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Mantra Darshan

by Shivanand Thomas Amelio

These ancient Vedic, Tantric, and Traditional Sanskrit mantras take you on a seamless journey of pure invocatory chanting, in classic temple style, for meditation, healing, yoga, relaxation, ritual, purification and profound stillness.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opening: Ganesh Gayatri; Om Sahana; Om Namah Shivaya Gurave Satchidananda Murtaye
5:40 album only
2. Shiva, Guru, Gayatri, Shani (Saturn)
6:59 album only
3. Invocations: Deity Gayatri Mantras: Hanuman; Surya / Sun; Shiva; Krishna
5:59 album only
4. Awakening the Goddess Energies: Kali; Bagalamukhi; Chamunda; Durga; Tara; Lakshmi; Venus
8:57 album only
5. Beeja Seed Mantras: Aim; Hreem; Kreem; Shreem, Etc., Plus Chakra Mantras: Lam; Vam; Ram; Yam; Hum, Om
4:02 album only
6. Mantras for Japa: Durga; Lakshmi; Saraswati; Hanuman; Ganesh; Vishnu; Rama; Krishna; Shiva
7:26 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Mantra Darshan: Sanskrit Mantra Invocations for Meditation & Healing
By: Shivanand Thomas Amelio

Mantras are vibrations that embody archetypal energy-essences. though not material, they can be felt and heard, and thus are a wonderful bridge between the world of concrete matter, and the subtle world of consciousness. i have found that those who have little success sitting and practicing other forms of meditation, can become deeply absorbed when listening to, or chanting, these mantras. the word “darshan” literally means “vision.” but in a deeper sense means “inspirational presence.”

Mantra practice can be supportive in your practice of sitting meditation, yoga, relaxation, ritual, pranayama, and any meditative body-mind discipline. You can also listen while standing and whirling slowly, arms high: clockwise—when you are using the creating/invoking forces; counter-clockwise—when you are breaking-down or releasing something. you can change the rhythm and flow of movement as you feel called.

Note: Sanskrit uses some sounds that are not native to the English language. the English transliterations below are only approximations of the Sanskrit sounds, which are best learned with a teacher.

Shivanand Thomas Amelio’s Classes and Private Instruction:

I teach classes in NYC, offer private mentoring via videoconference, and will be offering upcoming online classes as well. Write me at for inquiries and updates. Also check my Facebook public page which is “Thomas Shivanand Amelio.” My youtube mantra channel is “SoulDharma.”

Below are mantras that are on this CD. you may resonate with some more than others. If so, feel free to explore that one more deeply. In the future I will be releasing CDs that repeat only one mantra, for more intensive work on one vibrational essence, as well as a chakra meditation with the beeja (bija) mantras, healing mantra meditations, etc. In this following small section I have tried to give only a flavor of the mantra's meaning and essence. You will find many good books on mantra to explore further.

I. Opening

1. Ganesh Gayatri: the repetition of this mantra is done for auspicious beginnings, the destruction of obstacles, and to succeed in even the most difficult tasks.

ekadantaya vidmahe
vakratundaya dhimahi
tanno dantih prachodayat

2. om sahana vavatu saha nau bhunaktu
saha viryam karavavahai.
tejasvi navadhitam astu
ma vidvishavahai.
om shantih shantih shantih.

“May we be protected together
may we be nourished together
may we work together with great strength
may our study be illuminating
may there be no discord or jealousy among us. om! may there
be peace, peace, peace.”

asato ma sad gamaya
mrityor ma amrtam gamaya.
om shantih shantih shantih

“from delusion lead us to truth
from darkness lead us to light
from death lead us to immortality”

gurur brahma gurur vishnur
gurur devo maheshwara
gurur sakshat param brahma
tasmai shri gurave namaha
om shanti shanti shanti

“The guru* is Brahma, the creative energy,
Vishnu, the sustaining energy,
and Shiva, the transforming energy.
The guru is truly the Supreme Absolute.
salutations to that guru*

Om! may there be peace, peace, peace.”

*a traditional meaning of the Sanskrit word “guru” is “dispeller of darkness.” Many feel this refers to the universal guiding essence of consciousness that lives inside us, and others to a human spiritual guide they believe to highly embody this essence.

II: Shiva, Guru, Gayatri, shanaishchara

1. om namah shivaya gurave satchidananda murtaye namastasmai namastasmai namastasmai namo namaha

Oh lord Shiva, the transforming Energy of Consciousness! I bow to you in the blissful form of the guru, to you I bow, to you I bow, to you I bow with deep reverence.

In this mantra you are invoking the spirit of your inner guide in its aspect as “Shiva”—the transforming power of consciousness.

2. om tryambakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushtivardhanam
urvarukamiva bandhanam
mrityor mukshiya mamritat

“We worship the three-eyed lord (Shiva), who is full of sweet fragrance and nourishes all human beings. may he liberate me from bondage, even as the cucumber is severed from the vine.

This famous mantra is called the “Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra”—the great mantra that conquers death by liberating us from the fear of it. It is used to promote healing, free us from fear, attachment and addiction, and ultimately, bestow liberation.

