information about the upcoming Vedic chanting workshop, see the web-link under ‘events’ page.
You will learn a complete Gayatri mantra ( samhita, karma, jata, ghana ) with invocation ( opening of all 7 worlds) and closing part for protection. Last part of the workshop will be a meditative practice with Gayatri mantra.
All welcome, you do not need to be a yoga practitioner to attend this workshop!
Chants in praise of the Sun and for good health
GAYATRI MANTRA is one of the most significant and popular hymns from the Vedic tradition. Interestingly, it honours the sun in a feminine form. Considered as one of the pre-requisites for many Indian rituals, this mantra asks the sun to dispel the darkness of our ignorance and provide us with clarity and strength, The Gayatri mantra is taken from the Taittiriyopanisat (4.41.26)
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just read,breath&move forward
“Fire in my speech, wind in my breath,
the mighty sun in my eyes,
the cool moon through the mind,
the earth in my body and the trees in my hair
the mighty Indra in my strength and Shiva in my creative power-
let the cosmic forces and the universal soul pervade in me,
protect and lead me to my source.”
This mantra is contained in the Taittiriya-brahmana, Kathaka ( 10.3.8), this chant entreaties the natural elements to sustain the organs and functions in the human system. It can be chanted by or to assist persons suffering from ill health.
A popular chant from the Brhadaranyaka-upanisat (3.28) is usually chanted at the end of the Laghunyasah, which means ” lead me from the unreal to the real,lead me from darkness to light,lead me from transience to eternity.”
Om asato ma sadgamaya
Om tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
Om mrtyoma amrtam gamaya
If you would like to learn to chant this mantra I can teach you! Take a contact with me.
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WORLDWIDE ON iTUNES 9.12 2012
less then two weeks ago I was in India attending an international seminar on yoga for women organised by the school of yoga in the tradition of great yoga acharya T Krishnamacharya. This are also the yoga teachings I follow and teach to others, as I can completely find my own interests and potential within them. It combines all of yoga practices from physical to mental and healing applications of those tools. A truly profound knowledge passed over by humble and experienced yoga teachers, that are my inspiration for years already. All good, until….recently a dark cloud covered the ‘yoga world’ around the globe with a sex scandal. I am still hurt enormously, as many others and no matter how I try to look at the situation it only causes aggravation. If I say,ok, sex scandals happen everywhere from US presidents to politicians, movie stars, pop stars,yeah and they have been among ‘good yoga people’ too. So what’s new here? Well, it does make a difference when this happens within one’s ‘own family’…we are human and so prone to mistakes. We are a kind of ‘damage goods’ from the day we are born. No perfection here…all of impressions we are exposed to, create Vasanas that create our behavioural patterns and Samskaras. We have emotions and feelings and our mind is not always clear. There might have been some saints in the past, who are now to find only in a museums as an example of purity,but for the rest…the rest of us are more or less f* up. We find our refuge and hope in spiritual practices, or some other ‘in vogue diet’, always attaching to something and someone. That linking gives strength to the one in need and direction to be peaceful. In yoga meditation such linking goes under the term Samyama. When one practice for a long time it becomes also stronger in creating the bond with that subject of meditation and eventually get to know the subject or object completely by becoming it. That is then a liberation, that freedom we all like to hear about….Samadhi. What happens when you are confronted with the fact that the linking to something you have done for years is a wrong chosen subject? Auch! You are thrown to the ground, shattered, disappointed, angry, sad…and do not see a tree from the forest anymore. Well, you need to take your own little heart in to your own hands hold it, listen to it and tore apart all the bonds to that subject. It hurts like hell, I can say. But later comes that feeling of liberation by itself, because you can learn to stand on your own two feet, make sound decisions and get to know thyself. So, hello there gorgeous! Nothing is lost, all the suffering one goes through, makes you golden. Experiences are the only way to know the truth. Books are great to read, teachers are inspiring to listen to, but only what one does every day counts. There is no comfort to put all your faith in a person, even if that is a charismatic, famous, rich or poor human being - because a human being makes mistakes. Therefore we invented forgiveness and compassion. Sadly some people propagate this beautiful divine qualities only when they are feeling undisturbed. The moment life does not go so smooth anymore they turn into finger pointing-justice preaching-violent executioners seeking peace of mind through revenge and violence…. where is then Ahimsa? Tell me: if I post on FB a quote of Mother Teresa on my ‘good day’ does that makes me Mother Teresa like person already ?, while on my ‘bad day’ I pass by the poor homeless person and get so irritated that I think ‘get a job’?! uffff….I see such examples so often,it is sad. Why do we have to be so nice? Nice has nothing to do with the real value of being honest and respectful to each other. I am not a nice person myself. My close friends know that. I learned through my own mistakes and often pulled a short end of a rope for expressing what I feel and think. So what!? A dear friend said to me ’ you bring the best and the worst out of me’ when we are together. Yes, possibly,because I respect and love that friend and want us to be honest and grow together from experiencing who we are,not what we have learned to be by society rules and some standards of politeness and etiquette. All the glitter has no shine if there is no light shining upon it. And when one can make a stone turn into a diamond, that one does not need diamonds anymore because that one is a shining diamond itself. They last forever and are your best friends,not just in a song or tell. So many follow only the shine of light, even in Bible there is a beautiful story of Shekina….to find themselves trapped and with no way out anymore,because they are facing the walls of hell-one’s own hell, tailor made to fit one’s own suffering. How good is that!? To want something is leading to suffering, even if that is love itself. It comes with thorns. Acharya Krisnamacharya knew this and he lived literary to his words. He also said that the future of yoga will be responsibility of women - he is so very correct in his visions -and yet we might do not know our own power and mission on this world and time we have. Not as long a woman will spread her legs to get some ‘great healing’ and satisfaction of lust and greed for fame. Not until she learns to say NO when it is time to do so,not after consummation of her own weakness and then project herself as a victim of some kind of abuse by another. Ladies question your own conscience before accusing the circumstances to lead you into disgraceful actions. ‘It takes two to tango’ right?
To get back to my recent experience in India…we were 13 women from every corner of the globe. sharing learning and joy of our personal stories with teachers and among us. It was very difficult moment for me when we were on the subject of giving birth to your own child, as I was the only woman who can not tell her own story on this. I was shading tears that day, but it brought healing of my old wound to me. My vedic chanting teacher, a beautiful older lady, greeted me with her open arms calling my name, and I simply collapsed into her embrace sobbing with tears. Then she made me breath and hold my hands to calm and after we chanted together one of the most powerful chants for strength and clarity. No words spoken, just chanting….and that day I think I realised what healing is,because it came from within myself, through my own voice and will to get rid of suffering. You see, we all get what we ask for, just not always at the time when we ask for. Universe is abundance itself, so wish right,because Universe is all: light and dark, love and shadow…no judgement,no right or wrong…just IS.
All of 13 women created together a strong bond - a Sanga - a true one, not between girlfriends, but around the knowledge and experience we went through. And that will stay forever, we do not need to meet again physically - Sanga is about the energy behind that physical presence experience. And honestly, I do not seek e-mail nor FB friends to keep in touch! What I do care about is the resonance of that true experience within us and what each of us makes out of it every day. And so, once back home, and after a week of terrible cold, I started teaching yoga again and there was a group of those beautiful people who come to lessons and I realised that is also a Sanga. A really great one and I love to be part of it. Not deliberately creating it, not wanting it, not taking any other initiative to sustain it …it just lives by itself,shapes itself and breaths by itself…it feels so good,it is healing energy par excellence! Because it is based on something greater then one person can ever create: our love to practice yoga.
Be well and happy all of you!