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The Lakshmi Tantra

This ritual is a powerful invocation for a blessing of abundance and wealth.
INVOCATION:  Chant each of the following lines one time:


– Salutations to the principle of the guru that exists in everyone

– Salutations to the First among the Celestials

– Salutations to the empowerer of speech.  May that principle guide your pronunciation of mantras.

– Salutations to her who is the source of all abundance.

Next, you will make a series of “mudras” or hand signs to amplify the energies within … point your thumbs up into the air (as in giving the thumbs up sign) and chant


Touch your thumbs to your little fingers and chant:


Touch your thumbs to your ring fingers:


Touch your thumbs to your middle fingers:


Touch your thumbs to your index fingers:


Then place your palms together, as in prayer and chant …

OM HRIM KARATALA … and turn the hands to the back of each other so the palms face outward and chant

With your palms open facing upwards as in supplication and surrender . . .


and then chant the following mantra 108 times on the Mala beads:


and then chant back 108 times back (without jumping over the meru) around the mala:


(this is the mantra to attract abundance and prosperity – but if you want to remove every obstacle between you and abundance then chant this:)


and conclude by chanting just the following once:


This is a very esoteric Tantra and if you chant this every day for 40 days you WILL be blessed with ABUNDANCE!  As you chant, feel the feelings of having what you desire.  For example, imagine how good it will feel to deposit a big check 😉  Some people chant the words, but silently say “Thank You” after each line.  Gratitude magnifies the request!

It does take a little longer, but I find that I can easily do it all within 15-20 minutes.  The repeated chants can be said rapidly …. I usually put on some seascape new age type music which really helps to take me to a high meditation.

Follow by chanting the very powerful and effective Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam :


(The sloka chanted by Indra)
Indra Uvacha: Namasthesthu Mahamaye Sreepeethe Surapoojithe Sankha Chakra Gada Hasthe Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: I offer my worship to Maha Lakshmi, who symbolizes the great illusion and who is worshipped by all Devas. I worship MahaLakshmi who resides in Sri Peetam and who carries Sanku(Conch), Chakram(Disk) and Gadha(Club) in her hand.

Indra Uvacha: Namasthe Garudaroodhe Kolasura Bhayankari Sarva Papa Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: I offer worship to the one who has Garuda bird as her vehicle and who was feared by even Demon “Kola”. I worship MahaLakshmi who destroys all sadness.

Indra Uvacha: Sarvagne Sarva Varade Sarva Dushta Bhayankari, Sarva Duhkha Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthute

Indra speaks: I offer worship to the one who is all knowing, giver of all boons, remover of all dangerous enemies. I worship Maha Lakshmiwho is remover of all afflictions.

Indra Uvacha: Siddhi Buddhi Pradhe Devi Bhukthi Mukthi Pradayini Manthra Moorthe Sada Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: Maha Lakshmi confers great powers, desires, good intellect, enjoyment and Liberation (heaven). I worship Maha Lakshmiwho is the personification of all mantras and who is ever shining and radiant.

Indra Uvacha: Adyantharahithe Devi Adi Sakthi Mahesvari Yogaje yoga Sambhoothe Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: Maha Lakshmi is the one who is without beginning or end. She is the primordial energy and Maheswari. I worship MahaLakshmi who was created out of yoga and who sustains yoga sakthi.

Indra Uvacha: Sthoola Sookshma Maharowdhre Mahasakthi Mahodhare Maha Pape Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: Maha Lakshmi represents both the gross and the subtle manifestations of life. She is very scary to the bad. She is the great energy. I worship Maha Lakshmi who destroys the greatest sins.

Indra Uvacha: Padmaasana Sthithe Devi Para Bramha Swaroopini Paramesi Jaganmathar Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: Maha Lakshmi who has lotus as her seat symbolizes the ultimate reality. I worship Maha Lakshmi who is Parameswari and the mother of the universe.

Indra Uvacha: Svethambharadhare Devi Nanalankara Booshithe Jagat Stithe Jaganmathar Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe

Indra speaks: Wearing white clothes Devi Maha Lakshmi is adorned completely with jewels. I worship Maha Lakshmi who is the omnipresent Devine Mother.

If you chant this Ashtakam once, your sins will be forgiven … if you chant it twice you shall be blessed with wealth … if you chant it three times you shall overcome your enemies!!!  

