Sarvesham swastir bhavantu by Tina Turner


Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavantu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM

Translates to English: May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all, OM, Peace, Peace Peace, OM

Thank you, Tina Turner, for recording this sacred chant and I send prayers for your own healing and for us all to be at peace while we heal, live, take actions for ourselves and make compassionate and kind deeds for others and as we transition. Namaste


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  1. This is beyond wonderful! I love Tina Turner, and as you said it was very generous of her to record such peaceful chant. Maybe we can meditate together in class to this chant. Shanti Shanti Shanti.

  2. At the beginning of the year, my IK practice was erratic and all over the place. I was unable to sit still completely and keep my mind on my breathing because my mind was overwhelmed and overcrowded with the number of things that I experienced throughout the day. I was unable to get comfortable enough until I switched my position, a decision that then assisted me in getting to sit and concentrate.
    I am now able to let my mind go more freely. When I sit down, I tell myself not to force it because then it is as if I am telling my mind to think about everything and anything else. I am mindful of my breathing by just letting myself be instead of actually trying. I noticed that I tend to squeeze my mind when thinking too hard or too deep of something, so I began to relax my grip and release the pressure from my mind.
    My IK practice has definitely grown and I am much more at peace with my thoughts. I am also slower to think because I now take the time to consider things and listen to myself instead of speaking over my own intuitions and ignore my own voice. I am mindful of how I talk to myself, relate with myself, experience myself, and teach myself. The important thing I have learned is that it is okay to make mistakes because I am still learning, and I should keep trying at my own pace.

    – M. A. Audu

  3. This chant recorded by Tina Turner is actually much more entertaining than other chant that I encountered. I think it is because of the music aspect of it that made it much more entertaining to me, since I am a music student. This wee I was able to do the Isha Kriya for five times. I find it easier and easier for me to do the Isha Kriya, and I also lengthened the time of the practice. My mind and body are always more relaxed after the Isha Kriya, and sometimes I look forward to the next practice.

    I remember in the beginning of the semester where I first started to practice the Isha Kriya. It was very hard to sit still for so long. My body was not used to it, I have a mild pain in the back from sitting still too long, and my brain has thought after thought about what happened on the day and also some other random thoughts. I actually felt more tired after the practice of Isha Kriya. However, as I continuesd to practiv=ce regularly, my body got used to it and stop feeling pain. I was able to keep my mind empty for a longer time without letting my thoughts wonder around. And I think it really helps me to relax after a long day.

    Jenny Tsang

  4. My Isha Kriya practice, at first, was a bit difficult to adjust to. My own body felt unwieldy and my mind was equally scrambled as the the vessel it inhabited. The overall flow of my breathing was short and shallow, possibly a result of poor stimulation. Nearly every aspect of myself was off-balance, and I shortly came to terms with my physical and spiritual faults.

    All of the above knowledge would have required that I had known these issues were even there, and until I took this class, I didn’t. Over the passage of time and application, I became more aware of the state of my body and my mind. One could describe it as a certain level of self-awareness that may have been all but absent until recently.

    If I focused too hard, the process would become painful. If I as too loose, then any discipline in the practice would be thrown out the window. What I’ve come to learn as a result of these conclusions was the importance of balance in not just yoga, but the general life which I live. My thoughts were less messy and flowed at a more stable pace, and my body found better ways to seek an internal as well as an external balance. Most of all, there is more progress in reading my own overall energy. For that, I’d say I’m thankful.

  5. Love this chant, it’s very empowering.

    From the beginning of practicing the IK, there has been so much improvement. I am trying to practice the IK with just a stop watch rather than a timer that goes off at end of my 15 minute duration of the meditation . I am trying to get myself to naturally practice the IK for 15 minute without an alarm disrupting me in the middle of my meditation phase. From the start I was not eager to start and spend time on the meditation but slowly I became accustomed to the practice. I benefit greatly from it with my finger hold and de-stressing of my daily routines.

