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Nãrãyanã Vidmahe

 

 

om namo nãrãyanã vidmahe

 

vasudevãyã dhimahi

 

tanno vishnum prachodayãt

 

Om, let us meditate on Sri Nãrãyanã,

the lord who dwells in all beings, and is known as the sovereign of the world.

May that Sri Vishnu inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.

 

Shivoham

 

mano buddhy ahankãra chittãni nãham

na cha shrotra jihve na cha ghrãna netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vãyuhu
chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

 

i am not the mind, intellect, memory or ego,

nor the ears,  the tongue, the nose or the eyes

nor the space, earth, fire or wind,

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

 

na cha prãna sangyo na vai pancha vãyuhu

na vã sapta dhãtur na vã pancha koshahaha

na vãk pãni-pãdau na chopastha pãyu

chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

 

i am not the breath nor the five prãnãs

not the seven constituents of the body, nor the five sheaths

not the organ of speech, nor hands and feet

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

na mey dvesha rãgau na mey lobha mohau

mado naiva me naiva mãtsarya bhãvahaha dharmo na chãrtho na kãmo na mokshaha

chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

i do not have likes-dislikes, greed and attachments, 

i do not have pride, nor do i have the feelings of jealousy.

i do not have pursuit of religion, money, desires or freedom, 

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

 

na punyam na pãpam na saukhyam na duhkham

na mantro na tirtham na vedã na yagyaha

aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhoktã

chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

there is no virtue, no sins, no pleasure, no pain,

no mantra, no holy place, no scriptures, no rituals

i am neither an experience, nor the object of experience, nor the experiencer,

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

 

na mey mrityu shankã na mey jãti bhedaha

pitã naiva me naiva mãtã na janmahana bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha

chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

i have no death, no suspicion, there is no caste difference in me,

i have no father or mother, nor i am born.

i have no relatives, no friends, neither master nor disciple,

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

 

aham nirvikalpo nirãkãra rupo

vibhutvãcha sarvatra sarvendriyãnam

na chã sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha

chidãnanda rupaha shivoham shivoham

i am free of alternatives, and having no forms.

i am in all sense organs as i pervade everywhere.

there is no freedom or bondage for me.

i am of the nature of consciousness, i am bliss.

‘Nãrãyanã Vidmahe' is also known as ‘nãrãyanã gãyatri’ or ‘gãyatri mantrã’ of Vishnu. Nãrãyanã is the supreme being, from whom everything exists. 

It is a veneration to lord vishnu, the one who supports, preserves and sustains all which was created. 

It is believed that whenever evil prevails over good with an opportunity to emerge victorious, Vishnu descends to earth in some mortal form and guides humans to act in ways that will restore proper balance between good and evil. Vishnu is worshipped widely throughout India, having one thousand names. Devotees who engage in his name recitation and repetition are believed to accumulate great blessings.

Written around 788-820 CE by Adi Shankarãchãrya, the ancient shlokã or song shivoham summarizes the basic teachings of ‘Advaita Vedãntã’ – the Hindu teachings of non-dualism. a story says that when the young Shankarã,

seeking his guru in himãlayãs, encountered a sage who asked him, “who are you?”, the boy answered with these verses which are known as ‘Nirvãna Shatakam.’ They are actually a declaration of his own direct and intimate experience of the absolute bliss of self-realisation.

As such, this is not a text to be explained; they are actually sacred words to be meditated upon and experienced by every sincere seeker.

 

What is ADVAITA VEDANTA?

Advaita Vedanta is non-dualism or monism, the doctrine that declares that there is but one reality, that the individual Self and the brahman are one.

 

Every human being is unhappy. he is discontented.

We all feel that something is missing. We want more.

No matter how much we possess, it is never enough.

We are afraid to die. we want to live longer, be healthier, look younger and accumulate more wealth.

We want to increase our knowledge and awareness.

We want to experience more joy and happiness.

All these lead to unbearable restlessness. why?

The answer lies in the three statements comprising the wonderful formulae given to us by Sri Shankaracharya, the exponent (explainer and clarifier) of Advaita Vedanta.

 

" brahma satyam

jagan mithya

jivo brahmaiva na parah"

 

It means...

God alone is real.

The world is illusory.

The individual is none other than god.

 

Guru Brahmã

 

gurur brahmã gurur vishnu

gurur devo maheshwaraha  |

gurur sãkshãt para brahmã

tasmai shree gurave nahama | | 

 

The guru is brahmã (the creator),

the guru is vishnu (the sustainer),

the divine guru is maheswara (shiva – the destroyer), the guru is verily the parabrahman (supreme consciousness); salutations to the guru. 

