Sacred Mantras & Devotional Music

Kathleen Karlsen’s devotional music is intended for spiritual practice, meditation, self-transformation and healing. Learn to use mantras and songs to create a happy heart, a clear mind and a rejuvenated body. Go deeper into the science of chanting, mantras and the power of sacred music. The links below include articles on mantras and all music videos on this site. Find tools and resources for self-transformation through sound!

All of the songs, albums and collections below are original melodies and lyrics except where noted. Inspiration for this music is drawn from multiple world traditions, primarily Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. For permission to use this music for public performances or to use any of these selections for workshops or retreats, please contact Kathleen at kathleenkarlsen@msn.com

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Albums and Mantra Collections

Vocal Medicine Album

Vocal Medicine album tracks for listening, chanting and meditation. “Vocal Medicine” is a reference to the psychological, emotional and health-supporting benefits of devotional mantras and chanting. 

One Word Mantras (Bija Syllables)

One word mantras include the powerful bija seed syllables as well as significant words in both Sanskrit and English. These words are often used  in mantras. Learn more in One Word Mantras.

Hindu Deities & Mantras

For thousands of years the Hindu sages experimented with the effects of chanting. Mantras are generally focused on the names of the gods and goddesses in the Hindu pantheon of deities.

Nataraja Mantras

Nataraja mantras are joyful and exciting! The lyrics help to explain the history of the Hindu god known as the Cosmic Dancer or Lord of the Dance. Nataraja is one of the presiding deities for the crown chakra.

Astrology Mantras in the Vedic Tradition

Astrological mantras are designed to mitigate challenges and amplify positive configurations. These simple mantras are based on the Vedic astrological system. Listen to astrological mantras.

Free Mantra Course

Explore the fundamental sounds of mantras and Sanskrit. An introduction to the energies of nature, the chakras and cosmic forces. Includes over 90 minutes of videos in ten segments. Access mantra course. 

Western Sacred Songs 

Devotional songs in the Judeo-Christian tradition including the Holy Spirit, angels, Jesus, Mary and more. Songs and affirmations in English. Original devotional songs by Kathleen Karlsen.

Chakra Sounds & Mantras

Learn the sounds associated with each chakra and how to strengthen your chakras through sound. Includes toning, bija seed syllables and mantras. Features videos with chakra sounds.

Individual Mantras and Sacred Songs

Chakra Chant Meditation

The chakra meditation in this video uses the chakra seed syllables combined with appropriate instruments for each chakra. Chant along with each verse or use as a sound healing experience

Sacral Chakra: Om Vam Namaha

The seed syllable for the sacral chakra is VAM (vuhm). The Vedic mantra for the root chakra is “Om Vam Namaha.” Learn more and listen to the Sacral Chakra sounds and mantra.

Padmadevi Chant 

Padma means a lotus flower and devi means a goddess or queen. Pushpa also means a flower. The mantra honors Pandaravasini, a female buddha. Hear the Padmadevi Chant.

Devakinanadana Gopala

Gopala is one of the childhood names of Krishna, the son of Devaki. This chant literally means “Gopala is the bliss (ananda) of his mother Devaki.” Listen to Devakinandana Gopala from the Vocal Medicine album.

Hanuman Jaya Ram

Hanuman is a personification of universal consciousness that encourages straight-forward communication and clear thinking. Hanuman is a joyful, radiant being. Hanuman is dedicated to his service to Ram and his divine consort Sita. Click to listen to Hanuman Jaya Ram.

Nataraja: Traditional Mantra

Nataraja is the Cosmic dancer. The meaning of this chant is “Salutations to the beautiful dancing Nataraja, the Lord Shiva, whose consort is Shivakami.” Listen to the Nataraja Mantra.

Moon Mantra: Vedic Astrology

The astrology mantra to the moon includes the seed syllable “cam” which connects to the basic vibration of the moon. Listen to the Vedic Chant for the Moon.

