Hanuman is the Monkey God that symbolizes powerful energy and incredible strength. Hanuman mantra chanting is a powerful tool you can use to gain physical strength, stamina, and devotion. In addition, the Hanuman mantra helps to get rid of the negative influence of Saturn and Mars on your life, thus, saving you from serious problems and troubles, and removes obstacles in your way.
Hanuman – the Personification of the Subordinate Mind
In Hindu symbolism, a monkey represents the human mind, which is constantly in anxiety. Our mind is exactly what we have to achieve total control over. We cannot control the world around us, but we can control our mind. The very important thing we should always remember is that we should accept what we cannot change and wisely and consciously choose our reactions to any events in our life.
According to the Hindu point of view, there is no objective world; the whole manifested world is a subjective phenomenon created by our own self. We, as humans, have the unique ability to control our mind. In other words, we are able to change the way we perceive life. By changing our perceptions of life, we have the power to change the world we live in, the reality we choose for ourselves.
Hanuman mantra practice helps us to gain control of the mind and turn the victim (that we used to be) into a hero (that who we really are inside).
He is a symbol of the perfect mind, embodying the high potential of great opportunities.
The Story of Hanuman Birth
Hanuman was born to Anjana and Kesari. He is also called the son of the deity Vayu (Wind God) due to the legends associated with Vayu’s role in Hanuman’s birth.
When Anjana was worshiping Shiva, the King Dasharatha of Ayodhya was also performing the ritual of Putrakama yagna in order to have children. As a result, he received some sacred pudding (payasam) to be shared by his three wives which led to the births of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. By divine ordinance, a kite snatched a fragment of that pudding and dropped it while flying over the forest where Anjana was engaged in worship. Vayu (Wind God) delivered the falling pudding to the outstretched hands of Anjana, who consumed it. Hanuman was born to her as a result.
According to Vedic legends, Hanuman was born in the Kingdom of Kishkindha.
Hanuman – One of the Main Characters of the Epic Poem “Ramayana”
Hanuman came to earth at the same time as Rama, the great ruler of the Solar Dynasty, who ruled for 11,000 years. The time of his reign is referred to as “Rama Rajya” – the Golden age. He strengthened the foundations of Dharma on Earth. During that time, righteousness, virtue, and piety among our planet were the norm. His reign was not tainted by suffering, grief, humiliation, and injustice. Each person was the personification of the brightest qualities. No one thought anything bad. There was absolute compliance with the principles of “Yama and Niyama” known to us as quite difficult to fulfill in our period of Kali-Yuga.
Ramayana tells us about a highly developed civilization that once existed on our planet. Rama was incarnated on Earth in order to become a model of ideal behavior for his people, to show by his example what qualities everyone should have. He came to Earth in order to relieve people from suffering and to give happiness, for he who has power, bears great responsibility for his people.
Also, Rama’s mission was to highlight to humanity in the example of the demon Ravana – his antipode – all the vices that he possessed, whether lust, anger, or greed, and show all their meaninglessness and decay, as well as what they lead to. Ravana was to become the personification of those qualities that Rama’s Light had to destroy. The confrontation of Rama and Ravana led to the victory of the forces of Light, which is the evidence of the inevitable outcome of the eternal struggle between good and evil.
Many Gods also were embodied in this time on Earth. Hanuman was one of them.
The Hanuman Yantra is a sacred geometric structure, the conductor of cosmic energy, harmonizing space and giving the concentration on certain qualities, as well as transforming the energy of low vibrations, raising it to the higher level.
When focusing on the center of the Hanuman yantra during your Hanuman mantra chanting it provides protection from adversity, gives strength and courage to overcome difficulties, gives bravery, provides confidence and removes self-doubt.
Place the Hanuman yantra on your altar in such a way that it’s facing the North or East. This Yantra will be powerful protection for your house!
Some important rules:
- do not allow anyone to touch the Hanuman Yantra;
- do not allow it to get dusty;
- keep the place where the Hanuman Yantra is located very clean;
- as well as the place where it stands, should always be kept clean, as it will be charged with energy emitted by amber;
- every time you meditate on mantra you should chant Hanuman mantra.
Hanuman Chalisa is a poem praising Hanuman. It was written by the Indian medieval poet, sage and philosopher Goswami Tulsidas.
It is believed that anyone who sings Hanuman Chalisa 100 times daily with sincerity gets freedom from the shackles of the material world and reach the highest realms of the spiritual Kingdom. Those who chant the Hanuman Chalisa 40 times daily will get freedom from all financial and other material difficulties.
