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Music, sound and vibration play a major role in the traditions of many native faiths and ethnic religions that celebrate the sun. For example, in Indian culture, the mantra Om is said to be the primordial sound from which the entire universe was created, and many different mantras of Indian origin reflect aspects of the journey to enlightenment.
On this page you will find a collection of music and mantras — both ancient and modern and from many different regions of the world — that were sung within ancient cultures which inherited the Religion of the Sun, or which otherwise relate to this spirituality or our spiritual Being in some way.
As we discover more music and mantras related to the Religion of the Sun we will continue to add them here. If you would like to share some music or any mantras you have found that are related to the sun or our spiritual Being, please post them in our forums in the Music and Mantras section.
- Listen to Music Related to the Spiritual Sun
- Hear or Try out Mantras of the Sun
Listen to Music Related to the Spiritual Sun
South American Traditional and Folk Music
In ancient times, wisdom bringers traveled to South America, carrying the knowledge of the Religion of the Sun, and likely influencing the traditional Andean / Inca music (which is still played today) with their own sacred music.
Inkuyo – Land of the Incas (album/cd)
Inkuyo are a multicultural ensemble that performs Andean music. Their first album from 1980 Land of the Incas is available as a playlist below.
Una Ramos was a celebrated Andean / Incan musician. Some of his songs are specifically related to the sun can be listened to below:
Traditional and Folk Music From Other Cultures
More traditional and folk music coming soon…
Enigma are a German musical project that was founded in 1990. Their track, The Child Within Us, is a song about the spiritual child — the Christ, the spiritual sun/son — that can be born within us.
An English translation of the words in the track is available here.
Please note, there are other tracks by Enigma which appear to have no spiritual connection.
More contemporary music related to the sun is coming soon…
Hear or Try out Mantras of the Sun
The following mantras can be used to celebrate important times of the year in the Religion of the Sun such as the solstices and equinoxes. They can also be used on their own as a sit down meditation practice. More information about mantras and how to use them as a spiritual practice is available here.
Below are brief explanations of mantras, along with some videos to give an example of how they can be practised. Feel free however, to experiment with singing them in different ways to find what works best for you.
Hindu Mantras Related to the Summer Solstice
The mantra Om is pronounced in an elongated fashion. This mantra comes from the Upanishads and is said to be the primordial sound, and greatest of all mantras. It represents creation and the source of all creation.
Om So Hum
Om So Hum is a mantra from the Upanishads. It means “I am He/That”, and is used to identify oneself with the spiritual aspect — known as the Being — within.
The Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri mantra contains the following words:
Om bhur bhuvah svah (pronounced Om bhoor bhuva swahah)
tat savitur varenyam (pronounced tat savi tur varenyam)
bhargo devasya dhimahi (pronounced bhargo dey vasya dhi mahhi)
dhiyo yonah prachodayat (pronounced dheeyo yoh na pracho dayaht)
There are many interpretations of the meaning of this mantra, and each word is said to carry it’s own deep and profound meaning.
This video may not be available due to country restrictions. If you are not able to view it, an alternative version is below:
The Shanti mantra is a “peace mantra” that comes from the Upanishads. Peace mantras are typically recited at the beginning or end of religious ceremonies, and are said to calm the mind and environment of the person chanting them, and to remove obstacles to the task ahead. Learn more information about the Shanti mantra including its interpretation here.
The Shanti mantra contains the following words:
Om shanti, shanti, shanti
Om Tat Sat
The mantra Om Tat Sat can be found in the Bhagavad Gita. It is said to mean that God is everywhere, here, above and below.
More information on this mantra can be found here.
Hindu Mantras Related to the Autumn Equinox
The Mantra of Durga
The Durga mantra contains the following words:
Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaye Vichche
When singing the mantra it is pronounced as follows:
OHM eye-m hreem kleem chah-moon-dah-yai veech-chay
The Durga mantra is said to allow one to enter in the spiritual heart, where the entirety of the universe is contained. It represents the primordial sound, the gaining of knowledge (through overcoming inner darkness), purification, transformation and the dispelling of ignorance and illusion. It is said to attract spiritual energies and protection from the sun god, and refers to the inner goddess who destroys ignorance and evil, and eliminates the subconscious aspects of a person.
The Dakshine Kali Beej Mantra
The Dakshine Kali Beej Mantra is chanted as follows: Krim Krim Krim Hum Hum Hrim Hrim Daksine Kalike Krim Krim Krim Hum Hum Hrim Hrim Swaha.
