearances, which are people, animals or a mix of both. Vishnu's ten avatars are:

 

  • Buddha

  • Krishna (the hero)

  • Rama (the hero)

  • Parashurama (the hero)

  • Nara-Simha or Narasimba (the man-lion)

  • Vamana (the dwarf)

  • Matsya (the fish)

  • Kurma (the tortoise)

  • Varaha (the boar)

  • Kalki (who will appear when the world ends, riding a white horse and heralding the start of a new golden age)

Like any major god, Vishnu is involved in a number of colourful stories which illustrate his virtues as the protector of cosmic order. As Varaha, the gigantic boar, he defeated the giant Daitya after Hiranyaksha had mischievously taken the Earth (Bhumi-devi) to the bottom of the sea. The incredible fight between the two lasted for a thousand years but Vishnu prevailed and finally raised the Earth from the watery depths, carrying it on his tusk.

 

Vishnu in Mythology

In the Bhagavata Purana, an epic poem that collects together many Vaishnavite stories, Vishnu is also credited with giving all the other gods the gift of immortality. The story goes that the gods wanted to churn up the ocean of milk in order to create the nectar (amrita) which gave its drinker eternal life. To mix the ocean they decided to use the holy Mt. Mandara with the giant serpent Vasuki (or Ananta) as a turning rope; one end to be pulled by Demons and the other by the gods. However, neither group could handle such a weight and they called for Vishnu to hold it. This he did in the form of Kurma, the giant tortoise, supporting the mountain on his shell. The nectar was duly created from the foaming sea but the Demons, true to character, tried to make off with it. Fortunately, Vishnu interceded in the form of the beautiful Maya (the personification of Illusion) and, suitably distracted, the Demons relinquished the nectar which Vishnu graciously gave to the gods, allowing them the possibility of immortality. 

VISHNU

SHAKTI

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SHAKTI
Mantra

 Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo 

 

Adi: First, superior 

Shakti: Divine feminine 

Namo: I bow 

 

Purpose

Shakti mantras transform prana and consciousness at the deepest levels. 

Closing Blessing: May you connect to your most fierce warrior or warrioress to surrender anything that stops you from reaching your spiritual liberation.  May you have the courage to surrender again and again.   

 

Beej 

Om 

Hrim (Sun)

Krim (Electric energy) 

Hum (Power of fire)

Strim (Power to stabilise)

Shrim (Lunar energy)

Klim (Magnetic energy)

Hlim (Power to stop)

Trim (Power to transcend) 

Moon /  Full moon     

Pranayama /  Left nostril 

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 Mudra: SHAKTI

Shakti simply means energy or strength. This gesture is specially designed as a remedy for insomnia and stress.  It can be practiced at any part of the day, while standing, sitting or lying down position.  How to:  Fold thumb in hands, wrap with index and middle fingers bringing your knuckles  together, extend ring and pinky fingers and bring tips together.  

The Story

 

Shakti is called upon as the divine mother who calls for absolute surrender. Yogis regard Shakti as the power, lying dormant within the body as a coiled serpent (kundalini), that must be aroused and realized to reach spiritual liberation. Shaktism is an essential part of Hindu Tantra, a system of practices involving the worship of the goddess and designed to empower and release both mind and body.

 

In popular worship, the goddess Shakti is known by many names; Hindus regard all female deities as her different manifestations and may refer to her simply as Devi (Goddess). In her beneficent aspect she is known variously as Uma, Parvati, and Ambika. In her fierce, destructive aspect she is represented as the black Kali, the demon-destroying Durga, and Shitala. The goddess is also worshipped as the gracious Lakshmi, who is the consort of Vishnu. 

Shakti is a Mahadevi, or Great goddess—which is essentially a sum of all other goddesses. In the guise of Durga, Shakti is a fierce warrior who kills the demon Mahisasur as well many other evil creatures. Kali is another form of Shakti who's worshipped throughout India. 