Closing Prayer

Om Mahalakshmyai cha vidmahe
Vishnu patnyai cha dhimahi
Tanno Lakshmihi prachodayat

Translation: “Om. Let us meditate on the Great Goddess Sri Lakshmi, the consort of Sri Maha Vishnu. May that effulgent Maha LakshmiDevi inspire and illuminate our mind with understanding.”

Conclude with:  OM SHANTI OM SHANTI OM SHANTI OM! (Peace!)

Abundance and prosperity are GOOD things!  The more we have, the more we can SHARE!  So asking for them is to be encouraged 🙂
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Introducing Mantras to Beginners and All Seekers

The most valuable Hindu mantras have been chanted since ancient times and that have been found to help attract and realize valuable gifts in one’s life. The ancient sages, who received these divine mantras, after great meditation and prayers, believed in the power of the mind. Each one of us has the ability to attract and create what we want in our life by our self. All help lies within. Through mantras, we can unlock the potential to attract our desires into our life.

Man is a ball of needs and wants. For a complete and fulfilled life, we need many blessings. A balanced life requires a dose of love, luck, money, power, health and so on.

Some individuals may easily have some gifts of life and lack of others. People’s lives come in various permutation and combination of these blessings, and that in turn brings happiness or misery in our lives. By chanting mantras, we can attract more of what we need in our lives.

It is very important to know that we must focus on what we want and not on what we don’t want. The abundant universe is always listening to our deepest thoughts and desires. So stick always with what you want. In time we can balance out all we want in our lives and diminish sufferings.

What is a mantra: Broadly speaking, every speech is a kind of mantra. Its used to communicate and to get something done. A meaning is delivered. Great leaders create mass movement through their inspiring speech. Much emotion, purpose, and time is spent in speaking.

Mantras are also a kind of speech. However, they are small, concentrated, power packed sequence of words, specifically put together to produce a certain result. It is like a super-duper booster dose that hits the target quickly, effectively and surely. When we chant a mantra over and over again, we can expect to attract and get close to our intended goals quickly and make it manifest into our lives easily.

Why chant a mantra: Ancient Indian sages have revealed the power of words as sound vibrations in ancient texts that influence our lives. Scientifically, we also know today that energy exists in the form of sound, motion, light, heat and gravitational magnetic energy. These energy vibrations surround us all the time and all our lives. These are invisible forces that are always impacting the quality of our lives.

It is also well known that energy is interchangeable. One form can change into another. Heat in light, motion in heat and so on. Thoughts also produce energy. The very famous scientist, Stephen Hawkins, uses a synthesizer to speak. The machine records his thought energy and converts it into sound energy or speech. Sound energy can heal and calm or disturb and bring nervousness, depending on its frequency.

What does all this mean? It means that through sound energy, we can change the environment around us. With our thought, we can attract what we want and block what is hampering our welfare and progress. Mantras are magical lines of words that through thought energy and sound energy, attract and bring what we want into our lives, quickly and easily.

When to chant a mantra: Mantras can be chanted at any time of the day, but some specific times have been noted as specifically beneficial. Mornings, called “Brahm Muhurt” between 3am to 6am is said to be very peaceful for this purpose. Dusk time, between 4pm to 6pm is also a good time to do some chanting. It is also a good practice if one decides and fixes a specific time for this purpose, as per convenience, everyday.

What to visualize: You must visualize that what you want. What do you want? What does it look like? To some wealth may mean a car, and to another, it may mean a job. So think about what you want. Get a clear mental picture.

Why do Hindus use images: Hinduism practices image and idol worship. Its just for the purpose of concentration. It has been said that the human mind never stays still. Its always wondering, flitting from one thought to another. To get your thoughts together and quieten the mind, one must look at something and concentrate upon it.

However, you don’t have to look at images if you don’t want to. A burning candle, a flower, a picture of your goals etc. can also be used for this purpose to bring your thoughts together and sharpen your concentration

How do Hindus prepare a place for worship or chanting: Hindus usually designate a place for worship in their homes called the “puja” room or prayer room/place. They keep it clean, burn incense, candles, decorate it with flowers etc and keep a few pictures and idols of the Gods and Goddesses there. Its a small corner where you sit down to pray everyday. Try to find a small corner in your home, clean it, and put a picture or item there for chanting and concentrating upon.

The seating, quiet area, facing east: The seating does not have to be elaborate. Hindus sit on the floor and pray. You can put a mat, cushion, folded bed sheet and sit on that. Sit cross legged and relax. Make sure to keep the room airy, well lit and face east towards the sun, while chanting. All these rules help to align your frequencies with the earth’s beneficial forces.

