Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Mantras Are All About Christ



I have been teaching a meditation webinar/series to a lovely group of about 25 women. It started last week. All are LDS. I have assigned each of them Kirtan Kriya for their 40-day meditation because it's such a good one and because I like the idea of them all being united in their meditation journey.

Part of Kirtan Kriya is that you chant a mantra: Sa Ta Na Ma. Each sylable of the mantra means, birth, life, death/change, and rebirth. I have taught this for years. But I have been so busy teaching people of all faiths that I often leave things very open for interpretation, knowing that the sound current and the technology will change them no matter how they interpret the mantras or mudras. But today one of my students said that she had the impression that Sa Ta Na Ma was all about Christ. At first, I didn't understand, then I realized. Of course! It is all about Christ's birth, life, sacrifice, and resurrection. How funny that I missed that. I mean, I see Christ in all rebirth, but I never really saw how this mantra so specifically references Him. It's startling how obvious it is now. Ha!.

One other cool thing I realized once I realized that: The mantra Sa Ta Na Ma is really the mantra Sat Nam broken down into it's essential sounds. The meaning of the mantra Sat Nam, is translated as "I am Truth, Truth is my name/identity."

What that means is that your true self (that pure and perfect spirit that is without any flaw or weakness that comes with being mortal) is your true identity. Not the body/mind that we identify with most of the time. It is you the way Christ sees you. And that's why we not only tune out with one (or several) long Sat Nams, but we also often use it as a greeting. And when you greet someone with Sat Nam, you are calling on that truest part of them. You are attempting to see them as Christ sees them.

I love it.

Sat Nam.

Just saying that to someone or when you enter a room can clear any karma. It can remove negative energy.

Sat Nam is also a seed mantra, which is a kind of mantra that plants a seed in your subconscious mind. A seed, as you know, is meant to sprout and grow. And what a great seed to plant in your subconscious mind--that your true identity is pure and good.

This brings me to something that I have been meaning to write about for a long time. For some time now I have been seeing a connection between these kundalini yoga and meditation teachings and the LDS temple ceremony. If you have been through the endowment ceremony in the LDS temple, you may have noticed that we chant mantras there. We also use mudras. Think and you will remember. I plan to write several blog posts about this, but for now, I would just like to invite you to think about the importance of the use of names in the temple and how our own names can be a seed mantra.



In the Bible Dictionary under Names of Persons it says: "The numerous passages of holy scripture in which reasons are given for bestowing a particular name on any person show that the Hebrews attached great importance to the meanings of their names."

My own name, Felice, means happy. Thinking about the idea of  truth being my name/identity is interesting for me. Felice could be a seed mantra for me. It was my mother's intention for my life that I be happy, and every time I say it to another person or they say it to me, it can be a seed that is planted in my subconscious.

That's all I am going to say about this for now...I would love your thoughts.

Sat Nam.





6 comments:

  1. My 6 year old up on hearing me chanting Sa Ta Na Ma, later in the day was saying Halleluia to the same tune. I thought that was appropriate. Espcially now with the analogy to Christ's life and ressurection.

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  2. I love pondering this. Awesome.

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  3. All truth points to Christ; it doesn't have to use Mormon vocabulary. Love this.

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