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550681_196108370529076_1886022677_nThe Meaning of Brahmananda Swarupa – A Consecrated Chant.

I find often in my yoga classes that folks are bashful and/or reluctant to actually utter the sounds during chanting times during the sadhana/class.  Its not that they are ready to leave but I think if they knew that they are missing such a powerful benefit for their own energies they might just start sharing their sounds to the group chanting.  I often remind participants that uttering Sanskrit words for invocation is not mumble- jumble but a known scientific fact that the sounds actually create the quality of peace with vibrations in their cells, thus a benefit.  If you click the link above this paragraph you can listen to a short video in which Sadhguru from The Isha Foundation explains about one such powerful Chant.  Below is an audio soundclip from Soundcloud that you can listen to the chant for one straight hour and notice any peaceful benefits that come your way. Thanks again to Sadhguru and the Volunteers at Isha Foundation for sharing so much media with us to be able to tap into the ancient science of classical Indian hatha yoga.  Namaskaram OM

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  1. From a personal perspective and/or more than anything a first response, I see chanting almost as a method of releasing anything that’s polluting or corrupting a person’s inner being and to rid one’s self of any kind of negative energy. Though, shortly after reading the article, there are some major importances I’ve left out. Chants (as described by Sadhguru) can be noted as a certain clever arrangement of sounds; although the meaning itself doesn’t matter, with the ability of humans to feel and think in a specified way (the utilization of emotions), we in-turn give meaning to each and every chant, enhancing people’s reasons behind the action of chanting. “If they are willing to keep the meaning aside, we could arrange various sounds like this” (Sadhguru). All of these absurd meanings or out of place meanings have rather instead been used to elevate one’s emotional involvement. Moreover, Sadhguru goes on through the discussion on the meaning behind Brahmananda Swarupa and how consecrating it or giving it meaning, further pushes the use of this chant. “Brahmananda Swarupa means, Swarupa means the image or a reflection of that – image of that rather. Brahmananda means ultimate joy or ultimate bliss. So this is the image of ultimate blissfulness” (Sadhguru). While these chants have a certain impact on the human condition, without knowing the meanings or the chant being consecrated, it in some sense leaves an emptiness or void of one’s emotions/feelings of the chant (not giving the chant its effect).

  2. I’ve become very fond of Sadhguru’s diction and ways of explaining things. He’s very conversational and soothing to listen to. This video helped me understand more of the benefits behind chanting. I like the idea of being able to call “Shiva” anything “because he is nothing.” I remember some of these concepts being explained to me by my mother when I was younger, and it’s nice to relearn it through different eyes.

    In terms of my own experience, I have found myself more and more comfortable with chanting aloud during our class. It’s interesting how much the confidence to do so came from just letting go of insecurities and accepting the moment, similarly to some of the themes talked about in the secret of the yamas. I plan on listening to the chanting audio clip next time I meditate to see how it affects my mindset.

  3. Sadhguru explained the chant first as an arrangement of sound. But, there also should be a meaning behind those sounds and words during chant. If we were only energy and sound and any meaning would be okay, but because we are also connected to our mind and body, we must give it meaning to create this bliss. This radiates positive energy within. He explained the sound as also being alive. The sounds create new vibrations in the body creating this bliss. In class I have been trying to get more comfortable with my full expression of the chants, but I am sometimes a bit hesitant. As I continue to practice I believe that the benefit that reap with over throw the self consciousness. I find in class that when I do chant to the full expression that it feels better through the body and mind.

  4. Sadhguru explains that the power of the chant is in the sounds generated by the words and that this power is intensified by the meaning of the words even if they are not understood. The translation of Brahmanada Swarupa is “image of ultimate blissfulness” and Isha translates as “that which rules.” Sadhguru explains that the chant is consecrated so that the words and sound are energized.

    After listening to the clip of the chant, I noticed the strength of the vibration. I also noticed that the chant could easily fade into the background or be called to the front of the mind. When in the background, the vibrations and a sort of wave of sound were present; when I focused, I realized how the wave of sound and vibrations were created by distinct voices blended in near unison, distinct enough that I could pick out certain voices.

    I found that I did not cling to the meaning of the words and that letting go of the meaning – which came naturally – enhanced my experience. It was better that I did not know in a way and I continued listening as though I had never known at all. It almost seemed that the rhythm of my brain (if that is possible or if that means anything in the way of explanation) started to sync up with the chant. One hour went by so fast; I had to check that the clip wasn’t really ten minutes.

