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Hi there,
I think that's a great question. I was thinking of making my own too. But it didn't occur to me that it might not be "proper." My guess is the intention is the most important thing. And I have seen them made from many different things. I also found some cheap ones online awhile back, but I forget what site. You should look some more. Living in Portland,OR I know of several shops, so I'll probably go buy one.

namaste, sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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7/23/08 10:37 A

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Can one make their own Mala beads? Or are they blessed or some other special construction? Maybe made with a mantra said or something like that?
I just think i could make my own since no one sells them locally, and shipping from an online order seems steep.

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I just read a good article on mudras in the yoga journal. I don't know which month it was sitting in an office, but you could probably find it online...

namaste to all,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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Mudras,

ntroduction to Mudras (THERE IS A LINK AT THE END OF THE PAGE THAT DEMONSTRATES THESE MUDRAS--SCROLL DOWN AND CHECK OUT THE LIST, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MORE COMMON ONES)

What mudras are and how to use them.

Mudras are positions of the body that have some kind of influence on the energies of the body, or your mood. Mostly the hands and fingers are held in some position, but the whole body may be part of the mudra as well.

Gyan mudra The most well-known mudras are probably the ones performed while meditating. One sits in lotus position (or with crossed legs) and either puts one's hands on the knees, the tips of the thumb and index finger joining, or in the lap, the fingers of the right hand resting on the left palm. But also the christian crossing of the fingers for prayer is a mudra, as is the indian greeting gesture (that is also used while praying), where the hands are held in front of the chest, the palms touching.

The crossing of the hands puts one's attention within, while opening the heart. The indian greeting gesture puts one into a mood of respect.

Hakini mudraSome mudras are performed spontaneously by many people, like the Hakini mudra, where the tips of all fingers from the right hand touch the corresponding fingertips from the left.

Mudras have been in use in the East for thousands of years, particularly in Buddhism. Buddha statues often have the hands in certain hand positions. They have been used as a spiritual practice (and still are), as a way on the path to enlightenment.

However they're also used for physical ailments.
Using Mudras

To use a mudra, keep it for at least a couple of minutes. It is usually more effective to do them a while longer, like 15 minutes or so. You might spread that time over the day, but you could also make it part of meditation.

Hold the finger-positions with both hands, at the same time. This will have a more powerful effect than doing a mudra with just one hand.

Some mudras are simple enough so that you can even do them with your hands in your pockets, like the set of four mudras. You can do these anywhere when you feel you need them, without attracting attention.

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6/12/08 3:58 P

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Another thought,

A good way to get started with mantras is to do them at every red light or when you are stuck in traffic. It really helps to soothe the nerves, plus, you get used to doing them. I have a long mantra that I use for this purpose. I can't seem to incorporate it into my daily practice, but it works for me during this time. I sometimes repeat it in my head when I find that I am getting frustrated in check out lines.
If you are drawn to mantras, but life is full, this is a good way to begin.

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Ok, so all this talk about mantras has me combing through all my books. I thought this one might be good for when someone gets down or depressed over the struggles of weight loss or just life in general. This is a great one for combating depression. Om-Bhoh-geen-yei-Nah-mah-hah

It translates as Salutations to She who has the experience of perpetual bliss. ( i could use a good dose of that, thank you very much)
The correct spelling is: Om Bhoginyei Namaha

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THANK YOU!
namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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MAHITA-DEVI Posts: 475
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Yes, Namaste is right. They come in all shapes, sizes, materials and colors. Blessings all around,

Mahita

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You are very welcome! I love sharing and discussing these sorts of topics. Please let me know how the practice goes.

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Yes, this is incredibly helpful. Thank you

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Thank you so much for sharing this informaion.

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Just a side note about mala beads/prayer beads- if you live in/near a large city, you can also find the beads in metaphysical or "new age" shops. I used to work in a metaphysical shop in Fremont, CA which is in the SF Bay Area, but not considered a hip city by any means- but we carried mala beads out the wazoo!
You'll have fun once you start looking around & finding out how many different kinds there are. Different materials, some even intricately carved. However, as MAHITA-DEVI mentioned, the sandalwood ones are most affordable, not to mention they smell great!

