Mentoring Sessions with Brenda
Brenda is very pleased to offer individual sessions. Receive support and guidance around what is relevant in your life right now, eg. kirtan leading, your own personal mantra practice, creative expression, songwriting and guidance for your own spiritual journey.
Brenda can meet with you by telephone or by Skype
• Investment: $150 USD
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your meeting with Brenda!
In the month leading up to one of my favourite events of the year -Bhakti Heart Fire – Kirtan Academy – I posted a video of one of the mantras, chants, devotional songs contained in our Heart Fire Manual!
If you would like to join us for this transformative 5 1/2 day immersion into everything Bhakti and Kirtan, please go to: http://devatree.com/calendar/event/317/
Bhajamana Ma Ma Ma
Ananda Mayi Ma Ma,Ananda Rupa Ma Ma
Oh Mind, chant devotion to the Mother.
Divine Mother full of bliss.
Divine Mother, whose form is bliss.
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samstitha Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namoh Namah
Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shanti Rupena Samstitha Namastasyei Namastasyei Namastasyei Namoh Namah Namastasyei Namastasyei Namoh Namah
Om Mata Saraswatiyei Om Mata Jagatambe
Sri Ma Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma Sri Ma Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma
“To that Goddess who is established in all beings in the form of the mother, in the form of power (Shakti), in the form of peace (Shanti), salutations to Her again and again”
(From the Devi Mahatmyam)
A song of reverence to the Great Mother, naming Saraswati (Goddess of arts, music, knowledge and wisdom) and Jagatambe (Mother of the Universe, another name for Durga)
“Om Dum Durgayei Namaha”
“Om and Salutations to that feminine energy which protects from all manner of negative influences.”
Durga Mantra explanation on syllables:
* Om – The sound of the universe; The essence of everything; The root of Hinduism itself; Usually begins and ends all Hindu prayers.
* Dum – The seed mantra (sound) of Mata Ji Durga.
* Durgayei – The complete, formal Sanskrit pronunciation of Maa Durga’s name.
* Namaha – In Your essence, we bow to You; In Your presence, only You are recognized.
Chanting Om Dum Durgayei Namaha benefits:
The Goddess is said to have the combined powers of Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kali. This mantra is often used for protection against internal or external negative forces. Also, chanting Durga mantra removes the effect of all types of black magic, unfavorable effect of negative planets, bad luck or health problems.
Kali Durge Namo Namah
Jai Jai Jai Mata Kali
Jai Jai Jai Mata Durgayae
Om Dum Durgayae Namaha
Om Dum Durgayae Namaha
A chant to Kali and Duga, both representations of the Divine Mother.
“To She who liberates the mind from all illusion”
“Victory to Mother Kali! Victory to Mother Durga!”
Om Dum Durgayae Namaha (Mantra of Protection) Another one of the transliterations is: “Salutations to She who is beautiful to the seekers of Truth and terrible in appearance to those who would injure devotees of Truth”
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Svaha Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dimahi Diyo Yonah Prachodayat
The Mother of the Vedas
“Salutations to that sacred sound present in the earth, the heavens, and that which is beyond. May the glorious splendor of that Divine life illuminate our meditation”
In his book Sadhana, Sri Swami Shivananda wrote:
“Of all the mantras, the supreme and the most potent power of powers is the great, glorious Gayatri Mantra. It is the support of every seeker after Truth who believes in its efficacy, power and glory, be he of any caste, creed, clime or sect. It is only one’s faith and purity of heart that really count. Indeed, Gayatri is an impregnable spiritual armor, a veritable fortress, that guards and protects its votary, that transforms him into the divine, and blesses him with the brilliant light of the highest spiritual illumination.
… It is universally applicable, for it is nothing but an earnest prayer for Light, addressed to the Supreme Almighty Spirit.
… This single mantra, repeated sincerely and with clear conscience, brings the supreme good.”
ANANDAMAYI (mantra by Sri Aurobindo, adapted by B. McMorrow)
Om Anandamayi Chaitanyamayi Satyamayi Parameshwari
“OM, O supreme Goddess who art all bliss, consciousness and truth of being” Ananda: Bliss. Chaitanya: Consciousness. Satya: Truth
LOKA SAMASTA SUKINO BHAWANTU
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
From Sharon Gannon:
Lokah: location, realm, all universes existing now
Samasta: all beings sharing that same location
Sukhino: centered in happiness and joy, free from suffering
Bhav: the divine mood or state of unified existence
antu: may it be so, it must be so (antu used as an ending here transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
OM GAM GANAPATAYE NAMAHA
“I offer my love and devotion to Sri Ganesha; please grant me success in my noble endeavor”
Asato Ma Sat Gamaya
Tomaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
“Lead me from ignorance to understanding as from obscurity to light. Lead me from the non-being to true being, from darkness to light, from death to immortality. Om Peace, Peace, Peace”
Om Krim Kali Kayei Namaha
“Om and Salutations to the Primordial feminine energy”
Om Eim Saraswatiyei Namaha
Om and Salutations to the feminine Saraswati Principle. (Mantra for success in Education, Music and Artistic endeavors)
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
“The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra restores health and happiness and brings calmness in the face of death. When courage or determination are blocked, it rises up to overcome obstacles. It awakens a healing force that reaches deep into the body and mind.
