Just as a lotus flowers blossoms in muddy waters, similarly, a skilled yogi
blossoms by fully functioning in the world but remaining unaffected by the events.

Helpful Mantras For Difficult Times

Wisdom and certain practices of different religions can be beneficial to all and should be shared. We all share the same water, earth, sun, and air. Different foods that grow in different parts of the world are meant to be enjoyed by all. Scientific discovery in one part of the world becomes useful for the whole world.
Similarly, the mantras from Hindu Scriptures, which are known for their calming and energizing benefits, can be useful to all, especially now, during this global turmoil caused by coronavirus.
The mantras contain sacred energy, which is positive, powerful, peaceful, and harmonious. Chanting of these mantras, whether audibly or silently, or just by listening to them, radiates this sacred energy to our inner-beings,  It combats the negative feelings of fear and worry. As a result, we feel stronger to handle difficult situations with a sense of calmness. This sacred energy also brings a variety of physical benefits by soothing the body at the cellular level.  
Today I share with you two mantras, dedicated one each to Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman.

Lord Ganesha

Lord Hanuman

 Lord Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles, and Lord Hanuman is known for His selfless devotion and immense strength.
Their symbolic animal-like forms represent some of their virtues like strength, kindness, wisdom, and generosity, etc. Their different virtues are expressed in different mantras dedicated to them. By chanting those mantras, we assimilate some of their virtues. 


Mantra of Lord Ganesha

Om Gam Ganapatye Namaha 
(This is the base mantra)
The base mantra is also chanted with other mantras as below:
Om  Gam Ganapatye  Namo Namaha
Shri Sidhi Vinayak Namo Namaha
Ashat Vinayak Namo Namaha
Ganpati Bapa Morya
More Ganesha mantras with beautiful singing:


Mantra of Lord Hanuman

Om Han (or ham)  Hanumatye Namaha
(This is the base mantra)
The base mantra is also chanted with other mantras as below:
Om Han (or Ham) Hanumate Namo Namaha
Shri Hanumate Namo Namaha

Jai Jai Hanumate Namo Namaha
Shri Ram Dutaye Namo Namaha

Below is Hanuman Chalisa, a beautiful Lord Hanuman song, in divine voices.
One can sing along with the above videos, or other audios/videos available online, at any time of the day, even while doing your house chores.
Reciting the above two base mantras silently, eleven times, early in the morning prepares you for the day, and reciting them eleven times before going to bed helps one sleep better. 
These mantras are not just for difficult times. During good times, chanting of these mantras brings better health, prosperity, peace, and fulfillment. The mantras, however, are not a substitute for self-effort.
While chanting the mantras, don’t be too concerned about their proper pronunciation. What matters most is that we chant them with devotion, humbleness, and gratitude 
May God give us the inner-strength
to go through this difficult period with courage and acceptance!

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