The Text Of Hanuman Chalisa:
Shri Guru Charan Sarooja-raj Nija manu Mukura Sudhaari
Baranau Rahubhara Bimala Yasha Jo Dayaka Phala Chari
Budhee-Heen Thanu Jannikay Sumirow Pavana Kumara
Bala-Budhee Vidya Dehoo Mohee Harahu Kalesha Vikaara
Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar
Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjaani-putra Pavan sut nama
Mahabir Bikram Bajrangi
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi
Kanchan varan viraj subesa
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesha
Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
Kaandhe moonj janehu sajai
Sankar suvan kesri Nandan
Tej prataap maha jag vandan
Vidyavaan guni ati chatur
Ram kaj karibe ko aatur
Prabu charitra sunibe-ko rasiya
Ram Lakhan Sita man Basiya
Sukshma roop dhari Siyahi dikhava
Vikat roop dhari lank jarava
Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare
Laye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye
Raghupati Kinhi bahut badai
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi-sam bhai
Sahas badan tumharo yash gaave
Asa-kahi Shripati kanth lagaave
Sankadhik Brahmaadi Muneesa
Narad-Sarad sahit Aheesa
Yam Kuber Digpaal Jahan te
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te
Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
Ram milaye rajpad deenha
Tumharo mantra Vibheeshan maana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana
Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee
Durgaam kaj jagath ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete
Ram dwaare tum rakhvare
Hoat na agya binu paisare
Sub sukh lahae tumhari sar na
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar naa
Aapan tej samharo aapai
Teenhon lok hank te kanpai
Bhoot pisaach Nikat nahin aavai
Mahavir jab naam sunavae
Nase rog harae sab peera
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera
Sankat se Hanuman chudavae
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai
Sab par Ram tapasvee raja
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja
Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai
Charon Yug partap tumhara
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara
Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare
Ashta-sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
As-var deen Janki mata
Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa
Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai
Janam-janam ke dukh bisraavai
Anth-kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
Jahan janam Hari-Bakht Kahayee
Aur Devta Chit na dharehi
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi
Sankat kate-mite sab peera
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin
Jo sat bar path kare kohi
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi
Jo yah padhe Hanuman Chalisa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa
Tulsidas sada hari chera
Keejai Nath Hridaye mein dera
Pavan Tanay Sankat Harana
Mangala Murati Roop
Ram Lakhana Sita Sahita
Hriday Basahu Soor Bhoop
Hanuman Chalisa Translation:
After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure, untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly ask for strength, intelligence, and true knowledge to relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.
Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom – All hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power, wisdom, and Shiva-Shakti). You illuminate all the three worlds (Entire cosmos) with your glory.
You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.
With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra) you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.
Your physique is beautiful golden colored and your dress is pretty. You wear earrings and have long curly hair.
You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.
As a descendant of Lord Sankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. With the luster of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.
You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished, always keen to carry out the behests of Shri Ram.
You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the hearts of Shri Ram, Lakshman, and Sita.
You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.
With over-whelming might, you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.
You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.
Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”
Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories; saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).
When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of the immeasurable dimensions).
Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber (God of Wealth) and the Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe) have been vying with one another in offering homage to your glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.
You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heeding your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known all over the Universe.
On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet luscious fruit.
Carrying the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that you easily leaped across the ocean.
The burden of all difficult tasks of the world become light with your kind grace.
You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode. No one can enter it without your permission,
All comforts of the world lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign Protection.
You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valor. All the three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.
All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the sheer mention of your great name, Oh Mahaveer!!
All diseases, pain, and suffering disappear on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman’s holy name.
Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds with Sincerity and Faith, are rescued from all crises in life.
All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks very easy.
Whosoever comes to you for the fulfillment of any desire with faith and sincerity, Will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.
All through the four ages, your magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.
You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.
You can grant to anyone, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis (Riches, comfort, power, prestige, fame, sweet relationship, etc.). This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.
You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths, you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.
Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram and become free from sufferings of several births.
If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram, thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord’s devotee.
One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as a devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.
One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of rebirths in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.
Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru (teacher).
One who recites Chalisa one hundred times becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.
All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The forty Chaupais) regularly are sure to be benedicted. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.
Tulsidas as a humble devotee of the Divine Master stays perpetually at his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart and soul.”
Oh! conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a symbol of Auspiciousness. Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart. Oh! King of Gods.
In addition to the Hanuman Chalisa, which has the power of a mantra, there are also short mantras that radiate vibrations of pure bhakti energy, help to gain strength, courage, and the steadfast confidence. These mantras help on the Path of spiritual development to overcome any difficulties, leading to the higher spheres of life, raising us to higher levels of consciousness.
Hanuman mantra chanting activates prana, awakens consciousness and purifies our thoughts. Also, Hanuman mantra is used in cases when it is necessary to get rid of any dependence, attachment, or bad habits.
