उत्तिष्ठत जाग्रत प्राप्यवरान्निबोधत!
Uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata!
Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is achieved!
The Sanskrit word Mantra is derived from two root sounds – mana (mind) and tra (to protect). Mantra is defined as ‘Mananāt Trāyate Iti Mantraha’ – that which uplifts when contemplated upon. In other words, Mantra is inseparably linked to contemplation, the process through which the Divine is experienced, the path to spiritual illumination and self-realization.
Mantra is a very powerful tool for the transformation of the mind and helps us access a higher power and understand our true nature. Practice of Mantra Meditation – known as Japa – helps raise the vibration of the aspirant from the ego-centric self towards the higher Self, strengthen the alignment with his/her true nature, lead towards life in the light of Pure Awareness and the experience of ‘Sahaja Avastha’ – Natural State.
The word Mantra can also be understood as “that which protects the mind”, connecting us to our innate wisdom and giving access to stillness of mind as well as imperturbable sense of peace.
Mantras are rooted in the Vedic literature and are an offering to the entire mankind by the ancient sages of India. Vedas contain knowledge of the Self, accessible to everyone to be discovered and meditated upon, for the well-being of humanity. Vedas teach Cosmic Oneness.
As Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati wrote in his book – Light on the Guru and Disciple Relationship – “The Mantra is a link between you and the Cosmos, between you and the deeper mysteries of the Universe. Its meaning is purely metaphysical and relates directly with the very core of your existence.”
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“Mantras help you focus your mind, go inward and find inexhaustible fountainhead of peace and harmony within yourself. They encapsulate vibrant cosmic energies in sound form and help you realize your limitless potential by connecting to them. Mantra chanting can help you stop the negative chatter in the mind, deal with addictions and attract positive things into your life!
~ Ram Vakkalanka
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“We are part of infinite energy fields, which change their frequency depending on how we impact them with our thoughts and intentions. Anxious mind will create fields of destructive energy, while peaceful mind and gratitude will transform the environment into one full of harmony, happiness and joy. Mantra Japa helps us to purify, transform and energize our physical, emotional and mental states, reconnect with the creative aspects of the Self, and, as we know, when we change the energy field – the patterns of manifestation also change. Our voice is an incredible sonic tool with focused intention, and this vibration brings all our being to“unified resonance”, attuning us into harmony and healing, and Universal Energy Field mirrors back what we have sent as our signal, responding accordingly. Mantras are instruments of Light Warriors who stand for truth and integrity every day.”
~ Löla Lhamo
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Mantras are an essential part of one’s Sadhana. They are very useful in the purification of the Nadis (subtle energy channels) and transformation of Prana, other energies as well as subtle bodies.
Every syllable of a mantra has its specific effect and meaning. Mantra Shastra is the foundation of all spiritual practices and involves study of sound, how each sound is produced, the impact of each sound as well as how to elevate one’s consciousness through these sounds to establish a rhythm with the cosmic vibration.
Mantra Japa is especially important in the current times of great political and economical pressure, which result in restlessness of the mind, stress, anxiety and inner conflict. When there is decline in ethics, moral values and self-confidence, it is critical to work towards sustaining inner strength, peace, harmony and being rooted in integrity and wholeness.
This course is Level 1 of Nada and Bhakti Yoga course.
We intend to share, through this course, the sacred wisdom of the ancient Mantra Shastra and empower the practitioners in their own spiritual practices.
The course will be delivered live online in 5 weeks, 16 May to 14 June 20, through 2 weekend sessions of 1.5h each by Ram Vakkalanka and Löla Lhamo. Plus, unlimited Lifetime online access to the recording of the course is included without any additional charge.
We designed the course to be in three levels – Foundations (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3), for full immersion into beauty of Nada and Bhakti Yoga.
The course is jointly certified by Sound Energy Medicine Practitioners Association, UK, and Akshara Yoga, India.
Ram Vakkalanka, course Teacher, talks about Nada Yoga at World Yoga Festival
This course provides practitioners a solid foundation in the science of Mantras. We will gain insight what is a Mantra, origin and history of Mantras, and the significance of Mantra chanting in heightening one’s consciousness.
