M a n t r ã s   &   L y r i c s

 

 

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