Just as a plant patiently gathers nutrients from the soil, so healing and nourishing forces enter the human body through foods, medicines, supportive emotions, and encouraging thoughts. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra attracts these forces and creates an inner environment to enhance their effectiveness. Thus the mantra can be used whenever any restorative process is undertaken.” From Yoga International
OM TARE TUTARE TURE SWAHA
An invocation to Tara, the female counterpart of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion. The Tara is pictured many – armed, symbolizing the powers and attributes she has cultivated to save all sentient beings.
OM SHRIM MAHA LAKSHMIYEI SWAHA
JAI JAI MA JAI MA JAI MA JAI MA JAI MA
“OM AND SALUTATIONS TO SHE WHO MANIFESTS EVERY KIND OF ABUNDANCE – PRAISES TO THE DIVINE FEMININE. VICTORY TO THE DIVINE FEMININE!”
SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAMA
SITA RAM SITA RAM JAI JAI SITA RAM
RAMA RAMA SITA RAMA RAMA RAMA SITA RAMA
“Glory to Sita and Ram” A song to Lord Rama and his beloved Sita
Jai or Jay = Glory to, Victory to
Sri = a term of reverence at the beginning of a name
“May the Divine as Light and virtue that dwells in my heart be victorious over all (internal and external) obstacles and difficulty”
OM Shri Hanumate Namaha:
I bow to Hanuman for protection from dark forces & for healing energy. Hanuman is the symbol of devotion & selfless action.
“I bow to the son of the wind-god, the beloved devotee of Sri Rama, the chief of the monkeys, the repository of all virtues, the foremost among the wise, a fire to consume the forest of the demon race, possessing a body shining as a mountain of gold and a home of immeasurable strength.” ~ Ramayana (Tulsi Das)
“I am Divine Love”
OM Eim Hrim Klim Chamundayei Vicche Namaha
“OM and Salutations to She who is Radiant with power and wisdom”
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
The GREAT manta
“A spiritual call to the Divine”
“‘Hare’ is the power or energy of Krishna (Radha/Shakti)”
GANESHAYA NAMOH NAMAH
JAYA JAYA VINAYAKA
SRI SRI JAI SRI
JAI SRI GANAPATI
OM GUNG GANAPATAYEI NAMAHA
“Salutations to the remover of obstacles. This sound formula assists us in the removal of obstacles. In order for that to happen there is no need to know the exact nature of the hindrances. Just the awareness and recognition that there are obstacles and then chanting this mantra with the intention for resolve is enough. This mantra unifies us within.
When there is oneness there are no obstacles. This mantra is also used for the beginning of any endeavor. Whenever we start anything and we can bless the project with the energy of Ganesh through this mantra”
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara, Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah
“Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction or transformation). There is a guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (param Brahma). I make my offering (tasmai) to the beautiful (shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (Guru) it is to you I bow and lay down my life (namah).” Thank you Jivamukti Yoga for this explanation.
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
“Salutations to the Indweller who is omnipresent, omnipotent, immortal and divine.
This mantra is called the Great Liberation Twelve-Syllable Mantra.
It frees our minds and spirits from negative patterns in this life.
Vasudeva is the individual aspect of God that dwells inside of us.”
OM MANI PADME HUM (Buddhist Mantra)
“The jewel is in the lotus” or “Praise to the jewel in the lotus”
“The six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha.”
OM Sahana Vavatu
Saha Viryam Karavavahai
OM Shanti Shanti Shantihi
OM, may we all be protected. May we all be nourished. May we work together with great energy. May our studies be enlightening. Let us not give rise to enmity. OM, peace (within), peace (with each other), peace (universal).
Aum gum shreem maha lakshmi yei namaha
“Aum means pure force. Gum means removal of obstacles. Shreem is the sound of abundance. Maha symbolizes the increase of energy. Lakshmi yei represents purpose. And Namaha represents completion.”
Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya Shivaya Namah Om
“I bow to Shiva.” Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.”
OM SHRI GANESHAYA NAMAHA
A chant to Ganesh, the remover of obstacles!
Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
“I offer myself to the Light, who is the True Teacher
within and without (the teacher of all teachers),
Who assumes the forms of
Reality, Consciousness and Bliss,
Who is never absent and is full of peace,
Independent in its existence,
It is the vital essence of illumination.”
