As if–like chanting–you are saying the names of the divine. For if there is anything such as divinity, it is the spark in each and every one.
The intention of mantra and japa is to help us refocus the mind. Anything we repeat or allow to repeat in our awareness will groove itself into our being. Be ware of what you repeat to yourself or otherwise.
The texts on sadhana — yoga practice — say in simplified essence that mantra is the fulcrum between the unknowable universal and manifest particulars. What language we use and how we use it can either lead us towards skillfully navigating… (READ MORE)
I walked over to the Capitol building at lunchtime to see the rally in support of the Jobs Bill. As I approached, attendees were chanting “jobs not war, jobs not war, jobs not war, jobs not war, jobs not war,… (READ MORE)
In 2000 or 2001, shortly before I started practicing Anusara yoga, a teacher who regularly played music in class, played for us a recording of Alice Coltrane singing a tantric chant to Siva and the Goddess Bhuvaneshvari. I only heard… (READ MORE)