Chanting is the rhythmic speaking or intoning of words or sounds. Diverse spiritual traditions consider chanting a name of God, mantra or sacred texts to be a route to spiritual development. Like prayer, chant may be a component of either personal or group practice.
Mantras are combinations of sounds, syllable, word, or group of words which are designed to produce a specific effect on the mind and its functioning. The mantra can be spoken aloud, whispered or repeated mentally.

Chanting and mantra recitation have been part of the yoga practice for thousands of years. Chanting is both the intoning of and simultaneous listening to rich vibratory sounds, and embodies meanings to be contemplated.

All the yogic mantras are in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the classical language of India and the liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism. The name Sanskrit means "refined", "consecrated" and "sanctified". It has always been regarded as the “high” language and used mainly for religious and scientific discourse. Each letter of a Sanskrit alphabet, known as Devanagari or the “city of Gods”, has its own particular vibrational frequency and corresponding effect on the consciousness. The fifty two sounds of Sanskrit alphabet were realized by the ancient rishis of the vedic period during deep states of meditation. These highly evolved souls were able to touch on the source of all sound energy, the supreme consciousness manifesting as sound.

Opening (Teacher-Student) Prayer

om sahanaa vavatu

sahanau bhunaktu

sahaveeryam karavaavahai

tejaswinaa vadheetamastu

maa vid vishaa vahai

om shaanthih, shaanthih, shaanthihi

Meaning:  May He protect us both. May He nourish us both. May we both be given strength. May our study be illuminated. May we not argue with each other. Om peace, peace, peace.


Here are some examples of this chant:

Om Shanti Shanti

Aum Sahana Vavatu Chanting SoulSearchers

Sahana Vavatu Mantra Chanting by Sri NV Raghuram


Closing Prayer :

om asato maa sadgamaya

tamaso maa jyotirgamaya

mrtyor maa amrtam gamaya

om shaantih shaantih shaantihi

Meaning: Lead me from falsehood/illusion to truth. Lead me from darkness to light. Lead me from death to immortality. Om peace, peace, peace.


The best motif of this chant is here:

The twelve Surya Namaskara mantras:
Every year the sun passes through twelve different phases known as the zodiacal signs in western astrology, and 'rashis' in Hindu astrology. According to Hindu astrology, each rashi has specific attributes or moods, and in each of these twelve moods the sun is given a different name. These twelve names comprise the twelve sun mantras, which are to be mentally repeated in their respective order in conjunction with the twelve movements of Surya Namaskara.
1.  Om Hram mitrāya namah -the friend of all
2.  Om Hrim ravayé namah  - the shining one
3.  Om Hrum sūryāya namah - he who induces activity
4.  Om Hraim bhānavé namah - he who illumines
5.  Om Hraum khagāya namah - the one who moves through the sky
6.  Om Hrahа pushné namah - the giver of strength and nourishment
7.  Om Hram hiranyagarbhāya namah - the golden cosmic self
8.  Om Hrim mārichāyé namah  - the rays of the sun
9.  Om Hrum ādityāya namah  - the son of Aditi, the infinite cosmic mother
10. Om Hraim sāvitré namah  - the stimulating power of the sun
11. Om Hraum ārkāya namah  - he who is fit to be praised
12. Om Hraha bhāskarāya namah  - the one who leads to enlightenment
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