I gave a workshop at the Capital Harp Retreat called “Sacred Sampler” — and touched upon ancient Jewish biblical scales, Shaker music and Hindu chants. Christina Tourin, in her newest “Color My World with Harp” DVD (book 5, purple, songs of faith and gratitude), has the Hindu – Om Mani Padme Um as a simple chant. I referenced that in the workshop, as well as Deva Primal’s Om Mani Padme Um chant with the Tibetan Monks. Deva Primal chants 108 times.
Here are a few reasons:
- Hindu deities have 108 names.
- In the Bhagavata Purana, Krishna dances with 108 Gopis.
- In Hindu Astrology there are 12 Rashis or Zodiacs and 9 Planets or Navagrahas. 12 X 9 = 108.
- Also in Hindu Astrology there are 27 Lunar mansions or Nakshatras which are divided in 4 Padas or quarters each. 27 X 4 = 108.
- 108 signifies the wholeness of the divinity, perfect totality.
- The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realisation.
- Source: http://western-hindu.org/2010/01/01/ how-to-chant-a-mantra-108-times-without-mala-beads/
Mani – Jewel of Enlightenment.
Padme – Buddhist Sacred Lotus Flower of Enlightenment.
Hum – Bestow.
The syllable OM, Brahman, is the universe. Whatsoever has existed, whatsoever exists, and whatsoever shall exist hereafter, is OM. And whatsoever transcends past, present, and future, that also is OM.