3. The Gayatri Mantra

om bhur bhuvaha svaha
tat savitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat

“Om, we meditate on the spiritual brightness of that most adorable divine sun, the source of the three planes of existence: the physical, the subtle, and the causal. may this Divine Source enlighten our minds.”

The Gayatri is probably the most well-known and ancient of Vedic mantras, of which volumes have been written. When pronounced well, its many “aspirations”—small puffs of air that follow a consonant—along with its meter, help to make its sound so potent. In his book, "Japa Yoga," the great Swami Sivananda said: “ Gayatri makes one powerful and highly intelligent. Gayatri eventually gives liberation or emancipation from the wheel of birth and death.”

4. nilanjana-samabhasam ravi-putram yamagrajam
chaya-martanda-sambhutam tam namami shanaishcharam

In Vedic astrology there are mantras to each planet. Chanting these mantra strengthens their benefic aspects, and lessens their potentially negative effects. This mantra is for the planet Saturn, or in Sanskrit: “Shani”

This mantra helps confer the strength, discipline, and “grounded-ness,” to carry out one’s dharma, or life purpose, even in those inevitable times of great difficulty. It helps relieve sadness, grief, depression, and lack of focus.

III. Invocations: Deity Gayatri Mantras
After the main Gayatri mantra, more Gayatris, specific to other deity-essences, evolved. We opened with Ganesh Gayatri, and here are a few more:

1. om anjaneyaya vidmahe
mahabalaya dhimahi
tanno hanuman prachodayat

Hanuman Gayatri: this mantra dispels weakness, and confers physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. It also awakens great devotion and courage.

2. om bhaskaraya vidmahe
divakaraya dhimahi
tanno suryah prachodayat

Surya Gayatri: this mantra awakens solar radiance on all levels, and is often chanted to heal even the most serious diseases.

3. om panchavaktraya vidmahe
mahadevaya dhimahi
tanno rudraha prachodayat

Shiva Gayatri: the name “Shiva”—for all the associations of being the “destroyer,”—actually means “auspicious” or “kindly.” Shiva bestows blessings freely—just be prepared to let go of anything outdated and stale you may still be clinging to!

4. om devaki nandanaya vidmahe
vasudevaya dhimahi
tanno krishna prachodayat

Krishna Gayatri: often chanted for success in all endeavors, as Krishna is an aspect of the nourishing, sustaining essence, of Vishnu. Krishna’s essence is purifying, blissful, and full of blessing. He confers attractiveness, charisma, and a sense of playfulness as well.

IV: Awakening the Goddess Energies
The mantras in this section are to awaken what are often thought of as the “feminine” or “goddess” energies. The first three mantras are to the “fierce,” protective, and intensively purifying aspects of the goddess.

1. krim krim krim hum hum hrim hrim dakshine kalike krim krim krim hum hum
hrim hrim svaha
This is a mantra to the Kali. She awakens ‘shakti” or divine power, and intensively removes all fear of time, and thus fear of death—the ultimate effect of time. She also represents the Kundalini Shakti Force that, when awakened, rapidly evolves us to greater levels of freedom and enlightenment.

2. om hlreem bagalamukhi sarvadustanam vacam
mukham padam stambhaya jihvam
kilaya buddhim vinasaya hlrim om svaha!

Traditionally the Goddess Bagalamukhi “holds fast the tongue of our enemies.” She “stops” their negative words and intentions, and thus is a fierce protectress from all harmful forces, both externally—from those who might wish us ill—and internally, as our own self-destructive tendencies. There are times when we all want a powerful friend looking out for us. this mantra invokes this protective energy. I have found practicing it with prayers of forgiveness to be remarkable. (Note: instead of the "hlreem" beeja mantra you can use "hleem."

3. om aim hreem kleem chamundaye vicche svaha

a Mantra to Chamunda—an even more intense form of kali.

4. om dum durgayai namaha—Durga offers protection and salvation. Usually depicted as multi-armed—she also confers us with greater powers to handle all life has to offer us.

5. om hreem streem hum phat!
This is a mantra for the goddess Tara. She is considered the great saviouress, who takes us through all difficulties. Note: when pronouncing "phat" you are not saying "fat." Rather you say a soft "p" sound, followed with a puff of air, and end with a soft "t."

The following two mantras awaken the more nurturing and “Venusian” aspects of the divine feminine.

6. om maha lakshmyaye vidmahe
vishnupriyaya dhimahi
tanno lakshmih prachodayat

This is the Lakshmi Gayatri. Lakshmi embodies love, abundance, prosperity, beauty, fertility, happiness in the home, and devotion. Above all she awakens generosity, the truest sign of abundance.

7. hima-kunda-mrnalabham
daityanam paramam gurum
bhargavam pranamamy aham

This is the planetary mantra for Venus. the effects are similar to the Lakshmi mantra.

