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Japa  is the practice of silent or private repetitive mantra in meditation or prayer

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"purely transcendent!"

"an ancient feel of which begs intimacy with the eternal."

"soul-piercing a capellas."

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Glossary Terms
 Bhagavad Gita 
1. & 12. Om Dyauh
Om Dyauh Shantir Antariksha Gwam
Shantih Prithwi  Shantiraapah
Shantiroshadhayah  Shantih Vanespatayah
Shantih Vishvedevah   Shantih Brahma
Shantih Sarva Gwam   Shanti Shantireva
Shantih Saama    Shantiredhih

Om Vishwani Deva Savitur Duritani Parasuva
Yad Bhadram Tanna Asuva

Om Shantih Shantih Shantih
The peace (Shanti) that resides in the solar world (Dyauh), in space (Antariksha), in the earth (Prithwi) and elemental waters (Rapah),  nourishes the herbs, fruits and grains (Roshadhayah) thereby nourishing the original power (Om) in all beings (Vishvedevah).  May the peace of the whole (Brahma) now and forever more (Sarvagwam) come into us, we pray.  May the highest good prevail.
2. Namastasyai
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Buddhi Rupena Sansthita
Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Nidra  Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Chaiya Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Bhranti Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Shantih Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Tushti Rupena Sansthita
Ya Devi Sarva Bhutesu,  Lakshmi Rupena Sansthita
The feminine energy or nature resides in all beings (Rupena Sansthita).  As the flow of life, she is expressed in us as wisdom (Buddhi), sleep (Nidra), the shadow (Chaiya), misunderstanding (Bhranti), peace (Shantih), contentment (Tushti), abundance (Lakshmi), and many other qualities. To that constant presence, “I humble myself again and again.”

For this chant, Jai Ma, & Om Anandam  -  thanks to the inspirational work of Yogi Hari Dass and his Shri Ram foundation for orphanages in India
3. Achyutam Keshavam
Achyutam Keshavam Nath Naaraayanam
Krishna Daamo-Daram Vasudevam Harim
Shri Dharam Maadhavam Gopika Vallabham
Jaanaki Naayakam Raam Chandram Bhaje
This traditional melody expresses a sweet nostalgia for the stories of divinity expressing in life.  “Lord, I constantly remember you as imperishable, the killer of demons, source of life, one with the good belly, remover of sorrows, glorious, beloved of milkmaids (Gopika), lover and protector, beautiful like the moon.”
4.  Shiva Shiva Shambho Shankara
Shiva Shiva Shambho Shankara
Hara Hara Hara Mahadeva
Gangajata Dhara Gauri Manohara
Parthi Puri Parameshwara
Chanting to the power of Shiva we seek purification through knowledge.
5. Gayatri Mantra and verses
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svahah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat

Brahmaa ‘Rpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaagnau Brahmanaa Hutam
Brahmai ‘Va Tena Gantavyam
Brahmakarma Samaadhinaa

Refrain -Gayatri Mantra

Aham Vaishvaanaro Bhuutvaa
Praaninam Deham Ashritah
Pachaamy Annam Chaturvidham

Refrain – Gayatri Mantra

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukinah
Sarve Santu Niraamayah
Sarve Bhadhraani Pashyantu
Ma Kashchid-dhukabhaag Bhaavait

The heart of yoga is that our source is the sun.  May we always be near to that light which illuminates our hearts and minds as it does the universe.

When we see, we understand that all is one (Brahman).

The sun lives in us as breath (Prana) and digests food as heat (Vaishvarana)

May all beings be happy, healthy, and realize the Oneness that we share. May we be free from the limits of our own minds and the thoughts that divide us from ourselves and one another. May we be peace (Shanti)

6.  Rama Rama Rama Ram
Rama Rama Rama Ram
Sita Ram Sita Ram
Asharana Sharana Shantike Dhaam
Mujhe Bharosa Tera Ram
Kana Kana Men Hain Vyapaka Ram
Uthapana Ke Hain Thapaka Ram
The whisper of eternity in every heart is a vibration (Ram).  We look for refuge (Dhaam) within it, a reliable shelter (Bharosa), dwelling within us (Vyapaka) and every particle of life, blossoming as success.
7. Mahamrtyunjaya & A Porta Inferi
Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhiim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvaarukam Iva Bandanaan
Mrytor Mukshiiya Maamrtaat
A Porta Inferi Erue Domine Anima Mea
My we expand spiritually like a sweet fragrance.  Like fruits that ripen on the vine, may we be free from bondage at the time of death and fall into immortality.

From the gates of death and the underworld, the Lord frees my soul.

arrangement for 'Mahamrt/A porta in feri' is being used with permission from the Sacred Sound Institute in Mansfield, CT (sacredsound@compuserve.com).
8.  Shri Ram Jai Ram
Shri Ram Jai Jai Ram
Shri Ram Jai Jai Ram
Atma Rama Anada Nama
Ananda Mohana Shri Param Dama
Ananda Nama
This Hebrew melody with the Ram chant expresses a longing for humankind to live the peace of divine love.  The verses express that the name of Ram brings bliss to the soul; it is a supreme shelter.
9. Om Anandam
Om Anandam
Shri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Rama
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namo Narayana
Om is an original, sustaining, and all-inclusive vibration.   When we join with the sound, we are aligning ourselves with a source of energy and consciousness that vibrates in us and in all that is around us.  Anandam means bliss.
10. Jai Ma
Jai Ma Kali Durge Ma Kali Ma
Jai Ma Kali Durge Ma Kali Ma
Jai Ma Durge Ma, Jai Ma Durge Ma
We give glory to the aspect of mother as great and powerful protector.

11.  Hanuman Chalisa
The opening phrases of this epic poem from the fifteenth century set the tone of the piece, “having cleansed the mirror of my soul with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet…realizing I am void of wisdom….” and then the writer, Goswami Tulsidas, fills us with poetry of strength and courage of the life and exploits of Hanuman, the monkey god, devotee of Ram.
We dedicate this to Brahmrishi Vishvatma Bawra Jee (1932-2002)

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