These chants, which find their inspiration in the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Wisdom Traditions, are vehicles for the expression of devotion to Source. Using the very breath of Life to direct and expand Attention and Affection toward the Infinite is a profound spiritual technology for escaping the petty ego-prison that we've unwittingly built for ourselves.
My Guru says: "This is the drama that we're creating through our desires. You get want you want." Love is an impulse that demands our closeness to the Beloved. We can follow our Attachment into Transcendence.
We tend to take on the characteristics of those with whom we keep company. If we become what we Love, we would do well to aim High with our Love.
Chanting the Divine Names, singing love songs to our Highest Ideals, helps us to align our hearts and minds with the Beloved. It is a simple way to elevate the quality of our interior experience by replacing the overwhelming traffic of thoughts and feelings with a single, beautiful and inspiring Focus. In chant, we may discover a way to forget ourselves happy!
1. Ganesha Medley
JAYA GANESHA, JAYA GANESHA, JAYA GANESHA,
"Hooray for Ganesh (Lord of Thresholds)
Hooray for Ganesh, and the Divine Mother, Kali.
GANESHA SHARANAM, JAI JAI GANESHA.
I take refuge in Ganesh.
Hooray, hooray for Ganesh!
GANG GANAPATAYE NAMO NAMAH.
I bow to Ganesh (Lord of Categories) again and again.
You are the Son of Uma,
Your brother is Savramanyan.
You have a big, fat red belly,
Your Father is Mahadeva (the Great God)."
2. Gayatri Mantra
AUM BHUR BHUVAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM,
BHARGO DEVASYA DHIMAHI.
DHIYO YONAHA PRACHO DAYAT AUM.
"May we meditate on the effulgent Light (or Power)
of the Worshipful One Who Has given birth to all worlds.
May this One direct our Mind-rays towards the path of Good."
3. Om Namah Shivaya
AUM NAMAH SHIVAYA.
"AUM . I bow down to Shiva (The Auspicious One)."
4. Kali Durga
KALI DURGA NAMO NAMAH.
JAI JAI KALI MA.
"Kali Durga. I bow to you again and again.
Hooray for the Divine Mother, Kali."
5. Krishna Medley
SHREE KRISHNA GOVINDA HARE MURARE
HE NATHA NARAYANA VASUDEVA.
"O Lord Krishna, Govinda, Hari,
Enemy of Mura (demon of ego),
O Lord Narayana, Son of Vasudeva."
GOPI GOPALA VENU GOPALA MUKUNDA MADHAVA
"The Flute-Playing Cowherd Boy
The One who Frees us."
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA,
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE,
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA,
RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE.
"Oh Lord Krishna, Oh energy of the Lord,
Please engage me in Your devotional service."
6. Psalm 23
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
Beside restful waters I am led.
In the pasture of plenty my soul lies down.
So come now all you hungry,
At the table find His bread.
And come all you thirsty, overflow
With His goodness and His kindness
For the rest of your years,
As you dwell within the house of our Lord.
So come all you lonely,
In the Master find a friend.
And come all afflicted and be healed.
For though we walk in the darkness now,
No evil shall we fear—
If the Light of His Love be at our side."
7. Om Mata
AUM MATA MAHA DEVI BHAVANI JAYA JAYA.
"AUM. Mother, Great Goddess Bhavani. Hooray, hooray!"
8. Sita Ram
SITA RAM SITA RAM SITA RAM JAYA SITA RAM.
"Union of Female and Male Energies, Hooray!"
9. Bhajamana Ma
"Sing, O Mind, to Mother!"
NEEM KAROLI BABA
ANANDAMAYI MA, MAMA.
KALU RINPOCHE, LAMA.
KARMAPA RINPOCHE, LAMA.
LITTLE JOE GOMEZ, GRANDPA.
AMRITANANDA MAYI MA.
BHAGAVAN DAS SAT GURU.
10. Guru Rimpoche Mantra
AUM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PADME SIDDHI
"I invoke You, Vajra Guru (Padmasambhava),
By Your blessing may You grant us ordinary and Supreme Realization."