Cosmic Chants
click to enlarge

Cosmic Chants

Paramahansa Yogananda



Spiral-bound, flexible cover



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.


Sound Is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe

“Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration or the Word. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (John 1:1).


“Singers of these songs who want the best results should chant them alone or with true devotees of God, with ever increasing devotion and fervor. After the notes are learned, one’s undivided attention should be given to repeating them with deeper and deeper devotion, striving fully to understand the meaning of the words in the chant, until one is immersed in the bliss of singing. This joyous feeling is the first perception of God.


“Words that are saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs that have power to remove the rocks of difficul­ties and to create the change desired....


"One who sings these spiritualized songs, Cosmic Chants, with true devotion will find God-communion and ecstatic joy, and through them the healing of body, mind, and soul.”




Alphabetical List of Chants by Title

At Thy Feet
Blue Lotus Feet
Cloud-Colored Christ
Come, Listen to My Soul Song
Dawn Chant
Deliver Us From Delusion
Desire, My Great Enemy
Divine Gypsy
Divine Mother’s Song to the Devotee
Do Not Dry the Ocean of My Love
Door of My Heart
Ever New Joy
From This Sleep, Lord
Hay Hari Sundara (Hindi “O God Beautiful”)
He Who Knows
Hymn to Brahma
I Am the Bubble
I Am Om
I Am the Sky
I Give You My Soul Call
In Samadhi
In the Land Beyond My Dreams
In the Temple of Silence
In the Valley of Sorrow
Invocation to the Gurus
I Will Be Thine Always
I Will Sing Thy Name
Jai Guru
Learn Thou Self-Control
Light the Lamp of Thy Love
Listen, Listen, Listen
My Krishna Is Blue
No Birth, No Death
O God Beautiful
Om Chant
Om Kali
Om Song
Opal Flame
O Thou Blue Sky
O Thou King of the Infinite
Polestar of My Life
Receive Me on Thy Lap
Rose Chant
Search Him Out in Secret
Shanti Mondire (Bengali “In the Temple of Silence”)
Spirit and Nature
Swami Ram Tirtha’s Song
They Have Heard Thy Name
Thou Art My Life
Thousands of Suns
Today My Mind Has Dived
Wake, Yet Wake, O My Saint
What Lightning Flash
When My Dream’s Dream Is Done
When Thy Song Flows Through Me
Where Is There Love?
Who Is in My Temple?
Why, O Mind, Wanderest Thou?
Will That Day Come to Me, Mother?
Wink Has Not Touched My Eyes






In this book the majority of the chants, both words and music, are original compositions of Paramahansa Yogananda. However, several chants are translations of well-known Sanskrit, Hindi, or Bengali songs in original adaptations by Paramahansaji for western musical notation.


The words of No Birth, No Death are a translation of a Sanskrit chant by Swami Shankaracharya, which was a favorite of Lahiri Mahasaya’s; the words of Hymn to Brahma are those of an ancient Sanskrit temple chant; the words and music of Thou Art My Life, and the words of Who Is in My Temple? and Light the Lamp of Thy Love, were written by Rabindranath Tagore. Swami Ram Tirtha’s Song is a musical arrangement of “Marching Light,” a poem by the nineteenth-century saint Ram Tirtha.


Two Bengali songs often chanted by Paramahansajis guru Sri Yukteswarji appear in this book: Desire, My Great Enemy and Wake, Yet Wake, O My Saint. Other old Bengali chants included here in translation are: What Lightning Flash, Door of My Heart, Where Is There Love?, Deliver Us From Delusion, They Have Heard Thy Name, and Divine Mothers Song to the Devotee. O God Beautiful is a chant by Nanak, fifteenth-century Sikh guru. Spirit and Nature is a song of the sixteenth-century saint Sri Chaitanya. Will That Day Come to Me, Mother? is a song of the eighteenth-century Bengali saint Sri Ram Prasad. Ella G. Richdale set to music a poem by Paramahansaji that appears in this book under the title Om Song.