Together, we learn ancient Sanskrit mantras for chanting and meditation. The sounds of the Sanskrit mantras actually create the sensation of peace, thereby connecting our heart’s deep wish for peace with the mind’s intention and the tangible sound.
We invite participants to think, chant, or sing simple mantras for peace at least once per day for 108 days.
Learning Tools Included:
- 108 days of email lessons, tips, and inspirations for the transformational power of mantra.
- Mp3 sound files of the mantras to loop on your phone and chant along with
- Ongoing classes where we teach other peace mantras via FBLive and other free video formats.
Community Connection Opportunities:
- Regular online conferences where we chant all together, and have an opportunity to share experiences, ask questions, etc.
- A monthly non-violent, compassionate communication course to parallel the mantra practice and help people disarm their internal and external communication battles.
- An active Facebook group to share experiences and ask questions
- Interviews and multi-media collaborations with peace visionaries from all global traditions.
- Mark your place on the Mantra Peace Grid, as an active beacon of peace!
- How to use the sound of mantra to transform your thoughts from negative (fear-based) to positive (love-based).
- How to become intimate with the subtle, middle levels of speech that are crucial to peace-making. Ideally, we can catch the thought before it becomes a word. Or, at least we can catch the word before it becomes an action.
- Discover how sacred sound is rooted in listening, and tune your ear to the harmony beneath apparent discord. Clear the static of mental distraction so your inner voice is crystal clear.
- Contemplation on the ultimate purpose of the great yogic teachings: service to the welfare of all. First, we get a healthy body and mind ourselves, and then we employ ourselves as instruments of peace in our communities.
- Penetrating exploration of the subtle, refined points of mantra and sound.
- Dozens of practical tips for integrating mantric consciousness into daily, modern life. (This is yoga for moms and dads, office workers, teachers, and students, not just cave-dwellers!)
Peace for All
In the tradition of mantra chanting, there is an entire category of mantras dedicated to invoking peace. These śāntipāṭh mantras are unique in that they usually are dedicated to the welfare of all beings, not just asking for peace and happiness for “little old me.” However, because I am part of the all, chanting for everyone automatically includes me!
The magic, I find, is that even if I am not really feeling the infinite fullness at that moment, putting my heart and mind and voice in harmony to pray for peace for EVERYONE actually shifts me into that state. I feel like an instrument for blessing, expanded from my normal limitations and self-interest. It is becoming a more important part of my practice every day to spend time chanting mantra for all.
If there ever were a time when we need to put aside differences and truly wish for the welfare for all, without exception, it is now. Until we all have peace and plenty, no one will have lasting peace and plenty.
The Inspiration Story + The Simple Practice
Hear an interview with Anandra about the inspiration of this Mantras for Peace project! In the second half, we learn the simple form of the practice in nuanced detail and chant together.
To listen, visit the Shift Network Subtle Activism page: http://theshiftnetwork.com/GlobalShiftMeditationCall
The Medium Practice
One of the most important śāntipāṭh mantras is a prayer you may have heard before:
Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
(It is also sometimes chanted as Samastāḥ Lokāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu, since word order doesn’t change the meaning in Sanskrit.)
Learn the mantra in detail! Check out the video below:
If you just can’t get enough of the video thing, here’s another FBLive video where Anandra teaches the main mantra in detail and a global community joins in to say hello and ask questions.
Here is the mantra in Devanāgarī, the Sanskrit script:
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How to Practice
This mantra is usually chanted at the end of a meditation session, kīrtan, or other type of personal or group practice. Typically, it’s repeated three times, and followed by Auṁ Śāntiḥ Śāntiḥ Śāntiḥ
You can also do it as a separate practice, for as long as you like. (One full mālā of 108X is lovely!)
If the video to the left doesn’t start playing, Click for a 47 second video of me chanting the mantra.
Interestingly, I’m in the forest where a historical prayer ceremony took place for the benefit of all beings, about 8,000 years ago! (Rāmāyaṇa nerds: It was Vaśiṣta’s yajña, when Rāma and Lakṣmāna revealed their true powers.)
More videos on pronunciation will be added soon. 🙂 Happy chanting!