Beyond the Clouds

A metaphor for moving beyond the troubles of this world and towards an eternal Source or home. A devotional song in the Western tradition sung in English. Hear Beyond the Clouds.

Sun Mantra:
Vedic Astrology

This astrology mantra to the sun (Surya) includes the seed syllable “sam” (suum) which connects to the fundamental vibration of the sun, giver of life. The sun is a healer! Hear Sun Mantra.

Venus Mantra:
Vedic Astrology

Venus represents marriage as well as other partnerships. Venus also represents the relationship between the individual and finances or material possessions. Hear the Venus Astrology Mantra.

Medicine Buddha Mantra

Listen to the Medicine Buddha Mantra. Learn about his symbols and history. Read about Kathleen’s extraordinary experience using this mantra. Find out all about the Medicine Buddha Mantra.

Archangel Michael Christian Form of the Deity

Song to the Archangels

There are numerous angels and archangels in sacred texts around the world. Seven archangels are more commonly known. Chant the names of God as the archangels. Listen to Song to the Archangels.

Breathe Through Me

God is associated with the breath, fire and the wind in many traditions. The Holy Spirit in Christianity is often symbolized as breath or wind. This song (English) is devoted to God as breathe. Hear Breathe Through Me.

Parvati Parashakti

Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love and devotion as well as divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess Shakti. This is a chant calling to the divine feminine. Listen to the mantra Parvati Parashakti.

Blessing for the Road

This is a simple prayer inspired by a traditional Irish blessing. The song was written for a friend who was traveling extensively. “May you find what you seek, May your heart be at peace, May your dreams never end, May the road be your friend. Listen here to Blessing for the Road.

Om Mani Padme Hum

This mantra is sometimes referred to as the Jewel in the Lotus. “Mani” means “jewel” and “padme” means lotus. This mantra is dedicated to Avalokitasvhara, a form of Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy. Listen to Om Mani Padme Hum.

Hey Govinda: Mantra to Krishna

Govinda and Gopala are both childhood names of Krishna. “Go” means both “cow” and “light.” Govinda protects whatever is sacred. Listen to Hey Govinda.

Sita Ram

Sita goes through many trials with her consort Ram, including exile and kidnapping. Reciting these names balances both sides of the brain as well as the pineal and pituitary glands. Hear Sita Ram.

Mars Mantra:
Vedic Astrology

The astrology mantra for Mars (Kujaya) includes the seed syllable “kum” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars. Listen to mantra.

Durga’s Primary Mantra

Durga is a form of the Goddess or Divine Mother in Hinduism. She is also known as Devi and Shakti. Durga is a warrior goddess defending the soul of the spiritual aspirant. More about Durga.

Ganesha Meaning & Mantra

Ganesha is one of the most well-known and popular deities in the Hindu pantheon. He is the colorful and memorable elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati. Listen to a mantra to Ganesha.

Shiva Ra: He Who is Like the Sun

Shiva is a Hindu deity associated with breath or space. He is a powerful Hindu god manifesting throughout the cosmos. “Ra” means “sun.” This chant honors “Shiva who is like the sun.”

Lalita Shanti Om

The name Lalita means “she who plays.” Lalita is highly independent. She insists on retaining complete freedom. Lalita is a consort of Shiva, signified by the garland she places around his neck. Listen to Lalita Shanti Om.

Tara Buddhist Deity

Om Tare Tuttare

This is called the Green Tara Mantra, a traditional Buddhist mantra. The word-name Tara is variously interpreted as Shining Star, Liberator, Rescuer or Savior. Tara is a Bodhisattva of compassion manifest in female form. Hear Om Tare Tuttare.

Saturn Mantra:
Vedic Astrology

The astrology mantra for Saturn (Sanaya) includes the seed syllable “sam” which connects to the fundamental vibration of the planet Mars. Saturn is the bearer of karma, a slow-moving planet. Listen to the Saturn Mantra.

Durga’s Protection Mantra

Durga is a warrior goddess. She overthrows the forces that threaten peace, prosperity and all that is good. The name Durga means a fort or a secured place. Listen to the Durga Mantra for protection.

