Swami Ritavan Bharati guided the AHYMSIN Sangha into a new mantra practice for the next 3 years during the 2019 Sangha Gathering, which was held February 25 - March 5, 2019, at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG).
The mantra is the Saumyā mantra combined with a Tārā mantra. The first 2 lines of the mantra are the Saumyā mantra, and the third line is the Tārā mantra.
सौम्या सौम्यतराशेष सौम्येभ्यस्त्वतिसुन्दरी ।
परापराणां परमा त्वमेव परमेश्वरी ॥
तारे तुत्तारे तुरे स्वाहा.
saumyā saumyatarāśeṣa saumyebhyas tvati sundarī ,
parāparāṇāṁ paramā tvameva parameśvarī.
tāre tut tāre ture svāhā.
"A” is pronounced as in "mama" "papa" "la" "baba" "ha"
"AU" is pronounced as the "au's" in "saurkraut" or like in "cow" or "house"
"E" is pronounced like "ay" (long A) as in "day" or better yet "grey"
śeṣā = shay-sha
saumyebhyas = saum-yay-bhyas
eva = ay-va
parameśvarī = param-aysh-va-ree
"I" is pronounced like "ee' (long E)
"U" is prnounced like "oo" (long U), as in "loon" "raccoon" "moon" "noon"
sundari = soon-da-ree
The V is actually a combination of a V and a W, (VW), the way Russians would pronounce the V in “vodka,” or the way the French pronounce the V in “vois.”
An "ā" is held longer than an "a".
Both the "ś" and the "ṣ" are given a "sh" sound.
Swami Ritavan has also requested that sadhakas do a few repetitions of Akhaṇḍa-maṇḍalākāram Mantra at beginning and/or end of the Saumyā- Tārā recitations.
Pandit Priyadarshan (Pierre Lefebvre) has provided the audio pronunciation files, which can be downloaded by clicking on them. Included in the download are the Saumya-Tara mantra (in slow, medium, and normal speed) and the Akhanda-mandalakaram mantra (in slow, medium, and normal speeds).
You can download the audio mantra pronunciation files by clicking on the titles:
For more information about the three year practice, please see the AHYMSIN March 2019 newsletter. Please read these articles in this newsletter for more information about the three year practice:
“Sangha Practice for the Next 3 Years” by Swami Ritavan
“Advancing Guidance in Yoga Sadhana” by Swami Ritavan
“Saumya Mantra Explanations”
"The Importance of the AHYMSIN Community Saumya Practice" by Swami Ritavan
This mantra practice does not take the place of your diksha mantra.
If you have not received mantra initiation, you may want to consider doing so.
Questions on spiritual practice can be sent to the Adhyatma Samiti, or Spiritual Committee, by clicking here.