According To Sadhguru, “Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.”
“There are different types of mantras. Every mantra activates a particular kind of energy in a different part of the body. Without that necessary awareness, just repeating the sound only brings dullness to the mind.” -Sadhguru
Chanting is a spiritual discipline believed to improve listening skills, heightened energy and more sensitivity toward others. The practice gained popularity when an album of Gregorian chants by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Damingo in Spain became a best seller. Chants can express devotion, gratitude, peace, compassion and call in light into someone’s life. Here are chants that can help improve your life.
1. Idyllic Om or Aum
Translation: The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.
Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.
2. Compassionate Buddha
“Om Mani Padme Hum”
Translation: most famous chant in the world is the Compassionate Buddha “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus.” It is the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion, known by the Chinese as Goddess Kuan Yin. The mantra calms fears, soothes concerns and heals broken hearts.
3. Amazing Grace of Sanskrit
“Om Namah Shivaya”
Translation: Given the name “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit by the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert, the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” translates to “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents, the truest, highest self.” Gilbert translates the meaning to “I honor the divinity within myself” as a reminder that there is a divine energy in everyone and that each person should be treated as if they are divine.
4. Happiness and Freedom
“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”
Translation: This is commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. It translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” It is a powerful chant that focuses on living a life as a servant to the greater good. It encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony, not only among other humans but with nature as well.
5. Medicine Buddha Mantra
“Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha”
Translation: is a chant that is recited for success, helping to eliminate problems and suffering. It is also recited for healing and to benefit people or animals at all times, even when they are healthy.
6. Mantra of Ganesh
“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah,”
Translation: The Mantra of Ganesh is dedicated to the Hindu god of wisdom and success who destroys all obstacles. “Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah,” which translates to “I bow to the elephant-faced deity (Ganesh) who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.” The mantra is especially beneficial when facing big challenges and when traveling.
7. Lakshmi Chant
“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha.”
Translation: A mantra that translates as a greeting to the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, “Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha.” The chant asks for Lakshmi’s assistance with material wealth and abundance.
Buddhist Money Mantra
“Om Vasudhare Svaha,”
Translation: The Buddhist money mantra, “Om Vasudhare Svaha,” is a prayer to the earth goddess, Vasudhara. The chant should be repeated 108 times in order to be blessed by deities who will shower them with abundance.
8. Mantra forspeech, arts, music, knowledge, and mind power
Om Saraswati Mayaa Drishtwa, Veena Pustak Dharnim | Hans Vahini Samayuktaa Maa Vidya Daan Karotu Me Om
Translation: Goddess Saraswati is the deity of Saraswati Mantra. Saraswati Devi is the goddess of speech, arts, music, knowledge, and mind power. Saraswati Devi is also called ‘Vak Devi’ the goddess of speech and sound. Saraswati Devi revealed language to man. Goddess Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white epresenting purity; sits on a white swan symbolizing knowledge and truth, her four hands holding a veena through the strings of which flows all creativity and art form and a book symbolizing the Vedas (the original source of all nowledge); a sphatik mala representing the power of meditation and a pot of sacred water having rejuvenative and purifying powers.
9. Mantra before Interview/Meetings
“Pravisi Nagar Kijal Sab Kaaja Hrudaya Rakhi Kosalpur Raja”
Translation: “Having the impression of Lord Ram, I am entering in the city for doing my work. May all my works and wishes get complete.” It can also be used when you enter an office building or the office of the person you are planning to meet.
10. Mantra for Success
“Jehi Vidhi Hoi Naath Hit Moraa Karahu So Vegi Daas Main Toraa,”
Translation: When you are not sure what option is right for your success, chanting “Jehi Vidhi Hoi Naath Hit Moraa Karahu So Vegi Daas Main Toraa,” which means “O lord, I am your devotee. I don’t know what to do. So do at once whatever is good for me.” This mantra is said to show the door of success as long as they are practiced with faith and reverence.
11. Manjushri Mantra
“Om a ra pa ca na dhih”
Translation: For those who want to enhance wisdom and improve skills, chanting “Om a ra pa ca na dhih” will increase skills in all types of learning. The more emphasis and times the chant is recited, the more likely it is to succeed.
