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Archive for March 28th, 2011

From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Unique Practice to Enhance Sadhana

Date: Mon 28 Mar 2011 07:13:55 +0530

 

Baba

 

== KIIRTAN IS OUR UNIQUE PRACTICE TO ENHANCE SADHANA ==

 

Namaskar,

In the life of each and every sadhaka– in the life of each and every

A’nanda Ma’rgii– there is an inherent desire to make sadhana better and

better. This is the common feeling amongst all devotees.

 

To that end we follow Baba’s various do’s and don’ts. Before sadhana we do

half-bath, find a quiet place, do sastaunga pranam, and then sing and dance

kiirtan before sitting for meditation.

 

However in this ultra-modern and technological era, where machines and

gadgets often dominate our lives, there is the tendency just to listen to

kiirtan via a stereo etc– and not sing ourselves. This can happen. Because

that reliance upon technology can enter into every sector of our existence,

including our devotional practices like kiirtan. So while living in this

modern era we should be aware.

 

Because Baba’s guideline is that to get the real benefit of kiirtan then

one must sing– loudly.

 

Baba says, “To proclaim the glories of Parama purus’a, the Supreme

Consciousness, in a loud voice is termed ‘kiirtana’. The Sam’skrta root

verb kirtt means to ‘utter something loudly so that others may also hear

it’; thus kiirtana means to proclaim the glories of the Lord loudly for all

to hear.” (AFPS-4)

 

And here again Baba delivers the same message, in slightly different language.

 

Baba says, “Kiirtana means to utter good words loudly; not mentally, nor in

a whisper, but loud enough for everyone to hear. It is never done secretly,

but always openly…So devotees will openly sing praises to Parama Purus’a.

Kiirtana means, as I said a little earlier, to sing the Lord’s glory in a

loud voice.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-7, p.36)

 

As Baba explains above, part and parcel of “doing kiirtan” means singing

kiirtan– not just listening to kiirtan. And best is to dance as well. And

then in this way one can get 100% benefit: A unique devotional feeling

overcomes one’s entire existence and one feels a deep sense of peace

within. This we have all surely experienced.

 

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND SINGING

 

As we know there is an underlying science behind all our

spiritual-cum-devotional practices. And in this respect Baba guides us that

by singing kiirtan we are engaging more of the body’s organs than if we

just simply listen. By singing the mouth, throat, tongue, and vocal chords

are also involved. And this enhances one’s ability to focus on the kiirtan.

 

Baba says, “At the time of kiirtana, the vocal cord sings, the ears hear,

and the hands and feet dance, and thus all the organs are kept preoccupied

with the divine. They are not allowed to move wherever they want but are

kept engaged. There is a popular Indian superstition that when ghosts are

not kept busy they break the necks of their prey. Similarly, if the sensory

and motor organs are not kept engaged in the attainment of the divine, they

may lead one astray. Kiirtana is therefore most beneficial as it keeps all

the organs fully engaged in a spiritual pursuit.” (AV-8, p.13)

 

Thus by singing kiirtan the mind is more engaged in the devotional practice

of kiirtan than if one is just listening. And best is to dance also. And by

this way our sadhana will be improved.

 

 

DOES NOT TAKE EXTRA TIME

 

Some may say or think that they do not have time to stop and sing kiirtan.

But the reply is that singing kiirtan itself need not take any extra time.

One can sing kiirtan while doing their mundane duties such as when cleaning

the kitchen or when bathing etc. So singing kiirtan itself can be done

frequently throughout the day. It is a way to spiritualise all our daily

activities and then when we sit for sadhana we will automatically feel the

difference. So while driving or walking or when preparing lunch, we can

sing kiiran. Actually, if we look carefully, we will come across some many

moments in our day where we can sing kiirtan in a loud voice– thereby

enhancing our devotional life.

 

 

NO SHYNESS OR COMPLEX

 

And last but not least none should consider whether they have a “beautiful

voice” or not. Doing proper kiirtan is not a matter of singing in tune or

in a particular pitch. That is the important characteristic of kiirtan.

Because when we sing kiirtan Parama Purusa only thinks about the sweetness

and sincerity of the devotee’s heart– not the tune or melody. So no one

should suffer from any type of complex about whether they have a good voice

or not. That is not the point.

 

Rather we should always remember that we are only singing to please Parama

Purusa. And for this we simply need to awaken that devotional feeling that

is naturally inside us all.

 

Ultimately between Parama Purusa and the bhakta there is an inherent

relation of love– that is based solely on the heart. And with this feeling

we should sing and sing our kiirtan.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace singing and dancing kiirtan brings tremendous bliss in the

life and enhances our sadhana. We should always remember that no matter

what circumstance we may find ourselves in, always He is listening to our

kiirtan. This is His unfathomable blessing upon us.

 

Baba says, “Everywhere you are with Parama Purus’a, and never in this

universe, nowhere in this universe, are you alone. So you are never

helpless. Wherever you may be, do your Kiirtana, ‘Ba’ba’ Na’ma Kevalam.’ He

is with you. You are never alone. Your are never weak. You are never

helpless.” (AV-12)

 

Namaskar,

Shantatma

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi a’cho, a’mio a’chi, a’r keu nei e tribhuvane…” (P.S. 2027)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are my dearest One; by Your grace I love You so much. For me,

in this entire universe– tribhuvan*– only You and I exist. There is

nothing else in this whole creation except You and I. Baba, by Your grace

You have brought me here. And with Your love and compassion You are

nourishing me, always keeping me under Your shelter. Baba, by Your divine

grace I always receive Your tender love and care– both in times of great

joy and as well as during times of intense suffering. Always, in each and

every circumstance, I feel Your sweet and loving presence.

Baba, by Your grace You bless me with Your blissful touch in the

effulgence of the new dawn. Baba, Your charming smile gets expressed in the

blossom of the lily and in the flowering of the lotus. Baba, in the dry,

burning desert You are the soothing balm. By Your grace in that unbearable

heat You provide a cool oasis and lush verdant leaves. You are ever

gracious. Baba, You saturate my dreams with Your divine love.

Baba, in the form and fragrance of the sweet flowers, You dance and

emanate in the vast blue sky. Baba, You always manifest Your divine Self in

each and every cell of my being– as well as in the most distant corner of

my mind. Baba, by Your grace Your magnanimous effulgent smile shines like a

blissful lightening bolt throughout my entire existence– inside and out,

as well as in each and every pore of this vast, infinite cosmos.

Baba, You are that most effulgent and loving Personality– I surrender

at Your alter…

 

 

*Tribhuvan: The prefix “Tri” means ‘three’ and the term “bhuvan” means

‘world’. And here Baba further clarifies what He exactly means by

tribhuvan, or the three worlds:

 

Baba says, “Tribhuvana means the expressed world, the psychic world and the

astral world or, you may say, Causal World.” (AV-2)

 

 

 

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Process of Channlisation

 

Baba says, “If people have a healthy body and mind their glandular system

will remain balanced and they can easily channelise their physical energy

into psychic and spiritual activities. This process of channelisation is

the only way to check the mental flow towards crude propensities.” (AFPS-9,

p. 35)

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