Expression and Yoga Alchemy through Vishuddha Chakra

How we feel is directly correlated to our thoughts and modes of self-expression. The words we choose shape our attitude, preserve culture and keep traditions alive that may or may not serve, and bond us to cycles of suffering when we fail to see our participation in shaping the future. Creating habits that express how we feel in ways that promote health, longevity, and sustainability, rid our environments- and the world- of the disease that ensues due to miscommunications. 

Describing how we feel requires patience and practice; it is no easy task to express our vulnerabilities and fears with the world. Sharing our innermost desires requires courage and the ability to be honest, concise, and compassionate in how we speak to others and ourselves. This is a lifelong process of sitting in how we feel, reflecting on the thoughts that arise, and deciding how we wish to transform our ideas into material products through actions or words. 

Yoga is an alchemical process of acknowledging our emotions and shifting how we feel. An asana practice moves the energy in the body while pranayama, mantra, and meditation targets the subtle body to create new neural pathways in the brain.The nadis are channels of pranic/energy in the subtle body. The main nadi of the body is sushumna which runs from the base of the spine to the crown. There are seven main chakras along the spine that have both physical and metaphysical properties. The chakras represent energy points that correspond to a specific organ in the body in addition to the physical, emotional, psychological, and emotional states. The earliest mention of the chakra system is from the Vedas between 1500 and 500 BCE. The word “chakra” is a word in Sanskrit that translates to ‘wheel’ or disks that have the ability to transform the body’s subtle energy. 

On the #PracticeWithClara podcast this week, Clara and I discussed Vishuddha, the fifth chakra, in how it relates  to expression and communication. This article shares highlights from our talk and classes that stimulate the throat chakra.

Yoga Alchemy: Vishuddha Chakra

Located at the pit of the throat, Vishuddha translates to ‘purifyer’ in Sanskrit and represents our ability to express, speak, communicate, voice opinions, and bring our authentic vision and values to the world. Sound, space, and truth influence the fifth chakra. 

Voice & Authenticity

The discovery of an inner power and purpose is associated with Vishuddha. Connecting to the lower chakras relates to the creative feminine realm (Shakti) and the physical properties to amass the strength and focus for our desires. The upper chakras relate to the intellectual masculine realm (Shiva) and the ethereal properties to manifest and give birth to ideas. Vishuddha chakra represents voicing our dreams and aspirations. It’s where we find the ability to vocalize our purpose and bring our inner dialogues out into the world for others to witness. 

The throat chakra is where we develop the confidence and free will to express our authenticity, bridging the gap between our creative second chakra and the all-seeing awareness of the sixth chakra at the third eye. 

Truth & Purification

The Eightfold Path of Buddhists provides an outline of practices to lead to the release of suffering. Right speech is one of eight precepts for practice to develop the connection of the body-mind. It includes abstaining from lying, divisive and abusive speech, and idle chatter. Developing right speech would be speaking only that which you know to be true and beneficial to others. Becoming aware of how gossip, assumption, judgement, prejudice, and fear shades our language and completely shifts the dynamic of the receiver is part of honouring right speech.

As you cultivate a practice for right speech, you might ask yourself:
Is this statement true? Will this statement bring the other person some benefit? What is my intention in what I am about to say? Are these words my own, or am I speaking through a layer of social/cultural conditioning? 

The purification process through Vishuddha occurs when we acknowledge how we feel and vocalize our truth. Discovering this truth is an individual process and often requires space for inner reflection through meditation. Our mind-body connection is one of the powers of yoga as we become better at sitting with how we feel and developing skills in language to communicate with the world. 

Words & Communication

The language we choose creates our reality. Selecting the correct words to describe ourselves and our actions influences who we become and how we see ourselves in the world. Replacing words we choose that are negative or debasing and replacing them with words that are positive and uplifting influences our mood, reaction to the world, and how we proceed. Observing the words we choose and their origin may give us insight into whether or not the language we’ve learned shares our current vision and values. Clear and effective communication includes expressing our thoughts and how we feel without the assumptions, fears, or judgements of others’ influence over our speech.