Covering the head: Hindus cover their head while praying and chanting. This is a mark of respect. It is also believed that one loses energy through the top of the head. Therefore, to retain the energy we produce while chanting, one should cover the head with a scarf or cloth.

Number of chant repetitions: You can begin chanting by repeating each mantra 5 times. However, it is usually suggested that one must chant 11, 25, 51, or 108 times. 108 is said to comprise a full ‘mala’ or course of chanting. 108 is a very significant number in Hinduism and is supposed to be the optimum number of repetitions for a mantra. As one goes deeper into the practice of meditation and chanting, one can chant multiple rounds of the ‘mala’ or 108 times.

Using a mala: A ‘mala’ is a rosary that contains 108 beads. The beads help to track the count as one repeats the mantra. This helps to keep one’s focus on the image, intention, and add energy to one’s thought as one chants. Eyes can be closes or open steadfast on the image to maintain focus and concentration.

Keep mind empty: Relax and empty your mind from the hundreds of thoughts that flit by. Keep yourself glued in to your intentions and goals.

Heart set on God/Universe: A heart set on God is an open heart, ready to believe, receive, and full of faith. This helps to draw in the wonderful beneficial energies and manifest one’s goals. Stay calm, relaxed, with clear purpose and focus on the image. Think and listen as you chant.

Feeling of gratitude: A feeling of gratitude is the most powerful receiving antenna. It is a way of signalling that when something is given to you, you gather it, accept it, and are blessed by it. Feeling of gratitude is the single way to receive amazing good fortune and blessings in your life

‘Japa’ and ‘Ajapa’: ‘Japa’ is chanting loudly with your mouth. ‘Ajapa’ is chanting in your mind silently. Ajapa is harder to do as one loses focus and concentration. However, Ajapa has the advantage that even if you cannot pronounce the Sanskrit mantras properly, you are fine. With japa, one is advised to make sure that their pronunciations are correct. Lastly, one should chant the way one is most comfortable with. If you feel comfortable chanting loudly, go ahead. If chanting silently is what appeals to you, that is fine also.

Sanskrit as the language of the Hindu mantras: You will soon notice that Hindu mantras are formed in the Sanskrit language. The ancient sages believed Sanskrit to be a pure language or the language of the Gods. Most of Hindu scriptures and epics have also been written in Sanskrit. People usually learn these mantras and their meanings. Then they keep chanting till over time, they make it their own. With continuous chanting, these mantras will start looking familiar and will start revealing more and more meanings to you.

Mantras and fasting: Fasting is a clearing or cleansing process. Hinduism believes you are most ready to receive blessings in a fasted state. You are closer to your divine nature. Most Hindu festivals have fasting associated with it. An easy way to chant your mantras in the fasted state is to chant your mantras in the morning before breakfast.

The power of ‘sankalp’/regularity/habit/focus: ‘Sankalp’ means promise. In Hindu tradition people promise that they will perform a certain task so that a certain blessing be given to them. Its a way to understand the seriousness of what one is doing, of keeping a promise, of maintaining regularity in habit and maintaining motivation. A ‘sankalp’ keeps a person steadfast on their path of meditation till one realizes the goals.

What to expect: As you advance in your practice of chanting and meditation, you will notice many changes within. You will start to feel very happy and confident. You will not feel alone in your endeavors. You will have the courage to do what it takes to achieve your goals. You will know that you will get what you want. Certain coincidences, chance meetings with people will open new doors and progressive opportunities for you. You will have clarity of thought, passion, energy and the mental picture of your desires will become clearer and clearer to you.

We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act….

:Swami Vivekananda – Quotes


All the above information was a prelude to the first mantra. It was necessary for you to understand what mantras are, why we should chant them, and what benefits we can expect to come our way. The law of attraction works powerfully with the chanting of mantras and helps you manifest literally anything you want in your life.

Indian Hindu tradition also enlists health benefits associated with the chanting of mantras. Observation lists calm disposition, even breathing, steady heart rate, low stress level etc. The person is full of energy and brimming with enthusiasm.

Today, we will learn a very simple mantra that you may already know and may have heard of. It is the simplest Hindu mantra and yet it generates huge energy and beneficial vibrations within and outside you. The energy you gather as you chant this mantra can be diverted to reap powerful benefits and blessings for almost anything you desire.

