Mantras have a powerful effect on the immune system. Chanting stimulates the hypothalamus, the region of the brain that produces vital hormones in the immune system. Chanting is also a great way to de-stress. Mental or emotional stress disturbs the hormonal balance in the body and weakens the immune system. So if you’re feeling a little “under-the-weather,” chant mantras!
Healing with the Siri Gaitri Mantra
The Siri Gaitri Mantra, more commonly known as Ra Ma Da Sa, captures the radiant energy of the Cosmos to heal the mind, body, and spirit. The mantra has eight sounds that stimulate the kundalini to flow in the central channel of the spine and in the chakras for healing. As you chant this mantra, you link the finite with the infinite. The meditation uses the sound current to balance the energetic body, activate the “Neutral Mind,” and trigger a metabolic response, giving you a newfound level of energy for healing.
Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.
Mudra: Have the elbows tucked comfortably against the ribs. Extend the forearms out at a 45-degree angle out from the center of the body. The palms are flat, facing up, the wrists pulled back, fingers together, and thumbs spread. Consciously keep the palms flat during the meditation.
Eyes: Close your eyes.
Mantra: The mantra consists of eight basic sounds:
RAA MAA DAA SAA, SAA SAY SO HUNG
RAA means the energy of the Sun: strong, bright, and hot. It energizes and purifies.
MAA is the energy of the Moon. It is a quality of receptivity, coolness, and nurturing.
DAA is the energy of Earth. It is secure, personal, and the ground of action.
SAA is the impersonal Infinity. The cosmos in all of its open dimensions and totality is SAA.
SAY is the totality of experience and is personal. It is the feeling of a sacred “Thou.” It is the embodiment of SAA.
SO is the personal sense of merger and identity.
HUNG is the Infinite, vibrating and real. The two qualities together (SO and HUNG) mean, “I am Thou.”
Pull in the Navel Point powerfully on SO and HUNG. Note that HUNG is not long and drawn out. Clip it off forcefully as you pull in the navel. Chant one complete cycle of the entire mantra, and then inhale deeply and repeat. To chant this mantra properly, remember to move the mouth fully with each sound. Feel the resonance in the mouth and the sinus areas. Let your mind concentrate on the qualities that are evoked by the combination of sounds.
Time: Chant powerfully for 11-31 minutes.
To End: Inhale deeply and hold the breath as you offer a healing prayer, visualizing the person you wish to heal (including yourself) as being totally healthy, radiant, and strong. Imagine the person completely engulfed in healing white light, completely healed. Then exhale and inhale deeply again, hold the breath and offer your prayer. Then, lift your arms up high and vigorously shake out your hands and fingers.
Find more versions of the Siri Gaitri Mantra here!
Meditation: Healing with Guru Ram Das Chant
The Guru Ram Das Mantra was given to Yogi Bhajan by Guru Ram Das in a dream. It relates directly with the healing energy represented by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs who was known for his humility and healing abilities. This mantra imparts humility to the one who chants it, and reconnects the person to the experience of infinity. The mantra is comprised of two parts. The first part is a nirgun mantra (Guru Guru Wahe Guru) and projects the mind to the source of knowledge and ecstasy. The second part is a sirgun mantra (Guru Ram Das Guru) that means the wisdom that comes as a servant of the infinite. This meditation is for deep healing and can also be used to bless the ancestors and heal your lineage.
Posture: Sit in easy pose. Place your right hand at your heart center on your chest, palm against the chest. Place your left hand on your back also at your heart center, palm facing outside.
Eyes: Close your eyes.
Mantra: Guru Guru Wahe Guru
Complete Mantra: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
Guru is teacher or guide that brings one from the darkness to the light.
Wahe is an exclamation of ecstasy like ”WOW!”
Ram Das literally translates as “God’s Servant”, but also refers to Guru Ram Das, the Fourth Guru of the Sikhs.
Time: 11 to 31 Minutes