On Mantra

Mantras are the heart of yoga

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Even though there are yoga traditions where chanting is less emphasized, without mantra there is no yoga. Mantras are by definition composed in the Sanskrit language. They have been used for thousands of years, gathering great power. Their effect lies not so much in their meaning but in their sound.

The ancient texts on yoga proclaim that the sound of a mantra and its meaning are actually one. This is why it was always considered to be of a lesser importance to understand what a mantra is saying. The sound is essential.

Today there are many singers and musicians who chant mantras and couldn’t care less about their pronunciation. They may be making beautiful music but they can never make available the incredible power of a mantra to their listeners.

Because mantras, according to the yoga tradition, have the same effect whether they are listened to or sung, the result of faulty pronunciation of mantras is as bad to the listener as it is to the chanter. Sanskrit knows many sounds which English speaking people do not know. So, many of these chanters just wing it. Why don’t they, who have been doing it for a long time, work on doing it right?

All the mantras (some are short others are long poems with many verses) which are offered on the CDs in the shop are pronounced correctly. They can be used for meditation as well as just for listening.

May the power of these sounds, which the sages of India worked so hard to keep pure, uplift everyone joyfully who listens to them. May their blessing and their healing potential be available to all.

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