The Mantra for today devoted to the universe and the glory of its creator is:


OM is the primordial sound and it always exists in the entire cosmos. It is said that when this ‘brahmand’ or universe was first conceived and created, a sound was heard — OM. The sound of OM generated and created the entire universe and everything in it. In the West we teach that when God said “Let there be light” the Universe was then created. The Big Bang occurred!!! The first instant sound that emanated from God was the sound OM.

All mantras begin with OM. OM goes to the source or to God. It is a linear path, a straight flying arrow that hits the target. Without OM, the other mantras will lose potency and not be able to reach God, or the abundant universe, or the great energy source.

OM simply is a sound that directly touches God. In the Hindu tradition, this mantra takes us home, inside our self, in the God in us. We need to reconnect with ourselves first and foremost. Our needs, our desires, our personalities, our upbringing, our families.. Where do we come from and where are we going? Who are we? Look inside, love all that you are. You are a part of this divine universe. What exists outside, exists inside. It exists for you. Take it, receive it. You can have all that you want and more. OM will quieten your ego, your arrogance and truly let you see your true inner self with great humbleness.

The goal which all the ancient Hindu scriptures like Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence, I will tell you briefly: it is OM. This syllable OM is indeed Brahman. This syllable is the Highest. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest support. Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma.

— Katha Upanishad I, ii, 15-17 ¹

The God we will pray to today is the ‘Brahmand’ or the Universe or Nature. OM is depicted by a single syllable and it signifies the sound vibration of existence. The vibrations of this mantra resonate deep within you and are a direct route to the God and creator above. We are all immersed in this mantra. It exists every where.

The image of the God to focus on today is the symbol OM that exists every where and the dark black universe or our cosmos. Yet think about the beauty and orderliness of the cosmos. The way the planets and stars follow a certain rule of existence, rotation and revolution. Think if day and night did not follow each other. The spinning of our earth in the ocean of darkness. How organized everything is. This is a clear indication of the underlying rules and laws that is followed in nature. There is a law to living and life.

Our mantras tap into these laws of nature to manifest our desires. Nature and its beauty is the first evidence and description of God. We are all part of nature. We have a part to play in the order of this universe. We are aligned to nature and we prosper when in tune to our inner and outer natural self.

When you sit down to chant your mantra, first be grateful for what you already have. Everyone has something to be grateful for. Recognize it today. Send your thankfulness to the universe for what you have. – Maybe its your family, parents, car, education, kind nature, food and clothing, your desires and goals etc.

Now begin your chanting. Relax..breath..When you finish your chants and have looked inside yourself, outside at your life and the intentions for your desires. Be grateful again. Be true to yourself. Believe your desires will soon manifest and you will enjoy what you have longed for. Its coming..

Today, we learned about the simple yet powerful mantra OM. This energy can be directed to all your desires. This mantra aligns you with the natural forces of the universe to receive all you wish for. This mantra also helps you to delve in and get in touch with your real self. It puts you on the best course to reach your goals in life.

The most important aspect of mantra meditation is your unwavering faith. Once started, believe that you are on the right path. Your wish will be fulfilled and you will reach the better place you envision in life. Stick with it. Remember faith moves mountains.

This week try to arrange a place for chanting in your home. Sit there for a few minutes everyday. Face the sun and think about yourself. Your life, goals, wishes, and how you want things to evolve for you. Chant the mantra for today, slowly, deeply. Focus on the image ahead. Clear your mind, visualize your goals.



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The Great Gayatri Mantra and Hamsa Gayatri Mantra

The Great Gayatri

The story goes, that at the beginning of time, shortly after the creation of the universe, there was the first fire ceremony performed by the ancient Rishis (sages). It was during this fire ceremony that the four Vedas were imparted, the 50 Sanskrit alphabet which make up all Sanskrit Mantras and the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri Devi is known as the Mother of the Vedas, the source of Divine Wisdom.

The Gayatri Mantra is the great calling of spiritual light into the practitioner. It petitions the Divine Goddess to impart Her spiritual light into us. It is practiced by Hindus and Buddhists alike and one thing they all agree on, is the tremendous power that is the Great Gayatri Mantra.

Parabrahma – the impersonal Godhead is transcendental consciousness. His spouse – or the power behind that consciousness is Gayatri. Out of Parabrahma and Gayatri came Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. She is the great Mother to the three gunas, Sattva (equilibrium) in the form of Vishnu, Rajas (passion and activity) in the form of Brahma and Tamas (destruction) in the form of Siva.