    I have found in class that chanting the Isha Kriya together is very difficult because we are all going at our own pace. I become easily distracted — very self-conscious — and find myself tripping over my own words, needing to pause and start up again quite frequently. Is that a normal phenomenon?

    • If you could let yourself get lost in the collective group chant in class without trying to identify where you fit in and just allow your voice to join perhaps you would fair better. Or bring ear plugs, OM

  5. While I appreciate the description of the meaning of the Brahmananda Swarupa chant, I do not think it affected my thoughts while listening to the chant. I think Sadhguru’s reflection that chants are an arrangement of sound reverberate more with me rather than the meaning of the words. Even though I still do not fully comprehend the meaning of the words being chanted (since I do not understand the language) and am just singing the vowels and consenants, I still find it to have a calming effect.

    When I played the hour long version of the chant, at first I was sitting down and chanting along, but I soon got bored and could not sit still. I kept the video playing in the background as I moved around the house, folding laundry, cleaning the kitchen, etc. I was still listening and repeating the words in my head and I did find that, at least in my opinion, the sing-songy effect and the sounds of the words (the arrangement of sounds) was enough to clear my mind and bring good feelings.

    I think something gets lost in the translation as he tries to describe the meaning of the words in English words which could be why I did not fully comprehend the meaning of the phrase. Perhaps with further reading and practice the meaning of the words will come to me and deepen the effect of chanting, but for now, I was quite pleased with just listening to the chanting and following along in my head.

    • Basically the chant translates to our surrender to the ultimate joy and blissfulness. Your choice to go about your chores with the chant in the background was one of the best uses for this chant as a vehicle to get mundane work done with ease and joy. Yes it’s a challenge to translate languages like Sanskrit into English as the limitations of English don’t allow for the full experiences of ritual, etc. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts OM

  6. Words carry energy and power with them. Chanting creates vibrations throughout my body whenever I do them in or out of class. At first, I was shy to start chanting in class because it was something I never did before and I found it unnecessary for me to chant while practicing yoga. The vibrations the chants sent throughout my body was something I had to get used to. I never felt such a strong vibration throughout out my body, that I alone was creating. After I started to participate in the chanting, I became more focus and my mind stop wondering to other things. Furthermore, I felt like I was becoming one with my body, because the chanting caused vibrations throughout my body which made me listen and focus on the effects chanting was having on me. Chanting helped me stay on tract and focus on what I was doing. Chanting also gave me a calming feeling, especially when I heard it in class. When everyone is chanting, it gives me a calming yet powerful feeing. After watching the video and analyzing what chanting does for me, I see where Sadguru says there is power in the vibrations. Chanting helps promote a calming and powerful atmosphere and helps an individual become one with their body.

    -Saida Blair

  7. Having no knowledge of the meaning of these chants they can easily be dismissed as just noises. Before watching this video I gave no thought to the meaning of each chant. From what I gathered from earlier readings the importance was mostly on the vibration and frequency, to energize your cells. Being so out of touch with the subject really made it difficult to decipher what exactly these chants were, and how they were used. With there numerous and overlapping meanings it I couldn’t grasp it as well as I would have liked to.

    “Shiva has a million names and we say ultimately he is nothing.” I needed to log up Shiva after hearing this line, finding out his role as deity. This idea of he is nothing so we can call hi anything realy relaxed my anxiousness over needing to find the particular meaning for each word. Although he said a chant can be sound beautiful and if the meaning is negative it will bring conflict and resistance to he chant. I from what I gathered that res not ally if you do not know the meaning, and if there is no meaning I can give it any.

    I will most likely stick with the chant AUM for this reason. Having know real meaning I can more easily clear my mind and allow myself in to experience the chant. While in class I often feel out of place when we do chants. I will try to find my place in the chants, and focus more on sound and vibrations.

  8. A chant is an arrangement of sounds, usually with a good meaning attached to help build the mind and emotion. The sounds can help you reach blissfulness in your yoga. Chanting is an important part of yoga that i did not realize before the video.

    Sometimes chanting in class and on my own can feel awkward because it is something that is unfamiliar. Which is why i think many people are hesitant to join in. With each class i can feel myself and others open up more to chanting. I did not realize the benefits that it could have until now.

