“I want to sing like the birds sing,
not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
In Sanskrit, a mantra is a “sacred utterance”. Mantras are considered capable of creating transformation. The word mantra is said to come from a root meaning “that which protects the mind”. Mantras are used as the object of focus during meditation. Each mantra has a special meaning.
Here are some mantras in song form that have guided me. Please enjoy Deva Premal as she chants these three ancient mantras. Deva is known for her meditative and spiritual songs. When I wrote to Deva asking for permission to use these songs, she wrote back and was so happy to hear how her songs have been a source of peace in my life.
To know more about Deva Premal visit www.devapremalmiten.com
Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
D’Yo Yona Prachodhyat
Earth, Mid-heaven, Heaven!
Let us meditate on that most
Excellent light of divine Sun
That it may illuminate our Minds
Om Namo Bhagavate
Om Na-mo Bha-ga-va-te
Om is the name of that inside me,
which is aware of the
Oneness of all things
Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Devay Nameh
I bow to the Primal Guru
I bow to the Guru woven through time
I bow to the True Guru, the true identity of the self
I bow to the Great Guru, whose great glory will always be
Guru: that which brings us from darkness (GU) to light (RU)
There are many wonderful musicians on Spotify sharing their music and mantras. Check out my playlist on Spotify!
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Stories of Compassion
Story by Wayne Dyer
Once there was a wise old woman who lived in the mountains. As she was sitting by the river, she noticed a gleaming stone in the water; it was a huge precious stone. Then, she reached into the river and readily took it out from the stream. As she looked at the precious stone, she knew that this was the solution and the answer to all her problems and struggles for the rest of her life; then she put it very carefully into her bag.
A few moments passed, and a weary traveler stopped and said to her, “I am hungry, do you have anything to eat?” The kindhearted woman opened her little bag, and reached out for a piece of bread, and she gave it to the man. At that moment, he noticed the precious stone and asked her, ” Can I see that stone?” The old woman showed him the stone. Then he said, “What a beautiful stone! Tell me, could I have it?” She answered, “Sure, you can take it.” Then the man took the precious stone and disappeared.
The following day, the traveler came back to the woman, and said, “Here is your precious stone. It belongs to you.” The woman seemed puzzled. The man said, “What I want is what you have that made you want to give me that stone.”