His Book is about our spiritual evolution. It is about the role and process of spiritual development and
about the deeper truths that lie beneath our more relative selves. It is also a practical book, giving
indepth guidance to the complex system of chakras and mantras-spiritual maps and tools for our higher
The material presented here will work for you regardless of what your spiritual ideal is or
what your personal “spiritual mosaic” looks like. It will focus on the common spiritual anatomy we all
carry and will lay out core Sanskrit mantras that will aid in various aspects of our spiritual
As we begin this journey, the most important initial idea I can express is that you are
immortal. There was never a time you were not. There is never a time you will not be. Your immortal
essence is referred to by many names: the soul, the self, atman, jiva, or lower purusha. These are but a
few of the various names that refer to your personal inner divine flame of truth. That which you are. That
while is imperishable. It is a part of you that is not actively involved in any of your worldly conditions,
yet it watches and, in some hard-to-describe way, learns.
But even as that flame is your true self, there is another part of us that lives in this world that
I call the Ego-Mind-Personality. It is not immortal. It experiences all of the pains and joys of life, and
then dissolves, in its current form and expression, at the time of death. This day-to-day part of us also
comes and goes from life to life, and an essence of what we have learned and attained in any one life
goes forward from one life on to the next. The Ego-Mind-Personality can choose to evolve to a new,
higher state of consciousness and being. It can become immortal if it chooses to embark upon a
program of spiritual discipline that systematically leads to immortality. Through discipline it can evolve
and grow until it eventually merges with the atman and becomes immortal.
If we look closely at what we know about various religions throughout human history, it
would seen that the decision for the Ego-Mind Personality to become immortal is a choice we will all
make sooner or later, but, as yet, there is no definitive proof that this is so-we as a human family
certainly have not yet gotten to that point en masse. But still, the major religions are trying to convey
something important to us. And throughout history, the great spiritual figures have deemed the pursuit
of this of the highest importance. The religions and spiritual teachers speak with one voice about our
divine destiny, about immortality, about living a spiritual life, and about spiritual rewards. The details
know, if we will but undertake the journey to achieve it.
To describe our common journey, it is helpful to use the map of powers, abilities, and
potentials embodied in stories about some of the celestials that are told in various Hindu scriptures but
principally in the Puranas. The marvelous abilities of the characters in these stories-both good and evil
ones alike-can be likened to a periodic table of divine abilities and characteristics we will encounter as
we progress. These stories can help define both the journey and what we may find along the way.
I will begin here by sketching out the general themes found in the rest of this work and some
basic concepts that serve as foundational ideas for the chapters that follow.
According to both the Vedas and the Puranas, in the beginning at the supra-cosmic level, there
was only a transcendent unity. There was one Being of which we sere a part. Then, in a truly enigmatic
decision, that being decided to diversify itself. The idea of many individual parts was conceived, and
individual souls sprang from that transcendental Being From that Being we have come. Ultimately, it is
to that Being in its reality to which we will return.
The first step after the decision of that Being to become many was the establishment of each
of us as individual beings. Even then we were still in unity with that Cosmic Truth. We had only the
thinnest of veils separating us from complete absorption into that Being. We had commenced a journey
for reasons known only to our soul and that Great Being. When we have finished the first phase of that
journey started long, long ago, we will reach the place of Great Decision discussed near the end of this
book. No matter what our decision at that point, we will have evolved back into conscious contact with
the state of Being from which we have come. We will have traveled up through the chakras, adding to
our experience and knowledge.
Almost everyone who has even a nodding a acquaintance with eastern spirituality has heard
the word chakras. As energy processing centers in the subtle body located along the spine, they are
traditionally taught as six in number with a seventh at the top of the head. In addition to these seven
chakras, there are other esoteric chakras that are sometimes taught to advanced students. There are
mantras and seed sounds that activate those esoteric chakras, and some of them contain keys to our
The seed sound Hrim, for instance, is taught in both Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism as the
seed sound for the Hrit Padma, the “sacred heart” which is described in the Narayana Suktam as an
eight-petaled lotus “two finger widths” below the Anahata (heart) Chakra. This chakra is described as
that place in which the self, the soul, resides.
In Tibetan Buddhism, one mantra initiation into advanced spiritual practice involves the Kala
Chakra, in Hinduism, is sometimes located just above the Vishuddha or throat chakra. But in another
system, it is located in a different place in the head, above the Ajna Chakra, also called the third eye. In
fact, there are a handful of different chakra systems that are defined and placed in different parts of our
spiritual anatomy. Here I will use the most common system of chakra definitions and placement, while
incorporating aspects of other systems I have been taught and which I have tested since 1973.
