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Workshop Day 1 – What Is A Mantra?

Hey Guys, my name is Phalguni and I’ll be your guide through the 7-Day meditation workshop. In this workshop, we will be using the maha-mantra as the way to focus the mind and connect with our higher self. This Mantra is very ancient sound vibration and through regular practice of this Mantra Meditation, you can develop the power to bring your consciousness back to your inherent self and experience lasting happiness. This Mantra has a natural power to it and the art to meditating on the maha-mantra is about learning to connect with intention and focus.

A friend of mine told me how he first heard the Mantra. As a social activist, he used to organize protests and concerts back in the 60’s. But, one day, he heard a band he’d booked at a show chanting the maha-mantra and suddenly he found himself crying. He told me the Mantra just reached into him and grabbed his heart. That Mantra was the maha-mantra:

<strong>Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare</strong>

The maha-mantra is a doorway to your better self. When you closely meditate on the sound of the Mantra, you’ll find it cutting through any clouds of stress, anxiety, or negativity that might be hanging over your head. That’s why the word ‘Mantra’ literally means to ‘free the mind’.

A full experience of the Mantra comes when you focus completely on the sound vibration. Being fully attentive in any activity, especially meditation, is not so easy. So here are some basic tips that I would like to share with you to help you with this chanting process.

First, pick a good place. Mantra Meditation can be practiced anywhere. However, you may find it easier in a quiet place, where you won’t be bothered and the meditation can be your focus. Next, it’s better to meditate earlier in the morning, when you are fresh and alert. The more you let your day go before meditating, the more distractions to deal with. And the earlier you start, the more you get to live the rest of your day, with the clarity that comes during your practice.

For this first day of the workshop try chanting for seven minutes. Use a timer on your phone to count down, this way you can avoid the distractions that might come. Early morning is typically best, but it’s okay if you choose to chant later in the day. Sit or stand comfortably with your back and neck as straight as you can. You can keep your eyes open, closed or half closed, whatever helps you stay attentive. When you’re ready to meditate, take a moment and remind yourself your focus only needs to be with the meditation for the next few minutes. Don’t worry when your mind wanders. Just let those thoughts pass and bring your focus back to the sound of the Mantra. I really hope the best for your practice.

At first, many people find meditation to be a challenge. But don’t be discouraged. By sticking to this 7-day course, I promise that you will see the benefits and I will look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow. If you want to recap these tips, they are linked below for you.

See you tomorrow!

In today’s video lesson, you’ve learned about mantra and how it is special.

Here’s a little quiz to reinforce what you learned.

Today is the first day of your 7-day chanting workshop, so relax and get started when you are comfortable. In this first day, we ask you to try chanting for 7 minutes. In the coming days, we’ll ask you to increase the chanting in stages, until you get to about 20 minutes.

Here’s the maha-mantra again for you to practice:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama

Rama Rama Hare Hare

Tips for today

  1. Pick a good place.  Yes, it’s possible to meditate anywhere, even at a rock concert…, but it’s easier if you’re in a quiet place where you won’t be bothered and meditation can be your focus for the next few minutes you’ll be practicing.
  2. It’s better to meditate earlier in the morning when you are fresh and alert.  The more you let your day go before meditating, the more distractions to deal with.  And the earlier you start, the more you get to live the rest of your day with the clarity that came during your practice.
  3. Use a timer on your phone to count down, so you’re not looking at the time.
  4. Early morning is best but it’s no big deal to chant later in the day, so long as you’re staying consistent with the length of time.
  5. Sit or stand comfortably with your back and neck as straight as you can.
  6. You can keep your eyes open, closed or half closed, whatever helps you stay attentive and not sleepy.
  7. When you’re ready to meditate, take a moment and remind yourself, your focus only needs to be with the meditation for the next few minutes.
  8. Don’t worry when your mind wanders. Just let go of those thoughts and bring your focus back to the sound of the Mantra.
  9. Remember, this is your time for meditation and nothing else.

You’ll get an email tomorrow to invite you to the next lesson. Till then, happy chanting!

While you submitted your info for the course, you should have received login information as well.  If you log in, you will see ‘Mark Complete’ below, which you can use to track your progress. If you ‘Mark Complete’, you’ll automatically go to ‘Tomorrow’s Lesson’. You could jump ahead if you like, but we encourage you to take this workshop a day at a time.