I recently attended a healing workshop in Glastonbury where the subject of Bija (seed) mantras was part of the session.
Bija mantras are one-syllable sort of proto-mantras. There are seven of them, one for each chakra. Five of them start with a particular consonant sound followed by ahhh and then mmmm, and the remaining two are om/aum, the final one, for the crown chakra, chanted silently.
These mantras are extremely, almost primordially powerful. They can be chanted in a variety of ways; long, steady and slow with the sound emerging gradually over a full exhalation. They can also be chanted in fast repetition. And, like all mantras, in perhaps the most powerful practice, silently.
My first exposure to Bija mantras was the slow utterance; it was several months later that I came across the rapid, cycling, hypnotic, palpably vibrational experience of the fast way. Me being me, I dived straight in. For the next few days I chanted them, three deep inhalations each, one after the other, up and down from root to crown and back again. Continue reading