Sound and the Power of Mantra

Mantras are a repeated word or phrase that aid in meditation and a powerful tool to tap into the energy of the throat chakra. Chanting mantra is a way to evolve communication and expression, deepen listening skills, and refine sensitivities of the subtle body. When we chant mantra, the sound currents and vibration interact with our brainwaves and the body’s energy field. We activate the electric impulses in our brain that control our thoughts and hormone secretion. Emotions are generated from the process of the brain’s electrical impulses activating the release of hormones into the body. Repeating mantra subconsciously redirects the brain’s electrical impulses to induce a state of calm and rewire the brain to assist in improving our attitude and habitual beliefs. 

Mantra is a Sanskrit word from man, meaning mind, and tra, meaning instrument. The purpose of mantra is to release the mind from unconscious thought patterns that trigger the release of hormones and influence our emotional state. The repetition of mantra out loud may induce a state of meditation where the sound waves and vibration releases stuck and/or stagnant energies, purging the unconscious thoughts and emotions that don’t serve and cause disease. Chanting synchronizes the right and left hemispheres of the brain, bringing more oxygen to the brain, reducing the heart-rate and blood pressure. On a metaphysical level, the vibration of sound through mantra brings us to a positive frequency that aligns with the natural environment. New neural pathways of the brain are created through mantra to amplify our ability to bring our truth to the physical world, manifest our desires and acknowledge our prayers.

Each of the chakras are associated with a bija seed sound to bring the focus said area and direct our energy. The bija mantra for the throat is Ham. Chanting this mantra over and over encourages healing and transformation related to the themes associated with Vishuddha, such as expression. 

Vishuddha Chakra Playlist

Reveal your inner truth and practice evolving your language so you might effectively communicate how you feel and what you need from your relationships to others (and yourself!). In the 5th Chakra Playlist, anchor your practice and discover your voice as you join Clara and the students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga to chant mantra. 

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Connect to Your Voice

Connect to Your Voice

Connect to your voice and an inner vulnerability in this smooth movement and meditation class with Clara. Featuring the students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga, this class targets the throat chakra, Vishuddha. Focus on your breath moving in and out of your throat as you meditate, move, breath, and chant together.

Saraswati Mantra

Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of creativity, speech, wisdom, knowledge and learning. We chant to her when we are embarking on a new creative project for inspiration OR when we are studying for an exam OR when we want to find the right words to express how we feel.

Saraswati Mantra
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Ganesha Mantra

Ganesha Mantra

Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the placer of obstacles on our path that we need to examine. He is beloved in the yoga community. Yoga is about removing obstacles both seen and unseen so that we can connect to our inner wisdom/light. Chanting to Ganesha is another kriya (purification) practice to clear our own paths.

New this week: 

Go With The Flow

Create stability and spaciousness in a Prana Flow inspired sequence designed especially for pregnant mama’s. This Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga class create’s length and strength in the side body to keep you moving through your second trimester.

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Go With The Flow

Expression through Intentional Language and Silence

Sitting Vipassana for 10-days and honoring the silence and meditation required introduced me to the power of words and influence of language in the world. This process made me more aware of the power of words, the magic in speaking truth and voicing fears and desires. I became more attune to the process of bringing the inner, invisible realities and dialogues I created out into the material realm where others could bear witness to what felt, thought, or wished to actualize. Vipassana gave me a space to reflect on how I could be more intentional through my words. Intentional language requires that we sit with how we feel, make space to reflect, and decide how we wish to communicate, be it verbal or non-verbal. Silence is just as powerful a tool in self-expression. 

Non-verbal forms of expression may be preferred to communicating how we feel and venting emotion. Dancing our anger, painting our sadness, singing our angst; physical activity and art are therapeutic forms of purging excess emotion and expressing truths that are difficult to vocalize.

