A spontaneous sharing of a joyful mantra for this challenging times and beyond. As some of you may know, in my eclectic music style there is always some space for chanting and kirtans. With today's post I am starting a category of sharings related with a FB group "Chanting for healing and Transformation" created at the beginning of the lockdown.
GANSHA SHARANAM SHARANAM GANESHA OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA.
Let's bring some joy to the world!
I heard mantra "Gansha Sharanam" first time in India in year 2000 during the trip with my mum. It was sung by the old lady in a squicking voice, it was so funny! It made me and my mum giggle so much, that to bring some good vibes we would imitate this joyful moment, chanting it in a high squicky voice and dancing around. A great manifestation of the energy of this mantra. It is about the archetype of joy embodied in a Hindu God Ganesha, half an elephant, half a boy - isn't it funny? Well, it gets better, because after chatting this mantra your mind might be lifted and you can just smile of laugh with no reason. That should convince you to try it, ha, ha! This mantra is related also to replenishing our root chakra, and Ganesha is said to govern the root chakra. Broken down the second part, “om” is that traditional meditative primordial sound that means “wake up.” “Gam” is the sound of Ganesha. “Ganapataye” is another word for Ganesha. And “nahama” means “I offer my salutations and bow to you.” So one full translation of om gam ganapataye namaha is more or less, “salutations to the remover of obstacles.”
Root chakra keeps us grounded and rooted. When unbalanced we may feel wobbly, ungrounded and weak. It rules feet and legs too and how balanced we are while moving. I feel that dancing is a great way to keep healthy, so no wonder Shakti Dance-yoga of dance workshops I facilitate always make people happy.
I feel very strongly that in the current times of awakening and change we need to use the tools which make us feel good, balanced and healthy on all levels. Chanting is one of many tools, for me equal to other tools on my "feel good list" like yoga, walks, dancing, sharing time with kids & friends, spending time with the love one, watching a heart lifting movie, cooking some delicious meal, using the essential oils & herbs, and of course singing, creating and playing music. I am sure that your list is rich too. Nurture yourself and find time to feel good every day!
The recording below is a live version in creation of chanting with my friend Naomi. It often happens that I have a rough idea what I want to sing and then the song or a chant comes, just like this, you can witness this moment here. It is a rough version played on my hammered dulcimer.
This YouTube video is not made public due to the quality of the recording, but can be enjoyed by anyone with the link. You may like to join and invite more people into our chanting group on FB: "Chanting for Healing and Transformation"
In November in Dorchester Yoga Centre I will facilitate Shakti Dance workshop with yoga, dance and chanting, if you live near by and would love to join, please be in touch.