Mindful Musings: Feb 27

“The Great Mantra”

By: Forrest Rivers

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Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna

Krishna Krishna

Hare Hare

Hare Rama

Hare Rama

Rama Rama

Hare Hare



More than a mantra

More than a phrase of faith

More than the Soul’s initiation

Into a universe of grace….

This mantra beyond all mantras

This phrase beyond all phrases

It is the song of THE SELF

Merging with the INFINITE ONE:


Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE

Mindful Musings: 12/13

11 Spiritual Mantras to Practice in Challenging Times

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Below is a list of 11 mantras (a sacred phrase or utterance) that I have incorporated into my daily meditations throughout this year. They have each brought me great faith and comfort during these difficult times. If they have worked for me, they might also work for you! Of course, feel free to play around with each of these mantras until you find one (or more) that most inspires you.

The List: 

  1. “The Power of God is within me. The Grace of God surrounds me.” -Ram Dass-
  2. “The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all. The Lord is the supreme reality.”                             –The Upanishads-
  3. “Brahman is all. The Self is Brahman.”-The Upanishads-
  4. “I am the flute by which the breath of Christ flows through.” -Hafiz-
  5. “Om Mani Padme Hum” (Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus of the Heart)                              -Buddhist Mantra-
  6. “Hare Kṛishna Hare Kṛishna, Kṛishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare (O Lord, O Energy of the Lord, please engage me in your service) -The Great Mantra-
  7. “Om gam Gana Pataye Namaha” (I bow to the elephant-faced deity who can remove all obstacles) – Ganesha Mantra-
  8. “Humans follow Earth, Earth follows Heaven, Heaven Follows Tao, Tao Follows Its own nature -The Tao Te Ching-
  9. “Love everyone, serve everyone, and remember God.” -Neem Karoli Baba-
  10.  “The Sun is my father, The Earth is my mother, The plants are my sister, The animals are my brothers”.  -Adapted Native American Prayer
  11. “No God, No Peace, Know God, Know Peace.” -The Bible-