A Little Book of Mantras is a smashing little book on the science of Sanskrit mantras, which can literally change the essence of your inner being, if you chant one 108 times, for 40 days. Some even say you can chant away bad karma from previous lifetimes!
- What are Mantras?
- The Benefits of Mantras
- Mantras for Peace
- Mantras for Healing
- Mantras for Clarity
- Mantras for Strength
- Mantras for Liberation
To chant a Sanskrit mantra is quite simple. It’s interesting that many cultures use beads to pray like the Rosary in the Roman Catholic faith). And remember that Jesus Christ fasted in the desert for 40 days to gain inner peace, before making decisions. There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet (half masculine and half feminine) and 108 energy lines from the heart chakra. The sun is also 108 times larger than the earth, which is 108 times away, in terms of distance!
Most people use a mala bead to chant, as it’s easier than counting on your fingers. Choose one that’s free from bone, rosewood (an endangered tree) or unethically-sourced crystals. If you don’t want to buy a mala, then chant alongside Deva Premal (she has a lovely 108 times recording that you do with her). If you don’t chant the full 108 times for 40 days, you have to go back to the beginning. So add on another 5 or so chants at the end, in case you accidentally mispronounced one round, or sneezed in the middle of your mantra! You’ll hear the mantra is coming to an end, as Deva goes up in tone on the 108th time.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand was the guru of western mantras, and his book Healing Mantras is well worth a read. He says on days 33 and 35, it’s a ‘spiritual joke’ that something surprising may happen as you change energy. This is a more organic way of changing your life than writing ‘lists to the Universe’ that often don’t pan out (karma!) and also often means controlling someone else, which is not good.
For example, ‘manifesting a love’ sounds good. But if you have someone in mind, it’s their free will whether or not they fall in love with you! Trying to make someone feel something they don’t is not just unethical, but means you likely need therapy. In Thomas’ book however, he mentions two students who wanted to find love. They both began to chant a 40-day mantra. One gave up. The other continued. And just after the 40th day, he met someone and fell in love!
Sound has huge powerful effects. Again in his book, Thomas mentions an experiment where plants were given: no music, rock music, classical music and Louis Armstrong. The plants did nothing with no music. They turned away from the rock music, they turned slightly towards the classical music, but went bananas for Louis!
Music Break: Shine Your Light
This is really good. German Deva Premal was chanted into this world by her father, and she chanted him back out again. She met Miten at a retreat, where he had gone to recover, as a burned out rock star. Her haunting vocals combined with his groovy guitar riffs, have made them the most popular mantra artists in the world. This concert features a Nepalese flautist/instrumentalist and an unknown guy on the drums – no idea who he is, but he seems happy!