Jagadambe Ma: Universal Mother

The term “Jagadambe” is used for many goddesses including Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Sita and Radha. Listen to Jagadambe Ma.

Nataraja Sundara: The Beautiful One

The dance of Nataraja is called Tandava. The dance is the source of all movement within the universe. “Sundara” means “beautiful” or “lovely.” Listen here.

Mercury Mantra: Vedic Astrology

In Vedic astrology, the planet Mercury is associated with intelligence, logic, speech and friendship. Mercury also governs  transportation. Listen to the Mercury Mantra

Agni Deva: Mantra to the Fire Element

Symbolic and physical fire have been associated with religious traditions around the world for ages. Agni Deva is the Hindu God of Fire. Learn more about Agni Deva and his mantra.

Mantra to Mataji

Mataji is an Eastern adept in feminine form who is an immortal avatar. She is an expression of the Divine Mother (Mata). Learn more about Mataji and her consort Babaji. Includes a music video with an original Mantra to Mataji.

Root Chakra Mantra: Om Lam Namaha

The seed syllable for the root chakra is LAM (luhm). A basic Vedic mantra for the root chakra using this syllable is “Om Lam Namaha.” Listen to the Vedic mantra for the Root Chakra.

Kyrie Eleison: Lord, Have Mercy

The phrase “Kyrie Eleison” (a Latin transliteration of the original Greek) is a pre-Christian expression meaning “Lord, have mercy.” Listen to this meditative chant: Kyrie Eleison.

Lokah Samastah

This mantra is one of the most beautiful of all prayers, meaning “May all beings be happy and free and may my life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all.” A prayer for peace and compassion. Listen here to Lokah Samastah from the Vocal Medicine album. 

Jupiter Mantra:
Vedic Astrology

The astrology mantra for Jupiter (Brihaspataye) includes the seed syllable “brim.” In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is known as Guru (spiritual teacher), Devaguru (teacher of the gods) and Brihaspati (Lord of Light). Hear the Jupiter Mantra.

Astara Invocation

Ostara symbols include rabbits and colored eggs. Learn the fascinating story behind the goddess of spring, origin of Easter, known by Astara, Ostara or Eostara. Includes video. 

Gange Mata: The Water Element

Gange Mata is a Hindu goddess personifying the Ganges River. Water is a symbol of purity, cleansing and baptism. Listen to Gange Mata.

Lakshmi Mantra: Goddess of Wealth

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. The name Lakshmi is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “goal or aim.” Hear the Lakshmi Mantra.

Mantra Articles and Resources

My Journey with Mantras

Learn to reforge your heart with mantras! The path of healing through spiritual fire. Kathleen’s personal Journey with Mantras for healing and self-transformation.

Everything About Kirtan

Kirtan is a form of devotional singing originating in India that is gaining popularity in the Western world. Kirtan refers to the spiritual practice of singing mantras. 

What is Mantra Yoga?

Mantra yoga has powerful effects on the mind and spirit. The effects of mantra yoga on the body and brain are being studied by scientists for the impacts on well-being on many levels.

Healing Mantras

Healing mantras have an ancient history. For thousands of years the rishis of India (Hindu sages) experimented with the effects of chanting. Learn more in Healing Mantras.

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Vocal Medicine Book

Learn more about using mantras and singing to invigorate your life! Explore concepts from East and West related to the power of singing. Explore the chakras and the impact of sound in every area of your life.

Kathleen Karlsen Sacred Mantras & Symbolic Art

Author Kathleen Karlsen

Vocal Medicine reveals Kathleen Karlsen’s personal journey with mantras, chanting and kirtan. Benefit from Kathleen’s years of research into the power of sacred music. Topics include:

  • Achieve improved emotional health through mantras
  • Create a happy brain through singing
  • Extensive discussion of sound and the chakras
  • Connections between sound, color and healing

186 pages, $15.95
30 Illustrations