Rejoice in the Unstruck: Vulnerability of the Heart

The heart invites one to discover its mystery, loving wildly and unabashedly, surging forth with desire and promise regardless of paralleled demands of the mind. Without limitation, the heart reaches out into the world and reveals goodness, a sweetness, capable in all beings. Compassion resides in the heart and when left unexamined may become a space where sorrow blossoms and spreads. Tending to the heart is expressed in the tenderness and care we give ourselves and extend outwardly to others and to the world around us. Seeking the truths of the heart is to examine our inner longing and vulnerability, the tools and practices that bring us back to the deep seat of quiet within ourselves. Our vulnerabilities may be subject to exploitation via anger when we lack the awareness or direction in how to proceed. Asking for help, looking to communities for support, and exposing vulnerabilities might be successful in leading one to a path where shedding fear and witnessing desire is finally possible. To get stuck in a cycle of fear, lack of commitment, or loss of perspective, is part of the process in unearthing the courageous heart. 

Clara and I discussed the unstruck heart on the #practicewithclara podcast where we explored the heart’s capacity to expose vulnerability, establish truth, and ultimately, enhance the spread of compassion unto ourselves and others. The heart is a symbol of spiritual transformation where love and receptivity become the tools for inner alchemy. In this article, I’ve provided heart-opening practices and a

The Unstruck Heart: Anahata Chakra

The epicentre of the human body, the heart represents our spiritual evolution and ability to transcend the physical realm. The fourth chakra, Anahata is the middle of the seven chakras positioned along the spine and located at the centre point of the chest where the heart resides. The heart is where spirit and matter collide, bridging the gap between thought and action and delivering our deepest desires to the material realm as we unearth and respond to our inner truths. Anahata translates from Sanskrit to English as the unstruck, expressing this idea of a space that is pure, fresh, unhurt, and clean. Free of grief and past sorrows, we become free to accept and explore the many ways to give and receive love. 

The element that expresses Anahata chakra is air, which represents spirit, lightness, spaciousness, and equanimity. Air for the yogi, relates to one’s vitality. The Prana, or breath, is the lifeforce contained within and how our life force is created and sustained. Our breath is the initial way we link the ethereal realm with the physical realm through the energetic exchange in breathing. The practitioner who develops and controls the breath through pranayama techniques may attain higher states of awareness and consciousness. In yoga, we focus on the breath to nourish the body, settle the mind, and stimulate the nadis-energy lines, including the chakras along the spine. The evolution of our bodies and minds rely on breath, from bringing oxygen to the lungs to removing toxins, releasing emotion and purging negative energy, the breath is the gateway to addressing the subtle body and crucial factor in maintaining wellness. 

The sacred space of the heart leads us toward the power and immanence of love, the importance of establishing relationships with others and ourselves, and the means to heal old wounds and traumas. We are drawn to love, relationships, and a desire to let go and heal, and yet it requires a deep commitment to a practice that helps us address our vulnerability, fears, and pain. Working with the heart chakra asks that you delve deep into your own inner truth and address what you need. Examples of some insights that might surface include: asking for help and expressing humility; letting go of a relationship that no longer serves; receiving past pain in order to heal the wound and move forwards with more integrity. 

Our hearts may be our guides in providing access to a deeper intuition that’s felt. You cannot rush, rationalize, or dissect the desires or the lessons of the heart. The heart’s compassion and innate knowledge surpasses any judgements imposed by the mind, but together, the wisdom of the heart and the focus of the mind may deliver the devotee to a place where healing is possible, connection is intensified, and a deep understanding of the yearning we all share in accepting ourselves and each other is made possible. 

Space Within: A Mantra for Peace

A practice, purpose, teacher, or guide may assist you in your development of the heart chakra, in listening to its wisdom and honouring your inner truth. The heart’s freedom and play surges forward when we embody what it means to be human and take responsibility for our own happiness. A happiness that’s achieved when we heal, accept and receive all that is coming, and strive for balance. Happiness within is quickly transformed to happiness without, extending to all corners of our environments and those around us. When we’ve compassion for ourselves only then may we extend our compassion to others. It starts inside and moves outward as we gain clarity, confidence, and recognize our contribution to our evolving reality. 

