On Chants and Mantras: Sounds of Power

First of all, I must say that I am not a religious being. I am a Spiritual being. Thus, not confined to any one religion or belief system, I am able/free to search for knowledge anywhere. I have zero restrictions. Reason is also not a restriction for me, as I have explained previously in a piece of writing titled: “On Personal Power”.

In my life, I follow the Warrior Spirit of my Dacian ancestors. I respect knowledge as I see knowledge to be power and power for me, means endless possibilities. I am talking about personal power here, will-power – not physical power, although it can mean that too. Personal power can be translated into anything one wills, in my opinion.

Over time, in my search for knowledge I have found that personal power comes to us when we diminish our internal dialogue, which is almost always going on in our own mind. When the external chatter is limited, our Spirit begins to spring-out of us. Our Light gets stronger and our Will takes-over. We literally shine when we allow ourselves to be what we are: luminous beings!

Different individuals have different methods of silencing the multitude of thoughts flying through their minds. For me, chanting or even just listening to chants and/or mantras helps me focus on my being and my will. What is important about chants and mantras in my opinion, first and foremost is that they are based on faith.

Even though I am not a religious person, I do work with faith. Faith can help in understanding will-power because faith goes beyond reason. One does not have faith reasonably … Thus, when chanting or listening to mantras for example, one goes beyond reason and it also helps that in the repetitiveness of the sound we can begin to lose ourselves and lose our inner chatter.

I cannot say that a certain chant is better than a certain mantra, or vice-verse. I use chants and mantras. In terms of chants, I prefer Latin chants. An example of such a chant would be: “Da Pacem Domine”. This would be considered a Christian chant but even as a pagan, I love it dearly. There is great power to be found by chanting it, in my opinion.

Mantras I found … I cannot even say that I found them. I think they found me … Either way, Mantras are extremely powerful sounds. Here, I lack words to describe the power I feel in them … The Gayatri Mantra is sacred for me and is the first Mantra I learned, even though I do not speak the language. I felt extremely attracted to it, for no reason at all and that was reason enough for me to love it even more!

There is not much more for me to say about chants and mantras, except that as one who believes in sorcerers, witches and magic (and practices), I think sound in many cases is sacred and holds great power. I bow to the Universe and give thanks for the knowledge that exists!

I wish everyone well; May Wakan Tanka guide all our paths.

Hoka-hey! (It is a good day to die.)


Note: I thought I would promote the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra too, for those who are searching for healing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N10A8wKlGAs&list=HL1335751258&feature=mh_lolz

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very interesting, I did not know there were any religious chants so I will certainly check that out and I will look at the others too, thanks you.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Jackie Lynnley, the chants I have written about are part of the Christian and Hindu religions. I just picked a few as examples. They are my most favorites ones but there are indeed countless chants and mantras for everyone's liking, in my opinion.

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. All the best!


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

Another great hub and I particularly like the words "One does not have faith reasonably …" Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha ... I am not sure how that sentence came out Mr. Spirit Whisperer. All I know, is that I laughed pretty hard after reading it ... seemed funny and I had no intention on being funny. I actually take this matter rather seriously, as a matter of respect.

Happy to have You come-by and taking the time to comment. Cheers! : )


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

I was not being funny. I actually do love these words. It is also good to laugh and all the better if you can laugh at yourself that is a sign of a great man! BTW what is the translation for "It is good day to live!"?


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ThussaysNanaMarie 4 years ago from In my oyster

I must say that I liked this line 'I am not a religious being. I am a Spiritual being. Thus, not confined to any one religion or belief system' I think religion does cause a lot of problems.

I really loved your hub and will be following you.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello again Mr. Spirit Whisperer,

thank You for your kind words, as always.

I think that those who can exclaim: "Hoka-hey!", are on the right path in the sense that there are no regrets. A warrior just lives, accepts and moves on. Any day is a good day to die if one walks the right path!

The translation for "It is a good day to live", in my mind is the Sunrise Ceremony - each morning, we can give thanks to the Sun and for living another day.

I give thanks to Wakan Tanka. : ) Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the visit Mrs. ThussaysNanaMarie and for taking the time to comment. I sincerely appreciate it! : )

All the very best!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful hub, mr happy.

I personally am a believer of chants cause I have observed that chanting helps me focus, stay steady and become confident. I learnt gayatri mantra when I was a kid. Love it!

Voted up with interesting, awesome and sharing it across.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You so much for your comment Mrs. Ruchira. As a European, knowing nothing about mantras and/or Hinduism, I was extremely happy to discover the power of mantras and their attraction towards me - or my attraction towards them.

And I honestly do lack words to explain how much I love the Gayatri Mantra. I have found myself driving and chanting It before ... Yes, I am rather strange. Haha!

All the best! : )


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Mr Happy, I agree with you that faith is beyond reasoning. It comes from within most of the time. Chants or mantras are one and the same thing and when done repeatedly over a period of time send forth vibrations which are positive and work to one's benefit.