V: Beeja (bija) Seed Mantras

Sanskrit Mantras are based on primordial seed sounds—called beeja (“seed”) mantras. (Often spelled “bija.”) They don’t have specific “definitions” but rather carry an essence or association. Below are examples with some primary--but by no means all-inclusive--associations. The deity name is first, then the essences they awaken.

aim: Saraswati. Wisdom, learning, music, power of sound.
hreem: Bhuvaneshwari. the heart, removing illusion.
kreem: kali. Transformative energy, awakens shakti—divine power.

kleem*: Kama-lord of lust and love. Attraction, desire
fulfillment. Also used for Kali with a softer energy compared to “kreem.”
shreem: Lakshmi. Wealth, beauty, joy
haum: Shiva. Dispels negativity.
dum: Durga. protection.
hoom: Shiva. Awakens fire element.
(similar to “haum”)
gam & glaum: Ganesh. Removes obstacles, bestows wisdom.
Kshraum: Narasimha. Fierce masculine protection.

Beeja mantras for the seven chakras (subtle energy centers along the spine):
lam vam ram yam hum om mmm. (Note: The 7th chakra does not traditionally have a mantra, but in practice we sometimes use a humming sound just to direct our energy and awareness there.

VI. Mantras for Japa

I personally incorporate different mantras in my practice. Some I use as invocations, some I use for myself and students to purify and heal specific areas of life. But, I use one main mantra as my japa repetition mantra. This mantra is the steady friend in the background of my other practices. Japa meditation is the repetition of a mantra on a daily basis for a minimum of 108 times. It is often done with a mala—a string of 108 beads similar to a rosary.

When it comes to mantra practice the saying goes that “if you want to get to the well water, don’t dig a lot of shallow holes, but dig one hole deeply.” There is great value in practicing one mantra in depth until you get to the “well” of “siddhi” that it offers. The “siddhi” is the special power locked within the mantra, waiting to be released. Each mantra has a suggested number of repetitions needed to unlock this siddhi. To learn more, read the classic book: “Japa Yoga,” by Swami Sivananda.

Note: “namah” (namaha) or “namo” in a mantra literally means “I honor, or bow” (to the archetypal energy of that mantra.) Esoterically it means “I invite and embody the energy of.” For example, in “Om Namah Shivaya” “I invite and embody the energy of Transformation.” You are offering the small petty self to expand into, or take refuge in, a grander energetic archetype of your Greatest Self and the Universe.

There are many Japa mantras; here are some of the most common ones. The deity name is first, followed by one or two mantras.

Durga: Protection and salvation mantras: sri durgayai namaha; or 2. om dum durgayai namaha

Lakshmi: abundance, love, generosity mantra: om sri maha lakshmyai namaha

Saraswati: wisdom, creative arts. mantras: 1. om shri saraswatyai namaha; or 2. om aim saraswatyai namaha

Hanuman: strength and courage mantra: om sri hanumate namaha

Ganesh: removes obstacles, bestows success and wisdom. 1. om gam ganapataye namaha; or 2. om shri mahaganapataye namaha

Vishnu: sustaining, harmonic, and nurturing mantras: 1. om namo narayanaya; or 2. hari om

Rama. fulfilling dharma (one's true calling); courage; heart awakening. mantras: 1. om sri ramaya namaha; or 2. om sri rama jaya rama jaya jaya rama: Meaning: “victory to rama”

Krishna: purifying, blissful, blessing. mantras: 1. hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare;
Lord, Rama! Lord, Krishna! “hare” is a glorified way to address the divine, Krishna and Rama are incarnations (embodiments) of Vishnu. This mahamantra (great mantra) purifies of all afflictions, and grants realization. 2. om namo bhagavate vasudevaya: “I bow to the all-pervading essence in all things."

Shiva: Transformation. Blessings.

mantra: om namaha shivaya

Acknowledgements: I wish to thank all my students and friends who, for years, have asked for this CD! Special thanks to Judy Mauer for joyful expediting this project, Ilya Slovesnik, for his fine production skills and humor, Ashutosh David Shelley, for constant encouragement, Philip Bien, for loving, multi-faceted support, Deirdre Fay, for years of transforming friendship, Susan Gretchko, for seeing the very best, Mikelle Terson for believing in my creative efforts, Sandy Levine, my lovingly being my fellow bhakta, David Frawley, for amazing Vedic and Tantric teaching, my beloved Mom, brothers and the entire clan, and finally to Swami Kripalvanandaji and Dadaji—your blessings never cease. Om Namaha Shivaya!

Dedication: I dedicate this collection to Gavin Patrick Amelio Warner, born 6.22.08, and to his mom—my goddaughter—Sierra, who went into labor the summer solstice night I was recording this! May you have a life of rich experiences, wisdom and joy!

Vocals and Production: Shivanand Thomas Amelio
Recording, Mixing & Mastering by Ilya Slovesnik.
Design: Jes McKeon

For the latest on Shivanand Thomas Amelio’s courses, events, and other offerings, search my website, or go to my facebook public page: Thomas Shivanand Amelio. instagram: @Thomasamelio

It is my strong wish that all who listen to this CD will receive deep blessings in their meditation, healing, and spiritual practice.
With much love, Shivanand.



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