Light up your heart chakra with a mantra for peace to all beings and elements in the universe: Join Clara and her 300-hour YTT students for call and response before diving in together in this mantra for peace

Open Your Courageous Heart: The Anahata Playlist

A curated collection of heart-opening practices, the Anahata Playlist invites the practitioner to feel and express beauty within the body through dynamic movement and breath. Open your heart, strengthen your back, visualize a lotus symbol at your heart centre, and dedicate your practice to Lakshmi, Goddess of Beauty. 

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Heart Wide Open

Heart Wide Open

Move your body to feel and connect to what’s inside, this backbending-focused yoga class opens the hamstrings and chest, and strengthens the back and deep core muscles. Flow through a series of lunges, balancing postures, and twists, before taking a variation of camel-pose from a low lunge.

A Neat Bow

A faster-paced vinyasa practice to open the front and lateral/side body while preparing you to explore bow pose, camel pose, and wheel pose. Clara guides a dynamic sequence to build heat and strength before back-bending, before cooling down with hip-openers and twists.

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A Neat Bow
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Know Thyself

Know Thyself

Explore the movement of your spine in a fluid vinyasa sequence that targets the side waist, strengthens the mid back, and inner thighs. This class is simple, short, and smooth, with opening for the heart space and shoulders as your enhance the flexion and extension of the spine. 

Beauty Within and Without

Discover your natural fluidity and balance in this Prana Flow inspired class with Clara. A practice dedicated to Lakshmi, Goddess of Beauty, you’ll start seated for a brief meditation and mudra for beauty. Enjoy a smooth and slow flow with fun transitions as you explore leg balancing poses to build strength and stability.

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Beauty Within & Without

Discover the Devotion of the Heart

Practices of the heart require a deep devotion in heart, body, and mind. When we commit to ourselves and choose to move from the sacred space of the heart, we step into our inner truth. Honouring and moving from the heart takes time. It may take years to recognize our fears, vulnerabilities, and sorrows. It may take years to shift these energies into courage, resilience, and positive forms of self-expression. Be patient and cultivate a practice for devotion to stand firm in what you feel and believe is true. Devote yourself fully to this transformation. Dedicate yourself to this process of revealing your courageous heart and fostering relationships with others that feed this process. 

Learn how to access deeper emotions in this post: Moving With and Managing Emotion
Transform fear into courage in this post: Explore Your Strength and Tools for Transformation



Mantras to meditate to or sing along with…

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Mantra is a Sanskrit word which is a sacred word or any kind of utterance. It can be a sound or just a syllable. Mantras have been chanted for years and people who chant these mantras believe that they help in spiritual healing and have a positive psychological effect on the body. Some mantras are meaningful while others do not have any meaning and are just sounds.

Mantras are very old, dating back by 3000 years in India. Nowadays, they are present in Buddhism and Sikhism too. Even in Japan, mantras are used for psychological wellness and they are called Shingon. There are different historical views about mantras. Some schools say that mantras are meaningless and are only instruments of mind while others say that mantras have linguistic meaning. However, both these schools believe that mantras have a melody and they influence the listener.

Mantras for Mental Relaxation

There are a lot of mantras that help you relax mentally. One of the albums made by Ravi Shankar, an Indian musician, is quite popular among people who believe in mantras. This album is called ‘Chants of India’. It was released in 1997 and contained different mantras with Vedic origin. One of the popular chants is the Mangalam Chant. Mangala means auspicious or fortunate. This chant is also associated with Durga, a Hindu goddess. It is believed that her touch would bring your luck and happiness. This chant, when translated to English, says that may there be peace in everything in the world. You have to repeat the chant tens of times and when you wish for peace to be in every element of the world including your mind and heart, you will surely feel much healthier spiritually and emotionally.