 

dhyaana-muulam gurur-muurtih

puujaa-muulam gurur-paadam |

mantra-muulam gurur-vaakyam

moksha-muulam guruur-kripaa || 

 

The Root of Meditation is the Form of the Guru, The Root of Worship is the Feet of the Guru,

The Root of Mantra is the Word of the Guru,

The Root of Liberation is the Grace of the Guru. 

 

brahmanandam parama sukhadam

kevalam gyaanamurtim

dvandvaateetam gagana sadrisham

tatvamasyadi lakshyam

ekam nityam vimala machalam

sarvadhee saakshibhutam

bhaavaateetam triguna rahitam

sadgurum tam namaami.

 

The universe of bliss, supreme happiness,

pure unending knowing

Beyond the dualities, like the infinite space,

the sole aspiration of all seeking The one,

eternal, pure, unmoving,

the witness in all Beyond states,

beyond the three qualities,

salutations to that true Guru.

It is said that a Guru or a Master has the highest place in the heart of a disciple. For me, it is simply impossible to describe the significance of a Guru in my own journey.

That is why probably  so many songs have been created to express eternal gratitude to the Guru, the dispeller of darkness. I believe each of us has a Guru  guiding our paths in many mysterious ways that sometimes we can’t even see.  Personally, two spiritual masters have influenced my path endlessly… Osho and Gurudev

(now lovingly addressed as Whosoever).

 

This Mantrã is  one more attempt of expressing gratitude to  existence for having showered its grace in the form of a Guru.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The master functions as a friend. He holds your hand and takes you on the right path, helps you to open your eyes, helps you to be capable of transcending the mind. That's when your third eye opens, when you start looking inwards. Once you are looking inwards, the master's work is finished. now it is up to you."  -  OSHO

 

jaya shiva omkãrã

 

jaya jaya shiva omkãrã

har har omkãrã

shivãya namaha om namaha shivãya

 

Victory to Shiva, om har har om,

I bow to Shiva, om. 

A Mantrã for the devotion of Shiva, representing the transformational force in the universe. although the concept of ‘destruction’ tends to be negatively associated to Shiva, 

I would like to praise him rather as a ‘transforming’ energy… as day transforms to night, as winter follows spring, as a fruit dies to give place to a new tree, as real love moves from bliss to pain and from pain to bliss again and again… probably a true prayer of acceptance. 

jai rãdhã mãdhav

 

jai rãdhã mãdhav, jai kunj’ bihãri

jaya gopi jana vallabh, jaya gire-varadhãri

 

yashodã nandan, brija jana ranjan

yamunã tire vanachãri

 

murali manohar, karunã sãgar

jaya govardhan dhãri

 

krishna is the divine lover of radha, he plays in the groves of vrindavana. he is the divine lover of the gopis (cowherd maidens of vraja) and the holder of the great hill named govardhana.

 

although unborn, he plays the role of the beloved son of mother yasoda. he is the delighter of the inhabitants of vraja and he wanders in the forests along the banks of the river yamuna.

 

sohum

 

sohum, sohum, sohum, sohum

 

while the english translation may not be as important as the quality of the sound vibration, sohum translates as i am that. when remembered repeatedly, it declares i am that i am that i am that i am.

 

remembering the sohum mantra often during the day can be a very useful practice.

 

sohum meditation :

for 30 minutes everyday, with a candle and an incense, sit comfortably in a meditation posture. gently take deep breaths - inhale and exhale.

on every inhalation, feel that you are breathing in the universal consciousness. with every exhalation, feel that you are breathing out the personalised consciousness, the ego.

 

in search

 

tujhe dhoondhatã thã main chaar su,

teri shãn jall-e-jalãlahu

tu milã qareeb-e-rag-e-gulu

teri shãn jall-e-jalãlahu

i was searching for you all around

your awesome glory knows no bound

just close to my heart you are found 

your awesome glory knows no bound

 

teri yaad mein hai kali kali

hai chaman-chaman hoo-al-ali

tu basã hai phool mein hoobahu

teri shãn jall-e-jalãlahu

all the florets pine for you

the garden reverberates with ali ali

you effloresce there in every bloom

your awesome glory knows no bound

 

tere huqm se jo hawã chali

to chatak ke boli kali kali

hai kareem tuu, hai raheem tuu

teri shãn jall-e-jalãlahu

when the breeze moved with your nod

every bud announced with a whirl

you are compassionate you are merciful

your awesome glory knows no bound

 

terã jalawã dono jahãn mein hai

terã noor kaun-o-makãn mein hai

yahãn tuu hi tuu, wahãn tuu hi tuu

teri shãn jall-e-jalãlahu

your effulgence pervades both the worlds

you illuminate every space

you are present here, you are present there too your awesome glory knows no bound 

'Jai Radha Madhav' is a devotional prayer in the praise of Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity who is often portrayed as a young boy playing a flute or as a handsome prince giving direction and guidance.

