What I’m listening to lately:
Om Namo Bhagavate
Deva says in the liner notes for this song that it is her favorite track off her Embrace CD and I agree with her. It is an amazing piece of music. The entire CD is holy. Deva sings some of the most achingly beautiful sacred chants. If your heart doesn’t open when you hear Deva sing, then I swear you must be dead! Her voice brings to mind a perfect bloom.
Chanting is an ancient form of sacred prayer or meditation. For me, listening to sacred chants is like listening to angels sing. And humming or chanting along with Deva Premal chants, calms me almost instantly. When I am having a bad day, this is the music that can smooth my rough edges. Chanting is ancient medicine for my heart and soul.
The words to this particular chant are very simple;
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
The chant means
“Om is the name of that inside me,
which is aware of the Oneness of all things.”
The creator of this video included slides of Mandalas – images that are a visual form of meditation. Two meditations in one – what’s not to like?!
Deva Premal will be performing with Miten at Unity Temple on the Plaza on September 28, 2011. You can purchase tickets at:
Get your tickets soon – this show is bound to sell out!
My iPhone camera and I went wandering in the back yard this morning and came back blessed. Everywhere I turned, my eyes spied infinite shapes and forms of life dancing with exuberant joy! The perfect summer solstice gift from Mother Nature.
Thank you Mother!
This piece of a poem by Rumi catches a whiff of how I feel when I see Divine Mother in Nature:
Anything you lose comes round in another form.
The child weaned from mother’s milk
now drinks wine and honey mixed.
God’s joy moves from unmarked box
to unmarked box, from cell to cell.
As rainwater down into flowerbed.
As roses, up from the ground.
Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish,
now a cliff covered with vines,
now a horse being saddled.
It hides within these, till one day
it cracks them open.
Rumi, 13th century Sufi mystic
I call this photo Divine Mother.
She is there in every petal and leaf.
Do you see her?
“We are the birds of the same nest
We may wear different skins
We may speak different tongues
We may believe in different religions
We may belong to different cultures
Yet we share the same home, EARTH
Born on the same planet
Covered by the same skies
Gazing at the same stars
Breathing the same air
We must learn to progress together
Or, miserably perish together
For a person can live individually
But, can only survive collectively. ”
Excerpt from the Atharva Veda – Sacred Wisdom Texts of Bharat
Thank you to Krishna Madappa for sharing this in the ISSSEEM Newsletter.
ISSSEEM is The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine
ISSSEEM promotes understanding, exploration, research and
application of the energies of consciousness.
The graphic is a Sanskrit OM. According to ancient Buddhist and Hindu texts,
OM is the sound vibration that started the World.