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Chants for Meditation is a Deep Meditative journey created by Composer/Producer Ken Elkinson and Singer Kamini Natarajan. Chants for Meditation is a music album containing 14 different chants and mantras to heal, relax, meditate, rejuvenate and guide you into deeper conscious state.

Several of these chants and mantras are ancient Sanskrit chants/Mantras. Sanskrit is an ancient language, is highly mathematical and scientific. It is considered one of the Oldest languages and is a Sacred language. It is considered by some linguist as the most “perfect language.” Sanskrit expands our consciousness – It is not just an academic language. It has 50 distinct sounds that are scientifically arrange to invigorate every nerve channel. Listening to Sanskrit chants energizes our body.  Typically when we just listen to some clatter or talk we expel our “Prana” or life force whereas  when we chant or listen to chants in Sanskrit, it redirects the “Prana” into our body, thereby leaving us reinvigorated and energized.

When chanting in Sanskrit it is extremely important to pronounce it right. Recent scientific studies have shown that proper pronunciation of Sanskrit words and mantras allows one to activate and trigger neurons in the brain and restructure the neural pathways between the brain’s two hemispheres that can lead us to higher levels of consciousness.  There is an entire science of sound known as Nada Yoga in India that explores the sacred link between sound, form, and healing – something that modern scientists and physicists are just beginning to comprehend.

Kamini Natarajan, singer of Chants for Meditation has extensive experience in Sanskrit and also teaches Sanskrit to Yogis and Yoginis. With her authentic knowledge of this language, you can be sure that you are listening to the best pronounced Chants and Mantras.

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1. Invocation Chant

 2. Redeeming Mantra

 3. Tibet

 4. Life Cycle

 5. Universal Joy

 6. White Swan

 7. Healing

 8. Peace

9. Om

10. From Darkness to Light

 11. Humanity

 12. Wellness

 13. Return Journey

14. Bliss

Chants for Meditation involves Yoga of Sound. Chanting for Meditation is an ancient technique that connects us to our inner selves, the Universe and our higher consciousness. Chants for Meditation makes you feel more alive, fresh, peaceful and Happy. Like we need physical exercise for good health, we need chanting to nourish our souls, heart and spirit. When we listen to chants for meditation it deepens our Yoga Practice. Chanting and listening to chants for meditation empowers our mental and spiritual processes. It takes us into the deepest state of Yoga. Listening to Chants for Meditation is one of the easiest ways to handle stress in our day-to-day life.

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Chanting for Meditation can effect the Physical Body, Mind and Spirit.

When a person chants, studies have shown:
  • “According to a research done at the Cleveland University, USA, the rhythmic tones involved in chanting create a melodious effect in the body called the Neuro-linguistic effect [NLE]. When we know the meaning of the mantra we are reciting, it creates a Psycholinguistic effect [PLE] on the body. The NLE and the PLE effects are by-products of the production and spreading of curative chemicals in the brain. The research concludes that this is the real reason why chanting provokes curative effects in us.
  • A study by Dr Alan Watkins [senior lecturer in neuroscience at Imperial College London] revealed that while chanting, our heart rate and blood pressure dip to its lowest in the day. Doctors say that even listening to chants normalises adrenalin levels, brain wave pattern and lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Using chants as part of our exercise regimen, helps facilitate movement and flow of the body during exercise.
  • Studies prove that making chants a part of our daily yoga can help achieve greater weight loss in a shorter span of time.
  • Neuro-scientist Marian Diamond from the University of California found that chanting helps block the release of stress hormones and increases immune function. It also keeps our muscles and joints flexible for a long time.
  • The body’s energy and vitality are augmented by regular chanting.
  • Chanting can cure depression: An 8-week study was carried out at the Samarya Center for Integrated Movement Therapy and Ashtanga Yoga in Seattle, WA, to see the effects of chanting on general well-being and particularly respiratory functions in people suffering from mild-to-severe depression. The results showed that chanting helped participants increase control over their breath and expiratory output level. The participants claimed that chanting reduced their anxiety and improved their mood. Researchers thus concluded that if done at least once a week, chanting is an effective means of enhancing people’s moods in the immediate present, as well as over an extended period of time.” (http://completewellbeing.com)
Chants for Meditation
Chants for Meditation

Chants for Meditation Music album has 14 Tracks with powerful Sanskrit Chants:

For this album  we have specially selected 13 powerful Sanskrit chants and mantras, each one divine and each one invoking different energy.

1. Invocation Chant

First track on Chants for Meditation is the invocation chant. We invoke Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles, the one who is considered the most auspicious. This is an ancient chant taken from Rig Veda (2.23.1).  Rig Veda is one of the four canonical sacred texts of Hinduism. Rig Veda is a collection 1028 of Vedic Sanskrit Hymns and 10,600 Verses.