The second mantra that I have mentioned as my favorite is the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. A legend says that Markandeya only new that mantra and there is no one else who knew it in the whole world. One time, the Moon was in trouble and he cursed King Daksha. That is when Markandeya gave this mantra to Daksha’s daughter. There are a lot of different names for this mantra.

My Favorite Mantras

You can chant whichever mantra you want but I have a few favorites. When we chant the mantra for over a hundred times, a repetitive pattern is created. This really helps in bringing mental and spiritual comfort to your body. Whether you are meditating or you are on a pilgrimage, these mantras will keep you mentally stable. You will soon start enjoying the mantra as the words are very soothing to ears and have a very serene effect on your body.

Here are two of my favorite mantras recorded in the jungle of Koh Phangan during the 300 hour Lila Vinyasa teacher training. I am sharing them with you.

We chant each one 108 times.

Either use them as you meditate or chant with us (another form of meditation).

I hope you enjoy them!

Mangalam Chant

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

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108 meaning

The Mystic Meaning of the Number 108

Throughout history, the number 108 has held a multi-dimensional meaning.  In geometric terms it is a natural division of circle (108=36+72=9 X 12). In the Eastern part of the world, different traditions talk about the108 navamsas.  The Shiva malas, or rosaries, both Tantric and Tibetan are composed by 108 beads. The number 108 is also one of great significance inside of the Rosicrucian order, since it exemplifies the time frame of some of their cycles. Interestingly enough, a leap year displays 366 days and 3 x 6 x 6 gives 108.

The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern religions and traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. Even the pre-historic monument Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter.  108 is a number known to be referring to spiritual completion, and it is no surprise that the early Vedic sages were renowned mathematicians and in fact invented our number system. 108 is a Harshad Number, an integer divisible by the sum of its digits. Harshad in Sanskrit means “joy-giver”. 108 was the number of choice for this simple reason: 108 represent the whole of existence. There are said to be 108 types of meditation. Some say there are 108 paths to God. Indian traditions have 108 dance forms.

Another interesting example, Hindu deities have 108 names, whilst in Gaudiya Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Recital of these names, often accompanied by the counting of the 108-beaded Mala, is considered sacred and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called namajapa. Accordingly, a mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra.

In some schools of Buddhism, it is believed that there are 108 defilements. In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana. Likewise, Zen priests wear juzu, a ring of prayer beads, around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads. The Lankavatara Sutra has a section where the Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions.

In modern Gnosticism, through the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, it is believed that  an individual has 108 chances, or lifetimes, to eliminate his egos and transcend the material world before “devolving” and having the egos forcefully removed in the infradimensions. In other words, each one of us carries the reminiscent memory cells of at least 108 previous incarnations, which constitutes the body of our incarnational selves. Inside of this essentially holographic template is stored the repository of the emotional and spiritual involvements that your Soul may have experienced and have retained the impression of, but that needed to be cleansed and  integrated in order to continue the spiritual evolution.

The Buddhism tradition talks about the 108 earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans tell and 108 human delusions.

The esoteric presence of the number 108 can be seen in various spiritual practices and theories: In Kriya Yoga, the maximum number of repetitions allowed to be practiced in one sitting is 108. Also, 108 Sun Salutations in yoga practice is often used to honor change, for example the change of seasons, or at a time of tragedy to bring peace, respect and understanding. It is said that if one can be so calm in meditation practicing pranayama to have only 108 breaths a day that enlightenment will come.

Energy Point

There are said to be 108 energy lines, or nadis, converging to form the heart chakra. Marma points are like Chakras, or intersection of energy, with fewer converging energy lines. On Sri Yantra, the Marmas have 54 intersecting energy lines where three lines intersect. Each has feminine, or shakti, and masculine, or shiva, qualities. 54 X 2 = 108. Therefore there are 108 points that define the human body and the Sri Yantra or the Yantra of Creation. The same rule is observed in the Sanskrit language, with its 54 letters, both representing the two genders and they are also called Shiva and Shakti respectively; again, 54 X 2= 108.

