About these Texts
Here are some links for PDF files hand typed by Gananathamritananda Swamiji. There are in need of editing. There are plans to create printed (book) versions of each of these texts along with translation, explanaitions, and instructions for use in rituals. We also hope to provide these texts in English, Kanada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, German and Hindi. If there are volunteres who can read Sanskrit (or at least Hindi) and any other of these languages, their efforts would be very helpful. People interested in helping are encouraged to contact Swamiji.
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About Use of this Information
These texts have been created by Swamiji for the benefit of his students. These are the rituals used by the Shukla Bhadra Sampradaya. This information is share with the public for their education and spiritual upliftment. It is asked that the people who benefit from this information spread the blessings of these mantras by sharing them with compassionate, wise, and dharmic (spiritual) souls. Please use this information only for the peace of the triloka (three planes). The Vedas are powerful to heal and uplift all who use them for healing and peace. They are powerful to destroy those who work for selfish gains. They purify the soul by destroying all that is impure. It is very important for the safety of the chanter that his practice be done as a means of offering his selfish tendancies to the Lord. When spiritual practice is done in this way there will be no concern about mistakes or bad effects from mispronounciatin etc. When doing a practice of Veda chanting it is important to have a Guru like Swamiji to guide and support the soul through the process of spiritual awakening. The Guru's grace empowers the mantras for the sincere student and the Guru shakti balances and supports the seeker as the spiritual energies transform his consciousness. There are relatively many people who chant many sanskrita mantras daily; but there are a rare few souls who have realized the Truth of Vedas living within their own hearts. May this page lead the sencere seekers toward the realization of that Truth. Tat Sat, Hari AUM!
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Sincere seekers who wish to realize the truth of Vedas are encouraged to contact Swamiji for guidance.
List of Mantra Texts in Sanskrit and English:
1) this is a text of Ganapati Puja (Worship of Lord Ganesh) as taught by Gananathamritananda Swami. All are eligable to worship Lord Ganesha, who sits at Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine. His worship prepares us for spiritual awakening and makes us ready to access the other forms of God. It is best to worship Him before any other form of God is invoked.
2) This is the Paduka Puja (Worship of the Guru Sandals) for Gananathamritananda Swami; there is no better way to remain conected (or deepen) the conection with a Guru than through this simple practice. Swamiji encourages his shishyas to do a daily pada puja. A short version of this puja has been provided to help the devotees seceed at daily practice of this important ritual on days that their time is limitted. It is ok to temporarily discontinue puja when sick, injured (especially if bleeding), during mothly mensturation and pregnancy for women, and when traveling.
3) Sarva Devata Veda, Purana, Gayatri, and Mula Mantras. Though their is one Formless Lord, He manifests in many ways througbhout the universe of His creation. For this reason we call Him by various names to invoke different attributes of His Divinity. These are short mantras of many different forms of God. There are mantras for many, many devataas included here. These mantras are suitable for japa (repetition). These mantras are all used for God realization and for healing and helping the world. Each mantra has a specific powerful energy. It is not wise to use such powerful mantras without some understanding of their specific powers and their suitableness for the individual using them. People may wish to seek Swamiji's advise before starting japam of these mantras. People may wish to seek mantras diksha for one of these mantras. For most devatas Veda Mantra, Purana Mantra, Gayatri, and Muula Mantras have been given.
