Does chanting sound boring?
Or maybe a little interesting, but strange?
Well, chanting definitely is boring.
Om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om, om…
How many of you bothered to read every single om?
Your eyes instantly saw that every word was exactly the same and skipped to the three dots at the end of the sentence.
Or maybe you just skipped all the way to the next paragraph.
Your mind glossed over all those boring repetitions.
That’s why chanting works so incredibly well.
Your intellectual mind gets bored and shuts down.
Your awareness mind has a chance to open up.
When your awareness opens up, you experience the energy, or meditation state, evoked by the chant.
Keep reading to discover how to chant and some amazing, real life benefits.
Types of Chants
You can chant a mantra, a prayer or the name of a Deity.
Mantras can be a word or a group of words, usually in Pali or Sanskrit. It’s said that these languages were given to humans directly by the Gods, and so they work well to transport us into higher realms.
Also, the exact vibrations of the sounds of the words are very important. These vibrations open and attune your energy system to the energy the mantra represents.
Chanting a prayer while focused in love and gratitude can bring fast results. Our universe responds quickly to power boosting love and gratitude. When you focus this power single mindedly by repeating the prayer over and over, you harness the “force” of the universe.
Chanting a Deity’s name can enable you to become all of the good aspects of any Deity. You simply visualize the Deity and experience yourself actually becoming the Deity while chanting.
Types of Chanting Beads
Bead strings usually come in three different lengths.
Muslim strings have 99 beads.
Catholic rosaries have 59 total –53 Hail Mary beads and 6 Our Father beads.
Buddhist and Hindu malas (a string of beads) have 108 beads –one for each of the Buddha’s disciples.
Most strands of beads have attached one large bead, a cross, a Buddha or just a string to let your fingers feel when you complete chanting one round. No need to open your eyes or count beads!
Beads are made from many different materials. Ceramics, wood and crystal are common.
Remedia used a Burmese jade mala for many years. Recently she switched to a mala made from Bodhi tree seeds –the kind of tree the Buddha attained Enlightenment under. You can get one here on Amazon.
How to Hold Your Beads
Beads sometimes come with a nifty little pouch that you wear on your wrist. As you move the beads through your fingers one bead at a time, the string of beads is held inside the pouch.
It’s far more common to simply drape the mala across your palm. Let your index finger support the beads while your thumb moves one bead each time you complete chanting your words.
What to Chant
Here you’re blessed with many, many choices. Maybe too many.
Muslims chant prayers from the Koran.
Catholics chant Hail Mary and the Our Father prayer.
Other Christians chant the Psalms, Bible verses or prayers.
There are thousands (millions?) of Buddhist and Hindu mantras.
Most indigenous cultures have their own powerful chants.
Gurus each have their very own Moola Mantra that you can chant to evoke their special blessing.
You can chant the name of your favorite Deity or Spiritual teacher while feeling the energy and visualizing becoming your choice. A picture or statue helps.
My own personal favorite chants are:
- Gold Tara“Parvati” This Hindu Goddess is Shiva’s wife. She chose me by entering me in a Hindu Temple at Thiruvanmaiur in Chennai.
- “Om Tara tutare pushtim kuro om” All of our financial needs have been met since I started chanting Golden Tara’s mantra daily. She is the wealth aspect of Tara, a Bodhisattva from Tibetan Buddhism.
- “So Hum” Silently chanting “So” on the in breath and “Hum” on the out breath relaxes me for a good night’s sleep.
Remedia and I both chant our way through the sacred sounds that raise the Kundalini daily.
In coming weeks, I’ll share other mantras in detail with you so that you can make informed choices about your chanting.