My Mantra Meditation Journey•
Posted on January 13 2022
I was in the basement of a shopping mall on Long Island when I heard my first mantra. I was 17 years old when I started practicing yoga after my co-worker told me that it was the latest hot new workout. It was hot indeed. The 110 degree room felt like a furnace yet for some reason I kept going back. I couldn’t exactly put my finger on it but at the end of class during savanna, which was my favorite part, I would often feel a sense of bliss and a deep union with myself. It was that feeling that I kept chasing and that kept me going.
One Thursday our normal bikram inspired hot yoga class was replaced with a substitute teacher who taught Vinyasa. At the end of class she asked us to bring our hands together and we chanted the Sanskrit mantra “Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu”, which translates to “Let all beings in the world be happy and free and let me contribute to that”. I felt such a deep connection with the words and the sound vibration that tears began to run down my face. The words vibrated and touched a depth in my soul and I began incorporating it into my practice.
Years later while reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love before my own solo yoga journey to Bali I was introduced to others such as Sa Ta Na Ma, the primordial sound of the universe and incorporates all of the elements.
In 2019 after years of an off and on relationship with mantras I decided to make our relationship permanent. I began to wake up at 5 am during the Amit Vela and would listen to various Sanskrit and Gurmukhi chants. The words of Bahota Karam and the Ganesh mantra, which destroys all blocks and obstacles gave me strength and a mental fortitude as I went about my day. In 2020 after attending my first kundalini yoga class my relationship with yoga and mantras skyrocketed to a new level.
As part of my morning Sadhana (daily spiritual practice), I chose specific mantras to chant that align with the energies that I want to bring into my life.
Here are a few of my favorites that you can try and incorporate into your day:
Tithai Too- which protects you and creates a loving aura around you
Mul Mantra- to connect with the divine and ground my energy
Bahota Karam- for prosperity and abundance
Ant Na Siftee- for strength, victory and to cut all blocks
Ad Such- to remove all blocks and barriers
Lakshman- for prosperity and wealth
So Purkh- to call in your divine partner and improve the masculine relationships in your life
Wahe Guru- to connect to divine energy and install a positive self love current into your auric field
Chanting any mantra 11 times gives the mantra the power of 1.1 million recitations.
Pick a mantra that resonates with you and give it a try for 40 days which will breakthrough any negative habits that block and hinder you from the attainment possible through the mantra.
My Mantra Meditatio...
I was in the basement of a shopping mall on Long Island when I heard my first mantra. I was 17 years old when I started practicing yoga after my ...Read More