There are 5 aspects to Gayatri. One is Lakshmi (Primordial Abundance) who is in the center. The other four are Saraswati (Divine knowledge), Bhuh Devi (Earth Goddess), Parvati (The power of Consciousness)  and Kali (The dark Goddess of the Void).

When I first started chanting this Mantra, I had already been chanting other Mantras for years, so though I had heard of it’s power. I thought to myself, “Well, I have already chanted many powerful Mantras, so……”. But nothing prepared me for the power of the Gayatri.

It was about the third day of chanting it, I remember, I was sitting outside with my eyes closed and the sun shinning on my face and suddenly I could feel a transformation in my ability to perceive. I can’t explain it fully, except to say, a door opened and suddenly I could go places in my meditations that were not available before.

I was amazed that in three short days of no more than a thousand repetitions, my inner world had been transformed so much. Extraordinary. Then and there I made a commitment to do a ongoing Mantra discipline with the Gayatri. I figured if She can change me so much in three days – what can she do if I keep chanting Her!

There are two forms of the Gayatri, the short form and the long form. The short form is the most well-known. The long form is the one I was taught and that I teach.

Here it is:










The best time to repeat it at the dawn and sunset and the hours before and after them. There is a special energy at that time that crosses the planet. This Mantra is truly the Queen of all Mantras and all Mantras are said to be contained within it.

This is a liberation Mantra of the highest order.

Of the numerous Gayatri mantras that are known, one of my favorites is the Gayatri to Hamsa mantra.  It is longer than most one or two word mantras for beginners, but short enough for most people to easily learn and chant.  Regrettably, the internet has become filled with versions of this mantra that are incomplete or modified for slightly different effects, leaving student’s with no clear understanding of which mantra would be most beneficial.


The mantra to the sacred swan is a mantra for uplifting consciousness.  As hamsa literally means ‘swan’, it represents purity, but this is also symbolic for the soul.  The soul, our true essence, is synonymous with the swan.  The swan, or soul, in its highest state requires a different term to more clearly define it–paramahamsa, or the supreme swan is the yogic term commonly used.  Parama comes from the root para–meaning higher, elevated or highest.  It also means final, last and more than. Parama, itself, means most distant, highest, primary and most prominent.  Therefore, paramahamsa literally means supreme swan.


Hamsa in its lower form is the self or ego, and paramahamsa is the higher self or soul.  It is interesting to note that most new age teachings are in conflict with the ego.  Attempting to be in some type of battle with the ego is nothing but an ego game itself.  As the ego is a reflection of the soul, the hamsa mantra takes one beyond the ego and emotional mind and uses the buddhi or intellect as its vehicle to super consciousness.  As the buddhi is the lower manifestation of super conscious mind, it aids in transcending the blocks of the ego and emotional minds.


From a Vedic point of view, the journey of life, karma and experience is for the transformation of the ego, and its realization of its true identity—soul.  This is often referred to in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as the seer and the seen.  The seen is the ego, and the seer is the soul.  The journey of realization is for the seen (ego) to perceive the seer (soul).  This simple line sums up the journey of spiritual transformation.  Therefore, hamsa can be a reference to the ego and/or soul, but most importantly it is a reference to realization or the journey towards realization.


Hamsa is also closely linked with the breath.  Hamsa as a mantra is constantly repeated by the breath, and often referred to as the ‘Hamsa breath’ or 21,600 breath.  This breath is also called the “Hong Sauh” breath, or “So hung”.  It is as if each breath is a reminder of our true essence, but only effective if or when we learn to listen.  This mantra automatically repeats with each breath we take.  But it becomes much more powerful when we consciously repeat the mantra, using the bija mantra form, with each inhalation, inhaling ‘sa’ and exhaling ‘ha’.


As the last letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, ‘ha’ represents the final level of matter, whereas ‘sa’ represents the Shakti or power behind the layer of matter.  In some yoga traditions, these sounds are reversed.  For the yogi and yogini, the hamsa breath reduces greatly from 21,600 due to increased depth of each breath, retention, and cultivating a slower breath.   In yogic thought, our normal breath cycle in a day is approximately 21,600 breaths.  By using this technique, the yogi or yogini will reduce their breath cycle to a slower rate; moving from 10-16 breaths per minute (bpm) to 4-5 bpm.


