For those who may not know Anup Jalota, he is widely known as the Emperor of Bhajans (Bhajan Samraat) and for good reasons, too. Born on 29 July 1953, the respected singer/musician is loved for his renditions of the Indian devotional songs known as bhajans as well as the ghazal, an Urdu form of poetry often set to music. He is also loved for his renditions of ganesh aarti songs and for meditation chanting mantras, which have cemented his reputation in the Indian music industry and among religious devotees.
With that being said, let’s turn our focus on the importance of mantras and aarti in our spiritual lives.
Mantra is derived from two Sanskrit word “manan” and “trana”, the latter of which means liberation from temporal ties. Although it has Vedic origins, the practice of intoning mantras has become an integral part of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Modern-day artists like Anup Jalota also use mantras to attain self-realization, to attract success in life, and to achieve spiritual discipline. Indeed, many devotees will say that chanting mantras will keep one connected to the Divine.
Aarti songs are sung in accompaniment to the ritual known as the aarti, which is conducted after a bhajan session in North India. Each sect may have its own version of a common aarti song, which all devotees sing as a chorus during the ritual. The aarti ritual is significant because of its symbolism – the lighted wick chases away the darkness in the same way that an individual’s vigilance chases away the degrading influence of the temporal world.
But chanting mantras should be done in a proper manner so as to enjoy its benefits.
Keep these things in mind:
1 . The mind should be peaceful yet focused on the mantras.
2 . The individual must have complete faith in the Divine when intoning the mantras because it is the basis for enlightenment.
3. The body should be clean so it is best to take a bath and change your clothes.
4. The venue should be a peaceful and quiet place with no distractions except possibly for the devotional songs of Anup Jalota playing softly in the background.
5. The best times are during the transitions periods (i.e., dawn and dusk) of the day.
You should start chanting mantras now and enjoy its benefits sooner than you can say “om mani padme hum” a thousand times.