This CD is a group recital of 10 Sanskrit chants devoted to the illuminating light of Surya (the divinity of the Sun). It allows the listener to fully participate in chanting with a group. The listener should select one chant at a time, and end the chanting with a quiet session of meditation.
Imre Vallyon's approach to mantra-shastra (the science of chanting) is refreshingly streamlined for the modern world. Traditionally, one chants a single mantra at least 100,000 times in order to tap into its spiritual potential. As one chants, the beads of a mala (prayer beads) are counted for each repetition.
Imre's own essential approach does away with the mala, and forgoes the ordeal of chanting 100,000 times before any results are obtained. Rather, a mantra should only be chanted from 5 to 20 minutes at one sitting. Let the chant emanate from your heart center with as much intentional devotion as possible. The mantra should not be mechanical but heart felt. Do not focus on the meaning of the individual words. Attune yourself instead to the beauty of their melodic sounds. At the end of the chant let go of the mantra and slip deeply into silent meditation, centered at your heart.
See the mantra as a rapid stream of water flowing towards a cliff. As the mantra gains momentum in chanting it will allow you to soar on its wings. When the chanting stops, it is like a river flowing majestically over a cliff as a waterfall cascading into a pool below. This rapid descent into silence allows the soul to be revealed in silent meditation.
Imre does not want the student to fixate on one chant to the exclusion of all others. That is why he has codified thousands of mantras in all the sacred languages (Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Latin, and especially Sanskrit). The use of the mantra is to disengage the machinations of the mind so that the practitioner can plunge into the depths of meditation immediately after the chant. Entering that silence at the golden moment when the mantra is at its end is the true goal of chanting.
Imre has set all of his mantras to beautiful melodies, creating bhajans (divine songs) out of the seed syllables that make up all mantras. This enhances the emotional response of the chant.
Lastly, Imre has made a great distinction between mantra and prayer. Mantra is a joyous celebration of divinity, and is a song of love towards God without any sense of results. Prayers, especially in the West, do not sing of love to God, but rather makes supplications, requests, and demands of spirit. This is counter-productive to any real spiritual growth.