Hamsa also functions as the movement of energy.  The Shakti (power) of Hamsa is also a vehicle for the Ashwins, which are prana and apana in the yogic teachings.  The link between Hamsa Shakti prana and breath is a powerful and consistent theme. This draws a strong connection between healing on both a mental, emotional, and physical level using the Hamsa Gayatri. According to the Hamsa Upanishad of the Shukla Yajur Veda, when hamsa is absorbed in nada (sound), the state of consciousness beyond the 4th state is reached.


Does this mean that the ‘hamsa mantra’ is the most supreme? This is a difficult issue, as the most supreme mantra is relative to the skill, ability and blessings obtained by the practitioner. Having said this, this mantra is a very powerful, yet a gentle mantra for personal transformation and realization. When it comes to the supremeness of the mantra itself, what makes the mantra supreme is the subject of the mantra; the skill of the individual repeating the mantra (Japa), and the depth that one can achieve through repetition of the mantra.  But the mantra does focus the mind on our highest nature, our soul, which can have numerous mental and physical benefits.


Hamsa Gayatri can be used as a form of Bhakti yoga, with paramahamsa (soul) functioning as deity (Devata).  The bija mantra of Hamsa is ‘Ham’, which can be used as a powerful form of japa (repetition) itself.  The hamsa mantra is not exclusively for the use of Bhakti yogi’s, but can be incorporated into many different forms of yoga including Hatha yoga, Raja yoga, Jnana yoga and Kundalini yoga systems.  It originates from the oldest form of yoga—mantra yoga, and more specifically Vedic Yoga.


The general meaning of the mantra is “Ego to soul, we will meditate for the soul, we will know the supreme soul. May my soul inspire my thoughts!


This mantra should be chanted using the proper tones and should be learned by a Vedic teacher or other qualified teacher.  A recording of the mantra is available for those that wish to learn the proper intonations and sounds of the mantra.  This is also beneficial for those that do not have easy access to the Vedic teacher.  There are special meditations that can be performed by those that have learned the mantra; these are taught to students over the Internet that wishes to learn this higher form of meditation.

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TANTRIC AWARENESS – Expanding Your Awareness for Happiness

Tantric Buddhists aim to expand their experience far beyond the realms of conventional human emotion and sensuality, aiming to achieve both oneness with the unnameable, and expansion of personality and experience beyond conventional limits all while here, in this body …

We use any tools available to us… most importantly, our own experiences and memories.By taking a feeling we have already experienced it, repeating, refreshing, and amplifying it continually, we stretch our personal interpretation of reality.

While others mull over their negative experiences, we as tantrics choose to re-experience and amplify the “positives,” over and over in the mind and senses, intensifying good feelings and making them ever more concrete, palpable, and real, w hile our consciousness becomes ever more subtle…

Do happy amplifications every time you can remember to, multiple times a day, week for week…

1. Recall a specific time when you feel very happy, smiling, full of laughter…

2. Be there. Feel it…. use all of your senses as you step back into that joyful feeling…

3. See what you saw, there, in the same way.

4. Hear what you heard, the same way, feel what you felt, smell what you smelled, taste what you tasted, the same way…

5. Be there

6. Now, smiling and breathing gently but deeply from your lower belly, feel the feeling bigger, more joyful…

7. Now, smiling and breathing gently but deeply from your lower belly, feel the feeling bigger, more joyful…

8. It gets pleasantly more intense – you know how… maybe brighter, maybe softer, happier… subconciously, you feel what to do to increase happiness now

9. Now, feeling joyful feelings each breath as you smile, gently let go of the m emory and be present here, now, whe re you are with that same joy

10. When your joy is lower, step back into the happy memory, intensify your joy, then let the memory go, step into the present moment, the present place, here, now, breathing and smiling and feeling that same happiness through yourself…

11. Stay with that feeling as long as you like, you like it, integrating it with what’s around you, here, now, happy….

12. Refresh and renew it as often as you like — use better memories to intensify your joy…

13. Soon, you’ll find that the happiness here is better than past… that the joy in the present place is better than remembered.

14. Nothing is better than the blissful clear light of here, now, in this space…

You feel good when you want to, so remember to feel good now!

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CULTIVATING AWARENESS – Life as a Tantric Meditation

1. The real Tantric meditation is how you live your life.

2. In order to live life fully, you have to be present for it.

3. To be present, it helps to purposefully bring awareness to your moments – otherwise you may miss many of them.

4. You do that by paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and
non-judgmentally to whatever is arising inwardly and outwardly.

