Mantras cited in Sound Medicine plus my favorites

 Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary in her March 2021 new book, Sound Medicine, has a list of mantras in Chapter 10. They are:

The Mantra she learned from Amma

Om Gam Ganapatye Namah

Sri Ganesha has many avatars. In the TV series, Vighnaharta Ganesh, the producers appear to belong to what some call the “sect” of Ganapatya. I read an English translation of the Upanishads in college so I think I must have “imprinted” on Sri Ganapatya back in 1973!

Swami Chinmayananda lecture

His Holiness “H.H. Swami Chinmayananda is a world renowned authority of the scriptures of India, especially Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. He was born in 1916 and attained mahasamadhi in 1993. He worked relentlessly for about 40 years to bring about spiritual revival in India and abroad. His unique style and logical approach is appealing to all young and old”. (Vedic Books.Net) Swami Chinamayananda wrote Glory of Ganesh.

Librarians hate to cite secondary sources, especially Wikipedia, but this article about  Ganapati Atharvashirsa is very well researched and the footnotes appear to also be properly done. The anonymous writer cites page 125 in Chinmayananda ‘s (1985) Glory of Ganesh

(O Lord Ganapati!)
You alone are the visible manifestation of the Essence of the words
“That thou art”.
You alone are the Doer.
You alone are the Creator and the Sustainer (of the universe).
You alone are the Destroyer.
Verily You alone are all this – “idam sarvam” – in the creation, because
You are Brahman.
You are the Eternal Atman in bodily form.”

Edo and Jo recorded the mantra

My favorite is Ganesh Bhajan:
Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah 108 times Album: Ganesh Mantra Singer: Anuradha Paudwal Composer: NANDU HONAP Album: Ganesh Mantra Author: Traditional Music Label: T-Series

The next mantra Dr. Chaudhary describes is the Saraswati Mantra

OM AIM NAMAHA

The JoyWithin.org website has a nice description with instructions on how to chant the mantra. You can listen to it being chanted 108 times by clicking on Mata Saraswati’s picture.

The next mantra on page 208 is the mantra to Mata Laxmi

OM SRIM NAMAHA

Although I could find Deepak Chopra recommending chanting the mantra with just the three words as in Dr. Chaundhary’s book, most versions are longer. This one is the closest.

Dr. Chaundhary writes that this mantra is believed to increase vigor and vitallity. The Geby Mantra Sounds suggests you “Chant this Devi Laxmi money mantra, use Sphatik mala to chant Laxmi mantra. Use red roses and lotuses while chanting this Devi Laxmi mantra. You can chant the mantra 108 times in the evening and 108 times in the morning. When you are suffering from extreme poverty and want to overcome the situation urgently, chant 5 malas of this Mantra every day. Do this continuously, even after you get your wealth back. BY doing this Devi Laxmi Vedic Mantra, Lakshmi (Money) will be stable in your Life”.

I should also point out that in Vighnaharta Ganesh Lady Laxmi HATES and cannot be around dirt or filth. In a house with a lot of pets, that’s not easy but I believe that she hates dirt and filth in one’s soul but she does serve as a constant reminder to clean the house!

The next mantra (pages 208-209) is the Durga Mantra. Durga is the goddess that defeated Mahishasura. Netflix aired An excellent TV series Maharakshak Devi but,, unforunately, it has expired. It takes place in modern day India. A baby girl is thrown off a bridge into a river by the father as her mother pleads to keep the baby. The babu floats in the river for a short distance and is rescued by the Sage (Guru) Brihaspati (who rules Planet Jupiter). Gauri is raised as a martial artist for the day when she would have to battle all the resurrected asuras (demons). It’s very clever. Gauri is enrolled in a high school where one of the boys takes an unusual interest in her – none other than Mahishasura! I tried to capture a screen shot from Episode 106 of Vighnaharta Ganesh at the moment when Durga kills Mahishasur but the director chose a long distance shot. This “painting” from a Facebook post has all of the motifs from iconography except that Durga usually pierces through the body with a trident.

The mantra on page 209 is OM KRIM NAMAHA

The closest I can find is

Om Kreem Kalikayai Namah

The Narayani Mantra is explained by Qing Zhou who says she received the mantra directly from the Divine Mother. I assume she received it from Amma. Dr. Chaudhary writes that chanting this mantra helps you to surrender to the divine. It includes all the benefits of chanting the Saraswati, Lakshmi (Laxmi), and Durga mantras combined!