Importance in Astronomy and Astrology

The earth cycle is supposed to be of 2160 years = 20 x 108. The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon. The universe is made up of 108 elements according to ancient texts. The current periodic table claims a few more than 108.

There are 12 constellation and 9 arc segments. 9 times 12 equal 108. The 9 planets travelling through the 12 signs constitute the whole of existence. 9 x 12 = 108. The 27 nakshatras or lunar constellations spread over the 4 elements – fire, earth, air, water or the 4 directions – north, south, east, and west. This also constitutes the whole of existence. 27 x 4 = 108.

 

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Source of article: http://humanityhealing.net/2011/08/the-mystic-meaning-of-the-number-108/

 

 

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Peace Mantra

Peace mantra

Peace Mantra

AUM saha navavatu, saha nau bhunaktu
Saha veeryam karvaavahai
Tejasvi naa vadhita mastu
maa vid vishaa va hai
AUM shaantih, shaantih, shaantih.

Meaning of the Sahanavavatu Mantra

Let us together (-saha) be protected (-na vavatu) and let us together be nourished (-bhunaktu) by God’s blessings. Let us together join our mental forces in strength (-veeryam) for the benefit of humanity (-karvaa vahai). Let our efforts at learning be luminous (-tejasvi) and filled with joy, and endowed with the force of purpose (-vadhita mastu). Let us never (-maa) be poisoned (-vishaa) with the seeds of hatred for anyone. Let there be peace and serenity (-shaantih) in all the three universes.

This mantra highlights the nature of the teacher-student relationship that produces ideal results for the student. The transference of mental, spiritual and intellectual energies from the teacher to the student can be achieved through a mutually nourishing relationship which is based on (mutual) respect, joy (of giving and receiving), and absence of malice or negative thoughts.

The “Sahanavavatu mantra” is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. This mantra is often used as a “universal” prayer, to send the message of peace and prosperity. The mantra may also be used to invoke God’s blessings for harmony amongst teacher(s) and student(s).

Source: http://www.eaglespace.com/spirit/sahanavavatu_mantra.php

 

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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

This is one of my favourite chants of ALL time

 

Om tryambakam yajamahe 

sugandhim pusti vardhanam

Urvarukamiva bandhanan

mrtyor mukshiya mamritat

Translation:

Om. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva. You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive. As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine, so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.

 

Here’s a word by word translation of the Mahamrityunjay Mantra:

tri-ambaka-m “the three-eyed-one”
yaja-mahe “we praise”
sugandhi-m “the fragrant”
pusti-vardhana-m “the prosperity-increaser”
urvaruka-m “disease, attachment, obstacles in life, and resulting depression”
iva “-like”
bandhanat “from attachment Stem (of the gourd); but more generally, unhealthy attachment”
mrtyor “from death”
mukshiya “may you liberate”
ma “not”
amritat realization of immortality

There are very few mantras that stand on par with Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (also known as Mahamrityunjay Mantra, Rudra Mantra, Tryambakam Mantra or Maha Sanjivini Mantra). This mantra is said to have the power to remove all sufferings, ward off all evils, remove diseases and bestow the aspirant with health and energy. And it is said that when this mantra is it chanted with great devotion and serious contemplation it is said that the knowledge of this birth and death cycle is revealed to the aspirant. And thus it helps in overcoming the fear of death.

The literal translation of this name means Great Death-conquering Mantra. This mantra is from the Vedas. It is written in the Yajur Veda (3-60). This mantra worships a three-eyed deity commonly identified with Lord Shiva. It is also called Tryambakam Mantra or Mrita-Sanjivini mantra or Rudra Mantra. The reason for it being named Tryambakam Mantra is self explanatory because it worships a three-eyed deity. Similary, since the mantra observes Shiva in His fiery aspect of Rudra, it is also called Rudra Mantra.

