More mantras of the month

I have previously blogged about the mantras we did in the Dynamic class in weeks 1-4. Here are the mantras we did in weeks 5-7.

Week 5: OM


Om / Aum

Om, the universal mantra. There is a huge amount that has been written about Om and what the letters (a, u, m) mean and what the symbol means. It is said to be the sound at the beginning of time. There are many different ways of using Om as a mantra, and the one we did was to repeat it fast for as long as we could on each exhale, for several minutes. So, inhale, then exhale saying ‘om om om om om’ etc until you need to inhale again. This is quite different from the three very long, fully pronounced Oms which we did to end the mantra practice.

Week 6 – Om mani padme hum

Om mani padme hum

Om mani padme hum

This is another very well known mantra of Tibbetan Buddhist origin and is said to invoke the spirit of compassion. It translates variously as the ‘jewel in the lotus’ but also ‘in the lotus made of jewels’. Tibetan pronunciation would be ‘pe-meh hung’ at the end. I really enjoy singing this mantra and there are many different ‘tunes’ which you can use.

Week 7 – Gayatri mantra

Om bhur bhuva svaha

Tat savitur varenyam

Bhargo devasya dhimahi

Dhiyo yo naha pratchoday-yat

Trans: Let us obtain [meditate on] the adorable splendour of Savitri [Sun God], may s/he arouse our minds.

Or: We worship the word that is present in the earth, the heavens, and that which is beyond. By meditating on this glorious power that gives us life, we ask that our minds and hearts be illuminated.

This is another very well known mantra. I used it to calm me before a very important interview and sung it to myself for about 20 minutes with the track on loop. The version I like is by Deva Premal and Miten on their ‘More than music‘ album.

What are your favourite mantras?

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