We will learn five important Mantras in this course, including the Gayatri Mantra (The Mantra of Inner Light).
We will also touch upon the basics of Sanskrit alphabet, essential for accurately pronouncing the Mantras.
We will learn how to practice Mantra Meditation (Japa Yoga) effectively to master the mind, as well as how to work with a Mala (praying beads).
We also cover the importance of creating an altar (Sacred Space) to aid your Mantra Meditation and provide practical tips to help you create one.
The course consists of 10 live online lessons of 1.5h each (15h in total), held weekly on Saturday and Sunday, to allow enough time between lessons for practice of each mantra. Each lesson focuses on a practice and includes the theory pertaining to the practice. You can access all course recordings at any moment.
Lesson 1: Mantra exploration. Live Online 16 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 2: Basics of Sanskrit. Live Online 17 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 3: Japa Yoga – the science of Mantra repetition. Live Online 23 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 4: The Altar – creating a sacred space. Live Online 24 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 5: Ganesha Mantra. Live Online 30 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 6: Shiva Mantra. Live Online 31 May, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 7: Vishnu Mantra. Live Online 6 June, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 8: The Gayatri Mantra. Live Online 7 June, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 9: Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra. Live Online 13 June, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Lesson 10: Breath and Mantra. Live Online 14 June, 3-4.30pm (GMT)
Please, check your time zone: London 3-4.30pm, Paris 4-5.30pm, Hanoi 9-10.30pm, Delhi 7.30-9pm, New York 9-10.30am
Video recordings will be available for access after the lesson.
Ram Vakkalanka was born and brought up in India, steeped in Sanskrit, Mantras, Vedic philosophy and life sciences such as Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology. Ram started learning Hindustani classical music as a teenager, eventually leading to immersion in Nada Yoga. Ram shares his deep wisdom of Nada Yoga, Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy and sciences with seekers all over the world. He is often described as a ‘blessing to the world Yoga community’. Ram’s teachings are deep and authentic, delivered in a simple and direct style, enriched by current examples and a sense of humour. So far, Ram brought out 23 CDs in three languages, 1 DVD and an online course about the origin and evolution of Yoga to share his authentic wisdom. For more about him or to listen to samples of his offerings, please visit www.ramvakkalanka.com. You may connect with him on Instagram (ram_vakkalanka) or his Facebook page (Akshara Yoga).
Lola Lhamo is the founder of Sound Energy Medicine Practitioners Association (SEMPA).
Lola has connection with yoga, sound and energy healing from childhood. She was blessed to study with Indian yogis and Tibetan lamas, and after 25 years of practice she created LHAMO Yoga & Sound Energy Medicine educational programme, integrating Himalayan Hatha & Kriya Yoga, Pranayam & Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Sound Journeys, Taoist Qigong & Yin Yoga, Tao Cosmic Healing and Buddhism Mind Yoga, and QUANTA Energy Healing.
Lola founded Sound Energy Medicine Practitioners Association in 2013, believing the sound to be the medicine of the future. She teachers Sound Energy Medicine courses. www.LolaLhamo.com
From Lola Lhamo: “It’s a blessing and our great pleasure to collaborate with Ram again. In 2017 we organized weekend workshop at the Theosophical Society in London, on which Ram was sharing his knowledge of Mantra Yoga and divine vibrations of Sankrit. We listened and chanted mantras together, asked questions & received profound answers. That was truly an amazing, transformational day! Ram was also speaking about the Evolution of Yoga, Mudra Yoga and working with Inner Energies, and in the evening we enjoyed live Sitar concert. His knowledge of Yoga is phenomenal, and it’s a privilege to be connected on this path with such beautiful soul, and be able to touch upon sacred knowledde of Nada and Supreme Yoga with such guide.”
One time payment
Lifetime access. One time payment for the whole Course
Payment by installments
Lifetime access. You may choose to pay weekly by 2 installments (£80 booking the course, and £80 in 2 weeks). Kindly note, we may certify you only if you attend all 10 sessions