The name Mrita-Sanjivini mantra has a story behind it. It is said that Sage Sukracharya accepted a challenge of Lord Indra and took up a rigorous penance of hanging upside down from a tree with his face being fanned with fumes of a fire direcly beneath his hanging body. And after Sukracharya did this for Vimsottari dasa period (twenty years), Lord Shiva appeared before him and give him this Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to restore his physical condition. Hence the name Maha Sanjivini Mantra.

The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can be chanted by anybody. It is important one understands the meaning of this mantra word for word before chanting it. That’s because by knowing the meaning, the aspirant can easily contemplate on the aspect of birth and death cycle.

Source: 9Dozen’s Blog

 

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Spring Equinox

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There are different natural events throughout the year that mark some important times in the earth’s journey around the Sun. the Spring Equinox occurs twice a year, once in March and then in September. The Spring Equinox marks the time of the year when the center of the Sun is above the Equator directly. The word ‘Equinox’ comes from Latin. On this day, the day and night duration is the same all over the world.

Mantra for the Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of Spring. We can associate this with goddess Lakhsmi. She is the Hindu goddess of beauty and fortune. This is the season when we welcome prosperity and goodness. The air becomes more beautiful in Spring as flowers bloom and colors spread joy all around. It is also the season of goodness as it marks the time for new beginnings. Spring is associated with starting over. Plants and trees start all over again during this time. They lose their leaves and flowers during autumn and get them back in spring. This is hope for you that if you have lost a part of yourself, you will soon get it back or something much better.

Just like trees get back their new leaves, this is the time when we should also start new things. I hope we all can analyze what we have learned since the previous Equinox. This is the time for us to see how we have come through the past six months. Just like trees, we can also start over and grow new leaves.

Take inspiration from the trees and get new foliage. This means that you can adopt new habits and let go of the old ones. If there are any people that you might want to let go of, this is the time to make new relationships, start a new friendship and work on those people who might need you.

A Chant for You

Goddess Lakhsmi holds a high place in Hindu scriptures as she is one of the Tridevi. Every woman is her emanation, which means that she exists in every woman. Sri Kamala Stotram says that Lakhsmi is present in every woman during her childhood and her old age. A prayer to the goddess asks for spiritual and material wellness. You can use the Spring Equinox as a chance for starting over and asking for things for this new beginning. Chant the praise to Goddess Lakhsmi so that she can bring with her goodness, prosperity, spiritual wealth and material wealth to your abode.

May you step out of your cave/spiritual basement and enjoy the coming light.

 

May we remember all the internal work we’ve done in the last 6 months as we shift from our internal worlds to the external world.

Happy Spring Equinox!

 

Here’s the chant we did today:

Om sreem hreem kleem kamale kamalalaye prasida prasida sreem hreem kleem sri maha lakshmyi namaha.

 

Underlying Vibration of all creation, abundance please, cherishing your lotus feet, be pleased Great Lakshmi Goddess, I bow to You.

Source: http://www.saibabaofindia.com/gayatris_and_other_mantras_for_help_in_daily_life_welfare.htm

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Mantra to Ganesha

Mantra to Ganesha

Mantra to Ganesh

Lord Ganesh is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesh is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings.

Stories about Lord Ganesh

There are many stories about this God as he is one of the most important Gods in Hinduism. There is a lot of speculation about his head and there is a story behind it too. It is said that Goddess Parvati, who is the mother of Lord Ganesh, carved a boy out of turmeric powder. Then, he breathed life into this idol. Lord Shiva, who is her husband, knew nothing about this. The goddess was bathing when her husband came home and Lord Ganesh did not let Shiva enter the abode. Shiva got angry and decapitated the boy’s head. Upon knowing the whole story, he went outside to get an animal’s head to replace Ganesh’s head. The first animal he saw was an elephant. This is why Lord Ganesh has an elephant’s head, which has become a mark of identification for him.