  6. I always enjoy the music being played in yoga class, Its relaxing and has some interesting melodies. I am glad I have been introduced to a practice like Isha Kriya. It basically helps with anything that is going on in life. I like that I can use it to keep myself focused and at peace. I also like that it is something I can do on my own time and don’t really need to attend a class to do so. At first, trying IK was a little embarrassing because I was not yet comfortable with doing the chant out loud. My legs weren’t able to be in one position for a long amount of time and I gradually let my back hunch over. I also didn’t have a clear mind when I did it. I was always question the things that were happening around me, especially about what the chant meant. Now I am more focused when it comes to the time. I am more vocal when it comes to the chants,I can feel the vibration of my voice and the melody of everyone in the classroom together sounds amazing. My legs are able to withstand poses longer. My lower back feels great, I am able to notice if I slouch and quickly straighten up (it happens less often). I no longer question the chant and what it means to me. I live in the moment and understand why the concept of the chant is there and needed. I realized IK has made me more calm. I became more approachable and vocal towards others. I handle situations way better than I used to. I am also able to handle my emotions better. I learned how to control my breathing which is big for me especially with having asthma. I just see a lot of benefits with IK and yoga practices in general and wish everyone would give it a try.

    • You may choose to become a Yoga Ambassador setting the example for others who witness your transformation. I look forward to feeling and hearing your voice in our group IK practice next time! Namaste

  7. When hearing this chant, I immediately doubled back to that one video we watched about chanting with meaning. The feeling that resonates when we identify with what we are saying and putting out into the universe, is so much greater than just reciting something we’ve been told to. “Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavantu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM” translates to “May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all, OM, Peace, Peace Peace, OM”

    When we chant in class, I found myself being timid or scared to repeat these chants with confidence. But I’ve been becoming more and more comfortable with being loud and firm because these are positive affirmations. You can’t truly believe and manifest something that you aren’t confident about. A lot of what we learn in yoga and chanting is that it takes the focus of your mind and body. If you want peace and happiness to be things you exude or attract, when you recite these chants you must say them with conviction.

    The images of the children meditating and chanting in the background was really important to me because I wish I was exposed to hatha yoga and these sacred chants as a child. I find that they’re so beneficial and immediately ease my mind. The energy that words carry when you grant them meaning is otherworldly and you’re simply just speaking. I like that most practices within yoga are not strenuous on our bodies and anybody can do them if they are committed enough.

  8. Tina Turner is incredible and this recording of hers is lovely. I will definitely revisit this link! I practice my Isha Kriya from 4 to 6 times a week and have noticed major differences in the person I am today from the person I was two months ago. This class, this Kriya and being at Purchase have allowed for me to grow mentally and for my mind to explore new avenues of thought and expose me to so many different people. I am lucky to have been given this chance to grow and blossom into a better person, constantly evolving even when I don’t know it. It is only until I reflect on my experiences or find myself in an incredible conversation that I know I am on the path to advancing myself and even though it is easy to diverge from the path and fall off track, I must continue to be positive and do good for myself and the people around me, because life is all about giving and receiving and karma is always around watching and playing its role. By practicing this Kriya and making it mandatory in my schedule has helped me relax, unwind, reflect and create a great atmosphere to allow for meditation. Considering that this Kriya is only 12 minutes long, it’s effects are strong and super convenient for anyone’s schedule. I am thankful for this Kriya as it has allowed for great energy in myself and for myself to dedicate some time and care to get in touch with my being. Thank you, Namaste.

  9. I did enjoy this chant a lot, which was a recorded and orchestrated chant featuring Tina Turner. The chant itself reaffirms ideas of peace and happiness, as well as peacefulness for all. I found it interesting that unlike some other chants we have listened to, this one had a much fuller sound. It featured both ambient sounds, Turner’s own voice, what sounded like an orchestra, and a children’s choir.

    It definitely was relaxing, given the mood and tone in which the music and chant were composed. However, I found all the exterior noise besides Turner’s voice a bit distracting. In relation to exercises we’ve done in class, like the Isha Kriya, I think I’d find the “fullness” of the composition of the chant overwhelming. I actually find it more helpful with the more barebones chants, like the one in the video that first introduced the practice to us. This format really helped me find the relaxation within myself and focus on aspects like my breathing and body.

    This makes me want to investigate other recording of chants, and see how they differ. To me, the natural energy of simply people speaking that is generated in class is incredibly relaxing, and something I am really familiar with now at this point. I feel like meditating to chants such as the one in the video would definitely be a change, but one I could maybe get used to given more time.

