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Mantras

In our heart sounds a magnificent music which is waiting to be expressed. It is by love that this happens. Rumi

 

Kirtan is one of the most powerful practices of an ancient form of yoga known as bhakti, the yoga of devotion or the yoga of unconditional love.

Bhakti-yoga uses devotional chants and mantras for meditation. Mantras are sacred sounds that were given by sages and yogis of ancient India. The mantras were revealed to them while they were absorbed in a state of deep meditation. The word mantra in Sanskrit means, “what liberates us from the mind”.

Mantras are spiritual sounds. They act on the level of the soul, going through the layers of the physical body, the mind and the ego and directly touch the soul. Mantras free the mind by connecting you directly with the deepest emotions of your heart.

There are various forms of meditation with mantras. They can be chanted mentally or with soft voice, but in kirtan we sing mantras with beautiful melodies accompanied by various musical instruments.

In a kirtan you should listen not only with the ears, but perceive the present moment with your whole being, opening your heart and allowing yourself to be invaded by all the sensations, breathing in the sound, and impregnating yourself with its essence.

It is an experience of love and joy. It revives the soul, since feeling love and joy is the very nature of the soul. Undoubtedly you must experience this on your own to really know what kirtan is.

OM

mantra om

Mystics call it “the soundless sound”. Om is the sound of the universe and it permeates everything. It drives us to a deep state of inner peace.

Osho describes it like this:

 

“OM is the sound when everything else disappears from your being – no thought, no dream, no projections, no expectations, not even a single ripple – your whole lake of consciousness is simply silent; it has become just a mirror. In those rare moments you hear the sound of silence. It is the most valuable experience because it not only shows a quality of the inner music — it also shows that the inner is full of harmony, joy and blissfulness. All that is implied in the music of OM.”

-Osho

Ra ma da sa sa say so hung

Meaning:
Ra = sun energy
Ma = moon energy
Da = earth energy
Sa = infinity, universal energy
Sa (repeated)
Say = the personal embodiment of Sa
So = the personal sense of merger with Sa
Hung = the Infinite, vibrating and real
This mantra comes from the kundalini yoga tradition and literally means: “I am Thou.” It can also mean, “the service of God is within me.”

This mantra creates and spreads healing from within ourselves to the entire universe. With it we affirm the Universal Power within us, for the healing of others and ourselves.

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):

 

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

paramatma

This mantra comes from the bhakti tradition and means: I offer my obeisances to the Lord Vasudeva. Vasudeva is a name of Krishna, which means: “The One who resides in everything and in which everything resides.”

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):

Om Namo Narayanaya

Mantra from the bhakti tradition. Narayana is also known as Vishnu. One of the most common translations is “the resting place of all living beings”.

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):

Shri Ram, Jay Ram, Jay Jay Ram

Shri Ram, Jay Ram, Jay Jay Ram

Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram Sita Ram

Sita Ram, Sita Ram, Sita Ram Sita Ram

Sita y Rama

Mantra from the bhakti tradition.

Shri [shree] : Blessed, holy, glorious. It is used as a prefix to the names of divinities and also of sacred places, people, scriptures,etc. (i.e., sri guru, Sri Krishna).

Rama : The word Ram or Rama means the source of all pleasure. God Rama is an embodiment of dharma, integrity, solidity, protection of the earth. Rama represents living daily life as an act of worship. He displays his light, love, compassion, wisdom and power in perfect harmony. Full of devotion, purity and honor, He represents the essence of what we really are. Rama is an incarnation of Vishnu, Lord and protector of the created universe, the One who preserves the stability of the worldly realms (natural and human). The supreme consciousness.

Sita: is an incarnation of Lakshmi, goddess of fortune and abundance. Sita is an embodiment of devotion and loyalty, especially in divine union/marriage. Esoterically, She is also considered the Kundalini Shakti, or power of God. She is known as the daughter of the goddess mother earth, also called Bhumi.

Sita and Rama are recognized as a divine couple, the union of male and female, Lord and devotee, microcosm and macrocosm, Atma and Paramatma, Kundalini and Shiva (consciousness).

Jay = glory to, victory to

Translation:

Victory to glorious Lord Rama, and the radiant Goddess, Lakshmi.

Glories to Sita and Ram

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):


 

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Radha y Krishna

 

Mantra from the bhakti tradition.

 

Hare: Feminine energy.

Krishna: The all attractive one.

Rama: The source of pleasure.

 

“These three words, namely Hare, Krishna, and Rama, are the transcendental seeds of the Maha Mantra. The chanting is a spiritual call for the Lord and His (feminine) energy to give protection to the conditioned soul. The chanting is exactly like the genuine cry of a child for its mother’s presence.”

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):

Om Ganga Ma, Ganga Ma, Ganga Ma 

 

Ganga: name of sacred river Ganges.

Ma: Mother

 

This is a mantra dedicated to godess Ganga who manifested herself in the material platform as the river Ganges. The river Ganges is a sacred river where thousands of people go on a pilgrimage each day to take a bath in its waters. It is said that making offerings and taking a bath in its waters is purifying for the soul.

Listen to the mantra (sung by GauraLila Kirtan in a live event):

 

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