Over the holidays, my husband generously added an iPhone to my technological tool bag. Never really thought I needed one … until I got it! Now, I’ve become somewhat of an iPhone app weirdo, staying up late into the night surfing the web for some little app that I can get for free or an occasional nominal charge. More on all that at another time, but for now, let me share my recent discovery: iMantra.
Created by Studio Six Digital Software, this little program will run on either an iPhone or iTouch and is designed to “help you learn new mantras, practice mantras, and calm your mind and thoughts.” The mantras in iMantra are separated into four categories: Buddhist, Kundalini, Hindu, and Universal. From their website:
You can choose to work in two different ways. In either case, you will first touch the info icon and select the mantra category, and then the desired mantra. You can also select the number of malas (set of 108 mantras) and the number of beads on the mala that you wish to perform.
To work interactively, you slide a bead from right to left on the screen, and when you have pushed it far enough a mantra will be spoken. You can speak along with the mantra, or just listen. Note that the bead that you are able to move, the one that you should move, is slightly see-through. If it seems that you are unable to move a bead, check that you have pushed the see-through bead far enough to the left. The second way of practicing is to touch the Buddha’s bowl, with the word “chant” on it. When you do this, the beads will move away and the mantra will be spoken over and over, until the number of malas have been reached.
You can also record your own mantras. (Side note: It does not appear that there are many pre-recorded offerings at this time, but they invite customer submissions.) Currently, iMantra is available from iTunes for $4.99. Gimmicky? Perhaps … But then I AM the Yogi Tech Chick! Check out iMantra web page for more information.