Contemplation Chant

Sophia Songhealer


Om Mani Padme Hum

Om Mani Padme Hum…

(Sanskrit: The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus)



La Illaha, Il Allahu

La Illaha, Il Allahu

(Arabic, translated as There is no deity/god but God/Allah)



Shalom, Shanti

Shalom, Shanti

(Hebrew and Hindu for Peace)




in excelsis Deo

(Latin for Glory to God in the highest)




The Arabic phrase lâ ilâha illâ allâh is one of major pillars of the Muslim faith. This sacred phrase is a part of the basic Muslim statement of faith, it is a part of the call to prayer that echoes across the country-side five times a day throughout the Muslim world, it is chanted as a central part of virtually every Sufi gathering.

lâ = no, not, none, neither

ilâha = a god, deity, object of worship

illâ = but, except (illâ is a contraction of in-lâ, literally if not)

allâh = allâh

When written as part of a sentence where Allah is the subject, there will be a “u” at the end of Allah, denoting that Allah is indeed the subject. Thus, in the verses of al-Qur’an shown above, the phrase is written as lâ ilâha illâ allâhu.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect — it is often carved into stones, like the one pictured above, and placed where people can see them.

It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained in this mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum can not really be translated into a simple phrase or sentence.















Most know that the Hebrew word shalom is understood around the world to mean “peace.” However, “peace” is only one small part of the meaning of shalom. “Shalom” is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than “peace, hello or goodbye”….

According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom also means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.



Shanti (Śānti)

Shanti (Pali: Santi) simply means “peace”. It’s a beautiful meaning and also a very beautiful sound. The shanti is repeated three times, as are many chants in Buddhism. In Buddhism as well as in Hinduism the threefold Shanti is generally interpreted as meaning the Threefold Peace in body, speech, and mind (i.e. peace in the entirety of one’s being).

Definition of: gloria in excelsis Deo

gloria in excelsis Deo: Glory to God in the highest.