Hanuman Gayatri Mantra
This powerful mantra protects against all kinds of danger and gives incredible strength!
Best days to chant this mantra are Tuesdays and Saturdays during the sunrise. You can chant this mantra for 9, 11 or 108 times. Also, you can practice this mantra daily during the sunrise. In this case, it is recommended to chant Hanuman mantra 108 times a day for 45 days.
When chanting Hanuman Gayatri mantra, make sure you’re facing East.
Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi
Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat
Hanuman Mool Mantra
This mantra helps to overcome obstacles and solve all kinds of problems. It gives incredible strength, stamina, and power. Regular Hanuman Moola Mantra chanting will lead you to success.
Chant this mantra 108 times daily, or on Tuesdays or Saturdays.
Om Hanumate Namah
Hanuman Beeja Mantra
Chanting Hanuman Beeja Mantra is the quickest yet powerful way to receive Hanuman’s blessings and get His support.
Chant this mantra 108 times daily, or on Tuesdays or Saturdays.
Aum Aeem Bhreem Hanumate
Shree Ram Dootaaya Namaha
This is a very powerful Hanuman mantra that helps to find a new job and attract success. Chanting this mantra helps students to successfully pass exams. If you’re looking for a new job you should consider chanting this mantra before going to the interview. Whatever success you’re looking for this mantra will help to attract!
Om Shree Vajradehaya Ramabhakthaya Vayuputhraya Namosthuthe
Hanuman reminds us that our mind has immense potential when it’s used wisely. We all can reach phenomenal results if we choose to believe in our own strength and create our own reality through manifesting. When we practice Hanuman mantra chanting daily we reconnect with our inner potential and turn the inner victim into the Creator of our own world!
Manjushri Mantra: a Powerful Practice For Wisdom and Enlightenment
The bodhisattva Manjushri represents the highest wisdom, intelligence, will, and omniscience, and exercises complete illumination. His name means “Gentle Glory”. In this article, I want to share with you a very powerful Manjushri mantra that enhances wisdom and improves one’s skills in debating, memory, writing, and other literary abilities. Moreover, a regular practice of this mantra can help reach enlightenment and reconnect with your divine nature.
But first, let me tell you about Manjushri.
Who Is Manjushri?
Manjushri is one of the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, the other three being Ksitigarbha, Avalokitesvara, and Samantabhadra.
Manjushri is also revered as the patron of the arts and sciences, orator, patron of astrologers. For example, Buddhist writers, before starting to write a book or a poem, first turn to Manjushri for help or begin creation with a prayer in his honor.
Buddhists ask Manjushri to grant them wisdom, transcendental knowledge, mastery in studying, ability to interpret sacred texts, eloquence, and a good memory. He is the patron of literature. He helps to consciously use the power of the word as a tool for liberation from ignorance. Anyone can ask Manjushri for enlightenment and he will surely give one all the tools you need to reach it. However, only one’s discipline and devotion can lead to enlightenment.
Manjushri, who once attained the state of a Buddha, refused to enter Nirvana until people freed themselves of ignorance and misery.
He appears as a constant assistant to Buddha Shakyamuni in his enlightening mission.
Manjushri’s mission as a bodhisattva is to eradicate ignorance and the evil it generates. Therefore, Manjushri is depicted as a beautiful young man with a flaming sword raised in one hand and a book in the other.
Manjushri is usually depicted in a sitting cross-legged position on a Lotus throne. He is dressed in the usual bodhisattva clothes.
Usually, Manjushri is depicted as a young man 26-years old. This important symbol reminds us that Manjushri is the beginning of insight. The youth symbolism is vital, since most suffering humans, even the most advanced among us, could be said to be just at the “beginning” of understanding and insight.
Most often we can see Manjushri having a Golden yellow body, which symbolizes the wealth of his knowledge.
In his right hand, he holds a Fiery sword that cuts through ignorance and duality.
In his left hand, he holds a Lotus that symbolizes purity of thoughts and motivation.
There is the Sutra laying on the Lotus which symbolizes the Transcendental Wisdom.
The symbols and iconography can vary depending on the culture. However, all the symbols are always related to wisdom.
There are also different specialized forms of Manjushri: Black, Orange, Four-armed Namsangiti, wrathful Yamantaka, and many others.
Manjushri Mantra Benefits
In traditional Buddhist schools, the beginning of any training starts with Manjushri mantra chanting. This is how Buddhists tune themselves in learning and mastering new knowledge.
Manjushri mantra is chanted for both inner wisdom and worldly knowledge. It gives both intellectual wisdom and wisdom beyond all words and thought.
It helps in learning, developing intelligence and good memory. It also brings good insight and intuitive knowledge.