4) Sandhya Vandanam is the basic daily ritual. It is practiced by all who have received Upanayana Samskara (Sacred Thread Ceremony). These texts are the rituals taught by Gananathamritananda Swamiji. Sandhya Vandanam is the basic requirement for those who study (chant) Vedas. It must be conducted before any other rites, pujas, or havan may be performed. This ritual purifies people to make them fit for study of other mantras contained in Vedas. Sandhya Vandhanam is centered around the recitations of the sacred Gayatri Mantram. Swamiji encourages women and men and children over the age of 11 of all varnas and nationalities to learn Vedas. Traditionally upanayanam is only performed for men. Swamiji encourages men and women to keep the sandhya times sacred by chanting Gayatri Mantram. Many modern Sampradayas allow women to chant Vedas, but they prohibit them from saying the Gayatri Mantra. If women are to become fit to study Vedas, they should perform Sandhya Vandanam. Women should be advised of the potential difficulties that such practice may cause for them (particularly the difficulty for them to uphold a family life), and encouraged to follow their hearts. In this Kali Yuga, things are out of their natural place. Many of the more intuitive, brave, kind, pure, and spiritual souls are reincarnating as women. If a person has a deep longing for God realization, they should not be discouraged from seeking God in appropriate ways. Anyone who wishes sincerely to seek the Lord should be taught the mystical practices for Self -realization.
The three nitya karmas (daily rituals) are: Pratah sandhya Vandanam performed in the hours before dawn, Madhyahnikam performed at miday, and Sayam Sandhya Vandanam is performed in the evening just before Sunset. A daily ritual called Brahma Yajnam is performed after Maadhyaahnikam (miday ritual) reciting from the veda. In this text there are daily offerings of Tarpanam for God, Sages, and Ancestors and Karunya Tarpanam for other departed souls. Also included is a basic ritual for upakarma (changing the sacred thread).
a) Meditation on Gayatri
b) Pratah Sandhyavandanam (Morning Prayers)
c) Madyadhyahnikam (Miday Prayers)
d) Brahma Yajnam (Veda Chanting to be done after miday Prayer)
e) Sayam Sandhyavandanam (Evening Prayers)
5) Upakarma (Changing of the Sacred Thread)
Upakarma is performed annually at a specific time according to which Veda a person has been initiated to study. This is the ritual through which the upaviitam (sacred thread) is changed. This ritual should be performed whenever the thread must be changed (if it breaks, becomes dirty, or impure). Samidadhanam is a daily fire ceremony conducted by brahmacharins, in which samidhas (or twigs from proscribed trees) are offered into the sacred fire. If this ritual is not conducted daily by brahmacharins, it should at least be conducted whenever upakarma is performed.
6) 54 Veda mantras. The Vedas have been revealed for the peace of the world. When Swamiji sought to study Vedas, he was told that he was unfit to
study Vedas because he was not born as a Brahmin. Swamiji was quite
distraught to not find a teacher and cried and prayed until Goddess
Sarasvati appeared before him and taught him Vedas. By the command of
Sarasvati Devi Herself Swamiji teaches Vedas for the peace of the world
to men, women, and children with faith and devotion.
Swamiji teaches that the powerful mantras from the Veda mantras are unparallelled for their ability to alter human consciousness. The Veda Mantras carry a sacred vibration which awakens human consciousness to the direct experience of Divinity. They purify the mind of the person who chants or hears them with bhakti (devotion) and they purify the place where they are chanted. Because the Vedic hymns work from the deepest spiritual levels they can be more powerful than physical means for resolving conflicts for individuals, families, and for the society. The Veda mantras have much more complex form than the newer Purana and Tantra mantras. It requires much more time and effort to learn these hymns. It is most often true that the more work people exert toward a desired end, the better the results will be. Swamiji urges spiritual and qualified men, women, and children (regardless of nationality, cast, class, race, etc.) to learn to chant Vedas for the peace of the world. Those who seek guidance toward this goal, may contact Swamiji.
Here is a list of the Veda Mantras contained in this long document.