Voted up and all the way across.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Rajan Jolly,

I agree with You that chants and mantras are the same thing. I gave examples of Christian chants and Hindu matras because I know some people are only attracted to certain systems of belief. To each their own sort of thing ... There are many roads which lead to the same destination, in my opinion.

Thank You for your wise words indeed! All the best.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hello White Wolf - What an amazing and important essay. I wish everyone, and I do mean everyone, would read it and take it to heart, understand the power and reality of what you are talking about. With only minor word changes here and their (from my spiritual traditions - I , too, am not religious) I believe in and embrace all that you have written.

I might say prayers, mantras, and chants...I might say evil spirits and demons instead of sorcerers and witches...but I believe we are fundamentally talking about the same things. There is power in sounds and words.

In my faith tradition we talk of "speaking blessings" over someone...and we believe in the spirit realm something actually occurs...that benefit, good, grace if you will, can be imparted to someone.

And much can be learned by returning to the Greek and examining "logos" and what it meant and all the words that built upon logos. And your comments on reason and faith resonate with me.

Intellectually, it is mportant to me to be reasonable, analytical, logical...but my spirit knows that there are times and places that require faith, belief, hope and reason plays no part there.

An essay to read again and again.

Thank you, truly... thank you. Theresa

SHARING


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment Mrs. Theresa.

There is one sentence I am not sure if I understood properly. What did the following mean: "I might say evil spirits and demons instead of sorcerers and witches ...". I somehow got lost in that statement.

I truly love the following part of your comment: "Intellectually, it is mportant to me to be reasonable, analytical, logical...but my spirit knows that there are times and places that require faith, belief, hope and reason plays no part there."

All the very best!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I think I was referring to the fact that you and I might use different words, language to describe very similar things or experiences. I was trying to draw a parallel with my comparison of prayer (I could have and should have included "meditation") with chants and mantras, but somehow I muddles it all up and it got lost in the translation. :) No wonder you got lost in that statement. :)

Glad the final paragraph made sense to you, to me it seemed to encapsulate and describe the human condition and potentiality. Blessings.

P.S. You probably mean it this way, but All the Best -- Take care -- Be safe -- and many similar phrases are not just perfunctory sign offs at the end of a message.

They have meaning and power (they are blessings in my linguistic context) if we so intend them. I have always thought people take words too lightly and have little respect for both the great harm and the great good that can come from a word rightly spoken.

OK, enough of waxing philosophical for one day. Things to do. So,once again, Blessings. :)

Or -- May you walk with the Great Spirit, the Master of the Universe, the Father of Lights.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the clarification Mrs. Theresa. I think my difficulty in understanding things had to do with the fact that the police last night worked on us (Occupy Toronto) with sleep-deprivation tactics. Thus, I have not slept in about 48 hrs, now ... I'm going to bed lol

All the best indeed!! : )


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Please do get lots of sleep. You more than deserve it. The resistance the Occupy Movement is engaged in against an incredibly one-sided and unfair system, is very important.

Thank you for what you are doing, for not being passive.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

Wonderful hub. I really like how you say mantras found you. This happened to me as well with something called the moola mantra, and some other chants. It makes me think that part of the purpose for chanting is find others who need the chant. Amazing. Thank you!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the great comment You have left me CR Rookwood. I appreciate your sharing of knowledge and I am happy to have learned about the Moola Mantra (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLvbmpmKylM).

May Wakan Tanka walk with You. Cheers!


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Dear Mr. Happy:

I voted up (useful & interesting), but I cannot say much. I don't practice meditation which I should and I don't use chants and mantras.

My music is the only consolation, I think when it resonates with my feelings, it creates happiness. When it does not, music tortures me.

Like Salsa - I like the dance, but I don't like the music, so this dissonance makes me...

Any dissonance makes me cringe inside. Lately there is too much non-sense chatter in my head. I used to let my silliness onto a piece of paper, now I don't even write. It is sort of another transition.

I am waiting for something new... In the meanwhile I let myself dive into the beauty of tango, both movement and music... You know that Mozart is one of a kind, a composer whose music has a unique therapeutic effect. I find that tango music is unique as well, once you let yourself drown in it, you will never want to surface.

This music that I can share is not tango, but it sounds very spiritual. At least I feel so...

I hope you enjoy it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWvG2fLSypY&feature...

Today is a good day to die, but I hope we still see the LIGHT of another day.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Haha ... I love how You send me clips posted and/or shared by other Romanian brothers of mine. I appreciate it Kallini! (Either way I love the music, doesn't need to be posted by anyone in specific - if it is magnificent ... it is magnificent!)

Music can heal indeed, in my opinion. Thus, find your right resonance/vibrations and fly with It! : )

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment Kallini. All the very best! : )


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

Thank you for sharing, Mr. Happy! We're in the same boat in terms of exposing ourselves to a wide range of spiritual concepts and adopting whichever proves to be applicable to one's personal context.

I use 'Ham - Sa' / (inhale - exhale) during my meditation, but am not really aware whether this is what one calls a mantra.