I am personally fond of the figure of Krishna because

he accepts all dimensions, colors and aspects of life and yet remains untouched by them. My experience is that chanting these holy names of god brings a space of peace and protection… this song is also a tribute to Jagjit Singh,

a beautiful singer from India, who has always been

an immense inspiration in my life.

The love of Krishna and Radha is possibly the most revered love affair in India. no music, no songs, no dance, no art is complete in India, without their love story.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, an amazingly bright enlightened being describes it as follows: ‘discard all you are not and go ever deeper. Just as a man digging a well discards what is not water, until he reaches the water-bearing 

strata, so must you discard what is not your own,  till nothing is left which you can disown. You will find that what is left is nothing which the mind can hook on to. You are not even a human being. you just are - a point of awareness, co-extensive with time and space and beyond both, the ultimate cause, itself uncaused.

 

If you ask me "who are you?", my answer would be: "nothing in particular. yet, I am.’

'In Search' was born from love. since love is a mystery, there is no way to express… the closest I was able to express the bliss of love was in silence… and through this song, which lyrics and its exquisite spirit of longing speak by themselves.

 

Sufism

The substance of Sufism is the truth and the meaning of Sufism is the selfless experiencing and actualization of the truth. The practice of Sufism is the intention to go towards the truth, by means of love and devotion. This is called the tarigat, the spiritual path or way towards god.

 

The Sufi is one who is a lover of truth, who by means of love and devotion moves towards the truth, towards the perfection which all are truly seeking. As necessitated by love's jealousy, the Sufi is taken away from all except the truth.

 

Sufi poetries communicate through symbolic expressions the depth of Sufi spirituality, the inner states of mystical love, and the unity of being. they reveal aspects of Sufism and of traveling the Sufi path that are not accessible in prose writings.

 

 

ishq

 

ishq ibaadat rab' ki yaara 

ishq masihaa ishq khudaa hai

ishq ki zad mein hai jaga saaraa 

ishq mehekte dil ki sadaa hei

love is the prayer of the divine,

love is the messiah, love is God

love envelops the whole universe within itself

it is the song of a fragrant heart

ishq to hei saanso ki sargam

ishq dilo kaa darpan hei

ishq khudaa kaa noor hei jis-se

saari duniya roshan hei

love is the melody of breath

love is the mirror of the hearts

because of the light of love

the whole world is illuminated

 

 

'Ishq' in arabic means love, something everyone seeks in different forms. The song depicts the various moods of 'Ishq', from human to divine aspects of love, celebrating its most exalted moments, when love and prayer become one, when love and god become one.

 

The 'tarana' syllables used in the song are very much a signature in Manish's music.

 

tumi bhaja re manaa

 

tumi bhaja re manaa

tumi japa re manaa

om shree ram jaya ram

japa re manaa

 

o my heart, my soul,

chant the name of the divine,

worship the name of the divine.

'Tumi Bhaja re Mana' is a song

of devotion, bhakti.  Such

simple songs are usually

sung in every corner of India

usually during the evenings

at the temples, or under a 

tree in a village where people

usually gather at the time of dusk. With the simplicity in words and feeling, one can easily melt in devotion and love for all.

 

sattva

 

omkãram bindu samyuktam

nityam dhyãyanti yoginaha

kãmadam mokshadam chaiva

omkãrãya namo namaha

 

om, which is united with the Source

on which the yogis ever dwell

which grants desires and liberation

i salute the omkaram.

The title track takes one on a 

journey from the mysterious

east into a space beyond worlds.

unfolding on the base of the 

mantra 'Omkaraya Namo

Namaha', this piece depicts

illumination and purity...

the hidden splendor within us all. The song 'Sattva' is decorated with ambient voices echoing this mantra, featuring tarana syllables 'num tana num, derena'.

shivoham

 

sachãra chara para purnã

shivoham shivoham

nityãnanda swarupã

shivoham shivoham

 

ãnandoham ãnandoham

ãnandoham ãnandoham

 

i am that which prevails everywhere...

complete in itself.

i am shiva; the deity of eternal bliss.

i am Joy itself…i am bliss itself.

Possibly the most well known

song from Manish, 'Shivoham'

based on Raga Darbari celebrates

the joy of realising the eternal

truth - 'i am bliss'.

