"Kirtan melts the heart,
fills the mind with purity
and generates harmony
and divine love."
– Swami Sivananda
Uplifting Mantra Chants
Chanting is a powerful and uplifting practice. It calms the nervous system by combining sound, breath and rhythm, channelling the flow of energy through the mind-body circuit.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
Benefits of Chanting :
Chanting exercises both the Nervous system and the whole body, by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves. Sound is energy. This sacred energy calms the mind, purifies the heart and releases the emotions. Chanting also purifies the energy of the space around us.
It's uplifting and releases serotonin and dopamine, also known as "happiness hormones".
I remember the first time I introduced my daughter to Kirtan, she was 6 and had no idea what was going on, after, we left she turned and said, "Mommy, I can't get the music out of my mind, I feel so happy!"
When you are first introduced to chanting you may naturally feel uncomfortable, it's like singing out loud, but in front of a room of people. But, after time, I assure you, you will want to join in and before you know it, you will be singing for all of your hearts content.
Chanting before and after class is the traditional way to begin practice. It focuses our mind and hearts and sets an intention. Chanting pays homage to and is a respectful reminder of the lineage of Masters who have given us this knowledge.
So be proud and chant loudly, with all of your heart!
Chant with joy, love and awareness of how this vibration transforms your state of being.
This chant originates from Taittiriya Upanishad 2.2.2, it is considered a shanti mantra, which is a chant or prayer for peace. It emphasizes the importance of a supportive and beneficial relationship between teacher and student(s), a togetherness and unity that is free from dispute. It is often used to open a class or meeting.
Om sahana vavatu
(Om, may God protect both teacher and student)
Saha nau bhunaktu
(May He nourish us together)
Saha viiryam karavaavahai
(May we work together with great energy)
(May our studying be effective)
(May there be no hate among us)
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
(Om peace, peace, peace [in three forms – in me, nature and the divine forces])