The sacred utterance or chanting of Sanskrit Mantras allows us to move into a higher level of consciousness. When chanted with pure intention and devotion to God, the mantra elevates the yogi towards the higher Self. The True Self, the One that is the same in all of us. We chant just like we practice asana, "because it needs to be done." Never practice for the fruits of your actions, but simply as an offering to God.
Om Namah Sivaya Om Namah SIvaya
Om Namah SIvaya Om Namah Sivaya
Sivaya Namah Om Sivaya Namah
SIvaya Namah Om Sivaya Namah
I bow to Lord Shiva again and again. I bow to the inner light.
Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha
Jaya Ganesha Pahimaam
Sri Ganesha Sri Ganesha
Sri Ganesha Rakshamaam
Jaya means "hail" or "victory to". Ganesha is the remover of obstacles. Pahimaam means "save me", and Rakshamaam means "protect me" .
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
This is known as the Maha Mantra or Great Mantra, bringing both purity to the mind and heart. During is Iron Age of Kali Yuga, it is said to be most powerful.
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat Param Brahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha
The Guru is saluted. We see Him as the transmitter of God in the form of Shiva, Hari, and Rama. He is the world teacher, the highest Guru who lies in truth, bestower of auspiciousness.
Aum Bhur Bhyva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo yo Naha Prachodayat
O Lord, you are the protector of life and of breath, dispeller of miseries and bestower of happiness. You are the creator and the most acceptable Intelligence, may Your qualities and inspiration pass to us.
Sitaram Sitaram SItaram SItaram Sitaram Ram Ram
Om Namo Narayaanaya
(chant for world peace)