Manjushri mantra practice also helps in:
- learning and understanding astrology;
- improving debating skills;
- boosting memory;
- reaching enlightenment;
- reconnecting with your divine nature.
Manjushri mantra is a symbol of the ultimate essence and profound simplicity. Each of the seven syllables of this mantra is deeply profound — conveying within in it the essence of all other mantras.
Here is the text of Manjushri mantra:
OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHIH
Manjushri Mantra Meaning
Now I want to share with you a beautiful commentary on the essence of Manjushri mantra from a Tantric Buddhist point of view delivered by Khenchen Pracchimba Dorjee Rinpoche.
OM represents a combination of the three pure sounds that signify the holy body, speech, and mind.
AH represents the insight that all Dharmas and all “things” are unproduced. This realization develops as we examine everything. That means that we ask questions such as: What do my body and mind consist of? What do all the things around me consist of? As a result of repeated inquiry and contemplation, the realization of emptiness as the true nature of our mind, as well as all external phenomena, arises. Understanding the emptiness of everything is the path of wisdom.
RA represents an understanding of emptiness. This approach emphasizes the emptiness of the self but believes that at the deepest level everything consists of very small subatomic particles.
PA stands for meditation. There are two basic types of meditation: the conceptual (thinking) and the non-conceptual (without thinking) meditation. In conceptual meditation, we rely on thinking about various concepts such as impermanence, suffering or karma. This is actually not considered a meditation in the strict sense. The ‘real’ meditation is non-conceptual and means that we see the nature of phenomena directly. In our practice, we usually first combine the conceptual and the non-conceptual meditation until we are able to rest in the nature of mind completely without thinking. For example, if you have to ask yourself whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual you are practicing conceptual (thinking) meditation. If you engage in a true non-conceptual meditation you don’t have to check whether your meditation is conceptual or non-conceptual – your feeling of resting in the nature of mind is so reassuring that there are no questions to be asked.
TSA symbolizes the importance of samsara and nirvana. The exact nature of both nirvana and samsara is emptiness. But if we don’t understand the exact nature of samsara, it manifests to us in the form of three sufferings.
The three sufferings are:
- the suffering of change;
- the suffering upon suffering;
- the suffering of everything composite.
If we exactly experientially understand the real nature of samsara it will instead appear to us in the form of three kinds of peace:
- arhat peace;
- bodhisattva peace;
- Buddha peace.
NA stands for karma. In short, it means that all the suffering we experience is the result of our previous non-virtuous actions and all our happiness results from our previous virtuous deeds. There are two basic kinds of karma: the individual karma and the collective karma. Our individual karma is related to our personal deeds and their results. We need to understand that with each action of our body, speech and mind we are sewing the seeds of our future experience.
DHIH represents the wisdom path teachings. It is the fruition of all the practices represented by the previous syllables. We can imagine that our samsara mind is like a block of ice flowing in the water of nirvana wisdom. The syllable DHIH represents the fruition of our practice that melts the ice of our samsaric mind into the water – its real Buddha-nature.
How To Practice Manjushri Mantra?
Before chanting Manjushri mantra you should set your intention. You can do it in any form. For example: “I dedicate the Chanting of Manjushri mantra to … (name your request).”
After setting the intention, chant Manjushri mantra for 108 times and practice the visualization described below while chanting.
Visualize a horizontal moon disk in your heart.
Imagine a six-spoked wheel on it, and at its hub, there is an upright orange seed syllable DHIH.
Just above the wheel’s spokes, there are the syllables OM AH RA PA TSA NA standing clockwise. Light emanates from the DHIH and other mantra syllables.
Imagine how this light fills your body and cleanses all negative karma and obscurations, especially those arising from ignorance.
Now visualize how the darkness of ignorance is completely eliminated and the light of wisdom increases to illuminate all objects of knowledge.
Praises to the Twenty-One Taras (English And Tibetan Versions)
Praises to the Twenty-One Taras is a traditional prayer in Tibetan Buddhism to the female Bodhisattva Tara. When you chant these praises, something magical happens and you feel yourself transcend into another realm. Every word/syllable you pronounce with your deep concentration transcends your consciousness. In this article, I will introduce you to the Twenty-One Taras and to the magical practice of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras.
Here is a description of the Twenty-One Taras:
- Red Tara, the quick heroine who grants the power of control and effective persuasion.
- The Great Peaceful White Tara, who pacifies spirit harms, negative karma, delusions, and diseases.
- The Great Increasing One, Golden Tara, who increases life, merit, good fortune, fame, and prosperity.
- The Great Long-Life Yellow Tara, who grants longevity.
- The Great Hum-making Orange Tara, who brings other beings close to you.
- Black-Red Tara, victorious over the Three Worlds, who protects from spirit harm.
- Black Tara, slightly wrathful, who dispels all black magic and harmful spells.
