By Nirupama Chowdhary, India
Last year with the onset of the Covid pandemic, Mohanji felt the need to create different platforms to help the people in distress and empower them with different techniques. In March, Acharyas from India were in Bangalore with Deviji. One day a message came from Mohanji to start Online Mai-Tri on Facebook to raise the vibrations of the people.
Soon we were all back in our respective places just in time before lockdown. With lockdown, life suddenly came to a standstill. Fear and anxiety gripped people all over the world. For the first time in the history of mankind, people were forced to stay inside their homes.
All the families under one roof, working online, working from home and children having online school. No external help. Being confined and stressed, fear of the deadly disease was creating havoc. Mohanji came up with many simple techniques through Acharyas for the people of the world to destress and be peaceful, calm and happy.
One of the techniques was chanting mantras. Acharyas were asked to chant a mantra 108 times on Facebook live in the morning and in the evening. Chanting mantras release positive energy, which decreases negative thoughts and stress levels. Chanting mantras is an ancient practice that calms your mind and emotions.
Chanting 108 times can decrease anxiety and depressive symptoms in the human body. It helps your ability to concentrate and focus your attention on a single task, thus bringing you to the present moment and empowering you.
I started chanting the Maha Mritunjaya mantra on Facebook live. Maha Mritunjaya mantra is considered to be one of the most powerful Shiva mantras. It is also called the Heart of Vedas. Chanting of this mantra bestows longevity, wards off calamities and prevents untimely death. It removes fear and heals holistically. It aligns, strengthens and helps the spiritual journey of the listener as well as the one who is chanting.
I am not very good at singing or reciting. But I had a basic knowledge of Sanskrit, and it helped. On FB live, you sit and chant loudly in a room. Your composed self and voice enables you to connect to the audience. You chant with your eyes closed.
Here I had my first experience of connecting to the self. As I went deep inwards, I felt cyclic movements from the root chakra to the crown chakra and experienced a state of bliss. This self-connection is normally not possible in a day to day life. Usually, the mind is always in chatter mode or thinking and planning. So I took every opportunity to do the chanting. We have been chanting every Saturday on zoom for months.
As the second wave of the Covid pandemic came, things were gloomy again. Mohanji Acharyas came up with different chanting programs and sessions. Chant 4 Bharat was one of them. A mandala (41 days) of chanting a mantra using the collective power of intention and power of mantra chanting loudly with full concentration was encouraged. Many volunteers joined the Acharyas for the Chant 4 Bharat program, where the Maha Mritunjaya mantra was chanted in 4 different time zones for people of the world who were suffering and had lost their loved ones and all those who were helping others.
My family was going through a tough time. I joined in the chanting of the Maha Mritunjaya mantra. Rajesh Kamath, Mohanji Acharya, on his page Sacred Bharat had been giving details on chanting, a few dos and don’ts of chanting. He wrote – connect to your heart center, the seat of the Guru (Spiritual Master). In our case, we visualise our Guru Mohanji in our heart center while chanting.