London, Ontario, Canada
presented by DevaTree School of Yoga
“If you want to expand your heart and your voice, take this course!!!! The music, the instruments, the lessons, the people and the Angelic voice Brenda McMorrow…I am a novice singer and there was no judgement, only support. That was a big hurdle for me. It’s a safe space to explore.” – Elaine (2014 Grad)
Devotional Chant artist and teacher, Brenda McMorrow invites you to join her in taking a deep dive into everything Kirtan (a practice of Bhakti Yoga). Whether you have a desire to lead Kirtan, incorporate chant into your yoga practice or teachings, or simply receive its benefits in your own life, this immersion will guide you toward these goals.
50-hr Cross-Disciplinary Chanting Immersion With Brenda McMorrow, B.Ed, RYT
No Musical Experience Required
At its most basic and universal level, Bhakti can be defined as an expression of love or devotion. Anyone who has experienced the spontaneous heart-expandingeffects of chant understands that the Bhakti Bhav (mood) is a sweet, pure and expansive feeling not easily described in words. Like our physical yoga practice, devotional chanting has the power to create healing shiftsin the body, mind and Spirit. Acting like a tuning fork for the entire system, chanting can help us clear blocked energy and open us up to the Universal frequency of compassion, expansion, trust, and love.
Experience the benefits of mantra repetition as applied to chanting and meditation, and learn common Sanskrit & yogic chants and their meanings. Participants will gain insight into traditional deities, stories, myths and practices, and their application to our modern lives.
Learn about the typical instruments used for Kirtan, and explore creative chant composition and kirtan leading in ensembles at your own comfort level.
No musical ability and/or training is required for this program, as all students will have opportunities to nurture their own unique chanting voice in a supportive atmosphere of like-hearted others.
Brenda’s personal stories, humor and revelations from her own path and worldwide travels light up these six days of brilliant Bhakti bliss!
More words from Past Grads:
“This is the best ever!! If you are thinking to attend…just DO it!!!! You will be SO happy that you did!!” – Louise
“It changed my relationship with my voice. Do it!” – Julie
“Absolutely!! This week was life changing for me. Not only did I find my voice I made lifelong friendships.” – Jefferson
“Life changing event” – Betty and Bill
“It’s one of my favourite retreats! Wonderful soul rejuvenation!” – Kath
“JAI! JAI! This was such an amazing experience of open heart connections. Sing Laugh Love. I’m coming back for more!” – Lisa
“Each vibration creates a sound, and we are vibration and therefore sound. It’s an amazing and transformative experience. Brenda McMorrow shares the joy of Bhakti and music, and makes it accessible for all. Music is meditative to me and fills my soul.” – Gayatri
“This experience touched my soul 🙂 I am so ready to do it again and again and again. Love you, Brenda.” – Amita
“Great-o-goddesslike, ’tis! Your heart and throat chakras will never be the same!” Kristi
For more information and to read the syllabus:
Your Investment: $925 CAD + tax
(does not include food/accommodation)
(For U.S. participants, your strong American dollar will provide you with a significant discount!)
Limited number of scholarships available
To register and for more information please email
I sure hope you can join us for the epic, awesome weekend of Bhakti Bliss in the Joshua Tree Desert that happens each year: Bhakti Fest West!
I have 4 weekend passes available and would love it if you got in touch to buy yours from me!
Only $250 USD, a significant discount from the current price!
Please email me at email@example.com
and to find out more about the fest, go to: http://bhaktifest.com/
Love and thanks, Brenda
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KRIPALU RETREAT, Apr. 10-15 ’16 “Self Inquiry Through Mantra and Movement” with Brenda and Erica Taxin Bleznak
Registration is by phone: 866.200.5203
I hope you are all staying warm and well wherever in the world this may find you!
I have been enjoying some quiet rest time in Toronto, Ontario after many months of touring and am so grateful for it! New creations are being inspired and I’m excited to be sharing them with you soon!
I wanted to invite you specifically to a very special retreat that I am co-facilitating this April with my dear friend, Erica Taxin Bleznak at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western MA, USA. Erica is one of the most gifted yoga teachers I have ever encountered and she is an inspiring writer and a guide to many as they travel the spiritual path. It is a deep honour to be presenting this retreat with her.
Self Inquiry has been the central practice in my life since 2003 and it has changed my life in ways that words could never describe. I have assisted and facilitated self-inquiry retreats and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland and it is with great pleasure that I now have such a beautiful opportunity to bring my two loves together: Devotional song and Self Inquiry!
Please consider joining us for this transformative retreat, where you will have the opportunity to connect deeply with yourself and others, take part in deeply healing and transformative yoga, sing and enjoy the powerful vibrations of mantra and, most importantly…immerse yourself into a space that nurtures you in uncovering the Truth of Who You Are!
When people ask why I chose to dedicate my life to chanting mantra, I’m always inclined to answer “I didn’t – it chose me!” If you’ve chanted before, you too may have felt an inexplicable pull towards this uplifting and healing practice. See More…