Shankara - Winter Mindsets

ANCIENT VEDIC MINDSETS - MANTRAS

CHANT ALONG Most powerful vedic hymns


There are 10 tracks in the album:

ShankaraMusic project is focused on delivering the most powerful ancient mindsets - mantras - in it's original, powerful, mind blowing, meditative state bring to the listener the essence of ancient spirituality and resonance in Original knowledge within consciousness.



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1. Ganesha Mantra (Removal of Obstacles)

The Ganesh mantra is best known for its ability to remove obstacles from our psychological and spiritual lives. It may not be the most widespread mantra that you can try out, but like others of its kind it is powerful and with practice you will notice its wonderful benefits. Due to Ganeshas Elephant heads aquisitions story his mantra usually is chanted first.

Mantra in this album is as follows:

ॐ गम गणपतये नमः

Om Gan Ganapataye Namahe


GANESHA IS THE EMBODIMENT OF SPIRITUALITY, WISDOM AND PROSPERITY.

HE PROTECTS BEAUTY, GRACE AND COMPASSION.


2. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Death Conquering Mind-Set)

It is said to be beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health and to be a moksha mantra which bestows longevity and immortality.

ॐ त्र्यं॑बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं॑ पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् ।

उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मु॑क्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त् ।


Oṃ tryaṃbakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam

urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā'mṛtāt


According to some puranas, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra has been used by many Rishis as well as Sati during the time when Chandra suffered from the curse of Prajapati Daksha. By reciting this mantra, the effect of the curse of Daksha, which could make him die, slowed, and Shiva then took Chandra and placed it upon his head.


Literal Translation:

aum = is a sacred/mystical syllable in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism & Sikhism.

त्र्यम्बकं tryambakam = the three-eyed one (accusative case),

त्रि + अम्बकम् = tri + ambakam = three + eye

यजामहे yajāmahe = we worship, we sacrifice (1st pl present indicative ātmanepada of yaj)

सुगन्धिम् sugandhim = the fragrant, the virtuous, the supreme being (accusative case),

पुष्टिवर्धनम् = puṣṭi+vardhanam = the bestower of nourishment, wealth, perfection (compound word, accusative case)

पुष्टि puṣṭi = nourishment, increase, wealth, perfection

वर्धन vardhana = enlarging, bestower of prosperity

उर्वारुकम् urvārukam = fruit (neuter, nominative case);

इव iva as

by sandhi written together as उर्वारुकमिव urvārukamiva

बन्धनान् bandhanān = from bondage, from the stalk/stem; (ablative case, the ending is actually -āt, which changes to -ān because of sandhi)

Bandhanāt here means from the stem. Thus, read with urvārukam iva, 'as a fruit from the stem'; the etymologically prior meaning of from bondage resonates here as the fruit is a simile for the worshipper being released from the bondage of death, see below.

मृत्योः = mṛtyoḥ = from death (ablative case)

मुक्षीय = mukṣīya = may I be freed/released (1st sing present optative ātmanepada of muc)

by sandhi, the last two words become मृत्योर्मुक्षीय mṛtyormukṣīya

मामृतात् = maamṛtāt = for the sake of immortality (ablative case)

by sandhi, the last two words become माऽमृतात् mā>mṛtāt



Origin

Being a Secret Mantra, Rishi Markandeya was the only one on the earth who knew this mantra. The Moon was once in trouble, when cursed by King Daksha. Rishi Markandeya gave the Mahamritryunjaya Mantra to Sati, Daksha's daughter, for the Moon. According to another version this is the Bija mantra as revealed to Rishi Kahola that was given by Lord Shiva to sage Sukracharya, who taught it to Rishi Dadhichi, who gave it to King Kshuva, through whom it reached the Shiva Purana.


