The Circle of Gratitude:
Sacred Chants, Kirtan, Vedic Mantras and Slokas
Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice? Not with handstands, hip openers and downward dogs. What we have come to know are "yoga" in our western culture is just the tip of the iceburg in terms of what this sacred, holistic, 5,000 year old practice can offer us.
If your practice been whispering to you, calling you to "something more, then the next important step along your path may well be beyond asana. Bhakti yoga is love, It is service, it's devotion, it's laughing and singing and crying. It's ritual and offering. It's the yoga of life. It is recognising the divine union happening all around you, all the time. It is the path of gratitude. The path is strewn with the seeds of sacred sound, music, story and community. We invite you to join us.
We are energetic beings. Our bodies are made up of energy that vibrates at, and is directly affected by, certain specific sound frequencies with natural resonance that has enormous power and can stimulate the body's natural healing down to cellular and subtle levels. Chanting generate the vibration to avert obstacles and illness, and bring about auspicious conditions.
The central content of chants is the repetition of praise, offerings and prayer. Chants and mantras are dedicated to Buddhas, bodhisattvas, protectors, sentient beings, those who are dying, beings in the Bardo and those with whom we have karmic debts. Year-long chanting is an auspicious activity and purification process that pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness and creates merit by purifying any remaining obstacles.
At a deeper level, our problems arise from a loss of connection with the infinite source that sustains us all. The solution is simple: reconnect. Explore the deep, inner peace arising from chanting ancient sound formulae, the vibration from which leads to spiritual evolution. It clears the head, heart, lungs and purifies the channels, re-structuring the entire pranic flow to illuminate the subtle layers of the mind which leads to liberation.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
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