Newsletter May 2011
Morning Mantra Sadhana
Here at Anahata we have recently brought these three mantras back into our morning chanting routine as per the instructions of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati. Swami Niranjan has also strongly encouraged this as a practice for anyone and everyone.
“When we sleep at night, the mind becomes tranquil and passive, like the surface of a still lake, undisturbed by any agitation or movement. When we wake up in the morning, the mind is relaxed, the senses are at peace and there are no mental, emotional or intellectual distractions. Therefore, the first impression the mind should receive in the morning is mantra.
If we read the newspapers, listen to the radio or watch TV first thing in the morning, we imbibe impressions about scandals, problems and difficulties. This creates agitation and brings out the negative tendencies and vrittis of the mind, which remains tense and disturbed throughout the day. It is like throwing a rock into still water and creating ripples.
When the mind is quiet and peaceful, sensitive and receptive, positive seeds can be planted in the subconscious. By making mantra sadhana the first activity of the day, you will derive courage, inner strength and peace. Your associations and relationships will improve. You will grow and find your balance. You will be in control of your life and mind.”
Chant these three mantras out loud or mentally first thing in the morning before rising – no preparation is necessary. This simple practice will start your day in a positive and peaceful way.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (11 rounds)
Sankalpa (Resolve): For healing, energy, power, immunity and strength.
Om trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam
Urvaa rukamiva bandhanaat mrityor mukshia maamritat
Gayatri Mantra (11 rounds)
Sankalpa (Resolve): For wisdom, inner clarity, intuitive knowledge, learning, perception and opening the dormant doors of intelligence.
Om bhoor bhuvah svaha
Bhargo devasya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayaat
Durga Path – The 32 Names of Durga (3 rounds)
Sankalpa (Resolve): For the overcoming of distress in life; experiencing peace and harmony.
Om Durga Durgaarti shamani Durgaa padvinivaarinee
Durgama chchedinee Durga saadhinee Durga naashinee
Durgatod dharinee Durga nihantree Durga maa paha
Durgama jnaana daa Durga daitya loka davaanalaa
Durga maa Durgamaa lokaa Durga maatma svaroopinee
Durga maarga pradaa Durgama vidya Durga maashritaa
Durgama jnaana samsthaanaa Durgama dhyaana bhaasinee
Durga mohaa Durga magaa Durga maartha svaroopinee
Durgamaa sura samhantree Durgamaa yudha dharinee
Durga maangee Durgamataa Durgamyaa Durgameshvaree
Durga bheemaa Durga bhaamaa Durgabhaa Durga daarinee
“By chanting and repeating a mantra some form of internal change is brought about which may not be experienced on the outer level immediately.” Swami Niranjan
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