- Red Tara, destroyer of the enemy Mara, who destroys the four types of mara.
- White Tara, the three sublime, who protects all beings from fear and danger.
- Red Tara, destroyer of maras, who controls the world.
- Orange Tara, eliminator of poverty, who brings wealth.
- The Orange Tara of auspicious beauty, who makes everything auspicious.
- Fire-Blazing Red Tara, who pierces your enemy (which is the delusion of your own mind).
- Black Tara, slightly wrinkled and wrathful, who pierces interference.
- White Tara, the great pacifier, who brings harmony.
- Red Tara, liberating with wisdom-Hum, for wisdom and increasing the power of mantras.
- Orange Tara, shaking the three worlds, who controls the power of mantras.
- White Tara, who eliminates poisons and overcomes their effects.
- White Tara, for release from prison and overcoming quarrels and fights.
- Orange Tara, for eliminating contagious diseases.
- White Tara, whose venerable actions make all activities successful.
How To Practice Praises To The Twenty-One Taras?
Go slowly initially, and feel the words, syllables, and their meanings transcending your consciousness. Soon you will discover your own rhythm.
As you recite, contemplate as follows: with each praise and prostration, just as one spark of fire comes from another, a replica of Tara manifests and sinks into you.
While reciting the Praises to the Twenty-One Taras it’s very beneficial to perform the following visualization.
Visualize how The white syllable āḥ consisting of light, appears in your heart. It turns into a white lunar disk. In the center of the disc appears the green syllable Tāṃ. This syllable represents the essence of the bliss-filled, omniscient mind of Tara, embodying wisdom and compassion. There are the syllables of the mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA around the Tam syllable on the lunar disk. These syllables of the mantra are created out of the green light.
Visualize how a rainbow light emanates in all directions from the syllable Tam. This light is calling Tara, who then appears in the space in front of you.
Tara is sitting on the Lotus flower and the moon disk. She is young and extraordinarily beautiful. Her Divine body is made of emerald light. Her right-hand rests on her right knee in a gesture of giving.
With her left hand, she is holding the blue Lotus.
Her left leg is tucked in and her right leg is slightly extended. Her face is radiant with beauty, and with loving-kindness she is smiling.
Space around Her is filled with 21 Tara, as well as all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Visualize that all living beings are sitting around you. And you are performing Praises to the Twenty-One Taras for all these beings and the whole world.
The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (English Version)
Let me and all who needs protection,
Enter beneath your right-hand mudra
Of granting boons and refuge mudra,
And be relieved from every fear.
OM I prostrate to the goddess foe destroyer, liberating lady Tara
Homage to TARE, saviouress, heroine,
With TUTTARE dispelling all fears,
Granting all benefits with TURE,
To her with sound SOHA, I bow.
From your sublime abode at the Potala, O Tara,
Born from the green letter TAM
Your crown adorned with Amitabha,
Action mother of the buddhas of the three times,
Tara, please come with your attendants.
The gods and demi-gods bow to your lotus feet, O Tara,
Your who rescue all who are destitute,
To you, Mother Tara, I pay homage.
Om! I prostrate to the noble transcendent liberator!
1. Homage! Tara, swift, heroic!
Eyes like lightning instantaneous!
Sprung from op’ning stamens of the
Lord of three world’s tear-born lotus!
2. Homage! She whose face combines a
Hundred autumn moons at fullest!
Blazing with light rays resplendent
As a thousand star collection!
3. Homage! Golden-blue one, lotus
Water born, in hand adorned!
Giving, effort, calm, austerities,
Patience, meditation her sphere!
4. Homage! Crown of tathagatas,
Actions triumph without limit
Relied on by conquerors’ children,
Having reached every perfection!
5. Homage! Filling with TUTTARE,
HUM, desire, direction, and space!
Trampling with her feet the seven worlds,
Able to draw forth all beings!
6. Homage! Worshipped by the all-lords,
Shakra, Agni, Brahma, Marut!
Honored by the hosts of spirits,
Corpse-raisers, Gandharvas, yakshas!
7. Homage! With Her TRAD and PHAT sounds
Destroying foes’ magic diagrams!
Her feet pressing, left out, right in,
Blazing in a raging fire-blaze!
8. Homage! TURE, very dreadful!
Destroyer of Mara’s champion(s)!
She with frowning lotus visage
Who is the slayer of all enemies!
9. Homage! At the heart her fingers,
Adorn her with Three Jewel mudra!
Light-ray masses all excited!
All directions’ wheels adorn her!
10. Homage! She so joyous, radiant,
Crown emitting garlands of light!
Mirthful, laughing with TUTTARE,
Subjugating maras, devas!
11. Homage! She able to summon
All earth-guardians’ assembly!