 

SHAKTI

OM TAT SAT

OM TAT SAT
Mantra

Om Tat Sat

Om: universal sound 

Tat: that which is absolute (beej of Shiva) 

Sat: reality and goodness in a praise worthy action (beej of Vishnu)

 

Purpose

Detailed in section 17.23.27 of the Bhagavad Gita.  Chanting Om Tat Sat is believed to awaken and cultivate higher consciousness as a means of connecting with the true self. It is one of the most common mantras, often recited during Hindu religious practices, the study of the Vedas and at the end of the yajnas (sacrifices).

 

This mantra is also used by some yogis in India as a greeting, with Hari as a prefix. The greeting Hari Om Tat Sat is a reminder that individuals are more than the body and earthly, material life. 

According to the Bhagavad Gita, all religious work or sacrifice should begin with the sound of Om. The sound of Tat reminds devotees to renounce any reward for the work or sacrifice they engage in. The sound of Sat serves as a reminder of what is good and true.

 

In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna declares that the mantra represents a threefold name for the Supreme soul, from which Brahman, the Vedas and yajnas originated. The repetitive chanting of this mantra encourages the mind to enter into a meditative state so that the practitioner may begin to connect with the higher Self or the Divine within.

 

Chanting may be practiced in any stable seated posture in which the spine can remain upright, such as sukhasana (easy pose) or padmasana (lotus pose). It is important to focus on the powerful inner vibration of this mantra whilst chanting, in order to connect with the divine truth within. 

Closing Blessing: May you awaken and cultivate higher consciousness as a means of connecting with the truest moset powerful self. You are good. You are true. You are here for a purpose. You are divine. 

Beej / N/A    Moon /  ANY   Pranayama /  Box breath with kumbakha 

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 Mudra: PRANA

Referred to as ‘life force’ and sometimes ‘breath’ – prana can be understood as the breath of life, the energy behind everything that exists in the universe. Something that is full of vitality, life and health may be said to be full of ‘prana’.  Developing a way to build and contain prana is an important part of a yoga and meditation practice. When you're feeling low in energy or your meditation practice is focused on building vitality and energy, this is the mudra to use in order to enhance a sense of ‘aliveness’.  How to: Touch the tips of the ring and pinky fingers to each thumb and let the index and middle finger extend away, palm faces upward. 

BLESSING

LOKAH
Mantra

Lokah Samastah Sukino Bahavantu

low-KAH sahm-as-STAH soo-kee-no BAH van TOO

lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now

samastah: all beings sharing that same location

sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering

bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence

antu: may it be so, it must be so (creating a powerful declaration)  

 

Closing Blessing: May all beings be happy and free. May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all, for the purpose of ultimate connection. 

Purpose

Though the original source of the mantra is unknown, it is said to be part of a traditional Sanskrit sloka (song of praise).  

 

Beej / N/A    Moon /  ANY   Pranayama /  Gentle, Slight Ujjayi 

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 Mudra: LOTUS

Padma Mudra directly translates to “Lotus Seal” in Sanskrit. The Lotus Mudra opens the heart energy and is a symbol of purity. This pose symbolizes a beautiful bud yearning toward the light, growing out of the deep dark muck of the pond water.  How to: Bring thumbs and pinky fingers together, open up the rest of your fingers like a beautiful lotus flower.  Hold hands in-front of your heart or overhead.  

WORDS

BALANCE

HAR HAR
Mantra

Har Har Wahe Guru

Har - an abbreviation for Shiva - the Seizer', 'Destroyer' of evils 

Wahe - wondrous

Guru - a guide that helps up move from dark to light 

Purpose

As a mantra, Waheguru is also known as the Gurmantra or "primary mantra." It calls upon the divine light to illuminate spiritual darkness. 

Closing Blessing: May you be free from all negative energy, both known and unknown.  May you light your own path, as you are your own true guru. You are a powerful master. Wonder with courage, and the light of your heart and you will never be lead astray.