5. This requires a great deal of kindness toward yourself, which you deserve.

6. It helps to keep in mind that good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant, the present moment is the only time any of us are alive. Therefore, it’s the only time to learn, grow, see what is really going on, find some degree of balance, feel and express emotions such as love and appreciation, and do what we need to do to take care of ourselves – in other words, embody our intrinsic strength and beauty and wisdom – even in the face of pain and

7. So a gentle love affair with the present moment is important.

8. We do that through learning to rest in awareness of what is happening inwardly and outwardly moment by moment by moment – it is more a “being” than a “doing.”

9. Formal and informal meditation practices are specific ways in which you can ground, deepen, and accelerate this process, so it is useful to carve out some time for formal practice on a regular daily basis – maybe waking up fifteen or twenty minutes earlier than you ordinarily would to catch some time for ourselves.

10. We bring awareness to our moments only as best we can.

11. We are not trying to create a special feeling or experience – simply to realize that this moment is already very special – because you are alive and awake in it.

12. This is hard, but well worth it

13. It takes a lot of practice.

14. Lots of practice

15. But you have a lot of moments – and we can treat each one as a new beginning.

16. So there are always new moments to open up to if we miss some.

17. We do all this with a huge amount of self-compassion.

18. And remember, you are not your thoughts or opinions, your likes or dislikes, they are more like weather patterns in your mind that you can be aware of – like clouds moving across the sky – and so don’t have to be imprisoned by.

19. Befriending yourself in this way is the adventure of a lifetime, and hugely empowering.

20. Try it for a few weeks – it grows on you. Such is the power of Tantra to transform your life.

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Five Simple Practices for Awareness in Tantra

Relax & Expand your sensations, feelings, and awareness.

Breathe and Circulate Prana (Qi) in natural harmony through the internal and external cosmos, developing awareness and abiding in awareness of sushmna nadi at all times…

Use experience, memory, dream, and symbolic imagination to live in and amplify your positive emotions into powerful tools while acknowledging, transforming, and releasing your negative emotions. Steps 1. – 3. will arouse Kundalini naturally.

Practice stillness, quiet, and one pointed focus so that absorption (Samadhi) becomes your natural state. Act always from the wisdom derived from abiding in this state. Wisdom comes from the clear light emptiness of Sushumna.

Live in awareness of bliss, emptiness, and their union at all levels of existence, from the mundane to the subtlest tremor of the divine within you. Experience all as the unity of existence and voidness, the pulsing continuum of opposites and polarities.

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The Use of Mantras in Tantric Healing

A saying from the Vedas claims that “Speech is the essence of humanity.” All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything, the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain unactualized until they are created through the power of speech. Similarly, The New Testament, Gospel of John, starts “In the beginning was The Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God…”

In mainstream Vedic practices, most Buddhist techniques and classical Hinduism, mantra is viewed as a necessity for spiritual advancement and high attainment. In The Kalachakra Tantra, by the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins, the Dalai Lama states, “Therefore, without depending upon mantra…Buddhahood cannot be attained.”Clearly, there is a reason why such widely divergent sources of religious wisdom as the Vedas, the New Testament and the Dalai Lama speak in common ideas. Here are some important ideas about mantra which will enable you to begin a practical understanding of what mantra is and what it can do.

Definition # 1: Mantras are energy-based sounds.

Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. This is one level of energy basis for words.

Another level is intent. If the actual physical vibration is coupled with a mental intention, the vibration then contains an additional mental component which influences the result of saying it. The sound is the carrier wave and the intent is overlaid upon the wave form, just as a colored gel influences the appearance and effect of a white light.

In either instance, the word is based upon energy. Nowhere is this idea more true than for Sanskrit mantra. For although there is a general meaning which comes to be associated with mantras, the only lasting definition is the result or effect of saying the mantra.

Definition #2: Mantras create thought-energy waves.

The human consciousness is really a collection of states of consciousness which distributively exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Each organ has a primitive consciousness of its own. That primitive consciousness allows it to perform functions specific to it. Then come the various systems. The cardio-vascular system, the reproductive system and other systems have various organs or body parts working at slightly different stages of a single process. Like the organs, there is a primitive consciousness also associated with each system. And these are just within the physical body. Similar functions and states of consciousness exist within the subtle body as well. So individual organ consciousness is overlaid by system consciousness, overlaid again by subtle body counterparts and consciousness, and so ad infinitum.

