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Insights at the Edge is an excellent source for all sorts of holistic teachings. Here is a very articulate interview with David White and Tami Simon.
This month we leave mantra music for a moment to visit Native sounds to relax and meditate.
Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to America in the late 1960′s. After thousands of years of being kept a deeply private and secret practice among a small group of chosen students in India, the techniques of Kundalini yoga were shared with the world at large by this master yogi.
So… what is yoga? Yoga is an ancient physical exercise that quiets the noisy brain and relaxes the body, bringing more enjoyment to your life wherever you might be. In the same way a hot shower washes your body, a strong yoga set washes your spirit and clears your thoughts of unnecessary clutter.
The word yoga comes from a biblical word meaning ‘to yoke’ or ‘connect.’ Whats being ‘yoked’ in a yoga practice is the physical body to the metaphysical spirit self, the higher self, the continuum of eternal energy that is your true nature. The original Sanskrit word describing the act of ‘yoga’ before the Christian culture influenced language was the word ‘jugit’, which means- union of personal awareness with infinite awareness. If we actively connect with the infinite dimension within ourselves, we can increase the enjoyment of life challenges. But how does yoga actually connect my physical self to my metaphysical self?
Mantra music is a new genre of music that uses the sounds of the Gurmukhi language in repeated lyrical fashion. There are hundreds of mantras and hundreds of new songs to discover in this style of music. Here is one by Nirinjan Kaur using what is known as the Mul Mantra.
Mantra phonetics: Ad Guday namay, jugad guday namay, sat guday namay siri guru day vay namay, ad such, jugad such, hebee such, nanak hosey bey such
I recently discovered that my yoga practice was making me feel bad rather than good. The voices in my head had made doing yoga a requirement for self approval and worthiness. What do we do if we really want to establish a daily practice but we find that we aren’t able to make it to the mat each day for any length of time?
The event of 11:11:11 on 11/11/11 is a very cool random pattern that is made even more significant by digital clocks. There is nothing else more magical or alchemical on this day than there is for any other miraculous day. If there were, it would be clearly perceivable to everyone with our five senses. Every day under the sun is new and amazing. Every day offers equal opportunity to change and improve your life. Designating a specific day to be more special than another day is a marketing ploy to sell events and workshops that claim to offer you something you don’t supposedly already have. Yoga is not about trying to acquire something you lack. It is a technique for realizing you have within all that you need.
Have you heard Mantra music yet? It is a new genre of music that uses the sounds of the ancient Gurmukhi language in a repeated lyrical fashion to create a meditative state in the mind. There are hundreds of mantras and hundreds of new songs to discover in this new genre. Here is one by Amrit Kirtan
01 Aad Guray Nameh (click on title to play song)
The mantra Aad Guray Nameh is often chanted at the beginning of Kundalini yoga classes as its sound frequency vibrates protective energy fields into the aura and calls on the wisdom within an individual for the highest teachings and guidance. Use this mantra when you feel worried or tense and it will reestablish a grounded calm mind. Reciting this mantra puts one in a state of bowing to the teacher and high grace from within the self.
Aad Guray Nameh
Jugaad Guray Nameh
Sat Guray Nameh
Siri Guru Dayvay Nameh
If you are reading this you are a human and you evolved from a shrew-like creature into your current hominid experience roughly 65 million years ago. You have evolved three times, not including all the plant and fish work you did in the oceans before reaching mammal status. Your brain evolved from the reptilian, through the midbrain, to the cosmic extravaganza known as the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is the tool of all tools. There is no limit to what this spectacular piece of bioware can think up and experience. The past three major brain developments occurred unconsciously, since (by logical deduction) we were missing the piece that allows for logical deduction. But now that we have it, will the next evolutionary shift happen in full awareness of itself as we change? Is it possible to consciously experience evolution?