1 Ganapati Atharvashirsham, 2 subrahmanya mantras 3 rshabha suktam 4 laghu nyaasah 5 rudra prashnam (namakam and camakam) 6 purusha suuktam 7 naarayana suktam 8 vinshu suktam 9 shrii suktam 10 bhuu suuktam 11 niilaa suktam 12 durgaa suktam 13 devii suktam 14 sarasvatii suuktam 15 medhaa suuktam 16 raatri suuktam 17 bhaagya suuktam (morning mantras) 18 aayushya suktam 19 hiranya garbha suktam 20 vaastu suktam 21 kumbha mantras 22 aapa mantras 23 pavamaana suktam (punyaahavaacanam) 24 kapota suktam 25 dasha dikpaalakaa suktam 26 navagraha suktam 27 nakshatra suktam 28 naasadaasiiya suktam 29 agni suktam 30 prthivii suktam 31 oshadhi suktam 32 pitr suktam 33 mrttika suktam 34 go suktam 35 shraddhaa suuktam 36 vivaaha suktam 37 shiva sankalpaah 38 bhadra suuktam 39 brama suuktam 40 mantra pushpam 41 sannyaasi suuktam 42 catur veda paraayanam 43 aashiirvaada mantraah 44 shivopaasana mantraah 45 sarpa suuktam 46 pancaamrta mantraah 47 pancagavya mantraah 48 madhu suuktam 49 jnaana suuktam 50 netronmiilanam mantras 51 rakshoghna suuktam 52 aghamarshana suktam 53 durvaa suuktam 54 panca shaantaayah and dvaadasha shaanti mantras
7. Mahaa NyaasaH
This is the mantra chanted by purohits during elaborate rituals for honoring Lord Shiva. Before performing worship with the Rudra Hymn from the Veda, the Shakti of Lord Shiva is installed into the various parts of the body using these mantras.
A simple, short home ritual for offerings made to the ancestors. Tarpanam is performed to help the souls of the deceased relatives traveling in the inner realms, and to free the living decedents from family karmas. These offerings can be made by men, women, or children regardless of caste, race, or creed.
9) This is a text in Sanskrit and English for helping people learn the Sanskrit sounds. It is very important when reciting mantras to intone the sanskrit aksharas (letters) properly. The effects will be different (and can be catastrophic) if the sounds are not said correctly. Speakers of Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and other modern Indian languages should be aware that the Sanskrit sounds are sometimes slightly different than their counter parts in the modern languages. Aspirated letters are stressed more than their are in speach to ensure a clear differentiation. For this reason, Indians are encouraged to look through this sheet. English speekers may find this text useful because it uses English sounds as a reference for describing the Sanskrit sounds. There is no amount of reading that can replace the direct instruction of a teacher when it comes to learning these sounds. This text can help people recall what they have been taught, but can never replace an actual teacher.
A few words about chanting
Sanskrit is a phonetic language. It is important to remember that when chanting sanskrit, every sound is pronounced clearly. It is not possible to chant sanskrit quietly. The sounds are produced best when it is audible. Chanting should not be too slow or too fast, too quiet or too loud. It is important not to chant in haste. Chanting too quickly as many Temple Priests have begun to, makes it easy to blur or omit letters. It destroys the proper rhythem of the mantras. It is better to chant fewer mantras clearly and with attention when there is little time. Fast chanting also adds an energy of haste and aggitation to the effects of the mantras. It is beter to chant with attention, peace, and love. When the meter, rhythem, pitch, or sounds are changed due to carelessness, the meaning of the mantras and the results of the chanting will be different. Because the Sanskrit mantras are very powerful to altar consciousness it is possible for one mistake to lead to catastrophic. This is especially true when mantras are chanted when there are violent or selfish intentions. If we have enough respect for the Rishis (Sages) to take the time to learn Veda Mantras, we should respect the power of these hymns to altar consciousness. It is extremely important to make every effort to chant the mantras perfectly. When people seek God humbly, they will chant mantras for the peace of the world. As the mantras cause the people's consciousness to expand, they see that their actions effect only themselves. To them, all things that happen are a blessing from the Lord to help perfect themselves. Their overflowing Love for God makes it natural to bless all things they encounter. To them, the Veda Mantras are a true blessing. They honor them and study them with depth and dedication. They aim to perfect their knowledge of Vedas. If we strive hard toward perfection, with faith and humbleness the results willalways be good.