The words of the mantra are pronounced: kreem kreem kreem hoom hoom hreem hreem dahk-shin-ay ka-li-kay kreem kreem kreem hoom hoom hreem hreem swa-ha
This mantra contains 22 syllables and is said to be particularly strong. It contains the Bija mantra of Kali — bija mantras are known as tools that use the power of sound to expand a person’s mind — and refers to Kali in her form as the protector. It also relates to the path of the sun across the equator at the autumn equinox.
The mantra KRIM serves to cut the knots of the heart. It works like a sword. It stimulates the heart energy within us, its primal desire or wish for immortality, love and light. The mantra HUM gives power to the heart, expanding the energy of prana and Agni (fire) in a strong, if not explosive manner. The mantra HRIM opens the energy of the spiritual heart which is like the Sun, spreading it into the Infinite.
When singing this mantra, it can be pronounced in order, or you can focus on each aspect of it individually as per this video.
Hindu Mantras Related to the Winter Solstice
Please see explanation and mantra in the Summer Solstice section above.
Om Namo Narayanaya
The Om Namo Narayanaya mantra can be found in the Sama Veda. It is interpreted as “O my Lord, I honor Narayana”. In Sanskrit texts Narayana is another name for the Absolute source of all creation. It can be interpreted among other things, as the ultimate God, goal of life and shelter of all human beings.
The Hari Om mantra can be seen to represent Vishnu and Krishna. It refers to a purifying part of us that removes egos and obstacles.
The Om Asatoma mantra can be found both in the Vedas and the Upanishads. The words of the mantra are as follows:
om asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya
om santi santi santih
The meaning of the mantra is very similar to both the Lord’s prayer in Christianity and the prayer of St. Francis of Assissi. It can be interpreted as:
Oh Lord, From ignorance, lead me to truth;
From darkness, lead me to light;
From death, lead me to immortality;
Let There Be Peace Peace Peace
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
This mantra can be found in the Bhagavata Purana. In India, chanting mantras is said to create an atmosphere within a person that allows contemplation of aspects of divinity and the ability to sense their presence. In this case the mantra is in praise of the Lord Krishna.
Hindu Mantras Related to the Spring Equinox
The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
The full Mahamrityunjaya mantra is as follows:
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat
It is quite complicated, and can take some practice to remember!
The Mahamrityunjaya mantra is found in the Rig Veda, in the most ancient part of this most ancient Hindu text. It is dedicated to the Hindu god of death, and is known as the “Great Death-Conquering mantra”. It is said to be a life-restoring mantra, and is connected to the nectar of immortality.
Krim Hum Hrim
Please see video and description of this mantra above in the Autumn equinox section.
Other Hindu Mantras
Om Namah Shivaya
The Om Namah Shivaya mantra is dedicate to Shiva, the Indian god of destruction and transformation. This mantra is made up of the five holy letters, preceded by the greatest of all mantras, the mantra Om. It is said to awaken higher states of consciousness and to elevate the psyche, as well as helping to get rid of sins, limitations and imperfections. The mantra’s deeper meaning is quite complex. More information on this mantra can be found here and here.
Here is a different recording of the Om Namah Shivaya mantra which is more song-like and is great around campfires.
The full Twameva mantra is as follows:
Twameva mata cha pita twameva
Twameva bandhushcha sakha twameva
Twameva vidya dravinam twameva
Twameva sarvam mama deva deva
It is a sacred hymn, whose theme is surrendering completely to divinity. There is said to be much wisdom contained in the words. A detailed description of its meaning and use are available here.
Tibetan Mantras Related to the Spring Equinox
Om Ah Hum
There are three parts or “seeds” to this mantra, Om, Ah and Hum.
“OM is the primal vibration out of which all things came forth and into which all things will be absorbed. It’s the highest expression of consciousness; the perfection, eternal, infinite… AH is the primal state of spirit, the female aspect, the mother, fully expressed in divine wisdom; it is the unborn, the emptiness… HUM is the descent from universality into the human heart; infinite in the finite; eternal in the temporal; brings infinity, essence and oneness into the human being.”
A short sample of this mantra is available here.
Om Amarani Dziwanteye Svaha
The Om Amarani mantra is the mantra of the Buddha Amitayus. Amitayus is frequently depicted holding the nectar of immortality. His name means infinite life and he is said to dwell beyond the bounds of this world.
Esoteric Christian Mantras
IAO – A Summer Solstice Mantra
This mantra is found in the Pistis Sophia, an ancient esoteric Christian text. More information about this mantra is available here.
The Mantra ISIS
The mantra ISIS is pronounced by elongating the sounds (iiiiiiiiiisssssss… iiiiiiiiiisssssss…), taking a breath in between each syllable. The “i” is pronounced as “e” as in “teeth,” and the “s” is pronounced as a hissing sound as a snake would make. You can learn more about the mantra and its significance here.
Here is a video recording of the mantra: