On this Silent Sunday, my heart and mind continue to adjust to substantial changes with regard to my elderly mother. Despite the inherent tumult of adapting to these circumstances, I feel fortunate to have recently returned to the Self-Realization retreat center in Encinitas, CA: Therein, I was able to gain clarity about how to proceed; I realized that I had already been chanting a mantra for several weeks that helps one to stay balanced amidst changing dynamics.

Most significantly, the retreat offered me the time and place to connect deeply with divine energy (another result of devoted chanting of the following mantra), which reminded me that any outcomes ultimately are at the discretion of the Universe and its timing. Today’s mantra helps to balance emotions, temper expectations, and ease burdensome thoughts: It opens the channels to the divine, giving one a supreme sense of peace that all will be well.

The mantra consists of a two-sound piece, followed by a highly used kundalini mantra consisting of the naad, or seed sounds. Chanted in a particular pattern for 11-31 minutes, the syllables’ vibrations begin to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain; further, the frequency begins to “drill” a clearing of any obstacles to communication with the divine. You may  feel physical evidence of this as your shoulders settle, or your breathing eases and deepens. Regardless, the chanting of this mantra—especially when practiced devotedly for 40 days, or any prolonged period you can manage—infiltrates the tension of change, and enhances your ability to navigate it with equanimity.

The mantra is Raa Maa [rah mah], followed by Sa Ta Na Ma. Raa represents Sun, or masculine energy (also the left side of the brain); Maa speaks to Moon, or female energy (right brain). The four seed sounds (whose “a” also is pronounced “ah”) are: Sa—infinity; Ta—birth; Na—death; Ma—rebirth. Through these representations, one sees that the mantra calls upon the never-ending cycle of life; this cycle continually reinstates balance, although the process can be chaotic at times. Thus, to chant the mantra reflects this knowledge and integrates it within the individual who chants with devotion.

The chant pattern is: Raa, four times; Maa, four times; then Raa Maa, four times; ending with Sa Ta Na Ma, once. Continue to chant the mantra in this way, and feel free to hold a mudra that feels right to you. I suggest the “Genie Arms”: arms in front of you at shoulder level, with the elbows bent to a 90 degree angle, right forearm resting on left forearm. With your eyes closed and gazing at the Third Eye, begin the chant. Continue for as long as you can at first, aiming for at least 11 minutes, and up to 31 minutes.

Because you chant this mantra for assistance during personal changing circumstances, feel free to vocalize in whatever way feels natural for you at the particular time you chant. For example, you may chant entirely out loud; you may feel more comfortable chanting in a whisper; or you may choose to chant silently. I have been chanting this mantra using a combination of all three options. Regardless of your choice, be sure to articulate each sound by pointedly using your tongue against the upper palate, at the front behind the two front teeth; and by sensing the touch of the lips together during Maa and Ma. This pinpointed articulation further connects the mantra’s power to your nervous system, which enhances the sense of emotional and mental balance.

Happy Sunday…

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