  10. At the beginning of the semester I really struggled with my practice of the Isha Kriya. I would find it very hard to concentrate. My mind would wander and I would start thinking about something else. I would feel like I couldn’t get comfortable or I would just have doubts as to whether I was going to even benefit from practicing the IK. Over time I have learned not to stress about trying to get it perfect on the first try. The more I have been practicing the easier it has been getting for me to get relaxed. There are times where I feel I still struggle with my practice of the IK, but this depends on my mood. Overall I have noticed a vast improvement since the first time I tried the IK. I was definitely wrong about not being able to experience any benefits. After practicing I feel relaxed and my mind clears up. I have mostly been practicing the Isha Kriya at night before going to bed and this has helped me with just getting to fall asleep. I try to make time to practice 4-5 times a week if I can. I have been pretty consistent about practicing the IK. I look forward to further practice.

    matthew Alioto
    wednesday 8:30 am class

  11. In this video, famous singer Tina Turner records the chant “Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavantu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu OM Shanti Shanti Shanti OM,” which translated to English means, “May there be happiness in all, may there be peace in all, may there be completeness in all, may there be success in all, OM peace, peace, peace, OM.” Tina Turners talented singing voice along with the repetition of the chant made it a very calming video to watch. I think that the chant has a really great message of spreading peace and happiness to all.

    I thought it was really interesting to see Tina Turner sing this chant because I would not expect this to be something famous singers would do. The fact that she recorded this chant makes me wonder whether or not she is really into yoga and mindfulness practices, and if that is the reason why she decided to record this. I also wonder if there are other famous singers who have recorded similar chants.

    I have been keeping up with my IK practice, I have been trying to do it at least four times a week after my classes. At the beginning of the semester, I kind of had trouble finding the time to sit down and do the practice. I found myself almost forcing myself to sit down and do the IK because it was somewhat boring to me. However, as I have been continuing the IK week after week, I founded it more and more easier to sit down and do the IK. I now find myself looking forward to the IK, in order to relax myself for any high stress situations I may encounter during the week.
    -Ashley Pagan

    • Glad you have the found value in your IK practice, all good things take time to build. Tina Turner is a long time Buddhist, she has a new biography out you might want to put on your holiday reading list, Namaste

  12. This chant was very unique! Whenever I think of chanting i typically think of someone., or a group of people, speaking in silence aside from their voices, but having the music put to it is an entirely different experience. I know when we do our IK in class there is some quiet background music but I never can quite make it out so even then it still feels like what I’ve thought chanting to be, this however feels like a different experience entirely.
    From now on when I’m doing my IK by myself I think I’m going to put this on in my earbuds to listen to while I chant the IK chant, I think it will be a better experience then just doing it in silence then I have been doing. I feel doing that will help the IK be even more effective than it already is at helping me reduce my stress of the day.
    Music in general can help with most things I feel, like using it while you study or when you’re trying to fall asleep. So it would only make sense that music would also help chanting become even more effective than it already is, especially when it’s done so well in the case of this video. Applying music to even more everyday things might be an additional way to help reduce stress as music can help calm you.

  13. This chant is beautiful! I literally felt the love when listening to Tina Turner. I am fascinated by the ability of music to change how you feel instantly. Coincidentally, I am researching a nonprofit organization called the Music Medicine Institute, in my management class. This organization promotes the inclusion of music in convention medical practices, in order to help treat patients with anxiety-related disorders. Music is medicine!
    I have recently wondered why the sound “OM” is so powerful and sacred. After some brief research, I have discovered that the sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature. Also, the vibrations and rhythm of the sound have a physical effect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind. The power of music is also exemplified by plants growing faster and taller when classical music is played near them, compared to no music. This is interesting because it shows that plants are a part of the universal intelligence that responds to energy. We are connected to plants and everything else in the word more than we know.
    There is an experiment that was conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto that deals with the power of sound vibrations on water. In this experiment, he repeated out lout different words to a glass of water. He then recorder, how the crystalline structure of the water molecules looked after the words were said out loud. His results showed that the water that was exposed to positive words, like love and joy, formed symmetrically beautiful patterns. Conversely, water that was exposed to negative words took the shape of asymmetrical ugly patterns. I do not know how valid the results of this experiment were and I am a little skeptical of it because there is a lack of peer review on this study. However, I am in awe of his results and am certain that sound can cause physical and energetic changes regardless of this experiment.
    I have been practicing the Isha Kriya twice per day. It helps me to become the observer of my thoughts. Before incorporating the IK into my daily routine, I would be on auto-pilot and allow my thoughts to control me. Now, I am more aware of my thoughts and am able to observe them when they arise. I also feel like the IK has helped me with my relationships. I am less eager to react and I now respond from a grounded space, with more clarity.