Shaking, frowning, with her HUM sign
Saving from every misfortune!
12. Homage! Crown adorned with crescent
Moon, all ornaments most shining!
Amitabha in her hair-knot
Sending out much light eternal!
13. Homage! She ’mid wreath ablaze like
Eon-ending fire abiding!
Right stretched, left bent, joy surrounds you
Troops of enemies destroying!
14. Homage! She who strikes the ground with
Her palm, and with her foot beats it!
Scowling, with the letter HUM the
Seven levels she does conquer!
15. Homage! Happy, virtuous, peaceful!
She whose field is peace, nirvana!
She endowed with OM and SOHA,
Destroyer of the great evil!
16. Homage! She with joy surrounded
Tearing foes’ bodies asunder,
Frees with HUM and knowledge mantra,
Arrangement of the ten letters!
17. Homage! TURE! With seed letter
Of the shape of syllable HUM!
By foot-stamping shakes the three worlds,
Meru, Mandara, and Vindhya!
18. Homage! Holding in her hand the
Hare-marked moon of deva-lake form!
With twice spoken TARA and PHAT,
Totally dispelling poison!
19. Homage! She whom gods and their kings,
And the kinnaras do honor!
Armored in all joyful splendor,
She dispels bad dreams and conflicts!
20. Homage! She whose two eyes bright with
Radiance of sun and full moon!
With twice HARA and TUTTARE
She dispels severe contagion!
21. Homage! Full of liberating
Pow’r by the set of three natures!
Destroys hosts of spirits, yakshas,
And raised corpses! Supreme! TURE!
The following dedications may be made:
Due to the vast merit, I create with this practice, please, Mother Tara, may I soon attain your enlightened state that I may liberate all sentient beings from their suffering. May the precious bodhi mind in me, not yet born, arise and grow. May the bodhicitta already born within me have no decline but instead, increase forevermore.
In all my rebirths may I never be separated from perfect spiritual masters and enjoy the magnificent Dharma. May I complete all qualities and stages of the path and may I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.
The Praises To The Twenty-One Taras (Tibetan Version)
PO TA LA YI NÄ CHHOG NÄ
TAM YIG JANG KHU LÄ THRUNG SHING
ÖPAG ME KYI U LA GYÄN
DÜ SUM SANG GYÄ THRIN LÄ MA
DRÖL MA KHOR CHÄ SHEG SU SÖL
LHA DANG LHA MIN CHÖ PÄN GYI
ZHAB KYI PÄ MO LA TÜ DE
PHONG PA KÜN LÄ DRÖL DZÄ MA
DRÖL MA YUM LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO
OM JE TSÜN MA PHAG MA DRÖL MA LA CHHAG TSHÄL LO
- CHHAG TSHÄL DRÖL MA NYUR MA PA MO
CHÄN NI KÄ CHIG LOG DANG DRA MA
JIG TEN SUM GÖN CHHU KYE ZHÄL GYI
GE SAR JE WA LÄ NI JUNG MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL TÖN KÄI DA WA KÜN TU
GANG WA GYA NI TSEG PÄI ZHÄL MA
KAR MA TONG THRAG TSHOG PA NAM KYI
RAB TU CHHE WÄI Ö RAB BAR MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL SER NGO CHHU NÄ KYE KYI
PÄ MÄ CHHAG NI NAM PAR GYÄN MA
JIN PA TSÖN DRÜ KA THUB ZHI WA
ZÖ PA SAM TÄN CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL DE ZHIN SHEG PÄI TSUG TOR
THA YÄ NAM PAR GYÄL WAR CHÖ MA
MA LÜ PHA RÖL CHHIN PA THOB PÄI
GYÄL WÄI SÄ KYI SHIN TU TEN MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL TUTTARA HUM YI GE
DÖ DANG CHHOG DANG NAM KHA GANG MA
JIG TEN DÜN PO ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
LÜ PA ME PAR GUG PAR NÜ MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL GYA JIN ME LHA TSHANG PA
LUNG LHA NA TSHOG WANG CHHUG CHHÖ MA
JUNG PO RO LANG DRI ZA NAM DANG
NÖ JIN TSHOG KYI DÜN NÄ TÖ MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL TRAD CHE JA DANG PHAT KYI
PHA RÖL THRÜL KHOR RAB TU JOM MA
YÄ KUM YÖN KYANG ZHAB KYI NÄN TE
ME BAR THRUG PA SHIN TU BAR MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL TURE JIG PA CHHEN PO
DÜ KYI PA WO NAM PAR JOM MA
CHHU KYE ZHÄL NI THRO NYER DÄN DZÄ
DRA WO THAM CHÄ MA LÜ SÖ MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL KÖN CHHOG SUM TSHÖN CHHAG GYÄI
SOR MÖ THUG KAR NAM PAR GYÄN MA
