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All Mantras & Songs

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. Music has powerful effects on the mind and spirit. The effects of mantras on the body and brain are being studied by scientists for the impacts on well-being on many levels. The power of the voice to transform our bodies, minds and spirits may be one of the reasons why devotional singing exists in virtually all cultures and traditions. Mantras and songs on this page are arranged in the following categories:

Vocal Medicine Album

The Vocal Medicine album contains the original kirtan music of Kathleen Karlsen. The seven tracks were recorded with the contributing talents of with Andrew Karlsen (vocals, udu drum, recorder), Mahima Giri (vocals, kartals) and Paul Bohak (vocals, bass, guitar).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 his garland. Listen to Lalita Shanti Om.

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 to Lokah Samastah

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. Hear Om Tare Tuttare.

Mantras in the Hindu Tradition

For thousands of years the rishis of India (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. Furthermore, Sanskrit mantras appear to be coded compilations of sound designed to create elevated states and to stimulate health and longevity.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hanuman Jaya Ram

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

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.”

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.” She is connected to the solar plexus. Hear the Lakshmi Mantra.

Jagadambe Ma: Universal Mother

The term “Jagadambe” is used for many goddesses including Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Sita and Radha. The term means Mother of the Universe. Hear Jagadambe Ma.

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.

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.

Gange Mata: The Water Element

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

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.

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.

Durga’s Protection Mantra

Durga is a warrior goddess. She overthrows 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.

Songs in a Western Tradition

The songs below are original music and lyrics by Kathleen Karlsen honoring the Judeo Christian tradition. This includes includes angels and the concept of the Holy Spirit as well as non-denominational expressions of mercy and compassion.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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…. Listen here to Blessing for the Road.

Mantras in the Buddhist Tradition

Buddhist deities include the masculine Buddhas, female Buddhas and bodhisattvas. The masculine Buddhas are more well-known than their feminine counterparts. However, there are almost always counterparts to form a balanced pair.

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.

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.

Astrology Mantras

The use of an astrology mantra is a significant part of this branch of Vedic sciences. Each mantra is said to work in the subtle or unseen realms that influence our lives in every area. An astrology mantra mitigates challenging aspects and amplifies positive astrological configurations.

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.

Moon Mantra: Vedic Astrology

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

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 often associated with war and challenges. Mars mantra.

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.

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

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.

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.

Featured Article: What is the Medicine Buddha Mantra?

The Medicine Buddha Mantra comes from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The oldest known references to the Medicine Buddha are texts from the seventh century. “Bekandze” means “the elimination of suffering” and is repeated three times for the removal of suffering on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. The three repetitions can also be viewed as eliminating the three poisons of ignorance, hatred, and attachment. Read about my own extraordinary experience with the Medicine Buddha Mantra.

Lyrics: Tayata Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Randze Samu Gate Soha

Meaning: May the many sentient beings who are suffering be freed of all pain including disease, death and karma and may this suffering never arise again.

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