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A bija mantra is a single-syllable sound that can be used in meditation to cultivate health, vitality, and inspiration. In Sanskrit, “bija” translates to “seed.” So when you practice meditation using bija mantras, it is like watering the seeds of your highest purpose to bring mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual balance—and to create harmony with your environment.
One way to use bija mantras is to connect them with the chakras—the seven spinning wheels or vortexes of energy that align with the central channel (Shushumna Nadi) or spinal cord. These chakras affect your consciousness, the subtle bodies, and your physical body. Each chakra has a seed mantra that activates its vitality and dormant potential. Intoning the mantra can speed up or slow down the potential energy associated with each chakra to amplify and purify it. In this practice, Madhu Anziani guides us through a chanting meditation that takes us from the root through to the crown chakra.
See also: A Beginner’s Guide to the Chakras
Madhu Anziani is a sound healer, musician, and a qi gong practitioner who used the power of sound and his voice to heal from tetraplegia (paralysis affecting all four limbs). In 2009, after experiencing a traumatic fall, which shattered two of his neck vertebrae, Madhu used his knowledge of sound, energy (chi), and the healing power of the voice to completely recover from an injury that should have kept him wheelchair-bound for life. He shares the techniques he used to heal and transform himself. Madhu has a degree in Jazz/World music performance from San Francisco State University and is certified in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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See also: I Am Goddess video with instructive intro from Madhu and Egemen Sanli.
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