The ego with its self-defined “I” ness assumes a pre-eminent state among the subtle din of random, semi-conscious thoughts which pulse through our organism. And of course, our organism can “pick up” the vibration of other organisms nearby. The result is that there are myriad vibrations riding in and through the subconscious mind at any given time.

Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.

At this point, a change of state occurs in the organism. The organism becomes subtly different. Just as a laser is light which is coherent in a new way, the person who becomes one with the state produced by the mantra is also coherent in a way which did not exist prior to the conscious undertaking of repetition of the mantra.

Definition #3: Mantras are tools of power and tools for power.

They are formidable. They are ancient. They work. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is “manas” or “mind,” which provides the “man” syllable. The second syllable is drawn from the Sanskrit word “trai” meaning to “protect” or to “free from.” Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense means “to free from the mind.” Mantra is, at its core, a tool used by the mind which eventually frees one from the vagaries of the mind.

But the journey from mantra to freedom is a wondrous one. The mind expands, deepens and widens and eventually dips into the essence of cosmic existence. On its journey, the mind comes to understand much about the essence of the vibration of things. And knowledge, as we all know, is power. In the case of mantra, this power is tangible and wieldable.

Statements About Mantra

1. Mantras have close, approximate one-to-one direct language-based translation.

If we warn a young child that it should not touch a hot stove, we try to explain that it will burn the child. However, language is insufficient to convey the experience. Only the act of touching the stove and being burned will adequately define the words “hot” and “burn” in the context of “stove.” Essentially, there is no real direct translation of the experience of being burned.

Similarly, there is no word which is the exact equivalent of the experience of sticking one’s finger into an electrical socket. When we stick our hand into the socket, only then do we have a context for the word “shock.” But shock is really a definition of the result of the action of sticking our hand into the socket.

It is the same with mantras. The only true definition is the experience which it ultimately creates in the sayer. Over thousands of years, many sayers have had common experiences and passed them on to the next generation. Through this tradition, a context of experiential definition has been created.

2. Definitions of mantras are oriented toward either the results of repeating the mantra or of the intentions of the original framers and testers of the mantra.

In Sanskrit, sounds which have no direct translation but which contain great power which can be “grown” from it are called “seed mantras.” Seed in Sanskrit is called “Bijam” in the singular and “Bija” in the plural form.

An example would be the mantra “Shrim” or Shreem is the seed sound for the principle of abundance (Lakshmi, in the Hindu Pantheon.) If one says “shrim” a hundred times, a certain increase in the potentiality of the sayer to accumulate abundance is achieved. If one says “shrim” a thousand times or a million, the result is correspondingly greater.

But abundance can take many forms. There is prosperity, to be sure, but there is also peace as abundance, health as wealth, friends as wealth, enough food to eat as wealth, and a host of other kinds and types of abundance which may vary from individual to individual and culture to culture. It is at this point that the intention of the sayer begins to influence the degree of the kind of capacity for accumulating wealth which may accrue.

3. Mantras have been tested and/or verified by their original framers or users.

Each mantra is associated with an actual sage or historical person who once lived. Although the oral tradition predates written speech by centuries, those earliest oral records annotated on palm leaves discussed earlier clearly designate a specific sage as the “seer” of the mantra. This means that the mantra was probably arrived at through some form of meditation or intuition and subsequently tested by the person who first encountered it.

4. Sanskrit mantras are composed of letters which correspond to certain petals or spokes of chakras in the subtle body.

There is a direct relationship between the mantra sound, either vocalized or subvocalized, and the chakras located throughout the body.

5. Mantras are energy which can be likened to fire.

You can use fire either to cook your lunch or to burn down the forest. It is the same fire. Similarly, mantra can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision by a qualified teacher.

Fortunately, most of the mantras widely used in the West are perfectly safe to use on a daily basis, even with some intensity.

6. Mantra energizes prana.

“Prana” is a Sanskrit term for a form of life energy which can be transferred from individual to individual. Prana may or may not produce an instant dramatic effect upon transfer. There can be heat or coolness as a result of the transfer.

Some healers operate through transfer of prana. A massage therapist can transfer prana with beneficial effect. Even self-healing can be accomplished by concentrating prana in certain organs, the result of which can be a clearing of the difficulty or condition. For instance, by saying a certain mantra while visualizing an internal organ bathed in light, the specific power of the mantra can become concentrated there with great beneficial effect.

7. Mantras eventually quiet the mind.

At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. The dedicated use of mantra can dig into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace.

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