Gurudev is chanting mantra
Om Namah Shivaya
11 times (~8 min) 108 times (10 min)
Om Namah Shivaya Timer, v1.08.12
ॐ नमः शिवाय
oṃ namaḥ śivāya
Mantra 'Om Namah Shivaya' is being chanted by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (The Art of Living).
There are two variants in the application: 1) slow chanting and 2) chanting quickly (108 times).
The Slow chanting contains a fragment of 43 seconds duration, which is played in a loop. You can choose the count of loops (i.e. total duration). It is slow chanting pranayama: we are doing only three breaths per 43 seconds for the whole cycle of slow chanting (usually we do about 10 breaths for this interval). This technique (Mantra-Pranayama) allows you to relax your mind.
Quick chanting is usually doing 108 times, it takes 10 minutes.
Usually the mantra is chanted for several minutes (10-15 minutes), and then for some time we sit in silence and meditate (10-20 minutes).
Significance of the ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ Mantra
Translation from Sanskrit:
oṃ namaḥ śivāya
OM (oṃ) salutation (namaḥ) to śiva (śivāya; -āya - sing., Dat.),
śiva - 'auspicious, propitious; in whom all things lie'.
How loud to chant
Q: Whenever we chant mantras, do we have to recite them out loud or do we chant silently in our mind, like when we chant Om Namaha Shivaya?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Both approaches are fine, but one need not chant very loudly. When we chant mantras loudly and together in a group, then it is called as Kirtana. When we recite in a normal or medium tone of the voice, then it is called as chanting. And when you recite quietly or very slowly in the mind, then that is called as Japa.
About the pronunciation of the mantra
We should pronounce the mantra as the Guru (Master) gives it. This pronunciation has certain vibrations and may not follow the rules of Sanskrit.
About mantra practice
Article from srisriravishankar.org:
“Manah trayate iti mantrah” – means a mantra is that which is brought to mind again and again. And to practice this mind and the mantra should not be separate. The mind should become the mantra. If the mind thinks of something else while chanting the mantra, the mantra will not be effective. The mind should be filled with the mantra. The moment that happens, the mind is free from worry.
A worry is something that is not in place. It is neither here nor there. A mantra is necessary to drive out worries. A mantra has strength and spirit. When these are present, the mind becomes the power of the mantra. The power of the mind and the power of a mantra are the same.
“Chittam mantrah” – Mind should become the mantra. The power of every mantra can be felt in the form of vibrations. When an atom explodes, its impact spreads not only for many kilometers, but the effects remain for many years – all this from the explosion of an atom! The mind is a thousand times subtler than an atom. Imagine the power of the mind when it becomes quiet. When the mind becomes quiet again and again, this is called mantra. Mantra is the cure for the mind.
Whether the mantra is “Om namah shivaya” or “Rama, Rama,” the effect of the mantra depends on how it is pronounced and invoked.
You can control the mind by using a mantra. With the help of a mantra, the mind loses its smallness and becomes vast; the mind that is dissatisfied becomes content; and the mind that is constantly disturbed by desires is released from them and finds fulfillment.
Although a mantra may be the same, its value is different when given by a Guru. Then you feel the power of the mantra.
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
is a world-renowned humanitarian, spiritual leader, and an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Gurudev has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free and violence-free world.
Gurudev founded The Art of Living, a non-profit organization that is engaged in stress-management and service initiatives. The programs designed by Gurudev empower people with techniques and tools to live a deeper and blissful life.
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