Here is the Mantra in Sanskrit:
गणानां त्वा गणपतिं हवामहे
कविं कवीनामुपमश्रवस्तमम्
ज्येष्ठराजं ब्रह्मणाम् ब्रह्मणस्पत
नः शृण्वन्नूतिभिःसीदसादनम्
महागणाधिपतये नमः

Om Gannaanaam Tvaa Ganna-Patim Hava-Amahe
Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravas-Tamam |
Jyessttha-Raajam Brahmannaam Brahmannas-Pata
Aa Nah Shrnnvan-Nuutibhih-Siida-Saadanam ||
Om Mahaa-Ganna-Adhipataye Namah ||
Meaning:
1: Om, O Ganapati, To You Who are the Lord of the Ganas (Celestial Attendants or Followers), we Offer our prayers to you,
2: You are the Wisdom of the Wise and the Uppermost in Glory,
3: You are the Eldest Lord (i.e. ever Unborn) and is of the Nature of Brahman (Absolute Consciousness); You are the Embodiment of the Sacred Pranava (Om),
4: Please come to us by Listening to our Prayers and be Present in the Seat of this Sacred Sacrificial Altar.
5: Om, our Prostrations to the Mahaganadhipati (the Great Lord of the Ganas).

 2. Redeeming Mantra

Second track on Chants for Meditation is “Om Namah Shivaya”

Om Namah Shivaya is known as the great redeeming mantra also known as five-syllable mantra

Meaning :  
It means  “I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It  is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.

According to Hindu mythology there are three Gods who run this creation:The Brahma – who creates the universe, the Vishnu – who preserves the Universe and the Shiva- who in the end destroys the universe. Among the three deities, Shiva, though considered as destroyer, also symbolize the  – the inner self which remains intact even after everything ends.

In this mantra the chanter (one who repeats the mantra) bow to Shiva- his true self.

Om Namah Shivay is a very powerful mantra. It has been said about this mantra that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate, or to practice yoga. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place.” This mantra is free of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him.

 3. Tibet

Third Track on Chants for Meditation is one of the most powerful Chants of Buddhism “OM MANI PADME HUM”

Meaning :
“The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus” (by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet )

There are six syllables in the Chant and each one has a meaning. The First syllable OM is the primordial sound or “Naad Brahma” of this universe.  When pronounced correctly as A- U-M it represents the chanters impure body, speech and mind. They are symbolize Buddha’s exalted body, speech and mind.

Next four syllables MANI meaning jewel symbolizes our intention to become enlightened, compassionate. Like a jewel can bring prosperity, our mind is capable of removing mental poverty.

PADME means LOTUS and symbolizes wisdom. Lotus grows on mud and dirt but is still beautiful and fresh,

The last syllable HUM represents indivisibility and purity.

 4. Life Cycle

Forth track on Chants for Meditation is the seed mantra ” Sa Ta Na Ma

Sa Ta Na Ma is the most important meditation chant for Kundalini Yoga. This mantra was taught by Yogi Bhajan to open our minds to transformational changes. SAT NAM seeds the truth in our consciousness by waking us up to our divine identity. SAT NAM is the seed or bij mantra.

SA TA NA MA incorporates the nuclear sounds of SAT NAM. SA TA NA MA uses the primal sounds to connect us to the evolutionary nature of existence itself. It is referred to as the panch shabd, which means a mantra with five sound currents. The fifth sound is “A.” When we chant SA TA NA MA we imprint the evolutionary code of the universe into our human psyche.

SA is the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is or will be.

TA is life, existence and creativity that manifests from infinity.

NA is death, change and the transformation of consciousness.

MA is rebirth, regeneration and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.
SA TA NA MA is so primal that its impact on our psyche is like splitting an atom. The power of his mantra comes from the fact that it rearranges the subconscious mind at the most elementary level. It has the power to break habits and addictions because it accesses the level of the mind where habits are created.

 5. Universal Joy

Fifth track of Chants for Meditation is from “Upanishads” Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah is peace mantra.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत्
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

 6. White Swan

Sixth track in Chants for Meditation is White Swan. White swan is considered special for Goddess Saraswati – the Goddess of all art forms, knowledge and wisdom. This chant depicts Goddess Saraswati in pure white clothes, with her white swan- symbolizing Purity of heart.

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना
या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा पूजिता
सा मां पातु सरस्वति भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा ॥१॥

Yaa Kunde[a-I]ndu-Tussaara-Haara-Dhavalaa Yaa Shubhra-Vastra-[A]avrtaa
Yaa Viinnaa-Vara-Danndda-Mannddita-Karaa Yaa Shveta-Padma-[A]asanaa |
Yaa Brahma-Acyuta-Shankara-Prabhrtibhir-Devaih Sadaa Puujitaa
Saa Maam Paatu Sarasvati Bhagavatii Nihshessa-Jaaddya-Apahaa ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (Salutations to Devi Saraswati) Who is Pure White like Jasmine, with the Coolness of Moon, Brightness of Snow and Shine like theGarland of Pearls; and Who is Covered with Pure White Garments,
1.2: Whose Hands are Adorned with Veena (a stringed musical instrument) and the Boon-Giving Staff; And Who is Seated on Pure White Lotus,
1.3: Who is Always Adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Acyuta (Lord Vishnu), Lord Shankara and Other Devas,
1.4: O Goddess Saraswati, Please Protect me and Remove my Ignorance completely.

