This is an experiential program in chanting the names of the Divine from the Indian tradition. Chanting of these Names creates a devotional space for your hearts to open into. As we follow the simple practice of listening to the call, and singing the response we allow for the waves on the surface of our mind to calm so that we might immerse into the depths of the stillness within that is unperturbed by the winds and waves. This equanimous space of unconditional Love that is not received or given, but just IS, exists within each one of us. Spiritual practice using mantra is the instrument for clearing the mind and opening the heart. Like any practice it must be done with some amount of discipline and regularity for the beneficial effects. In each episode, Nina will talk a little about the practice but most of the time is spent in the chanting practice where she leads the chant and the viewer can sing along with the music. In this season we will practice repetition of mantra with melody and music with Nina on harmonium, accompanied by Arjun Bruggeman on tabla.
Where did these Divine Names or mantras that we chant in kirtan come from? What is satsang and how does is it beneficial to practice in sacred community? Why do we practice? What is bhakti or devotion?
In the episode, Nina provides a little background on “Sita Ram”, the Divine beings from the ...
Episode 7: Mantra - In-Dwelling Presence and Sustainer of Life, Viṣṇu
om namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
om namo nārāyaṇāya nārāyaṇa
In this Episode, Nina shares a story about Badrinath temple in the Himalayas and the temple’s practice of abhisheka. She also shares the 1,000 Names of Vishnu, as well as Vishnu being the Sustainer of Life and ...