Discover the ancient healing chants of India. For millennia, the Gayatri Mantra and the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra have echoed down the banks of the holy river Ganges. These mantras express the heart’s longing for peace, wisdom, and ultimate freedom from all earthly limitations, expressing the essence of every prayer.

Both mantras are chanted in the traditional Sanskrit style, accompanied by the sound of 120 tambouras. Sanskrit has a power in its very utterance to calm and purify the mind. Allow the beauty of these sacred sounds to penetrate every atom of your being, gently lifting you to a state of pure awareness.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

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"Ancient, unhurried majesty"

NAPRA Review

"Kriyananda uses his voice like a recurring belltone; direct, pure, steady, and unchanging in tempo. I meditated to this beautiful CD for 21 days, and at the end of my personal experiment, I found that life was falling back in place with work issues, money issues, and just a stronger feeling of who I am."

Anthony Scafide, New Frontier

"Listening to Mantra will be very powerful in changing your energy and consciousness."

Greg Ozimek, PhenomeNEWS

"The ancient sound is captured here to gently lift the listener to a state of pure awareness. These mantras are more than prayers; they are sounds meant to influence and bring forth an inner peace."

Music Design In Review

"Very sincere and enchanting. After a short period of time, I became in touch with my own inner rhythm. Mantra caressed and comforted my soul, leaving me feeling fulfilled and rejuevenated."

Chuck Dilberto, Awareness Magazine