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Ok, let me try and see if I can answer these questions. Mala beads can be purchased on-line or at an Indian shop. They vary in price, some of the least expensive ones are sandalwood beads. I have several--gifts and ones I purchased, but I like the ones I made myself the best. You just need to string 108 beads plus a muru bead. (The meru is bigger) I am going to post the following instructions on how to use mala beads, but PLEASE, don't get hung up on the "correct way." I don't want the instruction to put anyone off. It is more important to just begin to get used to saying the mantras--plus I was taught with someone physical showing me. I have no idea how to teach this on-line and I can't tell if someone is overwhelmed or frustrated over the directions. It's the intent behind what you are doing, not how perfectly you perform the practice!

How to Use a String of Mala Beads

For the practice of japa,(mantra practice) you use a mala of 108 beads, plus the larger "meru" bead. This assists in repeating your mantra a certain number of times (multiples of 108). The use of the beads can also assist you in staying focused during meditation.

Hold the string of beads in your right hand, over the middle finger. The index finger does not touch the beads.( The index finger is associated with the ego) Starting at the meru, pull the beads towards you, one by one, between your thumb and middle finger. For each inhalation/exhalation, repeat your mantra and pull a bead. One bead is pulled per mantra repetition. When the mind begins to wander, bring it back to the breath, the beads and your mantra. Once you reach the meru, you do not cross it. Turn the beads around and continue in the reverse direction. (The world won't end if you cross the bead).
But, if I am going to post this, its important I try and give traditional instructions. Also this works so much better for me than silent meditation as it keeps my mind and body busy!
As far as the difference between chants and mantras--I think they are closely related. I will have to ponder this more. When you are saying your mantra--you are chanting. Mantras are viewed as vibrations--that have subtle effects on the body and mind--to shift things--to give the person using them support. Sometimes when things are upset in my home I play a mantra over and over again to clear out the energy and to shift things and move them in a more positive direction. I also play healing mantras in a room where a person is ill to help calm them and change the energy. I don't want to come off sounding new agey--cause I'm not, but I am not quite sure how to describe this in a way that makes sense to everyone.
Chant (from Old French chanter, is the rhythmic speaking or singing of words or sounds, often primarily on one or two pitches called reciting tones. Chants may range from a simple melody involving a limited set of notes to highly complex musical structures, often including a great deal of repetition of musical sub phrases, such as Great Responsories and Offertories of Gregorian chant. Chant may be considered speech, music, or a heightened or stylized form of speech. In the later Middle Ages some religious chant evolved into song (forming one of the roots of later Western music)

Mantra (or mantram) is a religious or mystical syllable or poem, typically from the Sanskrit language. Their use varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. They are primarily used as spiritual conduits, words or vibrations that in still one-pointed concentration in the devotee. Other purposes have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, avoid danger, or eliminate enemies. Mantras originated in the Vedic religion of India, later becoming an essential part of the Hindu tradition and a customary practice within Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. The use of mantras is now widespread throughout various spiritual movements which are based on, or off-shoots of, the practices in the earlier Eastern religions.
Mantras are interpreted to be effective as sound (vibration). They are intended to divert the mind. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra. I hope that helps some--I don't think anyone has to use a sanskrit mantra to be effective. I think saying the rosary would be a good choice for someone of the Catholic faith. There are many Buddhist mantras. Some people feel they get great results from affirmations. I follow a Hindu path and have worked with mantras enough to say they have merit for my own personal practice. I like the fact they come from a very ancient language and have been used as formulas for thousands of years.

Yes, I can post how they look in sanskrit,
Ok, addiction mantra in sanskrit looks like this: Om Jita Kamaya Namaha

The determination mantra looks like this: Om Vyava Sayaya Namaha

Weight loss: Om Sato Datyei Namaha

Ganesha: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha

Dhanvantari (healer) Om Sri Dhanvantre Namaha

I just finished my semester so please feel free to ask more questions. And PLEASE ignore all the typos, all these words were hell on spell check LOL, plus I have been writing for the past four months!

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6/9/08 6:20 P

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Thank you Mahita-Devi as well, I think I'll try one or two of those for thirty days like you suggested. You said you sometimes use mala beads...can you tell a little more about them, where a good place to find them would be, etc?

Thanks!

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Thank you Mahita-Devi,

I'm going to try these. Would you also write all of these mantras in the regular way (NOT so we can sound them out) I think it's the English transcription of the Hindi?

So, what's the difference between a mantra and a chant?

namaste,
sherrie

Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

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Thank you for sharing.

I'm going for the Lilitha Mantra. She of a thousand powers... just what I need.

My plan is to keep reading the words each day until I memorize them. I guess I'll focus on the words... not sure how to count the number of mantras.

This is my first practice... suggestions appreciated.