Beej / N/A    Moon /  ANY   Pranayama /  Deep breath in through nose, sigh out through mouth (cleansing breath)

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 Mudra: BUDDHI

 The seal of mental clarity. When the little finger, which symbolizes water and communication, touches the thumb, which represents divine nature and fire, the buddhi mudra signifies fluid communication and access to inner knowledge.  How to: Bring your pinky finger and thumb tips together, extend other three fingers, palms up, allow hands to relax. 

PEACE

Mantra

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om 

om - universal sound of creation

shanti - peace

Purpose

Please also note that Shanti mantras always end with three utterances of the word Shanti which can be referred to as "peace". The reason for saying Shanti three times is for calming and removing obstacles in the three realms namely physical (people, places and situations), divine (from nature - storms, droughts etc.), and from the internal realm (from within one’s own body and mind - pain, diseases, laziness and stress).  This mantra is found in the Upanishads.

Closing Blessing: May you have peace in your heart. May you have peace within your thoughts. May you have peace within your releatinships.   May you have peace in all of your life and beyond.

Beej / N/A    Moon /  Half   Pranayama /  Alternate nostril

 Mudra: SHUNYA

Practicing shunya mudra is thought to provide relief from a range of hearing and balance issues, including: motion sickness, vertigo, ear disorders such as acute pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus.  How to: Press your middle finger into your palm with your thumb, extend other three fingers.  

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SHANTI

GRATITUDE

Gratitude Mantras

 

Kritajna Hum: I am grateful 

My true self is always grateful.

 

Closing Blessing: I am connected with everything in the universe. I am like an ocean; the deeper I go within, the more I connect with the stillness of my true self.  Gratitude is the beacon that guides me to that place where meaning, truth, and love exists. Gratitude connects me to the joy that's hidden in plain view, patiently waiting to be seen and felt with an open heart.

 

Dhanya Vad

I feel gratitude

This also means "thank you" in Sanskrit.

Closing Blessing: When I'm grateful, I find grace.  By looking for the blessings in my life, I open up a space of light in every experience; I open up the path for grace to flow. I make room in the middle of everything for gratitude.

Ananda Hum

I am bliss

Closing Blessing: Take a moment to feel glad.  Notice how this awakens the energy of gratitude. Allow this energy to uplift and expand you. Open your heart and feel a deep gratitude. Notice how gratitude shifts the moment, by shifting your being. Nothing around you changes; you change. True gratitude comes from knowing that you belong in the infinite dance of life. 

Samprati Hum

The present moment is my true self
 

Closing Blessing: We do not need more to be complete than we are right now in this moment. We do not need this moment to be anything other than what it is; it is enough right now. You are enough right now.  You can trust yourself by looking within for what you seek. Allow simply being here, and being grateful now, to evoke an aliveness in this present moment. Appreciate the joy of simply being how here in this moment. 

 

Prani Dhana

My individuality expands to universality
 

Closing Blessing: May grace dissolve the resistance and obstacles in your life.  May you practice gratitude to remove any blocks to acceptance, forgiveness and contentment. May this practice expand your perspective to know you are not alone.  

 

Namaste

I bow to you (I bow to each soul I meet)

Closing Blessing: Gratitude flows in a loving relationship, and it expands that relationship. When I forgive petty differences, I am receiving the love that I am giving. When I thank or appreciate another, I experience the same biochemical changes and healing effects as the person I’m thanking.  Rather than try to change anything about a person, I'm grateful for who they are, as they are. I accept and dissolve the differences that separate us.

 

Karuna Hum

I am compassion

 

Closing Blessing: When I have no judgment, I see everyone with kindness. I choose compassion over judgment, and by doing this, I become a conduit for peace, understanding, happiness and true love.

 
Moon /  Any   Pranayama /  Deep Cleansing Breath

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 Mudra: ANJALI

Hands together at heart center to express gratitude.  Palms up open to receive is great for the gratitude mantras also.