    It is amazing the effects that sound can have on the mind and emotion. This video shows the importance of using chanting to reach blissfulness during yoga. The vibrations running through your body can create this and the more you do it, it becomes consecrated. Which then provides you with the benefits.
    -Emily Bockisch

  9. Coming from a place of knowing nothing about the chants is difficult. It is even more difficult trying to decipher meaning when the sounds have no immediate connection or language meaning to me. As a collection of sound I found the vibrations and energy of it to be very relaxing. While I understood Bramanada Swarupa’s description of the meaning of the chant, it was hard to look past the collection of sounds I cant analyze with English.

    One thing I did connect with was the emotional attachment and engagement we give to sounds. Specifically referencing to Aum, it has no particular meaning. Aum is whatever we assign it to be, it is a sound with the purpose of enhancing our experience. When I say Aum I have a clear relaxing sensation in my throat which in turn relaxes my whole body into a deeper state. Although what I am saying has no definitive meaning it is the sounds that work with my body chemistry which assign it meaning.

    I appreciate the way sound and articulating sound can make us feel. I can easily make a visceral connection to what Bramanda Swarupa is explaining. However I honestly find it hard to bring the meaning of chant back to my earth when everything I hear is so foreign. At a certain point listening to Swarupas hour recording I couldn’t pay long attention and gave up searching for it’s meaning. I understand that I am mostly responsible due to my lack of knowledge in the subject but its still a far reach for me.

  10. Sadhguru comes to explain that the chants have immense power through the sounds coming from the words. This feeling is supposed ot be enforced by the meanings that the words have. Listening to the SoundCloud bit, it occured to me that these sounds are just sounds to me. I have never been able to correlate it to a type of meaning. It just all seems like noise to me.

    I’m one of those people in class who is only beginning to feel comfortable with following along the chanting out loud. In the beginning of thi semester I didn’t think it was necesary for me to follow along because it was just a sound. I thought it was just what Yoga required — sounds. As if yoga shold’ve been silent the entire time.

    Listening to Sadhguru speaking about the chanting made me realize that this part of yoga does have power and that this power is here to help me with my jorney into the practice of yoga. I am excited to chant as much as I can in future yoga sessions!

  11. To me, chanting has always represented a comforting and grounding parallel to the dynamic mental states invoked by meditation. The sound is soothing, and reminds me of ashrams or pooja ceremonies, where my role is to follow a prescribed ritual and the action of chanting, for most of my life, allowed me to participate without ever really knowing what was going on. What Sadhguru says about the many names of Shiva, and his nebulous existence within canonical Hindu lore, really resonated with me because of how my interpretation of chants to Shiva is constantly shifting and redefining itself.

    Until very recently, I felt like chanting was something to focus on during meditation to keep myself grounded to the world around me, so that I didn’t drift off into tangential thoughts or a fugue state of partial consciousness. Lately, especially with the IK practices we have done in this class, my experience of chanting has actually become more focused on mentally separating myself from the words of the chant (because they are contrary to my beliefs). For this reason, I find that the IK chanting we do in class is more beneficially to me than practicing alone because internally separating my voice from others facilitates a more involved experience.

    My favorite part of mediative chanting is probably just the sections where we harmonize our “Ohm”s because of the way I can feel the vibration of other’s voices in my lungs. It’s as if we are amplifying one another, and I can intimately feel the presence many other people at once. I feel involved in my own breathing and chanting, while simultaneous sensing and communing with the other consciousnesses I am sharing space with.

  12. We have to chant in order to enhance. There is a certain amount of resistance when it comes to chanting. Every chant that we say during this practice has its place and we must use it thoughtfully and fully. I really enjoy the idea of shiva being anything, and so we may address shiva as anything. It gives us the freedom to understand this beauty in meaning but let us carry the chance to personalize our own practice.

    The mantra is being used in order to achieve blissfulness and address the one who gives us this. We so often try to find meaning in things and find it hard to unclasp. We want meaning in order to find answers to everything. Just to chant gives us the opportunity to achieve a form of blissfulness.

    I never personally realized how essential these sounds were to the practice. Before I saw it as unnecessary because I didn’t think this applied to me, but now knowing the context of the meaning has opened my eyes to the truth behind the practice. I will think of this meaning while practicing and I’m sure it will enhance by own feeling to achieve blissfulness

    Namaste

    Jacob B.