MA LÜ CHHOG KYI KHOR LÖ GYÄN PÄI
RANG GI Ö KYI TSHOG NAM THRUG MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL RAB TU GA WA JI PÄI
U GYÄN Ö KYI THRENG WA PEL MA
ZHE PA RAB ZHÄ TUTTARA YI
DÜ DANG JIG TEN WANG DU DZÄ MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHI KYONG WÄI TSHOG NAM
THAM CHÄ GUG PAR NÜ MA NYI MA
THRO NYER YO WÄI YI GE HUM GI
PHONG PA THAM CHÄ NAM PAR DRÖL MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL DA WÄI DUM BÜ U GYÄN
GYÄN PA THAM CHÄ SHIN TU BAR MA
RÄL PÄI KHUR NA Ö PAG ME LÄ
TAG PAR SHIN TU Ö RAB DZÄ MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL KÄL PÄI THA MÄI ME TAR
BAR WÄI THRENG WÄI Ü NA NÄ MA
YÄ KYANG YÖN KUM KÜN NÄ KOR GÄI
DRA YI PUNG NI NAM PAR JOM MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL SA ZHII NGÖ LA CHHAG GI
THIL GYI NÜN CHING ZHAB KYI DUNG MA
THRO NYER CHÄN DZÄ YI GE HUM GI
RIM PA DÜN PO NAM NI GEM MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL DE MA GE MA ZHI MA
NYA NGÄN DÄ ZHI CHÖ YÜL NYI MA
SVAHA OM DANG YANG DAG DÄN PÄ
DIG PA CHHEN PO JOM PA NYI MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL KÜN NÄ KOR RAB GA WÄI
DRA YI LÜ NI NAM PAR GEM MA
YI GE CHU PÄI NGAG NI KÖ PÄI
RIG PA HUM LÄ DRÖL MA NYI MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL TURE ZHAB NI DEB PÄ
HUM GI NAM PÄI SA BÖN NYI MA
RI RAB MANDHARA DANG BIG JE
JIG TEN SUM NAM YO WA NYI MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHO YI NAM PÄI
RI DAG TAG CHÄN CHHAG NA NAM MA
TARA NYI JÖ PHAT KYI YI GE
DUG NAM MA LÜ PA NI SEL MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL LHA YI TSHOG NAM GYÄL PO
LHA DANG MI AM CHI YI TEN MA
KÜN NÄ GO CHHA GA WÄI JI GYI
TSÖ DANG MI LAM NGÄN PA SEL MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL NYI MA DA WA GYÄ PÄI
CHÄN NYI PO LA Ö RAB SÄL MA
HARA NYI JÖ TUTTARA YI
SHIN TU DRAG PÖI RIM NÄ SEL MA
- CHHAG TSHÄL DE NYI SUM NAM KÖ PÄ
ZHI WÄI THÜ DANG YANG DAG DÄN MA
DÖN DANG RO LANG NÖ JIN TSHOG NAM
JOM PA TURE RAB CHHOG NYI MA
TSA WÄI NGAG KYI TÖ PA DI DANG
CHHAG TSHÄL WA NI NYI SHU TSA CHIG
Peace Mantra: Manifest a Better Reality For All
Peace mantra is one of the simplest to learn yet most powerful mantras. If you are following a spiritual path and want to help humanity achieve peace and harmony then you should consider chanting the peace mantra part of your daily spiritual practice. By practicing this powerful mantra, we begin to feel our unity with the whole world. As a result, we start feeling more centered. Our souls come to peace and harmony.
In this article, I’ll share with you what peace mantra is, how to chant it, and why so many people all over the world chant its sacred syllables daily.
What Is Peace Mantra?
The mantra OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM is the Peace mantra.
Om is the sound of the whole cosmic manifestation.
The value of the mantra OM was emphasized by many sages and yogins. Patanjali said that one can achieve enlightenment by sitting in Padmasana (Lotus Pose) and chanting the OM mantra with full attention (while concentrating the mind on the meaning of OM mantra).
OM is also considered to be a Bija mantra (the “seed” or awakening sound, which has the property of directly affecting all our subtle bodies).
Like a bullet passing through the tissues, OM penetrates the entire being of the practitioner, starting from the physical body and ending with the causal body.
Moreover, it is believed that it is from the OM sound (vibration) that our entire manifested Universe was born in the form in which we now observe it – a magnificent illusion, which appears dense and real to the unenlightened.
OM is not just the universal sound (vibration), but the sound of the Universe itself.
For example in the Mandukya Upanishad, it is said:
Om! — This syllable is this whole world.
Its further explanation is: —
The past, the present, the future — everything is just the word Om.
