The chants included in this section come mainly from the Vedic tradition of India. Most of the chants are centered around specific mantras or sounds which have a known effect. The chants are in the ancient Sanskrit language.
Everything in creation is, at its deepest level, sound or vibration so sound is a very powerful tool for restoring balance and harmony in our physiology and the environment. Certain sounds also help us manifest the circumstances and surroundings necessary to support our spiritual growth.
In the Vedic Tradition, most chants are directed towards a particular deity. These deities can be viewed as external gods and goddesses but more importantly they represent the archetypal energies that we each have, lying dormant within us. When we listen to or practice these chants, we re-enlivened these energies in our lives.
You may listen to the chants by sitting quietly with eyes open or closed, or while engaged in simple activities. Ideally, I recommend learning the chants so you can accompany the recordings or use them alone. Most chants are more powerful when practiced silently, with the attention drawn inwards however, it’s fine to chant aloud if you prefer. You may practice or listen to any of the chants immediately before or after your regular meditation practice or at any other convenient time of the day.
It is recommended to repeat any chant at least three times but you may continue for as many times as is comfortable for you. If you wish to enliven certain energies, you might make a commitment to listen to or practice a certain chant for a set number of repetitions, for a set number of days. Depending on how much time you have available, this could be 11, 16 or 27 for the longer chants and 108 for the shorter ones. Ideally, a mala or string of beads containing the required number of beads would be used to keep count of the repetitions.
The Article Section contains further information on the use of sound, the value and role of some specific chants and the use of malas.