Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 01 16 Shiva Chants and Mantras

To see a list of the various styles of chants and mantras with definitions, see the Glossary of Styles article

Nine videos play for 74 minutes. EnJOY!

1 Shiv Gayatri Mantra with Lyrics - Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe - Peaceful Chant  5:19

2 Shiv Chalisa with Lyrics By Anuradha Paudwal I Full Video Song 11:55

3 Shiva Rudrastakam 9:00

3a Shri Rudrashtakam website link for lyrics in Sanskrit and English

4 SRI SHIVA KAVACHAM with English Translation 10:44

5 Shiv Raksha Stotra - Pandit Jasraj 7:41

6 LORD SHIVA BEEJ MANTRA FOR ALL TYPE OF HAPINESS AND PROSPERITY. 10:48

7 Lingashtakam | Lord Shiva Special Slokas | Sanskrit Slokas And Mantras | DevotionalTV  3:31

8 Om Namah Shivaya ( Awesome DHUN ) (Must Listen)  10:09

9 (NEW) Awesome Lord Shiva Aarti (NEW) 4:35






Playlist url:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLACmwZPBGZMe2KrakqW-A2mMXM2ycDs7m

Friday, January 6, 2017

Glossary of Styles of Hindu Chants and Mantras



Aarti also spelled arti, arati, arathi, aarthi (In Devanagari: आरती ārtī) is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when lamps are being offered.


The term ashtakam (Sanskrit: अष्टकम् aṣṭakam), also often written astakam, is derived from the Sanskrit word aṣṭā, meaning "eight". In context of poetic compositions, 'ashtakam' refers to a particular form of poetry, written in eight stanzas.


Bija Mantra
Bija: In Hinduism and Buddhism, the Sanskrit term Bīja(बीज) (Jp. 種子 shuji) (Chinese 种子 zhǒng zǐ), literally seed, is used as a metaphor for the origin or cause of things and cognate with bindu.
Mantra: A "Mantra" (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/ (Sanskrit: मंत्र);[2]) is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.


Chalisa: literally “Forty Chaupai” and indicates forty verses of poetry together in a devotional song. Most popular are the Hanuman, Ganesh, Durga, and Shiv Chalisas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaupai_(poetry)
A chaupai (चौपाई) is a quatrain verse of Indian poetry, especially medieval Hindi poetry, that uses a metre of four syllables.


Gayatri (Sanskrit: gāyatrī) is the feminine form of gāyatra, a Sanskrit word for a song or a hymn, having a Vedic meter of three padas, or lines, of eight syllables. In particular, it refers to the Gayatri Mantra and the Goddess Gāyatrī as that mantra personified.


Kavacam, Kavacham, Kavach is a mantra of protection, not a particular style of chant. It is often comprised of Stotram verses.


Shloka (meaning "song", from the root śru, "hear"[1]) is a category of verse line developed from the Vedic Anustubh poetic meter. It is the basis for Indian epic verse, and may be considered the Indian verse form par excellence, occurring, as it does, far more frequently than any other meter in classical Sanskrit poetry.[1] The Mahabharata and Ramayana, for example, are written almost exclusively in shlokas.[2]


Stotra or Stotram (stotra) is a Sanskrit word, that means "ode, eulogy or a hymn of praise".[1][2] It is a literary genre of Indian texts designed to be melodically sung, in contrast to shastras which are composed to be recited.[1]



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ashtavakra Gita - a classical Advaita Vedanta scripture

If you happen to celebrate January 1st as the new year, Happy New Year to you!

Today's post is a bit different, not a playlist, but an audio book at the end.

Today you will find links to a writing I just learned about this morning, the Ashtavakra Gita. Gita means song (which I sometimes take to mean poem or other writing that may/may not be set to actual music), and Ashtavakra is a Sage who taught King Janaka about Oneness.

Here is a bit of background from Wikipedia:
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtavakra_Gita
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Identification of Ashtavakra

"Ashtavakra is probably identical to the holy sage with the same name who appears in Mahabharata, though the connection is not clearly stated in any of the texts. Mukherjee identifies Janaka as the father of Sita and disciple of the sage Yajnavalkya in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Janaka is also depicted as a king who has attained perfection in the Bhagavad Gita (III,20,25).
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Overview


Janaka debating with Ashtavakra. Art from the epic Ashtavakra (2010).
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"Ashtavakra Gita is a dialogue between Ashtavakra and Janaka on the nature of soul, reality and bondage. It offers a radical version of non-dualistic philosophy. The Gita insists on complete unreality of external world and absolute oneness of existence. It does not mention any morality or duties, and therefore is seen by commentators as 'godless'. It also dismisses names and forms as unreal and a sign of ignorance.
In a conversation between Janaka and Ashtavakra, pertaining to the deformity of his crooked body, Ashtavakra explains that the size of a Temple is not affected by how it is shaped, and the shape of his own body does not affect himself (or Atman). The ignorant man's vision is shrouded by names and forms but a wise man sees only himself: "


There are a  number of resources listed at the end of the article. I liked these two in particular: 

Ashtavakra Gita in Devanagari with English translation side by side

 John Richards translation in pdf format

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mantras Explained - How a Mantra Can Lead to Transformation

The musical note at which you sing and chant makes a difference, too!!! Sadhguru doesn't mention it in this excellent article (see link below), but we Do Practice this traditional Indian musicality every Monday at the Mantra Yoga sessions! Check the calendar page for schedule and contact info!




Sadhguru speaks about the science of mantras, and how a mantra can be a key to access deeper dimensions of existence. He also speaks about “Vairagya”, a set of five sacred chants, and how one can benefit from them.



Monday, September 5, 2016

2016 09 05 Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

Today's playlist starts a little differently....with a recipe! This Is Ganesh's favorite food and you might like to whip up a batch to enjoy at the end of the celebration!



"Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu god Ganesha; modak is believed to be his favorite food, which begets him the moniker modakapriya (the one who likes modak) in Sanskrit. During the Ganesha worship ceremony, known in Maharashtra as Ganesha Chaturthi the puja always concludes with an offering of twenty-one modaks to the deity and as prasadam. Modaks made with rice flour shell are preferred for this purpose, however, wheat shell version are also used. Innovative recipes for modaks have also been created. These include banana nachni modak, motichoor modak [1] and chocolate modak."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modak


9 videos play for 65 minutes

EnJOY! 


1 - Steamed Modak Recipe | 3 Different Fillings - Ganesh Chaturthi Special | The Bombay Chef  9:49
(Click through to You Tube to get the printed recipe which is on the page. As of this writing, I have not tried this so cannot vouch for how it comes out.)


2 - Ganesh Gayatri Mantra Chant - Om Ekadantaya Vidmahe by Suresh Wadkar  10:07


3 - GANESH BHAJAN,KIRTAN -Vinayaka vinayaka by Leepikaa Bhattacharya || ganesh hindi bhajan||  4:56


4 - Ganesha Pancharatnam - Sooryagayathri & Kuldeep M Pai  5:52


5 - Ganesh Bhajan (Marvellous Dhun)  9:14


6 - Ganesh Chaturthi Special - Lord Ganesha Devotional Songs - Helps To Remove Obstacles -Bombay Sisters  9:02


7 - Ganesh Chaturthi Jai Dev Jai Dev  3:12


8 - Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha - 108 Times  5:01
(Ganesh Bija (seed) mantra)


9 - Siddhivinayak Aarti from Siddhiviniyak Temple Mumbai I Deva Shri Ganesha  7:12




Playlist url:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLACmwZPBGZMf6bXoolT-0F9wjQ1P64Ptz