Are you happy?
Everything that we do, we do it, because ultimately, it brings us a sense of happiness. Even a job you may not enjoy doing, you may do it anyway because the pay is good.
From early on, life becomes a search for that which makes us happy, realizing eventually the cycle of the constant coming and going of this feeling.
For some, this realization comes early in life and for others later on. We come to realize that no matter what that thing is that we thought was going to make us happy, once it is acquired, it slowly looses our interest and excitement, leaving us as we once were…searching for the next thing, until one has exhausted all possibilities.
It is usually at this point in life that our spiritual search starts. We begin to think that there must be something more to life. For some the journey begins with books, for others a spiritual lecture, a Yoga class, a talk with an old friend, or whatever else might be that turns the mind inwards.
After a while, we are thrilled with our new “me”, feeling as happy as never before! Unfortunately, after a long while, the one practice/discipline/path we thought we have finally found, it is not fulfilling us anymore
…and the search for more, begins again and so it does the constant coming and going, but this time around it has not to do with “things” but with spiritual information or practices.
Can chanting some words in Sanskrit be “the thing”?
Saint Francis of Assisi once said “The one you are looking for, is the one who is looking” so the real goal of spirituality the sages have said is discovering your self, also known as Self-Realization which is also the ultimate goal of Yoga.
Kirtan is the spiritual practice within one of the four branches of Yoga known as Bhakti Yoga, or the Yoga of Devotion or Self-Surrendered, in it the aspirant repeats in a melodic form a specific mantra or sacred word.
The constant repetition and the vibration of the Mantra, creates a sharp focus of attention within the mind that helps arrest/controls the activities of the mind, known as thought process, leaving one in a state of no thoughts, also known as the present moment.
It is in such moment of silence-within, that one can ONLY experience our true formless form, our divinity within, allowing us to recognize our never-changing state of pure peace and happiness. What the Yogis of India have called a state of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss)
We invite you to come and experience this precious practice. It is our hope that this practice brings you a bit closer to your real self. All we ask is that you come with no expectations and with a receiving mind. Grace will be there. ~ Raghavendra
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