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Thomas Ashley Farrand , Great Mantra Scholar
 Mantra Class Intensive April 2013 with... Ian Boccio

A mala  is an eastern rosary with 108 beads. Mala beads are used in Yoga practice, for counting mantras and chants. The number of beads ensures that  the mantra  is repeated at least 100 times, with extra beads adding to 108 to allow for omissions made by mistake or repetitions done with lack of intention. Mala beads are commonly made from wood--especially fragrant sandalwood and the highly desired sacred wood from the bodhi tree. Some mala beads are made from semi-precious stones, while some are even made from seeds or bone and are organically beautiful. Various malas can be used for  spiritual practice, while others can be enjoyed as jewelry. It is customary to help malas retain energy collected during use by storing them in a silk pouch, frequently included with the purchase of a mala. Different colored malas can be associated with the chakras ;different materials are associated with characteristics of health, compassion, ect, as represented by figures such as Ganesha and Laksmi. Malas can be kept stored unseen by others than the practitioner, or displayed looped around a favorite buddah or other inspiration statue.Several times per year, malas are offered for sale in meditation and yoga classes.

Favorite Mantras
Moola Mantra

Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha

Chanting brings us closer to our intention.This mantra evokes the living God, asking protection and freedom from all sorrow and suffering. It is a prayer that adores the great creator and liberator, who out of love and compassion manifests, to protect us, in an earthly form. This Moolamantra has given great peace and joy to people all over the world, who have chanted, or even listened to it. It has the power to transport a person’s mind toward the state of causeless love and limitless joy.

We chant the Moolamantra, perhaps even without knowing the exact meaning of it.The Mantra is like calling a name. Just like when you call a person he comes and makes you feel his presence, the same manner when you chant this mantra, the supreme energy manifests everywhere around you. As the Universe is Omnipresent, the supreme energy can manifest anywhere and any time. It is also very important to know that the invocation with all humility, respect and with great necessity makes the presence stronger.

Guru Mantra
 We listen to this beautiful mantra in yoga class. Deva Premal's version is a favorite as is Manorama's.
We are grateful to our teachers and strive to recognize them as they appear to manifest our intentions. We use our own wisdon to rely on the teachings learned.
Heart Sutra Mantra 

ga te ga te pā ra ga te pā ra saṃ ga te bo dhi svā hā

gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā
"The great mantra, the mantra of great knowledge, the utmost mantra, the unequalled mantra, the allayer of all suffering".
The ŚHanti mantra is used to invoke the peace of liberation. The word śHanti simply means peace. This mantra is often used at the end of our yoga practice.

Peace Mantra

oṃ śa nti śa nti śa nti                                                                                           We chant : OM shanti, shanti, shanti Om

oṃ śanti śanti śanti


गायत्री मंत्र की व्याख्या

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व:तत्सवितुर्वरेन्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि,धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।


Summary of the Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the vedas), the foremost mantra in hinduism and hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path". The mantra is also a prayer to the "giver of light and life" - the sun (savitur).

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

sarveshaam mantra :SHANTI or PEACE MANTRA

The "sarveshaam mantra" is one of the peace or shanti mantras which may be used to invoke harmony and tranquility in the environment in which puja or prayers are performed. This shanti mantra may be repeated three or eleven times, as time permits. The mantra may perhaps be used as a closing prayer for the puja, to bless all those in attendance.

AUM sarveshaam svastir bhavatu, sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu
sarveshaam poornam bhavatu, sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
sarve bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niraamayaah
sarve bhadraani pashyantu, maa kashchidh dukh bhaag-bhavet.

Meaning of the Sarveshaam Shanti Mantra

Let it be so ordained (-bhavatu), that all the people (-sarveshaam), experience well-being (-svastir) ; let all the people experience peace or tranquility (-shaantir). Let all the people experience wholeness and completeness (-poornam) ; let them experience prosperity and auspiciousness (-mangalam).

May it so happen (-bhavantu) that everyone (-sarve) receives happiness (-sukhinah) ; let them all be saint-like (-santu) and be without disease and in good health (-niraamayaah). Let them see with their own eyes (-pashyantu) the goodness of life (-bhadaraani) ; And let them not (maa) contemplate in their conscious mind (-kashchidh) any sorrow inducing (dukh) thoughts while they remain beneficiaries (-bhavet) of good fortune (-bhaag).

This mantra relates to the Hindu deity, Shiva, the force behind all transformation and growth. It's also referred to as the  Shiva Mantra. Specifically, this mantra is recited when we need strength to meet a challenge, attain a goal or overcome any blockages that may be interfering with our well-being and movement on our right path.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Lyrics

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Mamritat

Phonetic version:

Ohm try uhn buh come yuh djahmuh hey

Sue gun dim pushty vahr dih nahm

Oor vuh rook uh me vuh bund uh num

Mit your mook she uh mum ree tot


Deva Primal has a beautiful version on itunes that we love to sing along with. Read the phonetic version and sing along with Deva Premal to learn the mantra.