Some friends have started using 'Om', which I understand is a widely recognized mantra but I was told that it needs for the practitioner to be pure, for it not to be detrimental. I wonder if you've heard of the idea that using mantras can be detrimental?

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Quirinus,

In my opinion, using chants and/or matras cannot have a negative effect in their general use. Even when one does not know the exact meaning of the words, the sounds are still quite powerful and will do one good. On the other hand though, when one does the chants with understanding, love and faith, the power channeled is much stronger and one can feel its effects almost instantly.

Sometimes, it is indeed needed to know not only what the words mean but even the tone and dialect are important ... that is applicable more to when we use chants for magic and spellwork though, in my opinion. In that sense if one is clueless in their doings, magic can back-fire and in that sense be detrimental.

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. Cheers!


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

Thank You for taking the time to provide additional insights, Mr. Happy!

God bless,

Quirinus


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

Wonderful Mr. Happy. There is indeed great power in chants for they are sounds which in turn are vibrations. Scientifically, it has long been established that everything in the Universe is a particle as well as a wave. And so, the fact that everything vibrates as a wave should be easy to accept.

The chants and mantras seem to have parameters that resonate with the cosmic vibrations. And that is why knowing the meaning and the exact pronunciation makes us feel the effects to a greater extent.

Also loved what you said about faith. "One does not have faith reasonably …"

When someone asked my master what should be done because his faith is shaky, Swami replied,

"Either you have faith or you have no faith. There is no such thing as shaky faith."

Thank you for your beautiful views on the subject...


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You so much for the visit Mr. Aravind. Your words made me smile. I am happy when I can vibrate on the same wave-length as others - on peaceful vibrations, to be specific.

I have some dificulty in learning some of these chants as I don't speak the language but practicing by myself is slowly working. You'd laugh your face-off probably if You heard me trying to get some of these mantras right. LOL It's okay ... with time it all comes.

And indeed I also believe that either one has faith or one doesn't. Great quote from the Man in Orange! One cannot have a little bit of faith and just sometimes, like some Christians attending church only on Sunday: the Sunday faithful ...

Many thanks for leaving your insights here. All the best!


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

The chants and mantra music puts me into a trance, like the Youtube video link of the Gayatri Mantra (27 Repetitions) that you shared here. I felt like I was flying in Aladin's magic carpet through the clouds, wrapped around by sunset and over the mountains! The 27 oms, did not tire me and I think I almost memorized it :) Just almost, I don't think I would remember it, easy for the English translation, but hard to its timing.

The mantra and humming soothes the mind and I have to close my eyes sometimes to really feel it humming in my head while my fingers relax on the keyboard. It is like I am taken to another world. I remember repeatedly chanting to the Hare Krishna Hare Rama mantra over and over each night, a wonderful tape of chantings a friend gave me when I was still in school. It was kind of mesmerizing to me, but drove everyone in the household crazy, lol! But I admired it. The chants and mantras are about faith and spiritually inspires. And the Gregorian Chant makes me feel at a relaxing mode. Peaceful. On the other hand the "Chanting to Eywa" in the movie Avatar is so beautiful, watching it makes me want to participate and chant along.

I admire your perception on "knowledge". Thumbs up to this hub!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Coffeegginmyrice,

Can I ask how cofee, gin and rice mix together? I keep thinking about it ... I had to ask ... curious. : )

I am happy You enjoyed the links I posted. The Gayatri Mantra is so beautiful ... I often chant it. And like You said about your own house, people who visit my little world here do get a little wierded-out. Ohh well lol.

Thank You for the visit. All the best!


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Interesting hub... It's true, mantras properly recited are very powerful, as the sounds directly reflect certain energies. The contrast between distorted noise, a table full of words and gossip, and a chanted mantra is remarkable.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the visit and for taking the time to comment Mr. Electro-Denizen. There is indeed a world of a difference between the sounds of a chanted mantra and/or the sounds of chatter on a subway platform, for example. I think honesty in sound is important, if the sound is to be significant.

I love chants and mantras! Thanks again for dropping-by. All the best!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Loved this hub. Sometimes I get a humming song in my head that almost takes me to a different realm. I'm sure you can relate since you wrote this hub on mantras and sounds of power. I almost always feel as if it's Native American too...I don't think I have any Native American blood (that I know of) but have always been drawn to Native American beliefs and spirituality...I've always felt deeply connected to it. Native American and Celtic beliefs both resonate in me for one reason or another. Awesome hub! May Wakan Tanka continue to guide you in your words and life.


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GwennyOh 3 years ago from LaLa Land

This is a thought provoking piece. I have at times made somewhat feeble attempts to work with mantras and chants. This article gave me a look at what I am missing out on. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece with me.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Kittythedreamer,

my apology for having missed your comment ... seven months, geez ... no good on my part.

Thank You for taking the time to read and I am happy You enjoyed the write.

Cheers! : )


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. GwennyOh,

If this piece of writing helped-out in any way then, I am grateful. I do not write here for money, or for fame or anything of that sort. I am here to share knowledge and raise awareness on issues I think are important to us all.

Thank You for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

All the very best!

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