Meditation mantras for beginners
performed by Ananda, music by Sri Chinmoy
The first two mantras in this recording are ancient Sanskrit mantras and the third is the famous Buddhist mantra, set to music by Sri Chinmoy. The last mantra is written by Sri Chinmoy in both English and his native Bengali.
- Aum Govindaya Namah
I bow to the One who offers Protection
- Aum Aparajitaya Namah
I bow to the one who never accepts defeat
- Buddham Saranam Gacchami, Dharmam Saranam Gacchami, Sangam Saranam Gacchami
I take refuge in the Buddha, I take refuge in the Dharma, I take refuge in the Sangha.
- O Make My Mind Tranquil and Calm
Charidike Neharite Prashanti Dham
Mantras from the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
sung by Sri Chinmoy
Historically, many of the best-known ancient mantras have come from these two Indian spiritual books. In these recordings, Sri Chinmoy sings the mantras using his own melodies, and gives the English translation.
- Satyam eva jayate
Truth alone Triumphs.
- Asato Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrittyor Ma Amrita Gamaya
Lead us from the unreal to the real, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to Immortality.
- Agnir Jyotir Jyotir Agnir Indrah Jyotir Jyotir Indrah Surya Jyotir Jyotir Surya
Agni is Light and the Light is Agni, Indra is Light and the Light is Indra, Surya is Light and the Light is Surya.
- Nimitta Matram Bhavah Savyasachin
O Arjuna, become a mere intrument.
- The Gayatri Mantra
Aum bhur bhuvah svah Tat savitur varenyam Bhargo devasya dhimahi Dhiyo yo nah pracodayat
We meditate on the transcendental glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the heaven. May He stimulate and illumine our minds.
What is a mantra?
A mantra is an incantation. It can be one syllable, it can be a word or it can be a phrase or a sentence. Each mantra embodies a particular aspect of godhead. When we chant a mantra, immediately we invoke the presence of the presiding deity of that manta. We may not know the name of the god or his particular capacities, but this does not matter. A mantra is like the root of a tree. If we can touch the root, then immediately we feel that the current in the root will take us to all the branches and flowers and leaves and fruits. When we chant a mantra, all the capacities of the particular god that is being invoked will come into our system.
But this chanting has to be done most soulfully. When we chant a mantra, most of us do it like a parrot, so the mantra has no efficacy, and there is no result. But if the mantra is repeated most soulfully, then the infinite power that the mantra has becomes a manifested reality in us. We don’t have to know all the divine qualities of a particular god. But through a mantra, inwardly and in a very unmistakable way, we enter into all the capacities of that particular god. Chanting mantras can be practised from the beginning to the end of our spiritual journey.
extract from Canada aspires, Canada receives, Canada achieves part 2
Sri Chinmoy sings this well-known Sanskrit mantra, giving first the English translation below
Peace of sky,
Peace of middle region, Peace of earth,
Peace of water, Peace of plants, Peace of trees,
Peace of all gods, Peace of Brahman,
Peace of the universe,
Peace of Peace,
May that Peace come to me.
The recording then concludes with one of Sri Chinmoy’s English songs. The recording can be downloaded from here (track 7, peace river).
Sri Chinmoy sings mantras dedicated to the cosmic gods
These mantras, which invoke a particular Indian deity, are known as bhajans. By singing them, sincere seekers feel a sense of devotion and closeness to the Divine within their own heart. These particular mantras invoke Lord Krishna and Mother Kali; Sri Chinmoy often spoke of the special connection he has had with Lord Krishna and Mother Kali ever since childhood.
Mantras dedicated to Lord Krishna:
- He Gopal he Gopal
Dekho dekho mor banda kapal
- Krishna name kandbe hiya, Krishna name kandbe
Krishna name nachbe jiban, Krishna name nachbe
Mantras dedicated to Mother Kali:
- Mata Kali mata kali Kali
karo amar man khanire khali
- Bishwa janani janani moder ma Kali ma Kali
Korogo moder tomar kripar Kalika rupali sonali
Performances of meditation mantras
Silence Speaks – by Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy sings meditation mantras, accompanying himself on harmonium. This 26 minute recording, produced by Grammy award winner Narada Michael Walden, makes a very soulful accompaniment to meditation.
This group performs meditative mantras with just a simple harmonium accompaniment. Many of the mantras are Sanskrit mantras set to music by Sri Chinmoy, and the rest are Sri Chinmoy’s own compositions.
Maha mantra performed by Arthada and Friends
The well known ‘Hari Krishna’ mantra, set to music by Sri Chinmoy, performed by Arthada and Friends, a group of Sri Chinmoy’s students from Austria
Mantras in English
sung by Oneness-Dream, music by Sri Chinmoy
Mantras are not the sole monopoly of Sanskrit or the sole monopoly of English. They can be the most divine wealth of each and every language
– Sri Chinmoy (source)
Here are a few very simple and soul-stirring English mantras, performed by Oneness-Dream, an international male acapella choir. These mantras were all composed by Sri Chinmoy, except the last one “Not my will, but thine be done” – these are of course the immortal words of the Christ, set to music by Sri Chinmoy.
- A moment’s truth Can and shall make the world beautiful.
A moment’s peace Can and shall save the world.
A moment’s love Can and shall make the world perfect.
- A new world of peace, A new world of light, A new world of height,
Can alone give me Satisfaction-delight.
- Not my will, but Thine be done.