Hindu scriptures also narrate that Lord Ganesh wrote the Mahabharata. He was writing it as Vyasa was reciting it to him. They had a condition. Veda Vyasa would not stop reciting and Lord Ganesh would not stop writing. Another condition was that Ganesh would not only write it but also understand every word of this epic. According to traditions, it took both of them three years to complete this writing and recitation. When you look at Lord Ganesh’s idol, you would notice that it is broken. It is said that Ganesh broke his tusk during the time when he was writing the Mahabharata. During writing, his feather, which he was using to write, broke but he could not stop writing as it would break the condition between the two. So, he broke a part of his tusk and started writing with it.

Lord Ganesh in today’s World

Lord Ganesh is known as the Guardian of Knowledge, representing the sage, or a state of consciousness where a man reaches self-realization and plenitude of gifts. Today, he is very important for people who are out on a mission to look for themselves. It is very easy to lose ourselves in today’s world where everyone is trying to be someone that they are not. In this time and age, if you want to find your inner self and get in touch with the side of you that connects to your soul, you need to read up more about Lord Ganesh. From his stories, you can see that he is someone who would not give up. Having written the Mahabharata, he is also the protector of knowledge and traditions.

Source: http://humanityhealing.net/2012/01/om-gam-ganapataye-namaha/
 
 

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Gayatri Mantra

gayatri mantra

Hinduism is a very spiritual religion where the tales of gods and goddesses govern people’s beliefs in things like good, evil, love and strength. Even out of Hinduism, there are people who follow some values and traditions of this religion, such as the Gayatri Mantra. It is also called Savitri Mantra as it is dedicated to Savitri who is the goddess of five elements.

Significance of Gayatri Mantra

According to the Gayatri mantra, meditation is the way of purifying yourself and increasing your Divine insight. It is the way for inspiring intellect. Your aim is life is to choose the right path for yourself and to see the sun that is inside you. There are different words in the mantra that mean different things such as Bhoor, which means existence. Your existence is what keeps you here but you need to figure out the meaning of this existence and what you need to spend your life doing. Secondly, the mantra talks about Prana, which means life.

Other than that, there is tat, which means praising Him, the great Lord. What this mantra says is that you should strive for everything without expecting anything in return. You should strive for finding divinity and praise God, without expecting personal benefits. Savitur shows that God exists as a fountain, from which everyone gets nourishment. All life springs from this fountain. Bhargo means purifying your intellect and keeping it pure so that it can be used for good only. We need to purify our thoughts and words, while destroying the sins that we commit.

Gaytri Mantra in Yoga

Most yoga teachers love doing yoga, in class, to Gayatri mantra as this mantra lets you connect with the inner spirit and your God in the best way. In this mantra, you ask God to enlighten you to see things that you can otherwise not see. This mantra lets you get in touch with His light and use that light to look inside you. Bhur is the physical plane while Savithur is the Sun. With the Gayatri mantra, you get in touch with all these planes. Even when you are doing yoga at home, you can play the Gayatri manta and do your yoga exercise. The beauty of this mantra is that even if you do not understand the language, you still feel it in your bones.

The Gayatri Mantra is one of my favourite mantras EVER.

Chanting with my class or in my own practice, I feel the benefits instantly…….

In joy.

 

Gayatri Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvah,
Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya  Deemahi
Dhiya Yo Nah Prochodayat.

 

Om: primordial sound. Bhur: earth or physical plane. Bhuvah: water or mental/astral plane. Suvah: fire or celestial plane. Tat: that.  Savithur: the Sun. Varenyam:adorable.  Bhargo: luster. Devasya:lord. Deemahi: meditate upon.  Dhiyo: intellect. Yo: this light.  Nah: our.  Prochodayat: enlighten.

Meaning of Gayatri Mantra: O Lord, we meditate upon you, please enlighten us with your light that is omnipresent in earth plane, astral plane and celestial plane.

 

source: http://www.gurutalks.com/2010/04/gayatri-mantra/

 

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