This mantra is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Lord Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Sukracharya after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. Its Devata is Rudra or Lord Shiva in his fiercest and most destructive roopa or aspect. In the Vedas it finds its place in three texts - a) the Rig veda VII.59.12, b) the Yajur Veda III.60, and c) the Atharva Veda XIV.1.17.[7]


This mantra is addressed to Lord Shiva for warding off untimely death. It is also chanted while smearing Vibhuti over various parts of the Body and utilised in Japa or Homa (havan) to get desired results. While its energy protects and guides the initiates a mantra re-links consciousness to its deeper and more abiding nature and repetition of the mantra constitutes Japa, the practice of which develops concentration that leads to a transformation of awareness. Whereas the Gayatri Mantra is meant for purification and spiritual guidance, the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is meant for healing rejuvenation and nurturance.


3. Kubera Mantra (Money Mind-Set)

Lord Kubera is the 'treasurer of the gods' and 'king of yaksha'. According to many vedic stories he is a true representation of wealth, prosperity and glory. Lord Kubera, also known as Kuber, Kuvera and Dhanpati, is worshiped as the God of Wealth by Hindus. Kubera is one god that all the three religions of India namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism all claim to be their own.


कुबेर नमः

Om Kubera Namaha


Kuber mantra is used in an effort to obtain monetary and material wealth. Mantras in general are holy mind-sets believed to be the manifestation of a deity or a obtained mind set from that deity.

To meditate or worship on the Kuber mantra you should focus and chant it 21 to 108 times per day for a total of five to 20 minutes a day.


Om Mani Padme Hum (Enlightement Mind-Set)

The six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. Buddha means enlightened one. And enlightened is the one who knows whats happening and whereto go after death.

Om Mani Padme Hum


There's a good reason why the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions. Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect -- it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured above, and placed where people can see them.

Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel (or prayer wheel) is also believed to give the same benefit as saying the mantra, and Mani wheels, small hand wheels and large wheels with millions of copies of the mantra inside, are found everywhere in the lands influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.


5. Laxmi Mantra (Wealth Attraction Mind-Set)

Ancient Sanskrit Chant of Abundance due to Laxmi, is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed, prosperity-showering golden-coloured woman with an owl as her vehicle, signifying the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life, her ability to move, work and prevail in confusing darkness.

Lakshmi: Goddess of Abundance

ॐ महा लक्ष्मी स्वाहा

Om Maha Laxmiye Swaha


She is the wife and shakti (energy) of Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism and the Supreme Being in the Vaishnavism Tradition. With Parvati and Saraswati, she forms Tridevi, the holy trinity. Lakshmi is also an important deity in Jainism and found in Jain temples. Lakshmi has also been a goddess of abundance and fortune for Buddhists, and was represented on the oldest surviving stupas and cave temples of Buddhism. In Buddhist sects of Tibet, Nepal and southeast Asia, goddess Vasudhara mirrors the characteristics and attributes of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi with minor iconographic differences.


Lakshmi is also called Sri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or gunas, and is the divine strength of Vishnu. In Hindu religion, she was born from the churning of the primordial ocean (Samudra manthan) and she chose Vishnu as her eternal consort. When Vishnu descended on the Earth as the avatars Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi descended as his respective consort as Sita and Rukmini. In the ancient scriptures of India, all women are declared to be embodiments of Lakshmi. The marriage and relationship between Lakshmi and Vishnu as wife and husband is the paradigm for rituals and ceremonies for the bride and groom in Hindu weddings. Lakshmi is considered another aspect of the same supreme goddess principle in the Shaktism tradition of Hinduism.


She typically stands or sits like a yogin on a lotus pedestal and holds lotus in her hand, a symbolism for fortune, self-knowledge and spiritual liberation. She is often depicted as part of the trinity (Tridevi) consisting of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati. Her iconography shows her with four hands, which represent the four goals of human life considered important to the Hindu way of life: dharma, kāma, artha and moksha.


6. Durga Mantra (Mind-Set for Protection)

Try to chant the mantra out loud or silently, let a softening happen inside as if you would fall back inside yourself. Feel the mantra like a red thread you hold onto no matter what; let the sounds take you. It may be easier at first to close your eyes, but when you get a feeling for it, you can experiment with hanging onto the mantra thread also with your eyes open, and even when you are in the midst of activities. Whenever you find yourself spinning in “spaghetti mind”, find the thread of the mantra, and see how quickly the very same energy that caught you in loops now brings you into deeper connection.


