Mantra: Dhanyavad (For the Joy of Gratitude)
Composer: Henry Marshall
Album: Mantas: A Musical Path To Peace
Album: Mantras II - Henry Marshall and the Playshop Family
Lyrics: Dhanyavad Ananda (repeat)
Dhanyavand means thank you in Sanskrit. Ananda is a Sanskrit word meaning Bliss, joy, Existence (Truth, the Eternal), Consciousness, respectively.
1. Dhanyavad (For the Joy of Gratitude
2. Jaya Jay Devi Mata (For Peace With the Mother)
3. Om Srim Maha-Lakshmyai
Listen to samples of Henry Marshall's mantras:
For those new to meditation, chanting a mantra is a great starting point as it helps to focus the mind on a single sacred power phrase. We all know how impossible it is to still the 'chattering monkey' mind and it can take years of practice to get to the state of altered consciousness that mediators strive for. This often puts beginners off, but if they started with joyful mantra practices they would soon become hooked!
The world is made up of vibrations that, with practice, can be heard if one sits very quietly. According to ancient Vedic wisdom the vibrating sounds in nature are expressing the Cosmic Mind and are the means through which the infinite potential expresses itself as the manifest universe. Reciting or singing a mantra out loud creates a special pattern of vibration that has transformational properties which can manifest effects in our physical realm. These properties can be anything from healing to stress reduction and can take one to the field of pure consciousness where the vibration originated.
A mantra is a sacred power phrase, but in itself, a mantra is meaningless. Once one adds intention to one's chanting of the mantra it becomes a sutra. Sutra is literally the Sanskrit word for stitch or sew ('suture' in English) and it means to stitch an intention to a mantra to give it a sacred purpose.
Mantras have been repeated by millions of people over thousands of years and this repetition has added strength to their power of manifestation. It is far more potent to repeat an old much-used mantra than a new one, as one taps into the higher probability of the intention being fulfilled. It is also not essential to know exactly what the words mean, as long as they are said with intention.
I personally love all the chants In Henry Marshall's "Mantras" but the hauntingly beautiful Dhanyavad Ananda (a mantra of gratitude) is the one I enjoy most and can be found on two of Henry Marshall's CDs "Mantras" (For Joy of Gratitude) and "Mantras II -- (To Change Your World). If you haven't already experienced the wonderful world of mantras do yourself a favour and give it a try. Namaste and all the best for 2011-2012.
Namaste Meaning: Namaste is a Hindi salutation or greeting. The word Namaste is a combination of the two Sanskrit words: "nama," (to bow) and "te" (you). The Namaste salutation was transmitted from ancient India to the countries of South-east Asia, and has now traveled virtually all over the globe. In Japan the Namaste hand gesture is called Gassho and is used in prayer and healing sessions, also used in Reiki and Namaste Mudra: Anjali. Hands are held together at the palms in front of the heart or brow chakra. Head is bowed slightly downward. Eyes are sometimes closed. Yoga students often repeat "Namaste" at the end of each class as a thank you, honoring their instructor.
Namaste is significant because it is a humbling gesture. Namaste is done as a recognition that we are all on equal standings, all of us are children of divinity. We are one. Namaste can be used as a greeting for all ages, all genders, all races. Namaste greetings can be given to friends, family members, and also strangers.
The word "Namaste" is often used as a closing notation (without prayerful hand and head bowing gestures) in written communications similar to "sincerely," "best regards" or "love."
Namaste - AC