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Ok, Mantras are sanskrit words that describe a spiritual formula. Mantras work in different ways to bring energy to the chakras to produce a specific effect.

Mantras can be spoken in 3 different ways--silent, in the mind, or whispered, or out loud. When you want to make changes in the BODY the best way is to speak it out loud. I have several that I work with. The following mantra is one I try and say daily,it is about finding your own unique healing path, the best one for you. People in India sometimes chant this over the food of a sick person. Dhanvantari is actually a healer in Indian medicine. Here is his mantra--I am going to post it so you can pronounce it. Om Shree Dhan-vahn-treh-Nah-mah-hah

Breaking an addiction--for smoking or eating:
Om Jee Tah Kah may yah Nah mah hah

You can add the following mantra with the one above, as this mantra is for determination: Om Vyah vah Sah yah yah Nah mah hah

This mantra is specifically for weight loss, it praises the divine feminine who manifests a slender waist. (that is the literal translation) It is a Lilitha mantra. She of a thousand powers.
Om Sah toh Daht-yeh Nah mah hah

Personally,I love the Ganesha mantra. He is the remover of obstacles. His mantra is Om Guhm Guh nuh puh tuh yei Nah mah ha (But, you must be willing to look at what the obstacles are around weight loss)

A traditional mantra practice is for 30 days. You can do it longer, I have a few that I do daily. But in the beginning I would start with thirty days and see if there is any effect in how you feel. It is also traditional to say the mantra 108 times, that is how many mala beads are on on a full mala. You go around once and at each bead you say the mantra. It can certainly be chanted without a mala. I chant while in the kitchen or whenever I feel like it. They are not miracles, but they certainly help support.

Good luck! if anyone needs a specific mantra for anything let me know. I love manta studies. I have found them to be an amazing tool.

Thee are mantras for almost every ailment, emotional, spiritual, physical or mental. I would try and do only one or two at first as its nice to see the effects and if it is working or not.

These particular mantras are very gentle.



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Yes, I will share.I was just checkin in for a moment, but I will get my books out this afternoon. I have a few in mind.

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In answer the original post, I like "Namo Quan Shi Yin Pu'sa" a lot, and use it with prayer beads.

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Mahita-Devi... Could you please share a simple mantra and mudres for weight loss?

Mazzy


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so i'm lazy/crunched for time
don't want to read a whole book, have a hard enough time reading all these posts, but would appreciate some mantras for stopping bad habits and getting energy to practice healthy things. i know too vague...

other than that, i like listening to some yoga cds that have some chants on them...

namaste,
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Namaste: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We are One." by Ram Das

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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There are many resources but these books are wonderful for beginners. The author provides the correct way to pronounce the mantras as well. All of them are easy to read and a wealth of information. These three books are a good way to get started.

Chakra Mantras: Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand -

Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity ...
by Thomas Ashley-Farrand,
This book explains how and why mantras work, and shows how to use them for everything from controlling habits to overcoming fear, and curing specific ailments.

Shakti Mantras: Tapping Into the Great Goddess Energy Within. Thomas Ashley-Farrand - This one is wonderful as well. I have advanced books on mantra practice, but these are the three I return to time and again. I find the author to be very educated, practical and able to convey deep concepts in an easy to read way.

Mantras help to awaken energy that is already in your own body.

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I'd love to learn more about mantras as well. I skimmed the surface of htem in a kundalini class months ago but need resources to seek out my own.

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I would love to get a resource for chants/mantras, etc. I have a ganesha and a kali as part of my alter, but certainly know only a thumbnail's worth of info about devotions.

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I posted this awhile back. With so many new members I would love to hear more responses.

What chants/mantras do you like to use if any? How many repetitions do you normally do? Do you follow a set regimen or go as the spirit moves you? Do you have an altar in your practice space? What's on it? Do you dedicate your practice to any specific deity? How do you find this influences your practice?

I work with mantras and mudras for weight loss and well being quite a bit and would love to know if anyone else does or is interested? I also have several altars in my home. I am a Laksmi and Ganesha devotee and I have Guru. ( I practice daily mantras to Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, Lakshmi, The Goddess of abundance and Dhanvantre, which is a healer type of energy.) I would love to explore some of the spiritual aspects of Yoga if there is any interest. That is where my strength is. I came to Yoga through the back door. The poses and mat came much later. I have been practicing meditation and living a Yoga lifestyle for many years. With so many people joining there must be a wealth of information collectively. If anyone wants to discuss this, please do so. I would love more community involvement.
Thanks ever so much for sharing!

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