One of the biggest challenges we face today is depression. So many people feel overwhelmed, over-worked, and chronically tired. The leading cause of depression is stress. Stress caused by the elements of our modern world: information overload, constant stimulation, and rapid change. The body’s natural response to stress is to calm or ‘depress’ the nerves. If left unmanaged, this depression slows down our body’s digestive and immune systems and causes fluctuations in our moods and decreases our motivation. Depression also effects us in an energetic way: it weakens our aura and the electromagnetic field around the heart, leaving us susceptible to toxic behaviors and environments.
One of the fastest ways for a person to re-connect with their soul is to breathe and chant. By chanting mantras you regulate your breath, restore your prana, and build your radiant body. Through mantra, you elevate your being and reconnect with your life’s purpose, and your own soul.
“Chattr Chakkr Vartee is the mantra for the heart center, it gives direct energy to it. When you are sinking, if you know this mantra and can sing it, you can totally recuperate yourself.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
This mantra is taken from the last four lines of Guru Gobind Singh’s Jaap Sahib. It is a mantra used for protection and to remove fear and anxiety. It helps one experience victory and an elevated state of being. This mantra is also wonderful to listen to at night because it creates harmony and peace in the subconscious mind while sleeping.
Chattra Chakkra Vartee,
Chattra Chakkra Bhugatay,
Suyambhav Subhang Sarab Daa Saraab Jugatay.
Sadaa Ang Sangay,
You are pervading in all the four directions, the Enjoyer in all the four directions. You are self-illumined, profoundly beautiful, and united with all. Destroyer of the torments of birth and death, embodiment of mercy. You are ever within us. You are the everlasting giver of indestructible power.
According to Yogi Bhajan, the mantra Gaavai Ko Taan “transforms insufficiency into sufficiency, turns depression into elevation, and transforms low self-esteem into complete self-confidence.”
Gaavai Ko Taan is the 3rd pauri in Japji. This sacred poem affects a person in subtle and powerful ways. Reciting Jap Ji every day will balance all aspects of your self and activate your soul. You can also choose to recite one pauri 11 times a day to works on a specific aspect of yourself. The 3rd pauri of Jap Ji will alleviate depression.
Gaavai ko taan, hovai kisai taan
Gaavai ko daat, jaanai neeshaan
Gaavai ko gun vadeeaa-eeaa chaar
Gavvai ko vidiaa vikham veechaar
Gaavai ko saaj karay tan khayh
Gaavai ko jeea lai fir dayh
Gaavai ko jaapai disai door
Gaavai ko vaykhai haadara hadoor
Kathna kathee na aavai tot
Kath kath kathee, kotee kot kot
Dayndaa day lainday thak paaeh
Jugaa jugantar khaahee khaaeh
Hukamee Hukam chalaa-ay raaho
Naanak vigasai vayparvaaho
Some sing of his power – who has that power?
Some sing of his gifts, and know these as his sign and insignia.
Some sing of his glorious virtures, his greatness and his beauty.
Some sing of knowledge of him, through arduous study and contemplation.
Some sing that he fashions the body, and then again reduces it to dust.
Some sing that he takes life away, and then again restores it.
Some sing that he seems far away;
Some sing that he watches over us, face to face, ever present.
There is no lack of those who preach and teach.
Millions upon millions offer millions of sermons and stories.
The great giver keeps on giving, while those who receive grow weary of receiving.
Throughout the ages, consumers consume.
The Commander, by his command, leads us to walk upon the path.
O Nanak, he blossoms forth, carefree and independent.
These are just a couple of recommendations for mantras you can chant when you are feeling down – but when you think about it, chanting just about any mantra has an uplifting effect! So the next time you find yourself surrounded by the clouds of sadness, put on your favorite mantra and sing your heart out! You are guaranteed to feel better!