In this section of the website I would like to share some mantras that can be useful to chant or just to listen to. Mantras are sounds or spiritual words that have a clear effect on consciousness, and even more so when they are chanted/vocalized. There are mantras for different purposes, such as for silencing the mind, for astral projection, for awakening psychic faculties, for increasing the longing for the spiritual through the activation of consciousness, etc. Here I will mostly share some devotional mantras that are mostly coming from the ancient Vedic and Buddhist traditions, in the form of chants but also songs.
The Heart Sutra (Gate Gate Mantra)
The Gate Gate mantra is one of the most famous Buddhist mantra from a scripture known as the Heart Sutra, coming from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The full mantra goes like this (with English translation in brackets):
Gate Gate (Gone gone)
Paragate (Gone beyond)
Parasamagate (Gone far beyond)
Bodhi Swaha (Great awakening)
This mantra is all about transcendence and rising up to a higher state of being, which is the state beyond the mind, the ego and the personality, into the truth of the inner Being. Chanting this mantra for some time can help ground us in the consciousness and increase spiritual longings.
Om Mani Padme Hum
The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is another very important one from the Buddhist tradition, especially in the South Asian countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and India. This mantra is also known as the Mantra of Compassion, because by chanting it one can activate the virtue of compassion within oneself. There are two most prominent translations (or rather interpretation) of the mantra. The first one is given by the Dalai Lama:
“Transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech and mind of a Buddha.” And the second translation is: “The jewel is in the lotus.”
Avalokiteshvara mantra (Om Namo Ratna Traya)
Om Namo Ratna Traya mantra, also known as the Avalokiteshvara mantra, is another beautiful mantra that is well known in the Buddhist and Hindu culture. Just like the Om Mani padme Hum mantra, this one too is known as the mantra of compassion. The Namo Ratna Traya mantra is used to give homage to higher forces, including the Avalokiteshvara. The latter is, according to Samael Aun Weor, equivalent to Christic-force, the sustainer of all life.
The Gayatri mantra is one of the most well known devotional mantras of the Vedic tradition, coming from the oldest Vedic text known as the Rig Veda. It addressed the Supreme Being for illumination and knowledge. The original mantra in Sanskrit goes like this:
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
Tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
Bhargo devasya dhīmahi
Dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
There is quite a number of translations of this mantra, I will mention two of those in here. The first is by one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, William Q. Judge.
“Unveil, O Thou who givest sustenance to the Universe, from whom all proceed, to whom all must return, that face of the True Sun now hidden by a vase of golden light, that we may see the truth and do our whole duty on our journey to thy sacred seat.”
The second translation is by Swami Sivananda. “Let us meditate on Isvara and His Glory who has created the Universe, who is fit to be worshipped, who is the remover of all sins and ignorance. May he enlighten our intellect.”
A powerful mantra from the Upanishads, for increasing the longings of the soul. The words and translation:
Om Asatoma Sat Gamaya (From ignorance take me to knowledge)
Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya (From darkness take me to light)
Mrtyorma Amritam Gamaya (From death take me to immortality)
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti (Let there be peace, peace, peace)
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is another important mantra from the Rigveda scripture. It is also referred to as the “Death-conquering” mantra or the “mantra of immortality”. This mantra is a petition or prayer to achieve awakening and the liberation from the material Universe. The mantra goes like this:
oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭi-vardhanam
urvārukam iva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā ‘mṛtāt
One of the translations of this mantra is as follows:
“We meditate on the three-eyed Absolute Reality, that permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance. May we be bestowed with liberation from death for the sake of immortality, even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper.
The Gurur Mantra
Another wonderful devotional mantra that can serve for strenghtening the connection with divity is the Gurur mantra. In this mantra the person is affirming the wilingness to learn from the three primary forces in the Universe. These three forces are in Vedic culture known as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, while Gnostics known them as the Three Logos – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. These three primary forces can manifest through all of Creation, through many different beings and creatures. By chanting this mantra we affirm that we are open for learning and growth, that we place ourselves in the hand of the Guru and are willing for him to take us to the complete awakening. The mantra goes like this:
Chamunda mantra (Om Aim Hrim Klim)
Chamunda in Hinduism represents a fierce aspect of goddess Durga. The latter in itself is seen in India as a powerful and feared goddess , that can offer protection and remove obstacles for those who are faithful. Esoterically, Durga represents Divine Mother in its aspect as the destroyer of evil within oneself (in total there are five aspects of Divine Mother). The mantra goes: Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaye Viche.
This mantra can be chanted as a help for the dissolution of the egos that you are working on and would like to eliminate. It can serve to increase the presence of Divine Mother within yourself, and to remember throughout the day to ask her to dissolve the egos.
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bavantu
Another beautiful mantra from the Hindu tradition is Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. The translation of this mantra is “May all beings everywhere be happy and free”. When chanting this mantra, while aware of the meaning, it is possible to increase the compassion towards all beings that exist. So doing could also expand your conscious awareness of yourself and others.