KRITAJNA
DHANYVAD
ANANDA HUM
SAMPRATI HUM
PRANIDHANA
NAMASTE
KARUNA HUM

GAYATRI

Mantra

Aum

Bhur Bhuvah Svah

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat 

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 Mudra: TATTVA

Tattva Mudra (Truth Seal) also called as Aditi Mudra relates to the elements Prithvi (Earth) and Agni (Fire). The Thumb is the earth element, and it rests at the base of the fire finger, being the ring finger.  In Sanskrit Tattva = elements or principle, reality, and truth.  Here, Tattva Mudra can be practiced to bring balance in the elements or as part of meditation to search for the ‘true self.’  How to: Four fingers extended out and together, thumbs come inward to touch base of ring fingers. 

Aum: the primordial fundamental sound symbolic of the Universal Absolute

Bhur Bhuvah Svah: “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of the entire cosmos or “ahriti”.  By uttering these three words, the person who chants it contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience. 

Tat – In simpler term, it means “that”, because it stated description through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.”

Savitur – “Divine Sun” (The ultimate light of wisdom)

Varenium – “Adore”

Bhargo – “Illumination”

Devasya – “Divine Grace”

Dheemahi – “We Contemplate”

Dhi – “Intellect”

Yo  – “Who”

Nah – “Ours”

Prachodayat – “Requesting/Urging/Praying” 

Purpose

“Oh, creator of the universe. 

We meditate upon thy supreme splendor. 

May thy radiant power illuminate our intellects, destroy our ignorance and guide us in the direction of enlightenment by purifying our inner hearts.”

 

The Gayatri Mantra is considered one of the most universal of all Vedic mantras. Also known as Savitri Mantra, which addressed the Immanent and Transcendent Divine which has been given the name “Savita,” meaning that from which all this is born. It was Brahmarshi Vishvamitra (Brahmarshi Vishvamitra is one of the most venerated rishis or sages of ancient India. 

 

According to Hindu tradition, he is stated to have written most of the Mandala 3 of the Rigveda, including the Gayatri), who spread the Gayatri Mantra. He also revealed the benefits of chanting the Gayatri mantra.  Evoking the universal Brahman as the principle of knowledge and the illumination of the primordial Sun. 

 

The mantra is extracted from the 10th verse of Hymn 62 in Book III of the Rig Veda (Sanskrit: “The Knowledge of Verses”) also spelled Rg veda, the oldest of the sacred books of Hinduism, composed in an ancient form of Sanskrit about 1500 bce, in what is now the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

 

This Gayatri Mantra removes all the malefic effects of the planet moon in the horoscope. Chandra represents brain and mind, emotions, sensitivity, softness, imagination, queen, and mother.

 

The best time to chant the Gayatri Mantra. Hence, the Gayatri Mantra should be recited between 4 am and 8 am and 4 pm and 8 am, typically two hours before sunrise to one hour before sunrise and sunset can be done till one hour later. - It is not bad to chant this mantra in the evening, however it is not as powerful, as the mantra is directed toward the sun energy. 

Beej / N/A    Moon /  ANY   Pranayama /  Cleansing

Cert req.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

ONLINE-SELF STUDY PROGRAM CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Read or listen to the program theory

  • Read the moon phases

  • Complete your Mantra Assignment, which is to listen to each of the recorded mantras on the album above, do a written 7 Bodies check-in before and after each of mantra, and record your biggest insight.

  • Record 3 x 15 minute mantras (all different), submitted one-by-one (as you will receive feedback on each mantra) with the following criteria: 

    • Mantra set ​up, as instructed in your program theory.

    • Chanting for 15 minutes, followed by a times one-minute of silence after the last mantra.

    • Closing the practice - each submission is to be closed in a different way.

    • Incorporate a mudra and meditation (pranayama is optional).

  • Submit your assignments to halilovestudio@gmail.com

IN PERSON-VIRTUAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
 

You will be required to complete your mantra presentation within our large or your small group. Details will be presented in class.

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