My teacher, Sadguru Sant Keshavadas, taught that every organ and gland has a chakra of its
own to help it process the energy that helps it function properly. The great Swami Sivananda noted that
some yogic texts speak of 144 chakras in the body. And, the comprehensive chakra manual Laya Yoga,
by Shyam Sundar Goswami, minutely describes many overlapping chakras systems and some esoteric
schools that locate over 200 different chakras in the body. Sundar goes into such detail as to make the
information nearly impossible to take in, especially for the average yoga student and even then for some
advanced practitioners. That gives you some indication of the intricacy of this system of spiritual
Other chakras in both Tibetan and Hindu systems are even less available to students in the
West. The Soma Chakra in the forehead, the Manas Chakra in the back of the head, and other chakras
scattered in various places in the body have energy processing abilities that are activated by mantras.
Some of these mantras are given to everyone while others are usually given only to select students. All
of which is to say that in examining the path that presents itself to the willing seeker, we must examine
both traditional and a few more secret chakras.
In our spiritual journey, we will likely encounter conditions or obstacles that challenge us.
We will be “burning up karma” and can experience process. There are various spiritual practices to help
us with these challenges. Hinduism has discovered the science of mantra to help invoke various spiritual
energies that help dissolve difficulties. Mantras can also act as buffers to minimize painful karmic
burn-off. These mantras resonate within the chakras, the major energy processing centers located along
the spine in the subtle body. Throughout this book, I’ll take you through not only the ways mantras can
help you on your spiritual journey, I’ll also provide you with the Sanskrit chants and the recommended
number of recitations to provide support on the spiritual path.
1. To present for your consideration a simple explanation of the system of chakras that exist in
all of us. The system I present will be drawn from several of the dozens of systems that exist in the
ancient texts from India. All of the research has been done by others, most of whom are great spiritual
scholars as well as advanced practitioners. There is only one item in the discussion of the chakras that is
original with me. It is my discussion of the function of the dramatic mythic character called Ganesha,
and his chakra. Very great minds and spiritual practitioners have provided all the rest of the
2. To outline a general path of spiritual development that encompasses efforts conducted during
more than one lifetime. The purpose of this spiritual development is to discover and therefore become
consciously more of what you are and always have been.
3. To present energy-invoking tools called mantras that, when used, enable you to accumulate
more and more energy leading to various “changes of state” in your organism, or that which you
inhabit-your bodies, both physical and subtle.
4. To provide a description of, in as simple language as I am able, the journey to and place of
“great decision,” where we reach a fundamental evolutionary point of choice. From that decision, two
great and divergent paths are presented to all of us.
5. To list some of the superhuman abilities that, come, eventually, to us all. The great healers
among us have unlocked some of these abilities and many of them have dedicated themselves to helping
us. As part of the process, I will introduce you to several healers and their spiritual opening.
6. To offer several of the great healing mantras from India.
7. To convey stories from the great tales and epics of India that, teach us something important
or useful about our journey. And they are fun. Spirituality does not have to be long-faced and serious all
the time Personally, I think the great ones told funny stories to their disciples.
Back of the Book
In Chakra Mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand, a preeminent authority on yogic mantras, reminds us that
consciousness is anchored to the physical plane. He writes that we all must “re-evolve” and elevate back
up to cosmic consciousness, and he shows us how to do just that. With the help of healing sounds and
chakra mantras. We can make the journey back to mind and spirit.
Chakras are powerful energy transformers and mantras are energy processing centers in the
subtle body along the spine. By working with sound mantras you can activate your secret chakras. Which
contain the keys to our spiritual progress. Ashley-Farrand’s knowledge rests upon a solid foundation of
the practice of Sanskrit mantras – spiritual formulas of immense and specific influence that are
matrices of sound energy and can bring the power represented by gods and goddesses to each of us. If
we combine the talent within our “spiritual genes” with dedication and effort, the promise of those
“genes” can become “genius”.
About the Author
Thomas Ashley-Farrand is one of the West’s foremost authorities of Vedic and Buddhist
Sanskrit mantras. He has been recognized for his flawless mastery of mantra practice and has gathered
more than 8,000 transliterated mantras, the most comprehensive body of these sacred-sound syllables
in the English language. He is also the author of Healing Mantras and Mantra Meditation. He lives in
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