Chanting has been an integral part of all religions through the ages.
As we sit together in one place, we have different thoughts. But when we start chanting, there is one thought and one rhythm in all our minds. All minds become one. This oneness creates a profound energy that enlivens us.
Yoga of Sound
Chanting allows all other senses to dissolve into one, and allows the mind to sink into itself. Chanting can be considered as the yoga of sound.
Sanskrit chants in particular have a very profound effect on the consciousness.
Each Sanskrit letter has a sound, which relates to a specific subtle energy centre (chakra) in our subtle bodies. Sanskrit chanting activates subtle energy centres, which produce a soothing, purifying and energizing effect.
OM - The Universal Chant
Om is the eternal sacred sound. It is the sound form of universal consciousness.
Chants from various religions and cultures widen our mental boundaries. It helps us accept and transcend all religions, and allows us to experience universal oneness.
When you are chanting OM, become fully immersed in it. As the end of the chant, experience the deep silence within. Sink into that silence. You will return to the Self.
Chanting is effective while doing yoga poses. Chanting 'Om Bhaskaraya Namaha' before Surya Namskar - lowers the stress, and creates the proper atmosphere for the yoga practice. Listening to chants during yoga asanas, calms the mind, and lets joy unfold. Chanting at the end of a yoga session, brings deep relaxation.