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Bhakti and Music

Kirtans, Bhajans, Stories, Sanskrit Mantras, and Hymns

Bhakti and Music

DEVOTION TO THE DIVINE

Bhakti yoga is a natural path for those who are dominantly seeking emotional fulfillment, and desire to convert worldly emotions into Divine devotion. The devotee visualizes the Lord sitting or standing before him/her. He/she pours out her heart’s love, adoration, and shares his/her deepest thoughts and concerns with the Lord until a continuous flow of awareness moves between devotee and his/her beloved Lord. This continuous flow of love brings about a a close relationship with God and culminates in Divine Union in which the worshiper and that which is worshiped become One.

Kirtan

“Kirtan is singing of God’s name, with feeling. Such singing has a benign effect on both the physical and subtle bodies. It is an excellent method of soothing the nerves and directing the emotions to a positive goal. Kirtan melts the heart, fills the mind with purity and generates harmony and divine love. The chanting of Sanskrit kirtan, even when mechanically done, produces certain effects. When done with devotion, and awareness of the meaning, its benefits are immeasureable.” – Swami Sivananda

Communicating with the Divine

The term Bhakti comes from the root ‘Bhaj’, which means ‘to be attached to God’. Bhakti is love for love’s sake.  The path of Bhakti appeals particularly to a those of an emotional nature. The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship and ritual the devotee surrenders to God, channeling and transmuting his/her emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God form a substantial part of Bhakti Yoga.

Mantras and Rituals

A “Mantra” is a mystical spiritual energy encased in a sound structure. At its simplest, the word Om serves as a mantra. In more sophisticated forms, they are melodic phrases with spiritual rendition such as human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge and action.

Sacred Sound

Mantras, as sacred sounds, are known to affect our vibratory being and consciousness as the word mantra itself means both protection and instrument.

Vedic Rituals

The experience of mantra and chanting are best when accompanied by ritual.  Ritual, in the very way that it is performed –the same time each day, also mirrors the rhythmic quality of mantra or the universe’s ebbs and flows. Without sound encompassed in ritual that it is difficult to release the accumulation of psychic toxicity in our spiritual system.

Mantras and Rituals

A “Mantra” is a mystical spiritual energy encased in a sound structure. At its simplest, the word Om serves as a mantra. In more sophisticated forms, they are melodic phrases with spiritual rendition such as human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge and action.  Mantras, as sacred sounds, are known to affect our vibratory being and consciousness as the word mantra itself means both protection and instrument. In a translation of the Yoga aphorisms of Patanjali, it is noted that the “repetition of sacred words or mantras is…an invaluable aid to spiritual progress.” The experience of mantra and chanting are best when accompanied by ritual.  Ritual, in the very way that it is performed –the same time each day, also mirrors the rhythmic quality of mantra or the universe’s ebbs and flows.  Without sound encompassed in ritual that it is difficult to release the accumulation of psychic toxicity in our spiritual system.

Classical Indian Music

Classical Indian music is an ancient artform that brings one into a deep meditative state. The music has different melodies which the musician plays, known as “raga.” At the Sivananda Yoga Farm we have every month a well-known classical Indian musician come and perform.

Classica Indian Dance

Bharatanatyam is a form of classical dance, originating in ancient India. It is a sacred dance, that was originally performed in temples as a mode of worship which uses Indian music and mythological stories to bring the ancient teachings of the sages to us in Dance form. Come and join us for an evening of music, rhythm, sacred geometry, poetry, harmony and beauty.

Classica Indian Dance

Bharatanatyam is a form of classical dance, originating in ancient India. It is a sacred dance, that was originally performed in temples as a mode of worship. It uses Indian music and mythological stories to bring the ancient teachings of the sages to us in Dance form.  Come and join us for an evening of music, rhythm, sacred geometry, poetry, harmony and beauty.

Upcoming Dates

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Open Dates Online International Satsangs with Swami Sitaramananda
Flexible Dates Lavender Harvest Week & Kirtan Music ~ Karma Yoga $150.00
August 26, 2024 Krishna Janmastami $25.00
September 7, 2024 Ganesha Chaturthi $25.00

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