What is chanting?
Chanting is simply repeating a preset number of sounds or words in the same order again and again. A chant has a certain rhythm, pace, set number of repetitions, and significance. Chants can be done at anytime of the day, however early morning or around sunset is the best time. Chanting has numerous benefits. Some are listed below.
The Sanskrit language
Sanskrit is known as the language of divinity. Linguists consider it as the perfect language. Sanskrit is the oldest language on the planet and has 50 alphabets. Each alphabet is said to cause a vibration within the body. All mantras or chants are in Sanskrit. Originally, sanskrit is known as samkrit. The British influence on India, changed it to Sanskrit.
To begin chanting
Anyone can begin chanting. But it is important to keep in mind that chanting has a greater significance and impact to the physical, emotional and spiritual being in us. To properly begin chanting, one needs to set up a time and place to chant. Sit erect and comfortably, keeping the spine straight. Clear the mind of any distractions. If sanskrit is not a language that is familiar to you, one needs to spend some extra time and effort under proper guidance learning the pronunciation of the words.
Duration of chanting
One can start with just as little as five minutes of focused chanting and then slowly build up to longer periods of uninterrupted chanting.
Benefits of chanting
- Gives one energy & makes one vibrant
- Increases the efficiency of the breath
- Brings about a state of balance
- Encourages us to stay in the present moment
- Good for the lungs
- Exercises the vocal cords and improves speech
- Boosts immunity
- Makes one radiant
- Relieves fatigue and a sense of heaviness
- Is accessible to people of all abilities
- Creates sound vibrations within the body
- Soothing for the mind
- Makes one more humble
- Removes negativity
- Improves memory and keeps one sharp
- Makes one radiant
Try chanting on your own