“Brahmananda Swarupa” is a chant consecrated by Sadhguru to invoke stillness in all those who make it a part of their lives. The chant is available as part of the Vairagya album and can be downloaded for free. It is also available as part of the Isha Chants app.
Brahmananda Swarupa Isha Jagadisha
Akhilananda Swarupa Isha Mahesha
Sadhguru :Brahmananda Swarupa sweetens your life.
Brahma refers to the creator. The creator has been described as emptiness, as boundlessness, as light, and as darkness. Whatever is the basis of creation, that’s Brahma. And Brahma is Akhila, which means he’s all-pervading.
Ananda refers to the blissfulness or ecstasy of the creator. Swarupa is ‘an image’. So, we are talking about an image of the ecstasy of the creator. Isha means that which rules. Jagadisha means the same thing, said in a different way. Jaga means existence. Jagadisha is the ruler of the existence. The creator is referred to in so many ways, so we’re saying this whole existence is an image of the ecstasy of the creator. That’s what the chant fundamentally means.
The ecstasy of the creator is manifest in so many ways; it comes in the form of a tsunami, it comes in the form of a tornado, it comes in the form of sunshine, snow, and most of all, absolute stillness. A major part of the creator’s ecstasy is expressed as absolute stillness. Here and there, one planet, one galaxy, little tsunami, little tornado, but a major part of it is stillness.
When we invoke a chant like this, this is not just a chant, a certain amount of work has been done on it. It has been kind of consecrated, you can say. The very sound has been consecrated. When we consecrate a sound like this, it has been done with the intention that a large part of you will become stillness but you will retain the liveliness of life around you.
A chant can either be used as a key, or it can be used as raiment that you wear. It is clothing that you wear all the time. So this is more like your clothing, this is not a seed. If you keep on chanting, it will be around you. If sufficient involvement goes into it, if it becomes your life’s breath, then you will see, people can feel this. There have been many instances like this.
It happened with Ram Das. Ram Das was at the time an unrecognized sadhak. He was wandering and one night, he slept in somebody’s home. In the middle of the night, the owner of the house realized that somebody’s doing, “Ram, Ram, Ram”. The owner was annoyed as he wanted to sleep. So he went to check on Ram Das, but he found that the saint was fast asleep. But he could still hear the sound of “Ram, Ram”. Then he slowly went towards Ram Das and the sound was coming out of his body. Ram Das’ whole life had been into this so much, even when he slept, the body was just reverberating “Ram, Ram, Ram”.
You can make this chant like that, but it takes a lot. Such people, they don’t speak anything else. They won’t utter any other word. If they want to call you, they'll say, "Ram, Ram." If they want to give you something, “Ram, Ram.” They won’t say anything else. They do not want to disturb their system with any other sound other than that one chant. Slowly, this sound becomes like a coating, like a shield around them, a cocoon of certain energy, that it reverberates only that. It is a beautiful way of doing things, but how could you do it? How could you reply, “Brahmananda Swarupa,” to everyone? But you could do it for short periods of time. And on certain days, you could take a break from everything, go into silence and just chant through the day. It will make a big difference.
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