  13. I feel like chanting is a way of releasing negative energies and also makes me feel the power in using my own voice. It helps me focus on my own sound and I feel like there is power in that. In letting your freest self out and opening yourself to more positive energy. Using my voice makes me feel like I’m releasing something. I feel more open when chanting because I can focus on a word or a direction while meditating. It lets me focus on my meditation and helps my mind stay stimulated. I feel more focused and calmer when I chant in meditation. I know and understand the benefits of using my voice while meditating.

  14. I enjoyed reading about the process of chant and the link it has towards strengthening the quality of peace within one’s self. I actually got an energy reading and it mentioned the relationship between throat vibrations and throat health via chakras. I found this especially poignant because I’m a singer and this week I’ve been very ill. It was a struggle to even get to class today.

    Sadhguru’s explanation of the meaning behind “Brahmananda Swarupa” definitely peaked muy interest and gave a new significance to all chants. I find myself less interested in solely creating a vibration and more focused on the interpretation of the chant and how I relate to it.

    Chanting in class has helped me when we all stay in rhythm with each other, but once we get off track, it becomes quite distracting for me personally. I’ve taken it upon myself to create my own sort of chants and affirmations throughout the day. I found it helpful to meditate on these mantras during class tonight.

  15. The explanations given by Sadhguru give an understanding to those who have no knowledge of the meaning of the chants for the practice, that gives the chants more of a purpose. When there is no subject behind something it goes unnoticed and has no meaning. Many just say the chants in class to get the job done but do not notice the benefits of letting the chants out and saying the chants with a full breath. The explanation and definitions that Sadhguru gave, created an understanding for those who are not used to the practice and that has the ability to give them a purpose for the chants and a better experience. “It takes a completely different kind of mind to be involved deeply in something without any emotion about it. Most of you cannot involve yourself in something deeply enough unless there’s emotion for it.” I thought this was interesting because, without the deep understanding of the chant you don’t give yourself the ability to connect with it, I also feel like you cheat yourself out of the full experience of peace.

    I have noticed within our classroom many hesitate to chant out with the rest of the class or everyone waits to hear the instructors voice first for the chant. When this happens you can almost only hear 4-5 voices. Many probably hesitate because it is a new ritual and practice that they are not used too, many are not used to chanting and exposing their voices loudly to a group of people. I was hesitant at first but I have developed a connection to the practices including the IK which gives me the ability to comfortably chant loud and deep within my vocal cords. It does get weird at times but I ignore it and continue my practice to reach my peace within the practice.

  16. The Brahmananda Swarupa Chant is consecrated sound. Consecrated means to make or declare sacred; to dedicate formally to a divine purpose. A chant is a certain clever arrangement of sounds. The meaning itself doesn’t matter. If we were just energy, without a mind and emotions, life would be easy, it would be able to pass through us like a breeze. This isn’t the case those, we’ve been given emotions and a mind, in which case are just as or sometimes even more so dominant as the flow of our energy. And to us, meaning is important. Depending on the meaning, if it is something that doesn’t resinate with you, you will build a mental and emotional resistance to this, as well as, attempting to carrying out it out as an action. To create nonresistance you’d want a pleasant meaning attached. It is needed. But, if you don’t know the language the meaning ultimately doesn’t matter to you. Like Shiva, he is nothing so we can call him whatever we want; the mantra/chant is just like this. Chant is suppose to bring you toward blissfulness. Sound is consecrated, it is energized, it’s alive, it’s not just sound. You can make objects, and spaces sacred. You can do the same with sound. When you consecrated a sound, then you utter this sound it becomes a totally new reverberation.

