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No one has said that being mindful is boring.
I have been chanting for 6+ years. I started with ‘Mountain Hare Krishna’ sung by Krishna Das and Sting. The way they weaved ‘Amazing Grace’ into a familiar chant was and is still very beautiful. I would sing this every morning along with doing my mantra with my mala beads and then read one of the sacred texts (Ramayana, Upanishads). I would start the day completely centered and ready to take on the universe. 6 years later, with a new career and one more child, I don’t have the time, or energy, to get up one hour earlier to sing, mantra and read. I have had to incorporate it into everything that I do. Instead, I chant all day while writing, do my mantra when I am showering, cooking, cleaning, driving …you get the picture.
So, if I’m listening all day to the likes of Krishna Das, sometimes I need something with a beat. Sometimes, I want to dance my devotion!
Enter into my life, MC Yogi. Last year, my sister, Aidi, and I were shopping and as we were driving to the supermarket, she turned to me and said, ‘Do you want to hear some really cool music?’ The horn blow began the ‘Om’ Invocation with the very familiar Ganesha Mantra, ‘ Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha’, salutations to the remover of obstacles. What I didn’t expect was the rapping that followed. Not only did the rap add to the reverence, the excellent rapper, MC Yogi, explained the mantra, why to use it and why he uses it. I was hooked!
I listened to the entire ‘Elephant Power’ album mesmerized by how MC Yogi can teach, praise and rap. When I heard, ‘Rock on Hanuman’ with the familiar voice of Krishna Das singing my mantra, we both started dancing. In this song, MC Yogi, with his tight rhymes reminiscent of old Beastie Boys, retells the story of Hanuman and outlines the beauty of Hanuman’s loyalty and love for Rama. ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai, Jai, Ram!’
Then the car was filled with some beat boxing with the ‘Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham Aum’ which corresponds to the chakras and I thought, ‘This guy is amazing!’
Look, devotion, chanting, mantra japaing does not need to be boring. With artists like MC Yogi who is providing an innovative, fun, educational and relevant vehicle to share this amazing music, chanting no longer needs to conjure up monks in robes. Dance, shake and chant!
The best part of becoming a fan of MC Yogi, is that I can play it in the car and my boys are more than happy to sing along. Without trying, they know Ganesha’s tale and his mantra. Without the need to read the Ramayana to them, they know the incredible beauty of Hanuman. MC Yogi is sharing these incredible stories and mantra with a whole new audience and had made my entire family fans.