  14. Music is a special thing to my life. I have always been able to feeling the rhythm in my body. For me, this rhythm and movement translates to concentration. Yoga is all about concentration. I have found throughout the semester that whenever there is music playing in class during our meditation segment of the class, I am able to focus more on my breathing and not focus on my thoughts. The takes my mind off of my life and onto my yoga practice.

    To me, this chant is different than the last chant we heard. It gives off a vibe that I can sway too while. The children (I believe they are children) that repeat the leaders give off an innocence that the other chant didn’t give off. The translation in this chant is very interesting also. I first Listen to this chant earlier in the week. I even wrote the translation on my quote board on my bedroom door. Its a good reminder for me to look at.

    I’ve noticed my IK practice evolving. I noticed it first when I did my IK with the first chant we were given. My first couple times, I was shy and didn’t really know what I was doing. After a couple weeks of doing it 4 times a week I now take my time doing and can really throw myself into a focus. This week, I had an emergency that I had to go home for. After a long day of traveling, I sat with my younger brother and told him I was going to do some yoga. He joined me for the IK that day. It was a very different energy that was given off. My younger brother also has some practice with yoga and the IK. I believe that because our connection and relationship is so strong that the IK was effected in a way that we have never felt. It was an interesting experience and I would like to see if it would happen again if we did it together.

  15. The Sarvesham swastir bhavantu by Tina Turner was very different from things I have heard before. It translates in English to “May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all, OM, Peace, Peace Peace, OM.” While the words reflect peace and completeness, etc., the music was very energizing. I found it easy and helpful to listen to while cleaning my room and doing dishes as suggested in the email. The visuals to the video were also cool.

    My IK is going well when I can find the time to do it, usually 3-4 times per week for about 15 minutes at a time. I am now almost exclusively doing it on my own without the recording and have found lots of peace and groundedness from it. It helps me to focus for hours after and energizes me while still keeping me feeling calm. I can also start to see it translate into other areas of my life in that I am not as quick to respond to someone speaking to me, but have been more of a listener and processor. I’ve found this to bother some people as they are looking for me to respond more, and to help other people as they are looking for someone to listen. I also sometimes do it with the finger holds, although the finger holds don’t seem to do much for me outside of the IK. The breathing and introspectiveness I have found in the IK has helped me as I translate these skills into coping mechanisms in times of stress and anxiety, and the deep breathing helps me to feel more present and in touch with my surroundings when I am struggling with that.

    Michaela Lunden Wednesday 8:30 class

  16. This chant was a different experience for me. The music really took this chant to a different level, and I highly enjoyed it because I am a large music lover and constantly am playing music throughout the day. This is not anywhere near the genre I gravitate toward, but I thought it was beautiful nonetheless. Combining relaxation and music is a great experience. Listening to music daily does help me feel re-centered and enjoy life more, but I have never really mediated with it besides the practices we do in class with quiet music playing in the background.

    I can appreciate both chanting with and without music. I think the two are very different personally. Chanting without music makes me more focused and relaxed, while this video I was more intrigued by what was happening and could not focus on the meditation nearly as much because there was a lot going on.

    My Isha Kriya practice was slightly difficult to make a habit of at first. I was very skeptical when the first video was assigned to us to try at home. I did not believe in the benefits and thought I would not be able to find time in my day to practice. Like I have said before, I also found the chanting awkward, and I did not like taking the time for myself. Now, I am very appreciative that I have learned the IK. I am no longer embarrassed to chant in class, in fact I enjoy it, and believe it does a lot for my body. I truly believe that it has benefited my mental health and that is very important to me that I found a healthy outlet to balance myself. Thank you.
    Abby Collins

  17. Purchase College
    Professor Julie Broglin
    Yoga – CRN 42496 – Wednesday 8:30 Session
    Ana Oliveira

    Food for the Mind

    I have heard a lot about meditation in this past year. I know that it is something that has been around in the western culture for a long time, but I guess it is like anything new in life: you’ve never seen it until you learn about and next thing you know you that thing every time you turn a corner.

