Sacred Music

     Sacred music has taken different forms throughout my life.  First through the Christian church of my parents, I learned hymns that I was taught as a child in Sunday school–many of those ancient songs touching my heart more deeply as I grew older.

     But as a teenager, I made a different choice for my spiritual path and with that came learning mantra chanting, especially kirtan (devotional chanting).  Much of this music that I learned was sung in Gurmukhi, the Sanskrit-based language of the Sikh scriptures written hundreds of years ago.  It is said that if you chant the verses in their original written form, the specific tones can actually raise the vibration of the different energy centers in the body and can promote healing and stability.

     There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the universe. Happiness or sorrow, joy or regret are vibratory frequencies in the mind. When we chant a mantra we are choosing to invoke the positive power contained in those particular syllables. Whether it’s for prosperity, peace of mind, increasing intuition, or any other possible benefits inherent in mantras, simply by chanting them, we are setting vibrations into motion that shall have an effect. It doesn’t actually matter if we understand the meaning of the sounds or not.

     Learning to chant had a profound effect on my life.  Still to this day, many years after I have left the ashram life where I learned so much about spirituality, I can chant along with the sacred songs written by ancient masters and be propelled into a space of heart opening and gratitude.

My entry for Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Sacred Music:  http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/monday-morning-writing-prompt-sacred-music/

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  1. I have a CD of the Dali Lama chanting Om. You can feel the effects of the vibrations…both calming and energizing. Also have a couple of CD’s by Deva Premal (I think that’s her name) who chants in Sanskrit. They definitely affect one’s spirit. Thank you, Gayle, for sharing this.

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    • I have a CD where he chants Om too. His voice is so deep and powerful isn’t it. I’ve heard of Deva Premal but don’t have any of her music but have a lot of chanting music from singers of my ashram days in both Sanskrit and English. This type of music moves me deeply and does raise my vibration for sure. I’m very happy to share, Victoria.

      A wonderful prompt.

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  2. Tino

     /  November 14, 2011

    Never known anyone, to the best of my knowledge, who chanted. Its an interesting thought though. Thanks for piquing my interest though, its always good to have certain thoughts challenged.

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    • Chanting has a very long history and isn’t necessarily connected to any religious beliefs–that’s why I especially like it.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tino.

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  3. I really enjoyed your post. I believe prayer and chanting can reach the same spiritual goal, a soul’s connection to something greater than itself. Music is a sure path to reaching that. Thank you for this post.

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    • I’m very glad that you enjoyed this, Yousei–thank you. Music has always felt like a “religion” for me throughout my life. It’s been very uplifting to my soul–chanting is another way to do this too.

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  4. some divine words,

    the whole world is energy that is vibrating,
    cheers.

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  5. I’ve tried chanting and, while it is soothing, I can’t seem to get into a regular practice. I guess everyone had their own path to spiritual serenity.

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    • Absolutely, we all have a particular practice that resonates with us. Chanting may not be your thing. I do it very irregularly now but in the past it had been a very powerful and uplifting means of spiritual growth–especially when it was done in a large group!

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  6. Oh, thank you for sharing this. It’s all so true. I love chant too …

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  7. I too very deeply appreciate these music/songs they have a very beautiful effect on human soul.

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  8. Well …. well…. well … I could have written the first paragraph … it’s as if I have taken the same path with you. Perhaps, our steps have been in the same foot prints. I migrated into all types of religion and eventualy decided I would do all and non … it is a version of what I think I want to practice. It works for me. My husband is Buddist so I have lots of meditation chants Cd’s but decided to post my story on an experience I had with Benedictine Monks. I have a great Cd called ” Sacred Healing Chants of Tibet”. I love it. I would be lost without my daily meditation. I must empty my mind and soothe my spirit.
    Namaste,
    Izzy xoxo

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    • Very interesting, Izzy–I think we probably do have a lot in common. I have investigated many religions too and just find myself very eclectic in my thinking–because it’s hard for me to choose just one! But for many years now, I have been very attracted to Buddhism and love the tenets. Most of the chanting that I do today is what I learned from my ashram days–it never fails to lift me up.

      Namaste… xoxo

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  9. An inspirational post. Thank you.

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