The Best (and most fun) of all Meditation Techniques
Meditation doesn't come easy for many of us. And that's where chanting offers another method. Without the work of mentally quieting the mind, chant can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness.
Chanting is one of the major elements in what is called "bhakti yoga," or the yoga of the heart. Gatherings dedicated to chanting are called "kirtans" in the original Sanskrit. Chanting is wonderful for awakening the love, devotion, and concentration of the heart and mind that is needed for deep inner experience. Monthly kirtans take place in East Lansing, and in the Detroit and/or Port Huron Areas. Dates and times vary. Many of the chants are short, very simple, and in English, we also do some traditional Indian chants (Bhajans). Two periods of meditation are included. The kirtans are free and they are quite informal, that is, you can come and go whenever you want. There are chairs provided but you are welcome to bring a cushion or bench and sit on the floor.
. . . Ultimately, devotional love is what lifts the devotee’s consciousness toward the Divine. Without love, one lacks the necessary urgency of desire to reach the divine goal. Whether meditating, reasoning, or acting, a devotional attitude must underlie everything one does. –S. Kriyananda
Listen to Ananda Founder Swami Kriyananda Chanting Door of My Heart in English, Italian, and Bengali: Online Audio Player:o
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