    This idea that we have a mind and emotions really makes me think. I know that we do, but I’ve also read about how these thoughts and feeling are merely things passing before us just as the physical world does everyday, our internal parts are as well. It really concerns me when I get caught in things. I love to take things in. How long is it okay to stay for? I wonder if sometimes I stay too long in my emotions and I don’t know when I should have left but in the time that I was feeling it, I didn’t have the thought to leave. It kind of scares me that these thoughts and emotions can be dominant or even more dominant than our flow of energy. I think this scares me before I see how real that is. Sometimes I can’t get myself to do things because my emotions stop me, because I’m just feeling so much that it’s dominating over my energy all together. I’d prefer if they didn’t have so much control over me sometimes, it makes me feel like I’ve lost myself sometimes, even though I know it’s all me. But is it? From what I’ve read in, The Untethered Soul, our thoughts, feelings, aren’t us. They are just things we experience and we are nothing but the witness. It’s hard being a witness when you feel like you can’t do anything.
    I have found myself really resisting doing the Isha Kriya. I’m not sure why but it has become extremely hard for me to sit down and do it. I really enjoy meditating but for some reason I am still resisting it. Learning about this makes me wonder if it’s because what we are saying. So I mentioned that I read about how we aren’t our thoughts or our emotions. I’ve read about how everything is basically impermanent, that it will all pass away. I think I am still attached to this body and my mind. And I think that must be why I am resistant towards doing the meditation. I believe it’s hard for me to step back and see the big picture. I know that it’s going to help me but it feel likes that doesn’t matter to me because I still feel resistance, it’s almost like I can’t see how it’s going to be for my best interest, but I know it would be, can’t bring myself to do it though. I’m learning though and I think as I move through each day there different things that will be moving me back towards what I am meant to do.
    So it says to create nonresistance, that we need a pleasant meaning and that if it’s a language we don’t know it doesn’t matter but you still utter something you want to attract. I think it might be easier for me to do the meditation if it wasn’t in english. Would I still reap the benefits and how can I translate it into something else? Please help I really want to be able to continue this meditation.

    • I think you should do the Finger Holds at least twice daily for three weeks to balance your emotions. If you cannot find a way to trust in the IK practice benefits to motivate you to take part, I suggest you then add another round of Finger Holds in place. I hope one day you may be able to rise beyond the confines of your physicality limited in your mind and body and appreciate how you are a part of a grander scheme the Cosmos, Namaste

  17. I find chanting as a crucial part of a meditative experience. First of all, it helps ruminating brains focus on something. It is hard to relax, but when you try and focus on the words coming out of your mouth, it helps tremendously to relax. Not only do you focus on your vibrations from the chant, but you can hear those around you contributing to the energy. It kind of feels spiritual in a way. It feels almost like I ascend into another plain of existence. The chanting around me is very powerful and feels like waves around me, lifting me up into a peaceful sky. It really adds a lot to the yoga and meditation. Without it, I don’t feel like the sessions would be as effective as they are. I am extremely thankful for the chanting.

  18. When I was listening to the soundcloud link, I didn’t realize the audio was the chant, we say during class until 5 minutes, but it’s very meditating to listen to and repeat. When we chant “Brahmananda Swarupa”, I never understood the meaning but I felt very intent saying it. Reading the article, it states that the meaning doesn’t matter but the energy and emotion we put in the chanting. Which could reflect off moments in life, sometimes the build up and effort into a project or practice is more important than the overall result. I think everyone can relate to the concept of “Brahmananda Swarupa”, because it’s a positive message and practice, there’s no negative result unless you try resisting against it.

    I feel very comfortable when chanting it in class because everyone else is comfortable and it’s so satisfying hearing all of us harmonize. I really enjoy the energy that’s created in the room when we’re all harmonizing and meditating together, it’s very therapeutic. The chants are powerful because it creates vibrations and sounds, even if you don’t know the meaning, you still contain a sense of peacefulness to “Brahmananda Swarupa”.

    -Melenie Warner

  19. Chanting, I have been noticing, is a sort of way of releasing negative vibes out of the body and even exercising the glands. I realized that yoga focuses on each part of the body physically and spiritually. In this video, Sadhguru explained thoroughly what power the chant contains no matter if the words are not understood. The idea to me for ultimate blissfulness seems so nice and it is nice to know there is a place your mind can go to when reality is too much.
    Originally from other readings, I thought the words faded out after awhile and were more for the effect of the vibrations but now I realized that it is important to know the words because of the syllables each word has and the type of different vibrations each word makes.
    I feel like with these readings I will definitely have a new look when I do the second step of the Isha Kriya. And I will take it seriously knowing the true meaning of the benefits the chanting could bring.

  20. This post was very insightful and interesting, Sadhguru explained the meaning of this Brahmanada Swarupa chant. He states that a chant if an arrangement of sounds, he explained they aren’t just “nice sounds” but have a great meaning to them. A chant helps us reach a higher energy level and can help us focus on our minds. The sound has to be concentrated and alive and this makes sense because a dull sound could be absorbed by the body in a negative way. This post made me further understand the importance of chanting in yoga, it helps us connect the mind and body. Sadhguru states that we gain power from the vibration in our cells and from the positive meaning of the chants, by vocalizing positive energy we give it life therefor we can put it to play. By chanting we are putting positive energy into the universe and this is a very powerful thing. I used to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious in class when we would chant but I have made it an effort to tey harder each time and I definitely feel the difference. While chanting I feel more in tuned with the practice, I lose myself and become fully relaxed. Words indeed to contain energy and when I chant I can feel the vibrations throughout my body.