“Om vajrapani hum”
Translation: Vajrapani represents the energy of an enlightened mind, which is why it is said that chanting”Om vajrapani hum” will cut through delusion and make the chanter free from hatred. He is often pictured dancing wildly within flames as a representation of transformation. The chant helps gain access to excessive energy and even the chant sounds energetic.
13. Peaceful Life
If it is a peaceful life you seek, the mantra “Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu, Saveshaam Poornam Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu, Om Shanti, Shanti Shanteeh” is said to bring peace and tranquility.
“May health abound forever
May peace abound forever
May complete abundance abound forever
May auspiciousness abound forever
Om Peace, Peace Peace.”
14. Health, Strength and Peace
Translation: There are several mantras that can be used to bring health, strength and peace. For health, chanting “Aham Aarogyam” which translates to I am healthy, is said to bring health, while adding “Om Trayamabakam” brings health for a longer period. For strength, the chant suggested is “Aham Brahmaasmi” which means “I am God,” while peace can be obtained by chanting “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”
16. Difficult Times
It is said that the chant
“Mookam karoti vaachaalam
Pangum langhayatey girim
Yatkripaa tamaham vandey
Translation: Can make the cripple climb mountains and the mute speak eloquently. The mantra asks for grace in order to ease someone out of difficult situations.
“I salute that Madhava
The source of Supreme Bliss,
Whose grace makes the dumb man eloquent
And the cripple cross mountains.”
17. Bhagvad Geeta Verse
The 15th verse in the 15th chapter of the Bhagvad Geeta is chanted when a difficult situation becomes worse.
“Sarvasya chaaham kridi sannivishto
Mattas smritir inaanama pochanamcha
Vedaishcha sarvaair ahameva vedyo
Vedaanta krid veda videva chaaham”
Translation: Krishna says that He is seated in the hearts of all men and women so someone who is causing you difficulty is aware of what you are experiencing as well. By placing your trust in a higher power, whatever is right is what will happen.
18. Seeking Success
For those seeking success, chanting
“Krishna Krishna Mahaayogin
Sarvey Mey Vash Maanay”
Translation: Is said to bring that success. The translation asks Krishna to give Supreme Bliss and to bring everything to your favor.
19. Chant for Prosperity
“Har Har Har Har Gobinday
Har Har Har Har Mukhunday
Har Har Har Har Udharay
Har Har Har Har Aparay
Har Har Har Har Hariong
Har Har Har Har Kariang
Har Har Har Har Nimamay
Har Har Har Har Akamay”
Translation: This chant contains the eight facets of God and uses for repetitions in each verse to give the power necessary to break down barriers from the past and give power to the person chanting.
20. Ancient Mantras
Translation: A simple chant is designed to be an homage to Buddha, “Namo AmitaBha” gives honor to the Buddha of Boundless Light, while “Ham-Sah” is a Hindu variant of “I am that I am” meaning “I am that.”
“om ami dewa hrih”
Translation: The chant that is the sacred mantra of Buddha, Amithabha enhances compassion while bringing blessings each time it is spoken. By chanting “om ami dewa hrih” you will be protected from dangers and obstacles.
22. Green Tara Mantra
Om tare tuttare ture soha
Translation: This is often chanted to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages, although it can also be used for blockages in relationships. “Om tare tuttare ture soha” helps you release hope for a particular outcome and bring the energy back to yourself, generating inner peace and clarity.
23. Lord Hanuman Gayatri Mantra
“Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi।
Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat”
Translation: We pray to the son of Anjana and the son of the wind god Vayu, may Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and knowing.
24. Shiva Moola Mantra
“Om Namah Shivaya”
Translation: I bow to Shiva. Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all.
25. Shanti Path Mantra
Om dyauh shanti rantariksham shantih
Prithvi shantirapah shantih
Oshadhayah shantih Vanaspatayah shantih
Vishvedevaah shantih Brahma shantih
Sarvam shantih Shantireva shantih
Om shaantih, shaantih, shaantih!
Translation: May peace radiate there in the whole sky as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere.
May peace reign all over this earth, in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers.
May peace flow over the whole universe.
May peace be in the Supreme Being Brahman.
And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti to us and all beings!