#4740 - Thursday, October 25, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- "Give yourself completely to the act of listening.
Beyond the sounds there is something greater,
a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought."~ Eckhart Tolle
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.~ Ram Dassphoto by Alan LarusThe Soul of Mantra - New LA Yoga article based on verse 145 of the vijnana
bhairava tantra:Initiation through hearing Sanskrit in song seems to be powerful and lasting. The
Beatles included the phrase Jai guru deva OM in their song Across the
Universe,released in 1969. The Beatles were one of the most successful acts in
the history of popular music, and the song was broadcast all over the world on
radio stations from 1969 onward. For many, it was the first time they had ever
heard a word of Sanskrit. Beatles fans listened to their records over and over
with rapt attention, relishing every word and chord change, and so apparently,
millions of people received a kind of Shaktipat, a transmission of spiritual
energy, through the song. I started teaching meditation around this time, and
many people came for instruction because of having heard Across the Universe.
It was clear they had already meditated, deeply, many times, while listening to
the song. It was an honor to sit in their presence, and it was as if they had been
initiated by the song and I was just giving them some coaching on how to
meditate. Since then, all over the world, Ive met many people who started
meditating because of Across the Universe and are still at it. What amazing
impact that song created.The Beatles learned to meditate in 1967 and went to India for a retreat, so they
were writing from intimate experience with the practice. The backstory for the
song was that Lennon was lying in bed with his wife, who was going on and on
about something that really irritated him. He got up and went downstairs, and
the words she had been saying kept resonating in his head, like lyrics, and over
time it turned into sort of a cosmic song rather than an irritated song. Lennon
said that the four words of Sanskrit, Jai guru deva OM, just dropped into his
mind as the bridge to the chorus, and he felt that Across the Universe
contained perhaps the best lyrics he had ever written. The sound of the human
voice, even a complaining human voice, merged in Johns awareness into the
eternal song of OM. This is one of the secrets of mantra and meditation the
gift of peace and delight right here in the midst of it all. If you dive deeply into
any sound, external or within, it will take you into the hum of the universe.
Across the Universe, by the Beatles. Written and sung by John Lennon.Q: My yoga teacher told me not to meditate with pets because they steal your
spiritual energy. But whenever I start meditating, my pets sense it and scratch
at the door to get in. What should I do?A: In the age of ignorance, many monks were jealous of cows, and of the jewelry
bestowed on royal elephants. So they invented such nonsense. Now we know that
animals are as holy as angels, and it is au spicious to meditate with them.Don't the gods have pets? The holy spirit descends on Jesus in the form of a
Dove. Durgha rides a lion. Shiva meditates with a pet serpent around his neck.
Krishna leans on a moonlit calf to play his sacred flute. Without their pets, the
gods would become arrogant. So would we.The golden fur of a poodle is sacred. It transmutes heavenly energy from your
crown, through your fingers, into the earth. Animals keep our hearts open and
healthy (even though some cats are Republicans).If you don't meditate with at least three pets curled up beside you, how will you
ever know the meaning of Sat-Sang?These are the words of Freddy-Ji; they come straight from the belly button.~ Fred LaMotte
The Radiance SutrasOne day The Goddess sang to her lover Bhairava,
Beloved and radiant Lord of the space before birth,
Revealer of essence,
Slayer of the ignorance that binds us,
You, who in play have created this universe
and permeated all forms in it with never-ending truth.
I have been wondering . . .
I have been listening to the songs of creation,
I have heard the sacred sutras being sung,
and yet still I am curious.
What is this delight-filled universe
into which we find ourselves born?
What is this mysterious awareness shimmering
everywhere within it?
What are these instinctive energies
that undulate through our bodies,
moving us into action?
And this matter out of which our forms are made -
What are these dancing particles of condensed radiance,
Are they an illusionist's projection?
What is this power we call Life,
appearing as the play of flesh and breath?
How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?
Beloved, my attention is ensnared by a myriad of forms,
the innumerable individual entities everywhere.
Lead me into the wholeness beyond all these parts.
You, who hold the mysteries in your hand -
of will, knowledge and action,
Reveal to me the path of illumined knowing.
Lead me into joyous union
with the life of the universe.
Teach me that I may know it fully,
realize it deeply,
and breathe in the truth of it.translation by Lorin Rochemore verses: posted by Roxanne Chapdelaine on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=357626444330411&set=a.114775688615489.22305.100002491740677&type=1The Radiance Sutras is a fresh translation of an ancient Tantra Yoga text, the
Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a love song between Devi and Bhairava, (Shakti and
Shiva) in which they sing the classic tantra, chakra, kundalini, mantra, mudra
practices, and many more.