Sacred Sound: Discovering the Myth and Meaning of Mantra and Kirtan

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New World Library, Mar 15, 2014 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 232 pages
The mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chants) of yoga practice sometimes get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood. These chants are an integral part of most every Eastern spiritual practice because they are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life. Sacred Sound shares the myths behind the mantras, illuminating their meaning and putting their power and practicality within reach of every practitioner. Each mantra and kirtan includes the Sanskrit, the transliteration, and the translation. Clear retellings of the pertinent myths highlight modern-day applications so that readers discover their own personal connection to the practice. Alanna Kaivalya has refined her teaching over a decade with tens of thousands of diverse audience members. Her unique and popular approach to human connection and self-knowledge turns a time-tested tradition into a versatile and potent tool.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE Classic Mantras
25
1 Om
29
2 Guru Mantra
33
3 Asato Ma
47
4 Saha Navavatu
57
5 Gāyatrī Mantra
65
Astanga Opening mantra
77
14 Kālī Durge Namo Namah
141
15 Om Mani Padme Hum
149
16 Mahā Mantra
153
17 Gam Ganapataye Namah
159
18 Jai Ambe Jagad Ambe
167
19 Govinda Jaya Jaya
173
20 Om Namah Śivāya
181
21 Om Śāntih
189

Astanga closing mantra
87
8 Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
95
9 Om Tryambakam
103
10 The Three Mahāvakyas
111
11 Om Purnam Adah
117
PART TWO Traditional Kirtans
123
12 Sarasvatī Invocation
127
13 Śrī Rām Jai Rām
133
Acknowledgments
193
Endnotes
195
Glossary
199
Bibliography
205
Index
207
About the Author
215
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Alanna Kaivalya is the founder of the Kaivalya Yoga Method and an internationally known teacher, author, and mythologist. In 2008 Yoga Journal recognized Alanna as one of the Top 21 Teachers Under 40. Her first book, Myths of the Asanas, showcased the myths behind the poses, and she has developed an e-course based on the work of Joseph Campbell called Following Bliss: A Modern Mystic's Guide to the Hero’s Journey, which teaches practical tools for inspired living. In her decade-plus of studying mythology, eastern spirituality, philosophy, and yoga, she has traveled the world and taught at conferences, teacher trainings, and workshops. She offers teacher training in the Kaivalya Yoga Method as well as Pure Yoga Immersion. She is currently a PhD candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Join her community at www.alannak.com.

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