Many say that life entered the human body by the help of music, but the truth is that life itself is music. —Hafiz
A little chanting goes a long way.
In the Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the faithful often utter out repetitive syllables that dispel fear and worries away from them. These mantras—words strung together and repeated to remember one’s purpose and faith—are helpful to anyone who needs to remember who they are.
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Sometimes one word is enough. At times, we need to sing several hymns to dispel fear or to feel the universe or a Higher Being is on our side. There are hundreds of mantras in the Hindu religion, some of which are practiced by those studying yoga, particularly Kundalini and Jivamukti.
If you need something more than Om in your list of mantras, here are my 3 favorite mantras for divine healing.
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This is what I usually listen to when I’m caught in an angry moment. This mantra reminds me that my anger is nothing compared to God’s great power, and no on and nothing is above the Creator. He is the first and last, the everlasting. Only God can last forever, and thus my anger dissipates. I return to my true form, a being filled with love that comes from a Great Eternal Source.
Ajai Alai – Invincible, Indestructible.
Abhai Abai – Fearless, Unchanging.
Abhoo Ajoo – Unformed, Unborn.
Anaas Akaas – Imperishable, Etheric
Aganj Abhanj – Unbreakable, Impenetrable.
Alakkh Abhakkh – Unseen, Unaffected.
Akaal Dy-aal – Undying, Merciful
Alaykh Abhaykh – Indescribable, Uncostumed.
Anaam Akaam – Nameless, Desireless.
Agaah Adhaah – Unfathomable, Incorruptible.
Anaathay Pramaathay – Unmastered, Destroyer.
Ajonee Amonee – Beyond birth, Beyond silence.
Na Raagay Na Rangay – Beyond love, Beyond color.
Na Roopay Na Raykhay – Beyond form, Beyond shape.
Akarmang Abharmang – Beyond karma, Beyond doubt.
Aganjay Alaykhay – Unconquerable, Indescribable.
We oftentimes forget who we are when we lose it all. This mantra keeps us conscious of the present moment. It is also a reminder that God is within us in every step we make. We are not separated from the Supreme Being. We are made of the universe; we are the universe. This is a prayer of remembrance of the Self and our non-separation from all things in this world. When the world is chaotic, chant this mantra, and believe in the present reality that all is well.
This mantra was created by Guru Amar Das.
I love listening to this when I’m sick. When others are sick, I lay my hand over their heads and chant the mantra for about ten minutes. It’s a simple invocation of the elements of the universe and beyond to come and heal yourself, others, and the world. When we need a fresh perspective at something, this is one mantra that we can repeat over and over for deep renewal.
Personally, I like listening to it because it puts me to sleep easily.
Breathing, prayer, and meditation help us wind down and take a look at what what is important at this very second. Every breath, each inhale and exhale, is a short meditation. Sometimes though, we don’t notice it.
When we hear a song though, especially a prayer, in any language and in any religious belief, we feel lifted up. Sometimes a song is so strong that we find ourselves in tears.
Then something miraculous happens.
Our fears, worries… all things that give us burden… they just seem to disappear.
Prayer is indeed a powerful thing.