By chanting, we can raise our consciousness and bring body and mind into a state of lasting harmony.
By repeating the chant, a certain vibration is created in the mind, which is transmitted to the body and mind.
Sound itself has an effect on matter and consciousness. Sound can stimulate, purify, provoke or attract attention.
When we call someone by name, we establish communication and exchange, we invite the person to hang out with us. Similarly, we make spiritual connections when we sing different chants.
Chanting is powerful and acts like swords, cutting through the negative energy that surrounds us. Different Chantas have different purposes.
If we rely on these vibrations, we will feel the difference: physically, mentally and spiritually, because chanting can penetrate different layers of impurities and resistances.
Material forms and elements are just different wave frequencies that vibrate before our eyes, like images on a cinema screen.
The whole material world is actually a kind of vibrating reality with sound as its basis.
Most people are born into a religion that is best suited to begin a spiritual journey.
By singing God’s name according to the religion of birth, we invoke this Divine Principle and use His Divine Energy.
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Chanting through history
Chanting and its various uses can be found in many traditions and spiritual schools.
They come from the Vedic tradition, so we find their use in Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism and other schools that originate from the Vedas.
A similar principle of repeating or singing prayers is the basis of many world religions.
The ultimate goal is not only personal well-being in the sense of peace and unity with all, but spiritual self-realization and pure love.
Chanting as a means of self-knowledge
By chanting, we reach a state of calm mind and free it from negative thoughts and unwanted attachments.
Some will call this brainwashing, which is true in some ways, but not in a negative context.
The mind is full of anger, envy, lust, greed and illusion, which ultimately leads to madness, in the sense that a person can no longer influence his thoughts and desires.
Thus, man engages in various activities of this world, which draw him further and further from self-knowledge and deeper and deeper into an unhappy life full of ignorance, addiction and misidentifications.
From all this, man suffers, both in this and in a series of future lives.
Advantages of chanting
Chanting works on both a material and spiritual level. Therefore, they are used not only to develop spiritual awareness, but also to cure diseases.
Each organ vibrates in a certain way and diseases are closely linked to the irregular vibration of an organ.
Chanting works on the mind first. The mind is a vibration, like everything in the universe.
Chanting purifies the subconscious
It increases concentration and brings calm: We focus less on external stimuli and are more inward-looking, that is, we become spiritually introverted.
In the treatment of mental illness: Chanting is useful in most mental illnesses, it is especially effective in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It gives us more control over the six basic flaws of our personality: Pride, attachment, passion, greed, envy and anger. These shortcomings bind us to the material world and are the main cause of our misfortune.
Impressions in the subconscious influence our actions. Only when we overcome negative impressions can we live a better life.
Just as we remove a thorn that is under the skin with a needle, we create a new impression to remove a bad one.
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We can start our chanting with chanting the name of God according to the religion in which we were born, or with the universal chanting of Sri Gurudev Datta.
Chanting removes false impressions from the subconscious. This method, known as the distraction method, helps us realize the benefits of chanting.
There is a barrier between the conscious and the subconscious. This barrier does not allow the conscious mind to know what secrets are trapped in the subconscious.
Thus, only one thought can ever pass from the subconscious to the conscious. The thought that passes is the strongest thought.
As a result, the impressions from the subconscious gradually penetrate into the consciousness with great speed and return to strengthen the center from which they originated.
However, through the spiritual practice of chanting, the center of the deity becomes stronger and stronger and leads us to do only right deeds.
Every time we chant, the barrier closes and doesn’t let any other impression shine through.
Every thought from the subconscious tries to penetrate into the consciousness, but chanting does not allow this and distracts it.
Other impressions and centers are ignored. By constantly ignoring other centers, they become weaker until they cease to exist.
This is another effective method by which chanting cleanses the subconscious.
Chanting is truly a spiritual tool that allows us to alleviate suffering, ascend spiritually, and understand our true divine nature.
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Chanting for beginners
When and where can we chant?
We don’t need a special time or place to chant.
Both space and time were created by God and therefore the Divine Principle is present in them all the time.
Man can chant anytime and anywhere and has access to His Divine Presence.
Chanting during daily activities is a higher level of chanting than chanting, which we do while sitting.
The reason for this claim is that we maintain the continuity of spiritual practice when we chant during the exercise of worldly activities.
As a result, through the spiritual practice of chanting, man maintains a connection with the Deity in all circumstances.
Some people say you should get up early and chant at dawn.
The reason for this is that the pure Sattva components (purity and knowledge) are then present in the atmosphere in greater concentration than at any other time of the day and it is therefore easier for us to chant.
This is true, but when we do this, the pure Sattva portion in us only increases by 0.001%.
It is best to choose the time when you chant according to your temperament.