ॐ दुं दुर्गायै नमः

Om Dum Durgayei Namaha


Om is the primordial sound that starts and sparks everything into motion. Dum is the bija mantra, the “seed” mantra of Durga. It is her Shakti—her quality—condensed into sound. Durgayai means “victory to Durga”, victory to that Durga Shakti, that place of integrity, leadership and clarity of vision within us. Victory to that place of love in our hearts, and to the willingness to take a stand and not compromise that which we are here to lead. Yai means victory to That. Namaha means “I offer it to you, I give it to you and so it is”.


The Goddess Durga is said to have the combined powers of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali. This mantra is often used for protection against internal or external negative forces. By chanting Durga mantra all types of bad dark forces, unfavorable effect of negative planets, bad luck or health problems is considered to be removed. Besides by chanting this healing mantra daily one gets prosperity, beauty, and intelligence and the Divine Mother can help establish the mental, physical and worldly problems in life and shower us with her unlimited blessings.

Furthermore, this powerful mantra can be used for different types of problems that you face in your life related to money, bad luck, health problems, and failures. To make it effective, one must show humility and acknowledgment of one’s incompetence and ignorance, and honest invocation of the Divine Mother’s grace.


7. Om Namah Shivaya (Liberation and Salvation Mind-Set)

Om Namah Shivaya one of the oldest mindsets on the planet Earth and so is the most popular Hindu Mantra and the most important mantra in Shaivism. Namah Shivaya means "O salutations to the auspicious One!", or “adoration to Lord Shiva", excersing the principle of One Main God.



ॐ नमः शिवाय;

Om Namah Shivaya


This mantra is present in the Shri Rudram hymn which is part of the Krishna Yajurveda. Shri Rudram hymn is taken from two chapters in fourth book of Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda. Each chapter consist of eleven anuvaka or hymns. Name of both chapters are Namakam (chapter five) and Chamakam (chapter seven) respectively. Om Namah Shivaya mantra means "Salutations unto Śiva the auspicious one, unto Śivatara the one than whom none more auspicious can exist.

This five syllable mind-set is also called Siva Panchakshara mantra, or Shiva Panchakshara or simply Panchakshara meaning the "five-syllable" mantra ( excluding the Om) and is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Maha Deva or The Great God. It is a holy salutation to Lord Shiva. This Mantra appears as 'Na' 'Ma' 'Śi' 'Vā' and 'Ya' in the Shri Rudram hymn which is a part of the Krishna Yajurveda and also in the Rudrashtadhyayi which is a part of the Shukla Yajurveda.


8. Gayatri Mantra (Mindset for Happiness)

This this mystical mind-set has been bothered many great minds since ever found about. Some greatest and shortest translations would be given by these noble Truth seekers:

"We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds", Swami Vivekananda.

"Let us meditate on that excellent glory of the divine vivifying Sun, May he enlighten our understandings", Monier Monier-Williams (1882)

"May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god: So may he stimulate our prayers", Ralph T.H. Griffith (1896)




ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah Tat-Savitur-Varennyam Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||


Meaning:

1: Om, Pervading the Bhu Loka (Earth, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha, The Intermediate Space, Consciousness of Prana) and Swar Loka (Sky, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),

2: That Savitur (Savitri, Divine Essence of the Sun) which is the most Adorable,

3: I Meditate on that Divine Effulgence,

4: May that Awaken our Intelligence (Spiritual Consciousness).

The Gāyatrī Mantra, also known as the Sāvitrī Mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda, dedicated to Savitr, the Sun deity.

Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti, or "great (mystical) utterance". Vishvamitra is said to have created the Gayatri mantra.

Even in kaliyug Gayatri mantra is recited by most hindus. The Gayatri mantra is cited widely in Vedic and post-Vedic texts, such as the mantra listings of the Śrauta liturgy, and classical Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Harivamsa, and Manusmṛti. It is also praised by the Buddha in the Pali Canon.


