Mantra

Chanting in various forms is something that may be offered in yoga studios, that students may be curious or unsure of. Where does chanting fit in to yoga? What's it all about? What does OM mean?

Chanting is a word that categorises a number of different practices. In India chanting might involve the recitation of spiritual or philosophical scriptures; it may involve devotional singing that involves using names of various hindu dieties; it may involve repeating a mantra that has been given by a teacher as a main spiritual practice.

The passages that we chant at yogaphysio are short passages taken from ancient philosophical texts called the Upanishads. Those selected are mostly non-doctrinal and have universally applicable meaning. For instance the Shanti Mantra is a prayer that we may benefit from learning and that our learning benefit all beings. For more information about chanting go to our newsletter on the subject.

 

 

Shanti Mantras

from various Upanishads – google for more info

 

Om Saha naa vavatu

saha naa bhunaktu

saha veeryam karaa vaavahai

Tejasvi Naa Vadhee tamastu

Maa vidvi shaavahai

Om shanti, shanti, shanti

 

Listen

May we all be protected

May we all be nourish

May we work together uniting our strength for the good of all humanity

May our learning be luminous and purposeful

May we hold each other in high regard always

Peace, peace, peace

 

Om Purnamadah, purnamidam

purnaat, purnamudachyate

purnasya, purnamadaya

purnavevavashisyate

 

Om, shanti, shanti, shanti

 

Listen

That is perfect, this is perfect

What comes from such perfection is truly perfect

What remains after perfection is taken away from perfection is yet perfect

Peace, peace, peace

Om Asato Maa Sadgamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Maa Amrtam Gamaya

Om shanti, shanti, shanti

Lead us from ignorance to knowledge

Lead us from darkness to light

Lead us from death to immortality

Peace

Svasti prajabhyam, paripalayantham,

Nyayena mergena, mahim meheesah,

Gobrahmanedhya shubamsthunityam,

Lokah samastha sukhino bhavantu

 

 

Listen

May there be well being to the people,

May the rulers rule the earth along the right path,

May the animals and knowledgable have well being forever,

May all the beings in all the worlds become happy

Peace, peace & peace everywhere


 

 

Mahaamrityunjaya Mantra

 

 

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat

 

 

 

Listen

We revere Lord Shiva the three-eyed one, the one who is the master of all senses and qualities and the one who is the sustainer of all growth. May we be released from the bondage of death as a ripened cucumber is released from its stalk and may be (not deprive us of immortality) grant us immortablity.

 

 

Gaayatri Mantra

 

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

May there be peace on mortal, immortal and divine planes. I meditate upon the most brilliant splendor of the divine light. May it stimulate our intellect (so that we are inspired to take the right action at the right time).

 

 

Invocation to Patanjali

 

Yogena cittasya padena vacam

Malam sarirasya ca vaidakena

Yo pakarottan pravarum muninam

Patanjalim pranjali ranato’smi

 

Abahu Purushakaram

Shankara cakrsi dharinam

Sahasra Sirasam svetam

Pranamami Patanjalim

 

Hari OM

 

Let us bow before the noblest of sages, Patanjali, sho gave yoga for serenity and sanctity of ind, grammar for clarity and purity of speech and medicine for the perfection of health.

 

Let us prostrate before Patanjali an incarnation of Adisesha, whose upper body has a human form, whose arms hold a conch and a disc and who is crowned by a thousand headed cobra

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