And whatever else that transcends threefold time — that, too, is just the word Om.
Therefore we can say that OM symbolizes reality. It represents everything in the universe, past, present, and future. It is also believed that OM represents both – the mundane world of time in which the mind normally functions, and the world as perceived by the mind that is awakened and that experiences the world timelessly. OM vibration represents both –enlightenment and non-enlightenment.
We can say that OM is the equivalent of white light, in which all of the colors of the rainbow can be found.
This state can be called a state in which one is awed by the realization of higher truths, values, and purpose. It can be achieved only after a deep experience of calmness and inspiration.
In some Buddhist texts, “Shanti” sometimes becomes synonymous with Nirvana. As you may know, Nirvana is the experience of infinite peace and tranquility. Therefore the words ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Shanti’ are used as synonymous. In the Hindu Pantheon, there is even a Goddess named Shanti, whose main purpose is to help in achieving a state of blissful and infinite tranquility.
‘Om Shanti‘ means peace for the all humankind, peace for all living and nonliving beings, peace for the Universe, peace for everyone and everything in this whole cosmic manifestation. Shortly, it can be translated as “Peace Be With You”.
Chanting the word ‘Shanti’ 3 times has a meaning too:
The first ‘Shanti’ liberates us from physical burdens. It purifies us from negative thoughts related to our etheric bodies.
The second ‘Shanti’ cleanses our mind and soul. It purifies our minds from negative emotions like jealousy, hatred, anger, and worries.
The third ‘Shanti’ creates a protective energy shield that hides us from accidents and natural disasters.
Some spiritual teachers indicate that when Shanti mantra is repeated three times, the first repetition of ‘Shanti’ represents the establishment of peace on the planet (no disasters), the second repetition of ‘Shanti’ represents the establishment of peace in the society (no wars), and the third repetition of ‘Shani’ represents the establishment of peace in the soul of the practitioner.
Thinking this way, the practitioner manifests happiness for everyone, claims that he/she cares not only about his/her own well-being, but also wants the best for the whole planet and humanity.
Shanti mantra is considered to be one of the most powerful mantras used to achieve peace of mind and soul. This mantra conveys a deep sense of universal peace and serenity, called Nirvana. It is this state that allows us to merge with eternity and achieve inner and outer peace.
Osho Interpretation of the Peace Mantra
This is what Indian mystic Osho said about the Peace mantra:
OM is the symbol of the universal heartbeat; it is not a word. And as you come closer and closer to the universal heartbeat, the by-product is a deepening silence. Shanti means silence and it is always repeated three times because by the time you reach to the fourth, you are no more – just the silence has remained. You have disappeared as an entity separate from the universe.– Osho
Shanti Mantra Benefits
Shanti mantra is based on two basic principles that, in fact, can not exist separately: harmony with the outside world and your inner spirituality. When we are chanting this powerful mantra we balance these two principles in our lives. So even if we see some events or situations that go against our spiritual beliefs we don’t get frustrated about them anymore. We develop an understanding that there is nothing unfair in this world, that everything has its purpose. In other words, we start seeing the material world through the prism of spirituality.
It is even surprising that just a couple of simple syllables have such power!!
Other Benefits of Shanti Mantra:
- cleanses your aura from negative energy;
- brings you inner peace and balance;
- adjusts the energy flows in your subtle body;
- removes negative feelings, thoughts, and emotions;
- cleanses the space around you from negative and toxic energy;
- prepares you to receive true wisdom and knowledge;
- relaxes and calms down;
- increases focus and concentration;
- brings the feeling of unity with the world;
- relieves anxiety and depression;
- helps to see the higher purpose, etc.
How to Chant the Peace Mantra?
The Peace mantra should be repeated three times (referring to the word ‘Shanti’) on the exhale.
When chanting ‘Shanti’ the first time it should be pronounced clearly and very loudly so that Nature can hear your chant. It is believed that this call calms raging forces of nature, even such as tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
When chanting ‘Shanti’ the second time it should be pronounced quieter as if calling for silence and serenity in the world. This minimizes all scandals, illness, quarrels, injuries, and other troubles.
When chanting ‘Shanti’ the third time it should be pronounced very quietly, almost whispering. It is an appeal to one’s own spiritual world or subconscious, calling the soul to complete calm.
The Bottom Line
According to Buddhist teaching, living ethically is a path to peace. In Buddhist ethical practice, this means abstaining from actions that cause harm to yourself or others. In other words, we should not only cultivate our inner peace but also take peace into the world by practicing compassion, and by living ethically. Therefore, if you decided to start practicing the Peace mantra, you should be focusing on peaceful ethical living. The bare minimum you can do is trying to avoid causing physical harm through direct physical actions or through encouraging others to cause harm.
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