A Simple Meditation Routine

as taught by Reverend Jaganath Carrera

There is a wise saying, well prepared is half done.  The way we prepare for and end a meditation sitting is important. 

The beginning should include affirmations of our intentions and goals and the first steps in bringing the mind to a relaxed, focused attention. Yoga breathing practices are also very helpful - they awaken, calm, and help steady the mind. 

One of the following chants is done to remember the Guru, your spiritual teacher. By doing this, you keep the mind receptive to the guidance you will receive. If you do not have a Guru, you can omit this chant, or just take the attitude that you are addressing the Guru as Cosmic Wisdom within you. 

The closing peace chants integrate the meditation experience into your daily life and develop compassion for others. Repeat them with a deep wish that everyone experiences peace, joy, love, and light.

These chants can be done at every meditation sitting.  You can add more, or your favorite prayers, or affirmations, but don’t change too many things at each sitting. Repetition helps the mind go deep. 

Let’s begin.

Take a deep inhalation for OM . . .

OM OM OM

OMkaaram Bindu Samyuktam     

Nityam Dhyaayanti Yoginaha

Kaamadam Mokshadam Chaiva  

OMkaaraaya Namo Namaha  

OM Namah Sivaya Gurave  

Satchidaananda Moorthaye   

Nishprapanchaaya Shantaaya       

Niraalambaaya Tejase     

Twameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Twameva

Twameva Bandhus Cha Sakaa Twameva

Twameva Vidyaa Dravinam Twameva

Twameva Sarvam Mama Devadeva

OM united with the Source

On which the yogis ever dwell.

Grants desires and liberation,

Salutations to the OMkaaram.

The Guru is Auspiciousness,

Embodiment of Truth, Knowledge, Bliss

Salutations to the One who is beyond the worlds

Peaceful, Independent, and Radiant.

Thou art my mother, my father Thou art;

Thou art my family; my friend Thou art;

Thou art my knowledge, my wealth Thou art;

Thou art my all, O Light of all lights Thou art.

Period of Silent Meditation

OM Sarvesham Swastir Bhavantu

Sarvesham Shaantir Bhavantu

Sarvesham Poornam Bhavantu

Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavantu

Asato Maa Sad Gamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamaya

Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamaya

OM Shaanti, Shaanti, Shaanti.

Lokaah Samastaah Sukhino Bhavantu

Jai Sri Satguru Mahaaraaj Ki!

Jai!

Auspiciousness be unto all,

Perfect Peace be unto all,

Fullness be unto all,

Prosperity be unto all.

Lead us from unreal to Real,

Lead us from darkness to Light

Lead us from the fear of death, 

To knowledge of immortality.

OM Shaanti, Shaanti, Shanti.

May the entire universe be filled with Peace and Joy; Love and Light.

May the Light of Truth overcome all darkness.

Victory to that Light!

When you leave your meditation space, keep the peace and clarity of meditation with you throughout the day by recalling what you experienced as you sat, by practicing lovingkindness to all, and by repeatedly bringing the mind to the golden present.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti  OM Peace Peace Peace

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