Sound is the foundation of life, and sound can bring you directly to the realization of your true nature. The sound of chanting, bells, mantra, and kirtan is everywhere in Tantrik practice and life. We invite you to chant and sing!
Stotra is a Sanskrit word that means a praise song or hymn. Stotras typically come from ancient texts, such as the Rig Veda, and from the spiritual teaching stories collectively known as puranas.
Stotras may praise and expound on the many virtues of Gods and teachers. Sometimes stotras talk about the path and fruits of spiritual practice. They often include mantras.
Chanting stotras is an enlivening and transformative spiritual practice done every day by millions of people around the world.
We chant stotras to Ganesha, Sharada (the Kashmiri form of Sarasvati), and Guru at the beginning of each satsang and the Shanti Path at the close. Here’s a PDF of the complete set of opening and closing chants. If you attend satsang, you may want to print this out or have it handy on a mobile device.
We sing kirtan at every satsang. Here’s a pdf with words to many of the kirtans we sing.
The Svasti prayer is for the health and happiness of all people and for good governance.
We often chant the many names of Shambhavi’s root Guru and Jaya Kula’s guiding light, Anandamayi Ma. Here are two versions you can enjoy and learn.
The names sung in Jai Hridaya Vasini were chosen by Jyotish Chandra Roy, one of Anandamayi Ma’s principle disciples. The original version of Jai Hridaya Vasini was composed and sung by Mrs. Lata S. Patel and can be found here. Archana, Jaya Kula’s kirtan and bhajan group, is singing the names with a new tune and arrangement offered by Archana kirtan wallah Devamadhu.
These names were chosen by Jyotish Chandra Roy.
Tune is “Devi Prayer” by Craig Pruess & Ananda, copyright Heaven on Earth Music, from the album “108 Sacred Names of Mother Divine” — www.heaven-on-earth-music.co.uk. Used with permission. Thanks, Craig!