Mantra chanting as a spiritual practice
“A mantra is […] a tool for liberating the soul from the grip of the mind.” (Sundaram)
I consider mantra chanting to be a spiritual practice, like meditation or intense prayer. Accordingly, I organise the mantra evenings mindfully, respectfully and full of gratitude and love. The meditative aspect is in the focus.
During mantra chanting, powerful energies can arise that have strong emotional effects. That is why there are some special features in the singing evenings I lead, such as a special breathing exercise to get you in the right spirit, as well as closing exercises from Qigong. We chant only a few selected mantras in one evening, but these are chanted very intensively and for a long time, so that we can dive deeply into the sound and the mantra and experience its effect.
Through regular mantra chanting we can bring forward our spiritual development. Spiritual development in this sense includes mindfulness, self-knowledge and self-cultivation to develop the positive qualities within us – such as compassion and love.
It does not matter what religion you feel close to, what idea of the divine you have or whether you are religious at all. This is about experiencing a universal force.
The experience you can have with it will change you.
Sarasvati– Indian goddess of learning, language, sciences, arts, poetry, literature, writing, wisdom, dance, song and music.