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Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing Paperback – August 24, 1999
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Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention--specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth. Healing Mantras is the practical, how-to guide that makes the strengths and benefits of mantras available to everyone. The transformative power of sound has been passed down to the present from the sages of India, the classical scientists of ancient Greece, and the medieval monks of Europe. Mantras, sounds, and chants have inspired, comforted, and mended the lives of individuals, religious orders, and even entire cultures. Even though the science and discipline of chanting and formal prayer are practiced in every religion around the world, this is the first time that ancient Sanskrit mantras have been explained and adapted to Western needs.
One of the few Western experts in Hindu and Buddhist mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand has practiced mantra-based spiritual disciplines for twenty-five years. In this illuminating book, he explains how and why mantras work and shows how to use them for everything from controlling habits to overcoming fear, from curing specific ailments to finding inner peace. In each of the more than fifty mantras, all translated from the original Sanskrit, Ashley-Farrand unlocks the power of every word, explains its appropriate application, and tells you how to pronounce it in easy-to-follow phonetic symbols. Inside, you'll find mantras for
- Health - Worldly Success - Habit Control - Protection - Grief - Anger - Controlling Fear -Personal Attraction - Wisdom - Concentration and Mental Clarity - Healing Life Issues - and more!
These mantras can be repeated aloud or in silence and can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice, "as you wash dishes, as you drive on the freeway, as you meditate, or as you cook." Sound can help and sound can heal, and Healing Mantras now makes this sound medicine available to everyone.
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One of the few Western experts in Hindu and Buddhist mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand has practiced mantra-based spiritual disciplines for twenty-five years. In this illuminating book, he explains how and why mantras work and shows how to use them for everything from controlling habits to overcoming fear, from curing specific ailments to finding inner peace, from gaining wisdom to increasing mental clarity. In each of the more than fifty mantras, all translated from the original Sanskrit, Ashley-Farrand unlocks the power of every word, explains its appropriate application, and tells you how to pronounce it in easy-to-follow phonetic symbols.
These mantras can be repeated aloud or in silence and can be used by people of any religion or spiritual practice "as you wash dishes, as you drive on the freeway, as you meditate, or as you cook". Sound can help and sound can heal, and Healing Mantras now makes this sound medicine available to everyone.
Top Customer Reviews
I've used a mantra-based practice for many years -- and experienced many benefits -- but have recently sought to expand my practice. I purchased both the book and C.D. version of this publication. The book contains deeper explanations and more mantras, but the C.D. provides enunciation models of essential mantras regarding such things as removing obstacles; receiving abundance; finding a mate; increasing good luck; healing the body; accelerating spiritual growth; and, even, giving birth to a spiritually advanced child.
Because correct enunciation is important to see results in this practice, I recommend that practitioners start with this audio version and branch out later to the book and other sources, if so desired.
The first thing I liked about the book is that it's clear and to the point. It's well organized. All the mantras are grouped into categories such as: overcoming obstacles, healing, prosperity, etc. It's small, but packed with information. I've seen other mantra books printed on exquisite paper, written in golden script and adorned with cutsie drawings of little huts and birds and Blah-Blah-Blah...all for about 30 bucks. Which brings up another point: the price is nice.
Mr. Farrand includes a brief history of mantras which I found interesting and colorful. His approach to mantra practice is flexible, and he describes both traditional and informal methods. After reading the book, I also bought the CD which really helped me learn the correct pronounciation and rhythm for each mantra.
I've now used almost all of this author's books and tapes. I highly recommend Mr. Farrand's work (and his website for additional info), especially for a beginner or someone who can't find a mantra class.
Having practiced some Tai Chi and Qi Gong its important when dealing with energy to feel secure with the integrity and calibre of the teacher. As most learning is done by modelling the teacher I can't think of anyone better than Thomas Ashley-Farrand for getting that start in Sanskrit Mantra. He has extensive experience and is authentic, and that promotes the full benefit of these amazing energy sounds and vibrations.
These are words of power; and this CD is great value. I also purchased the companion book, but this is not necessary to get your start. This CD stands on its own.
Daniel John Hancock
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think is a good cd if you are looking for a very basic introduction and want help to vocalize. Don't expect to find deep information about the true meaning of mantras though.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The author's words on healing mantras flow with such grace that I wish I could have met Mr. Ashley-Farrand before he passed away. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole
A great book for those of us who meditate and for anyone interested in meditating. No matter your religion or beliefs the mantras will help to bring you to a place of inner peace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lady Gray
Thanks for this book! Changed a lot in my approach about spirituality and healing. High five to those who did an immense effort in putting this book.Published 2 months ago by Joel Larsen
Very well explained. I also have one of his audio books and I love it.Published 2 months ago by John Gill
Wonderful gift. Fast delivery and a great cost. My niece loved this book. Went great with the beads.Published 2 months ago by Rita Sexton
I love this book and think it is quite a treasure (I first saw it on a friend's book shelf and decided I needed to have one on my own!). Read morePublished 3 months ago by wren