Playing Paramahansa Yogananda’s Cosmic Chants: A Visual Guide…


“Visual Guide for those not trained in reading Western musical notation”

Offered with loving and grateful hearts at the lotus feet of our Guru
by devotees of the Boston Center of Self Realization Fellowship with a
prayer that all devotees may now be able to play his Cosmic Chants regardless
of their musical training.

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Introduction Excerpt

This booklet has only one purpose: to enable devotees not fluent in Western musical notation to play Paramahansa Yogananda’s Cosmic Chants with the correct notes and rhythm… This booklet is meant to…open the door to playing any one of Guruji’s Cosmic Chants for both private or group meditation, even with no musical training!…

This was undertaken by a few devotees of the Boston Center of Self-Realization Fellowship as a personal project.  It has been checked for accuracy by skilled musician devotees including a senior monastic at Mother Center who has professional music training…

Most important, Paramahansaji’s Cosmic Chants is far more than a collection of notes.  As with all books published by Self-Realization Fellowship, Cosmic Chants is saturated with the vibrations of the great Guru…

The Prelude written by Guruji on December 4, 1938 should be read by anyone aspiring to play and sing his chants.   The Introduction by Self Realization Fellowship contains valuable information on playing the chants and also an explanation of the time signatures and tempi.  You will find throughout this booklet many references to Cosmic Chants.  For example, each chant in the booklet references the appropriate page number in Cosmic Chants.  Thus this booklet can supplement but does not supplant Guruji’s book…

Since many have asked for copies, we offer this freely in loving gratitude to our great Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.  We have been permitted to distribute this informally by the sole organization our Guru has established to carry on his work, Self-Realization Fellowship.

We offer this at the lotus feet of our Master.

~ Jai Guru ~

COSMIC CHANTS ~ Paramahansa Yogananda ~ SRF link


“Inspired by his own direct experience of the Divine, Paramahansa Yogananda composed many songs in the tradition of India’s devotional chanting.  This book contains words and music to more than fifty of his original chants.


 Excerpts From the Prelude by Paramahansa Yogananda

“Popular songs are usually inspired through sentiment or passing interests.  But a song born out of the depths of true devotion to God and continuously chanted, audibly or mentally, until response is consciously received from Him in the form of boundless joy, is a spiritualized song.

 “Such songs like live matches produce the fire of God-awareness whenever they are struck on the foundation stone of devotion.  Ordinary songs are like wet matches that do not produce any spark of divine realization.

“Each of the Cosmic Chants in this book has been spiritualized; that is, at various gatherings each song has been sung aloud and mentally until the chanters found actual response from God.  It is hoped that every reader will sing these chants, not as ordinary music to please the ear or emotions, but as soul-saturated songs to be used for divine communion.”

See also~

Durga Mata’s book and chant CDs: Chanting for Deep Meditation



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