What are chants and why you should do it every day?

We are conditioned to seek pleasure, happiness, and well-being so that we could achieve the ultimate goal of self-actualization. It is a fact that in this modern way of living we all struggle to maintain the natural balance and harmony of our all senses. This imbalance gives birth to several physical and mental disorders which ultimately affects all aspects of life from self, personal relationship, professional performance and wealth. So, what to do to maintain the balance and bring all senses in harmony with nature?

It has been scientifically proven that chants could be of great help in bringing all senses in harmony. When someone practices chanting, the process involves mind, sound and the flow of energy. It helps you regain the natural chemical balance of mind and body, which in turn helps to control emotional responses. It helps in balancing the nervous system which in turn brings the endocrine system to normalcy. This helps in maintaining the optimum balance of hormones, which ultimately control the mood, attitude, and well-being. Here are some of the benefits of regular chanting:

Benefits of Chanting

  • Chanting helps in reducing anxiety and depression by balancing the neurotic response mechanism.
  • It takes us towards actualization meaning it helps us discover self and see everything in context. You start shedding the subconscious neurotic habits and regain control over self.
  • Chanting helps you soothe all senses and take you to a different dimension of being. Momentarily, you go beyond the realm of time and space and feel the joy of nothingness.
  • Chanting changes your perspective leading to making you more compassionate. The awakened spirituality helps you unite with all with no division.
  • Rhythmic chants help you boost immunity as this brings your hypothalamus in action. Your better control over brain functionality helps you improve overall well-being.
  • The vocal exercise helps you trigger several glands resulting in better functionality chemicals. This effectively improves your mental capacity and intuition.
  • Simplicity is the key. If you compare chanting with any other mental-physical regimen, it is simplest of all and most effective.
  • You don’t need to spend money or time to chant. You can get it anywhere for free and practice it anytime.

What to Chant for Effective Outcome

Almost all ancient cultures have a very strong tradition of practicing chants for different purposes. There are specific chants for all types of situations. But, at the core, the philosophy and mechanism are to achieve the harmony of all senses and have better control over mental functionalities. The best thing about chant is that it could be practiced by anybody to achieve the targeted purpose. In the Buddhist tradition, practitioners chant “Om Mane Padme Hum” mantra to invoke the blessings of compassion. Similarly, in the Hindu tradition, the “Om Gan Ganapataye Namah” is chanted to remove all obstacles. There are hundreds of such mantras that you could practice to achieve perfect mental and physical self. Here are some of the most popular mantras that survived for centuries and still practiced as people find it extremely beneficial:

  • Om Mani Padme Hum

Irrespective of your socio-religious affiliations, you can chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” to have a calming effect. It helps you soothe stressed nerves and heal emotional traumas. The literal meaning of the mantra is “Hail to the jewel in the lotus.” It has no religious connotation as it talks about nature and focuses on the ultimate truth. This mantra is related to the Buddha of Compassion, aka Goddess Kuan Yin in Chinese.

  • Om Namah Shivaya

The most ancient language “Sanskrit” is a powerhouse of enlightenment. One most simple yet most effective mantra from Sanskrit is “Om Namah Shivaya” meaning “I bow to Lord Shiva”. The God Shiva is considered supreme in Hindu culture as he is the ultimate truth. He is the beginning and he is the end. So, practically when you chant this mantra you honor the divinity within self meaning you are in union with nature with all its realities of pain and pleasure.

  • Gayatri Mantra

If you want to be in sync with nature and seek the blessing of the almighty, then you should start chanting the Rig Vedic mantra.

“Oṃ bhur bhuvaḥ suvaḥ, tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ, bhargo devasyadhīmahi, dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayaat.”

This literal meaning is, “We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.” It is believed that chanting of this mantra gives you a great start and strength to fight all kinds of challenges of life.

  • Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

If your goal is to lead a life of harmony in a realistic world, then you should chant “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”. It comes from the Jivamukti Yoga School, which means “May all beings everywhere be happy and free.” When you chant this mantra you bring your thoughts, words, and actions in harmony to make a contribution towards the larges goal of happiness and freedom for all. This mantra boosts your inner self to be more cooperative and compassionate nit just with fellow humans, but all living and non-living things.

  • Healing Buddha Mantra

If you want to have control over reactions to success and failure then chant “Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha”. This mantra will help you remove hurdles and sufferings. This mantra is known for its healing properties as it helps one recover quickly.

  • Om Gan Ganapataye Namah

The practitioners of the Hindu religion are chanting this mantra since time immemorial for wisdom and success. The mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The chanting of “Om Gan Ganapatayei Namah” is believed to have a powerful effect in removing all types of obstacles in life.   Ganesh, the elephant head god, has been given the highest position for his wisdom.

  • Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha

If you are worried about your finances and wealth, then this mantra could be of great help. “Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha” translates into “I worship you the goddess of wealth and prosperity”. It is believed that chanting of this mantra keeps you away from the worries of finance.

  • Om Vasudhare Svaha

Another very auspicious mantra for blessings of wealth and prosperity is “Om Vasudhare Svaha”. This Buddhist money mantra helps you regain the mental balance so that you could work in harmony with nature to get blessings in the form of wealth.

  • Success Mantra

If you are in a state of uncertainty or dilemma, you should chant “Jehi Vidhi Hoi Naath Hit Moraa Karahu So Vegi Daas Main Toraa.” This means you surrender yourself in the foot of lord and seek guidance to do what is best. Practicing this mantra helps you get out of the mental trap and gain confidence in the support of almighty.

  • Manjushri Mantra

If you want to have better control over your skills, you should chant “Om a ra pa ca na dhih”. This mantra is said to help practitioners improve learning skills and gain wisdom. The more you practice the more beneficial it would be.

  • Energy and Mind

If you want to have an amazing flow of eternal energy, then you should start chanting “Om Vajrapani Hum”. This symbolizes the energy of an enlightened mind. Practicing this mantra frees you from the negativity and hatred. The effect comes in the form of an amazing aura and spiritual depth.

  • Peaceful Life

If you are in search of peace and tranquility of mind you should start chanting this mantra.  “Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu,

Saveshaam Poornam Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu,

Om Shanti, Shanti Shanteeh”

The literal meaning of the Sanskrit mantra is that I pray for health, peace, abundance, auspiciousness. This is considered highly effective when orated in rhythm.

  • Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

If you are facing difficulties in physical, mental or emotional blockages, you can chant “Om tare tuttare ture soha” to overcome the challenges. It is believed that if you are facing challenges in a relationship, then chanting of this mantra helps in strengthening the bond. This helps you get mental clarity and peace.

Human personality is all about the thought process. Every emotion, word, and action is a reflection of the thought process. The way you think decides your mood, attitude and above all the harmony with nature. Chanting mantra helps you control the thought process, meaning you can build your personality and lead a life as you wish. It is now scientifically established that sound, an electromagnetic vibrations, to affect your neurotic response. Chants create a perfect rhythm to invigorate the right dose of chemicals to boost mental well-being.

The right vibration helps you be in sync with nature. Once you are in sync with nature you get the perfect flow of external and internal energy, which ultimately decides your activities. The conscious effort chanting mantras help you regain subconscious control over mood. You have a vast reservoir of mantras is all religious scriptures; all you need to do is find some mantras with the help of your guru and start practicing it. You will surely have better control over your emotions and ultimately you will head towards self-actualization.