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Chanting of shlokas has been prevalent in Indian culture for hundreds of centuries. It is the recitation of words that have spiritual meaning.
Why Are Shlokas Beneficial for Kids?
Chanting shlokas positively affects the cognitive functioning of the brain. Their other benefits are:
1. Improve Concentration and Memory
Studies have shown that chanting shlokas helps to improve concentration and memory power in children. That’s because shlokas emit vibrations that activate the chakras (on the face and head) that play a role in learning and focus.
2. Reduce Stress
Chanting shlokas also reduces stress and improves the portions of the brain that develop the traits of patience and empathy.
3. Keep the Respiratory System Healthy
When kids chant shlokas, their breathing slows down. They’re able to take deep breaths and hold it for a few seconds. This regulates the functioning of the lungs and keeps the heart healthy.
4. Improve Your Child’s Immunity
Certain mantras put pressure on your child’s tongue, vocal cords, lips and other connected organs. The vibration also stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which regulates the secretion of hormones and improves immunity.
5. Help to Align the Chakras
Each of us has seven chakras, which are responsible for our health and well-being. If they’re out of equilibrium, we tend to fall sick more often. Chanting shlokas can help to align your child’s chakras and prevent him from infections.
6. Give a Boost to the Blood Flow
Regular recitation of shlokas gives a boost to your child’s blood circulation and gets rid of the toxins.
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Shlokas for Children With Meanings
Here are 10 Sanskrit shlokas for kids (with meanings) that your children can easily memorise and chant.
1. Shanti Mantra
This is the first Shanti mantra; it’s a good shloka for kids. It’s meaningful and also easy to chant. The Shanti Mantra is a prayer of peace from the Upanishads.
Asatoma sad gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Om shanti, shanti, shanti hi
Lead me to truth from ignorance, lead me to light from the darkness, lead me to immortality from death. Let there be peace.
2. Shanti Mantra
This is the second Shanti mantra.
Om sahana vavatu sahanau bhunaktu
Tejas vinavati tamastu ma vidhwishavahai
Om shanti shanti shanti hi
May God protect us both, the teacher and the student, on our journey towards attaining knowledge. May He nourish us. May we work together with great energy. May our studies be enlightening and brilliant. May there be no hate or hostility among us. Let there be peace in me, in nature, and in the divine force.
3. Shanti Mantra
This is the third of the four Shanti mantras.
Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet
May auspiciousness, peace, and prosperity be unto all. May everybody be happy and free from disabilities. May all strive for the good of others, and none suffer from sorrow.
4. Shanti Mantra
This is the fourth Shanti mantra that kids can chant every day.
Om poornamadah poornamidam
Om shanti, shanti, shanti hi
God is the ultimate truth. The absolute rises above the absolute. Even when the absolute is taken away from the absolute, it remains.
5. Mooshika Vaahana Mantra
This mantra is for invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha, who helps to eliminate obstacles in life.
Mooshika vahana modaka hasta
Chamara karna vilambita sootra
Vamana roopa Maheswara putra
Vighna vinayaka paada namaste
Salutations to the Lord Ganesha, who has a mouse for a vehicle and a modak in his hand. Your ears are like big fans and you wear a sacred thread. You’re short in stature and the son of Lord Maheshwara (Shiva). I bow to you Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles.
6. Guru Mantra
This mantra highlights the importance of teachers and equates them with the Hindu Trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh.
Gurur brahmah gurur vishnu
Gurur devo maheshwaraha
Gurur saakshaat param brahmah
Tasmai shree guravey namaha
The guru (teacher) is the living representative of the Holy Trinity in Hinduism – Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The teacher is the representative of the Supreme Being. He gives me knowledge and destroys ignorance. I salute such a guru.
7. Saraswathi Namasthubhyam Mantra
This shloka invokes the blessings of the Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning and wisdom.
Saraswati namastubhyam varade kaamaroopini
Vidyaarambham karishhyaami siddhirbhavatu me sadaa
Revered Goddess Saraswati, I prostrate before you as you are the one who can fulfil all my wishes. I am beginning my studies and ask you to bestow your grace upon me so that I am successful in my endeavour.
8. Manojavam Mantra
This shloka invokes the blessings of Lord Hanuman.
Mano javam maruda thulya vegam
Jithendriyam buddhi maatham varishtam
Vathaatmajam vanara yudha mukhyam
Sree rama dootham charanam prapadhye
I take refuge in Lord Hanuman. I pray and salute the one who is as fast as thought, is more powerful than the wind, has mastered his senses, is the wisest, is the son of the Wind God, is the commander of the monkey brigade, and Lord Ram’s messenger. I bow at your feet.
9. Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra, also called Savitri Mantra, is a Vedic chant from the Rig Veda. It is dedicated to the sun. Make your child recite it while standing under the early morning sun.
Om bhur bhuva swaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
We meditate on the glory of the vivifying Sun, whose divine light illuminates all realms – the physical, the mental and the spiritual. May your divine light illuminate our intellect.
10. Guravey Sarva Mantra
This is a mantra in praise of the Dakshinamoorthy (Lord Shiva).
Guravey sarva lokaanaam
Bishajey bhava rohinaam
Nidhaye sarva vidyanaam
Shree dakshinaa moorthaye namaha
We bow to the universal guru who is the teacher of the entire world and the healer of all diseases.
Children can memorise things very quickly, and they only need to listen to a shloka twice or thrice to learn and recite it. It’s believed that the positive effects of shlokas on the brain are permanent.