 7. Healing

Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung is the seventh track in Chants for Meditation. Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung is a mantra used for sacred healing. This mantra is practiced by Kundalini Yogis and Yoginis.

This mantra consists of 8 basic sounds:

Meaning :

Ra – Sun

Ma – Moon

Daa – Earth

Saa – Impersonal Infinity

Saa Say – Totality of Infinity

So – Personal sense of merger and identity

Hung – The infinite, vibrating and real.

This mantra taps into the energies of the sun, moon, earth, and the Infinite Spirit to bring deep healing. While listening to this track, you can choose to mentally visualize the person or persons that you are wanting to heal, as you send this energy to them for their well­-being.

 8. Peace

OM SHANTI is the next track on Chants for Meditation. This simple and easy mantra is for Peace. If you are looking for peace of mind, relieve yourself of stress and increase harmony in your surroundings, this prayer is for you.  We chant this mantra three times OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI. The first Shanti purifies your body, the second Shanti purifies your mind and soul – together, and they bring about your spiritual wellbeing. The final Shanti protects you from all untoward external coincidences and accidents.

9. Om

This track on Chants for Meditation is for Meditation of sound. There are no words or chants, just free flowing vocals to allow you to concentrate and relax through the intricacies of the melody and sounds.

10. From Darkness to Light

Tenth track on this album is one of the most powerful mantras from Upanishads.

असतो मा सद्गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:

Om, (O Lord) Keep me not in the Unreality (of the bondage of the Phenomenal World), but lead me towards Reality (of the Eternal Self),
(O Lord) Keep me not in the Darkness (of Ignorance), but lead me towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
(O Lord) Keep me not in the (Fear of) Death (due to the bondage of the Mortal World), but lead me towards the Immortality (gained by the Knowledge of the Immortal Self beyond Death),
Om, (May there be) Peace, Peace, Peace  at all levels.

 11. Humanity

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu is Eleventh track in Chants for Mediataion. This mantra is often chanted towards the end of a yoga/kirtan session.  This Mantra translates into “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” This is a chant that we should listen to  every day. It reminds us that our relationships with all beings and things should be mutually beneficial.
Lokah:  The location of all universes existing at this moment
Samastah: All beings living in this location
Sukhino: In happiness, joy and free from all suffering
Bhav: The divine mood or state of union
Antu: May it be so

 12. Wellness

Twelfth track on this album is yet another ancient chant from Upanishads. This mantra “Sahanavavatu mantra” is one of the shaanti (peace) mantras which has its origins in the Taittiriya Upanisad. This mantra is often used as a “universal” prayer, to send the message of peace and prosperity. The mantra may also be used to invoke God’s blessings for harmony in our lives.

सह नाववतु
सह नौ भुनक्तु
सह वीर्यं करवावहै
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Om Saha Nau-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Nau-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||Meaning:
Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student),
May God Nourish us Both,
May we Work Together with Energy and Vigour,
May our Study be Enlightening and not give rise to Hostility,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

 13. Return Journey

Radha Raman Hari Bol is the final Vocal track in this 14 tracks album. This track is to lift your spirits and fill you with happiness and joy!

 14. Bliss

The last track on Chants for Meditation is an instrumental piece by Ken Elkinson. This track takes you into  deeper relaxation with its refreshing, ambient sounds and melody.

About the Artists:

Ken Elkinson saw his musical dreams come to fruition when he released his debut CD of original piano solos in March, 1997. Entitled Midnight Conversation, Ken’s CD finds its roots in Pennsylvania at Muhlenberg College. It was at Muhlenberg that he found many comforts and sources of inspiration; its artistically-minded, close knit community and close proximity to New York City helped shape Ken’s outlook and composition. After a short stint with a college rock band, Ken began paving the way for his solo career during his junior year. He attributes much of his initial determination and songwriting success to his college’s musical facilities. “I never had to wait to play a beautiful baby grand piano, and this certainly kept the creative process flowing,” recalls Ken. Learn more about Ken Elkinson HERE

Kamini Natarajan is a trained Indian Classical Singer. Her music is spiritual, soulful, mystical and simply engaging. Kamini grew up in India and spent over a decade learning the intricacies of Classical Indian Music, Various Raagas and traditional rhythm patterns.  She comes from a family of traditional singers and credits her Grandmother and mother for her musical inspirations.  Kamini started performing at the age of 10 and was selected as a regular Graded artist from All India Radio ( Public Broadcasting Station of India), when she was only 16 years old. This was just a beginning to her industries musical career. Kamini went on to win several national level music competitions and performed on T.V channels and shows.  Kamini moved to Los Angeles area in 2002 and since then has been collaborating with various world music artists from around the world. She incorporates intricate Raagas and traditional rhythm patterns – “Taals” into Kirtan and Yoga music. Learn more about Kamini Natarajan HERE
Chants for Meditation was produced as a collaborative effort by both Ken and Kamini.