So if you’re not used to getting up early, you don’t need to force yourself to get up at dawn to chant.
Is it necessary to take a certain position when chanting?
Our goal is to be able to chant continuously and concentrated. So we can chant at any time in any place and in any position – sitting, standing or walking.
For example, we can chant while lying down, watching TV, cooking, or on the way to work.
When chanting, we have to feel comfortable.
If this is not the case, we could be disturbed by every little thing that would make it impossible for us to reap the fruits of concentrated chanting.
It’s important to add that we can get the maximum benefit from sitting cross-legged.
The reason for this is that the spiritual energy created by chanting in this position circulates most strongly through our body.
A position such as lying on a bed can release energy to the environment.
Try to sing in a careless pose and cross-legged and make sure you feel the difference.
Restlessness when chanting
When we start chanting, we sometimes feel physical or mental discomfort.
Physical discomfort comes in a variety of forms, including headaches or nausea. Psychological complaints occur as irritability or anxiety.
If we feel uncomfortable, there is no grand to worry, because there is a simple explanation for this.
When we chant, we gain access to the divine energy. This increases the Sattva components in us.
For most people, however, Raja-Tama prevails. This Raja-Tama collides with the Sattva components and creates discomfort.
The negative energy in us begins to feel uncomfortable with the increase in the Sattva component.
This is because the negative energy consists predominantly of the Raja-Tama component, which the Sattva component cannot tolerate.
This subtle conflict manifests itself in some form of physical discomfort.
If the discomfort, such as headaches, is severe, it’s best to stop chanting and start again when the headache stops.
This discomfort can last for weeks until the body gets used to the new level of cleanliness.
That’s why you should persist in chanting, because these complaints usually do not last long.
How to gradually increase chanting?
It is important to gradually increase chanting, both quantitatively and qualitatively. We do this to promote spiritual development and to have spiritual experiences at higher levels.
It takes a few months to two years to go through each of the steps.
It is recommended that chanting lasts at least 10 minutes per day at the beginning.
The next step is to become aware of the moment when we don’t do anything useful and then start chanting. For example, while waiting for someone or in line.
After that, we should try to keep singing while doing physical activities such as swimming, cooking, walking, bus or train travel.
In this way, we can chant during physical activity.
The next stage is chanting while we are doing an activity that is not very important in daily life, such as reading a newspaper or watching TV.
After that, the next advanced step is the ability to sing while doing mental tasks that are important to us in daily life, such as activities in the workplace.
Chanting with concentration
When we start chanting, the thoughts that keep coming back are one of the main obstacles we face.
They arise mainly due to doubts about chanting and impressions in the subconscious. Achieving concentration while chanting is the ultimate goal of chanting.
You can use a rosary to help you focus.
If the mind wanders while chanting, it is helpful to chant loudly for at least some time until our concentration increases.
Likewise, we can speed up chanting for a while and when we have reached concentration, we reduce the speed again.
If we have difficulty concentrating, we can try to chant in a quiet place, for example, in nature.
Since the activity of the mind around everyday things diminishes as soon as we wake up and before we go to sleep, it is easier to achieve concentration at this time.
When we align our chanting with breathing, the influence of thoughts on us decreases.
Connect the tips of the index finger and thumbs of both hands. This hand posture helps to reduce thoughts and achieve concentration.
While chanting, we can calm our gaze by looking at an object or point without blinking. This helps in the concentration of the mind.
Chanting with your eyes closed can also improve concentration. However, when we are tired, it is better to chant with our eyes open.
Concentrated chanting helps us to experience more bliss.
But even if we can’t concentrate on chanting, it’s important that we don’t give up chanting. Over time, we will reach concentration.
We can set ourselves the goal of improving the concentration during chanting for about six months.
Synchronizing singing and breathing
When we balance chanting with breathing, we resist the penetration of unwanted thoughts from the environment into our minds.
As a result, the person experiences inner peace, a reduction in unnecessary desires, an improvement in mental health andhappy bliss.
One aspect of spiritual growth is to let go of everything that means forgetting the past, no longer worrying about the future, and living in the present.
By focusing on the combination of chanting and breathing, a person practices living in the present.
To harmonize these two, first breathe normally and then try to harmonize chanting with inhalation and exhalation.
However, to stay alive, breathing is more important than chanting. Therefore, it is important to focus on breathing and synchronize chanting with breathing. Not the other way around.
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Regularity is important!
The sincere effort invested in chanting will give you a sense of peace that you haven’t felt in a long time, and your worldly life will improve.
If we exert ourselves in spiritual practice for at least 6 months, we will notice the above benefits in our lives.
The goal of this article is to provide basic information about this spiritual practice that can be used by anyone anywhere in the world, regardless of gender, nationality, and religious or cultural affiliation.