Real Relationship Advice
I truly believe that there is no use in discussing relaxation if we do not get to the heart of anxiety. For me, my anxiety was based on a lack of trust. Oh, I trusted people but deep down, where no one could see, I did not trust God. The Almighty. My Spiritual Connection. My higher power. I felt he had spent a lot of time messing with my life and was not to be trusted with having highest my possibility in mind. Once I admitted my lack of trust, I searched for a way to create that trust again.
Music soothes the savage beast. For me, music has always been an escape; a place of peace and relaxation. Whether I’m singing a well-worn 70’s tune or in deep trance chanting my mantra, music is my resource when I am feeling overwhelmed. It has been 5 years since I discovered kirtan and I have been doing it ever since.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan, or Kirtana, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘to repeat’. In the Hindu faith, Kirtan is a sung, call and response form of chanting. As we discussed last week, the mantra is something you repeat as a thinking tool. Hindus believe in the power of repeating the name of God. In Kirtan, these mantras or writings from the ancient Hindu texts are sung and repeated. In church, as a child, we learned that when you sing you pray twice.
Kirtan can be done anywhere. I do it at my desk while writing or behind the wheel driving. Some of my favorite Kirtankars (a person who performs kirtans), make it interesting by adding great beats which makes the music pleasant and inviting as well. Currently, I am really into Girish. Girish has his roots firmly in music. With his eclectic background, which is evident in each of his songs, he interweaves great music with the profound energy of mantra. I like describing some of his music as Vedic Funk! (Especially, Sita Ram from his album Shiva Machine). His latest, Girish Remixed takes his great music and ensures that you move during each one; Vedic DANCE!
What I find amazing in Girish’s music is the ease with which I am singing along. For example, for years I have tried to incorporate the Gayatri Mantra into my devotional cadre and was never able to remember it. With one listen to Girish’s ‘Gayatri’, it was cemented in my heart.
So I have told you about the great music. Have I mentioned his voice? I am a sucker for a great manly voice but it must be melodic. Girish’s voice is inviting and infused with the heart needed to be a kirtankar. He feels the words. He understands the profundity of what he is singing.
I strongly encourage you to check out his website and take a listen to some of his songs. www.GirishMusic.com
The Gayatri Mantra is from the RigVeda and is known to impart wisdom, enlightenment and understanding. It is the most repeated mantra.
Om bhur bhuvah svah
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah pracodayat
Gayatri Translated – Swami Shivanada
We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;
May He enlighten our Intellect.