9. Jaya Shiva Shankara (Doubt Destruction Mindset)

One interpretation is Destroyer ("hara") of Doubt ("shaṅka"), while another is the Doer ("kara") of Good ("sam"). Shaivism is the oldest of all religions considering Shiva as a One and Only God, the others being Vaishnavism, Shaktism and Smartism. Followers of Shaivism, called 'Shaivas' or 'Shaivites,' revere Shiva as the Supreme Being, the All in All, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is." 



जय् शिव शंकर

Jai Shiva Shankara


jai/jaya: Victory to! Celebration of. An emphatic "Hooray God!" shiva: Shiva is "The Auspicious One," the Supreme God, the Destroyer and Transformer, the Lord of the cosmic dance of all creation and destruction. shaṅkara: A name for Shiva. One interpretation is Destroyer ("hara") of Doubt ("shaṅka"), while another is the Doer ("kara") of Good ("sam").


Shaivism is the oldest of all religions considering Shiva as a One and Only God, the others being Vaishnavism, Shaktism and Smartism. Followers of Shaivism, called 'Shaivas' or 'Shaivites,' revere Shiva as the Supreme Being, the All in All, the creator, preserver, destroyer, revealer and concealer of all that is." 


Striving for this "One God" are achieved often by ascetic yogis in caves on in harsh conditions in meditative states staying for weeks, sometimes months and even years without food exploring unseen to an eye worlds. Coming back they approach God as their beloved one and tries to move the feeling they had during sweet meditative state on harsh paper with physical pen using multi-understandable words giving poetry like this:

"Delight in these meditations, my Adored One. Play with creation as it plays with you. Playing, become smaller than an atom, Travel through the expanse of space, Drink the elixir of immortality. Bathe in the stream of these life-giving teachings. Flirt with the tingling sparks of vitality Surging through your body. Live your whole life as a festival, a celebration, Liberated in love and work."  Vijnanabhairava Tantra



10. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace Mantra)

In the Brahminical tradition, from where Buddhism undoubtedly obtained mantra practice, Om is not just the universal sound, but the sound of the universe itself. For example in the (non-Buddhist) 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.

Like many mantras, this one begins with “Om”. Om has no meaning, and its origins are lost in the mists of time. Om is considered to be the primeval sound, the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed.

Om is therefore a sound symbolizing reality. It represents everything in the universe, past, present, and future. It even represents everything that is outside of those three times. It therefore 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. It represents both enlightenment and non-enlightenment.

You could regard Om as being the equivalent of white light, in which all of the colors of the rainbow can be found.



ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्ति

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti


One Sanskrit-English dictionary says the following:

“A word of solemn affirmation and respectful assent , sometimes translated by ‘yes, verily, so be it’ (and in this sense compared with Amen); it is placed at the commencement of most Hindu works, and as a sacred exclamation may be uttered at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or previously to any prayer; it is also regarded as a particle of auspicious salutation [Hail!]; Om appears first in the Upanishads as a mystic monosyllable, and is there set forth as the object of profound religious meditation, the highest spiritual efficacy being attributed not only to the whole word but also to the three sounds A, U, M, of which it consists.”

It’s worth bearing in mind that Sanskrit was the language not only of later Buddhism, but of the Hindu and pre-Hindu Vedic traditions as well. In Buddhist texts, as far as I’m aware, Oṃ is never seen as being comprised of A-U-M.

Shanti (Pali: Santi) simply means “peace”. It’s a beautiful meaning and also a very beautiful sound. The shanti is repeated three times, as are many chants in Buddhism. In Buddhism as well as in Hinduism the threefold Shanti is generally interpreted as meaning the Threefold Peace in body, speech, and mind (i.e. peace in the entirety of one’s being).

Hindu teachings typically end with the words Om shanti shanti shanti as an invocation of peace, and the mantra is also used to conclude some Buddhist devotional ceremonies.

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