 

'Shivoham' is not necessarily about Lord Shiva, but about

a state of being, which the Hindus have described as Shiva, the bliss. a state of ultimate joy, realising that everything which is, is complete and it is nothing but me, not as a personified entity but as an impersonal, as universal consciousness - a state of Ananda... bliss... Shivoham.

 

om namo narayana

 

om namo narayana

 

jaya govinda, hare govinda

narayana narayana

jaya gopala, hare gopala

narayana narayana

 

i bow down to narayana (lord Krishna)

offering him salutations and surrender.

'Govinda', 'Gopala' are all different

names of Lord Krishna, the god

with the flute... who is Vishnu's

reincarnation. This song pays

loving homage to Lord Krishna,

offering him salutations and

surrender. Based on Raga Charukeshi, this song is a beautifull exchange between the male and the female energy, which unite perfectly in the energy of Krishna, who is known as the complete and the best of human being' - 'purna purushottam'.

 

Sarve Shãm

 

sarveshām svastir bhavatu

sarveshām shāntir bhavatu

sarveshām pūrnam bhavatu

sarveshām maṇgalam bhavatu

 

may there be well-being in all,

may there be peace in all,
may there be fulfilment in all,
may there be auspiciousness in all

 

sarve bhavantu sukhinah
sarve santu nir-aamayaah 
sarve bhadraanni pashyantu
maa kashcid-duhkha-bhaag-bhavet 
om shaantih shaantih shaantih


may all become happy,
may all be free from illness.
may all see what is auspicious,
may no one suffer.
om peace, peace, peace.

 

'Sarve Sham' is a prayer for all, wishing well being, peace, nourishment to all beings on this universe. The beauty about this prayer is that it is not personal, not selfish, but for all that exists.

 

the "Sarveshaam mantra" is one of the peace or Shanti Mantras which may be used to invoke harmony and tranquility in the environment in which puja or prayers are performed. This Shanti Mantra may be repeated three or eleven times, as time permits. The Mantra may perhaps be used as a closing prayer for any practise, to bless all those in attendance.

 

Ekoham

 

ekoham bahusayām

 

i am one, let me be (manifested as) many

"Brahman is one. manifestation is many. one has become many. The universe is itself the manifestation of the divine mind, which willed, ekoham bausayam : I am one, let me become many. "

- Swami Sivananda

 

Healing Ragas

 

Raga Yaman

 

This Raga has a mood of night descending, enveloping the earth in a vast darkness, with moonlight bringing a cool light and a sense of relaxation. Though a major scale, Yaman creates a serene, soulful atmosphere to lead the listener to a silent space.

 

 

Raga Bhairavi

 

Possibly the sweetest and most loved Raga in Hindustani music, Bhairavi, an early morning Raga, is full of emotions, let that be love, meditation, silence, devotion, beauty, longing... it is able to express all these moods very effectively. associated with the first golden light of morning, it creates a very warm embrace.

 

Healing Ragas - 2

 

Raga Charukeshi

 

Perhaps be best described as a lotus opening its petals in the early morning sunlight. Fragile, tender, with an intense beauty and depth, a very graceful raga with a space of divinity. The fine merger of major and minor notes in this raga makes it very serene, creating a space of dhyana, divinity and devotion.

 

Raga Kirwani

 

Originating in South India, Kirwani is one of the most meditative scales used in Indian music today. Generally played at night, it has an esoteric feel to it - full of silence, longing, depth and serenity. It works gently through all chakras helping the listener to relax into his being.

 

 

Moonlight Ragas

 

Raga Darbari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raga Jhinjoti

 

 

 

 

Atma Bhakti

 

Atma : Mantra Mangalam

Mangalam or auspiciousness, related to the Goddess Durga suggesting “one whose touch brings bliss.”  A mantra recited for the general well being of all the creation around us, wishing for everyone happiness, peace, health and prosperity.

 

Mangalam Bhagavan Vishnum 
Mangalam Garudadhwajah 
Mangalam Pundareekaksham 
Mangalayatano Hari


All auspiciousness to God Vishnu 
All auspiciousness to One who has Garuda as His flag 
All auspiciousness to One who has eyes like the lotus flowers 
And auspiciousness to Hari

Bhakti : Mantra Shivaya Namaha Om

 

A mantra for God Shiva, of divine-love, grace and truth. The nature of the mantra is the calling upon the higher self and its recitation is considered food for the body and nectar for the soul.

 

Shivaya Namaha Om
Namaha Shivaya

 

Adoration to Shiva. Om.
 

 

Vedic Chanting

A powerful prayer combining different mantras, sung in the style of the prayers heard in Hindu temples, where devotees pray, thank and invoke their deities for auspiciousness and protection.