OM NAMO NARAYANI

My favorite Gayatri Mantra bijan is sung by Dr.Suresh Wadkar. A compilation of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s teachings on the mantra can be found by clicking on the mantra.

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt

Vishnu Mantra is described by Haindava TV in their YouTube states that Vishnu known as Narayana is the Supreme God. (including his different avatars. Vishnu is venerated as the Supreme Being in Vaishnavism. He is also known as Vishnu and Hari and is venerated as Purushottama or Supreme Purusha. In Hindu sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita the Vedas and the Puranas Narayana is the name of God in his infinite all pervading form. He is the Supreme Purusha of Purusha Sukta.

Another important translation of Narayana is The One who rests on Water. The waters are called narah, [for] the waters are, indeed, produced by Nara-Narayana (the first Being) as they were his first residence [ayana], he is called Narayana. In Sanskrit, “Nara” can also refer to all human beings or living entities (Jivas). Therefore, another meaning of Narayana is Resting place for all living entities. The close association of Narayana with water explains the frequent depiction of Narayana in Hindu art as standing or sitting on an ocean.

In Vighnaharta Ganesh, the CGI effect of being under water when we see Sri Vishnu and his consort, Laxmi is very well done.

OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

The Shiva Mantra connects us to all five elements and harmonizes all the chakras in the body, bringing balance to the entire body and mind. Click on the mantra to hear Sadguru chant the manta 108 times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqmWqYWSoVA&t=371s

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

I have followed Jaggi Vasudev (born 3 September 1957), known publicly as Sadhguru for a very long time. One because he takes those who can afford to and who can endure the rigors of the trip to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash – something I would love to do but simply cannot and two because he has a very easy going teaching style. Here is is chanting the mantra.

OM SHREE DHANVANTRE NAMAHA

According to Dr. Chaudhary, this mantra to Dhanvanttari is of one of the principle Sanskrit healing mantras. An excellent article about Dhanvantari is written by students of the Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder, Colorado. Here is an excerpt:

“Bhagavata Purana states that Dhanvantari emerged from the Ocean of Milk and appeared with the pot of amrita (nectar) during the story of the Samudra (or) Sagara Mathana whilst the ocean was being churned by the Devas and Asuras, using the Mandara mountain and the serpent Vasuki. The pot of Amrita was snatched by the Asuras, and after this event another avatar, Mohini, appears and takes the nectar back from the Asuras.

It is also believed that Dhanvantari promulgated the practise of Ayurveda. According to the Charaka Samhita, the knowledge of Ayurveda is eternal and is revealed in each of the cycles of creation of the universe. When needed, Lord Vishnu himself incarnates as Lord Dhanvantari and reestablishes the tradition of Ayurveda in the world to help relieve some of humanity’s suffering”.

In August 20I6 I was able to obtain 5 yantras. This is Dhanvantari’s. It is made of pure copper and blessed using my full birth name, time of birth, month, day, and year and other information. It resides on my mandir along with the gold yantras. A small Ganesh yantra with a I wear on a chain with a drop shaped moldavite everyday.

Deva Premal chants the mantra

Haindava TV chants the mantra as well. The description on the YouTube video reads:

Dhanvantari (Sanskrit: धन्वन्तरि) is an Avatar of Vishnu from the Hindu tradition. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurvedic medicine. It is common practice in Hinduism for worshipers to pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and/or others, especially on Dhanteras.

Dhanvantari is depicted as Vishnu with four hands, holding Shankh , Sudarshan Chakra, Jalouka (Leech ) and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in another. He is often shown with a leech in his hand rather than the scriptures. Bhagavapurana states that Dhanavantari emerged from the Ocean of Milk and appeared with the pot of nectar during the story of the Samudra or Sagar manthan whilst the ocean was being churned by the devas and asuras, using theMandara mountain and the serpent Vasuki.
The pot of Amrita was snatched by the Asuras or Demons, and after this event another avatar, Mohini, appears and takes the nectar back from the Asuras. It is also believed that Dhanvantari promulgated the medical science of Ayurveda.
His birthday is celebrated by the practitioners of Ayurveda every year, on Dhanteras, two days before Diwali, the Hindu festival of Lights. In the Samudra manthan, Dhanvantari appears with Amrita, Shankha, Chakra and Jalauka(leech), in each of his four hands.

I created a Playlist on YouTube so you do not have to click on each link unless you wish to.

Namaste!

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