Kirtan - From the Heart (Part 2)
Some mantras for kirtan…1. Oṁ Namaḥ Śivāya (salutations unto the auspicious Lord)
2. Oṁ Namō Nārāyanāya (salutations unto the Lord)
3. Harī Nārāyaṅ (…the Lord with and without form)
4. Nārāyanā, Harī Nārāyanāya (…the Lord with and without form)
5. Śrī Rām, Jai Rām, Jai Jai Rām Oṁ
Śrī Rām, Jai Rām, Jai Jai Rām Oṁ (salutations unto Lord Rama)
6. Haré Rāmā, Haré Rāmā, Rāmā Rāmā, Haré Haré
Haré Kriśna, Haré Kriśna, Kriśna Kriśna, Haré Haré
(Maha Mantra – this was Swami Sivananda’s favorite mantra for kirtan. Being long, it also requires deeper breathing, even if you are chanting it in two breaths or with a break and this stretching the breath brings a little pranayama into play which weakens distractions by making less energy available to them.)
7. Hé Bhagavān (O Lord)
Universal Prayer of Swami Sivananda
O adorable Lord of Mercy and Love!
Salutations and prostrations unto Thee.
Thou art Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient;
Thou art Satchidananda.
Thou art the Indweller of all beings.
Grant us an understanding heart,
Equal vision, balanced mind,
Faith, devotion and wisdom.
Grant us inner spiritual strength
To resist temptation and to control the mind.
Free us from egoism, lust, greed, hatred and anger.
Fill our hearts with divine virtues.
Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms.
Let us ever remember Thee.
Let us ever sing Thy Glories.
Let Thy Name be ever on our lips.
Let us abide in Thee for ever and ever.
Harī Oṁ Tat Sat
(Usually, a single mantra is used as a closing mantra – ‘Harī Oṁ Tat Sat’ includes the name of God with form, the Absolute, and as Auspiciousness.)