    I will be very honest, although my sisters have been practicing meditation religiously, I never paid too much attention to it, and never understood it as a serious thing. I feel that I am always one step back from my sisters spiritually, but at least I finally got to embrace it. I haven’t heard too many mantras, or chants – in fact, I heard something in the past that sound too disturbing to me, and I that made me get the wrong impression about meditation and chants. But, fortunately, I got to see this post and hear Tina Turner with her soothing voice that completely captured my attention and my soul.

    When I heard Tina Turner singing Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu, I felt like I was receiving a gift (and I was). I always love Tina Turner, so listening to her singing a chant was a happy surprise. I had no idea that Tina Turner was involved in meditation or chanting. So I decided to research her life and watched some interviews of her where she talks about her religious experience. She described meditation as “food for the mind,” which makes it very simple for people to understand the purpose and the benefits of meditation. I guess that those words are a great complement to my current experience in this class and other spiritual experiences that I am having in life.

    I have been practicing the Isha Kriya at home too, and I can feel the benefits of it in my life. It is amazing to feel connected with so much good.


  18. At the moment this is my most played chant. First, because it is Tina Turner and second because there are only four phrases that are repeated in under five minutes. When I play it low and, on a loop, as I am getting ready in the morning or when I am doing something around the house in the evening it just makes me feel good.

    I have been practicing the Isha Kriya four or five times a week since the beginning of the semester. It is now more than a habit; it is just a part of my routine. Most of the time I practice on my own, in the dark, sat on my bed with my back against the wall, that part has not changed since I began practicing three months ago. The only thing that has changed is that if I am feeling stressed or in need of a quick break in the middle of the day, then I will go and find a quiet space and spend 15-20 minutes practicing the Isha Kriya.

    Practicing the Isha Kriya on a regular basis, I have noticed that I am able to deal with stressful situations in a much calmer manner, I am able to stop and think before I say or do something that may have an adverse effect on myself or others and my quality of sleep has improved. I am waking up much more well rested.

    Polly Hunt
    Monday 6:30 PM Class

    • Wonderful about your progress with your IK practice and it’s benefits glowing through you! Keep Tina in your prayers as she is having a difficult struggle with stomach cancer, she has a new biography you may want to put on your North Pole list, Namaste

  19. I am absolutely in love with this sacred chant. Tina Turner did a beautiful job & the translation of this chant to English has such a powerful meaning. I can feel the soul in her chant- it’s translation is, “May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all, OM, Peace, Peace Peace, OM”.

    Also, the visual shows us even more that Ms. Turner truly put her full self forward and chose to truly understand the deeper meaning of the spiritual world. The fact that her voice was truthfully put forward by trying something so new, means a lot that Tina accomplished the chant perfectly. I, myself, have never been into chants much, simply because it tends to be extremely soothing I begin to fall asleep. However, with the frequencies ranging much in this chant, but not too much, I began to like it.

    Sacred chants give us the room to breathe and be at one with ourselves. Rather than be concerned with what is going around us, it gives us time to only focus on the “me” part.

    • Did you know that Tina Turner has been a practicing Buddhist longer than you have been alive! She has a new biography out, and sadly she is currently struggling with stomach cancer, include her in your prayers or good wishes, Namaste

  20. Listening to this chant felt like a very different experience than the other chants we have listened to. The chants that I am used to hearing are much less produced and have less musical aspects and more droning sounds. Usually concentration and peacefulness is inspired in chanting but with this chant I felt much more of a positive energy from it.

    I think that the meaning of the words along with the melodic chanting along with the rhythm and children made for a very playful and light listening. I will say that even without knowing what the words say, The feeling and energy that is created by the chant is still there and can still be appreciated.

    I find that it is much easier now to do the Isha Kriya due to how much Ive done it. It no longer feels like I’m taking time out of my day to do this so much as it just feels like a part of my day already. I have not been using the video or cheat sheet as it has become easier for me not to.

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