I only fully appreciated the beauty of chanting since 2014, and the Sa Ta Na Ma chant remains one of my absolute favourites.
Find yourself a peaceful space where you can fully relax with the sound of your voice. When you start chanting this mantra you will notice a vibration in your chest as well as the great workout you get in your core.It will leave you feeling at peace with yourself and the world. Chant gently as if you’re singing to yourself, so you’re directing the sound inwards.
The sounds come from one of the oldest mantras Sat Nam which means “my true essence” or “true identity” and are designed to be uplifting. There are many interpretations for each of the sounds, one being that there is no meaning to the sounds at all, but simply a vibration, and a stimulation of 84 acupressure points in the palate of the mouth which occurs when singing and whispering the words. Other translations of the sounds are:
SA is birth, the beginning, infinity, the totality of everything that ever was, is, or will be.
TA is life, existence, and creativity which manifests from infinity.
NA is death, change, and the transformation of consciousness.
MA is rebirth, regeneration, and resurrection which allows us to consciously experience the joy of the infinite.
When using the mantra in the meditation there are three “voices”: The singing voice, which represents the voice of action. The whispered voice, which represents the voice of the inner mind or the voice of your romantic nature. Finally the silence where you repeat the mantra mentally to yourself, representing your spiritual voice.
There is a mudra (hand gesture) to go with this chant Begin in Gyan Mudra. The elbows are straight while chanting, and the mudra changes as each fingertip touches in turn the tip of the thumb with gentle pressure. On SAA, touch the first (Jupiter) finger On TAA, touch the second (Saturn) finger On NAA, touch the third (Sun) finger On MAA, touch the fourth (Mercury) finger