  21. Sadhguru described a chant as a “clever arrangement of sound” that does not necessarily have a meaning. We attach a meaning to it to make it more significant to us because our emotions and minds are a dominant part of our being. But we do need to know what the words of the chant translate into to feel the benefits of chanting. Even if the words of the chant translate to something controversial, if the sounds that make up the chant are soothing, then it would have the same benefits. In a way, it is also a strange benefit to not know the language of the chant. That way, you could focus on the sounds instead of what the words mean in context. But even when we attach a meaning to words and then apply those meanings to the chant, that meaning may not be the only meaning, but it may be the one that sounds the “nicest” when interpreting the chant.

    After listening to the chant, I did not notice if I received any peaceful benefits from it. It was pleasant and soothing to listen to, and in a way drowns out any background noise. I have listened to different types of chants before, such as from Buddhist monks, so it may be because I am used to chanting in general that any benefit I feel comes naturally.

  22. I can admit that I was previously one of those people who felt really awkward about chanting, especially in a group setting. Even though I had plenty of experience with guided mediation and prayer (which sometimes is like chanting now that I think about it), I think something about chanting can make meditators self conscious if we are not used to it. Now being used to it, I find chanting extremely powerful. I can really feel the difference in IK when we switch from the beginning chants to our OMs, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulder.

    It is really fascinating to me that these words have scientific power and health benefits; I feel like society does consider the power of words as much as we should in health in science. This article reminds me in particular of a documentary I watched years ago. Although I am forgetting the name of the film, a particular observation always stayed with me. Two plants were put in the same environment to grow, were properly watered etc. The only difference was that one plant was constantly cursed out at and thrown insults, while the other plant was showered in praises and positive words. The verbally abused plant grew in a strange and dysfunctional way, while the praised plant bloomed beautifully and properly.

    Words have so much more power than we acknowledge, and it is very comforting to observe the power of words during chanting.

  23. This made me think a lot about where words come from. Each word has a meaning and it has that meaning for a reason. The sound they make and the vibrations have a meaning and these meanings enhance the mind and emotions (which is a big part of us humans). The chanting is a clever arrangement of all these sounds, vibrations, that also come together with meaning because like I said before, we are humans and in order to connect with this, we need to attach ourselves to it with some kind of meaning behind it that connects with our mind and emotions.

    Chanting brings out a quality of peace with vibrations in the cells and by all of us in class chanting together we make this chanting way more powerful. Also when you are chanting you are creating these vibrations inside your body. The arrangement of sounds is very well thought because just like we can consecrate objects, these sounds have been consecrated and picked very meticulously. When in class sometimes my voice isn’t as powerful but I’ve been trying to get better, it could also be because when I do the IK at home, my voice just sounds so loud because of the fact that I am always there by myself. But in class it is different. I do feel the energy in the room when everybody is chanting, you can feel the vibrations and peace.

  24. I do agree with the idea that words or the words we use in a mantra or chant are not utilized to help focus one’s energy, it is the vibrations from the sounds that are being emitted from the chanters mouth that is being utilized to focus their energy, or strengthen it. I agree with this statement mainly because words are, in a sense non-existent. They are human-made inventions to convey ideas from one human to another. They are quite a beautiful invention, however, they can become limiting or damaging if utilized incorrectly. Which is why I appreciate Sadhguru’s acknowledgment of the mind and emotion as two very real aspects of us as individuals.

    Words, as previously stated are utilized to convey ideas of the human mind as well as our emotions to one another. So when chanting we cannot ignore the power over us that our minds and emotions possess. The chant must be something that can align with our mind and heart so as to keep us from falling victim to distraction. As Sadhguru explains, should the words we chant not align with our own beliefs or ideas, we will naturally have a hard time focusing on the meditation itself.

    I was able to relate this to my Isha Kriya and the issue I was having with the mantra, “I am not this body, I am not even this mind.” I had a difficult time allowing myself to get past this statement, and focusing on my meditation because I could not bring myself to fully feel I had grasped an understanding of this statement, and therefore could not agree with what I was stating. Once I gained my own understanding I then became able to fall into the meditation and fully benefit from it.

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