Mantra and the sound of Yoga.
Last fall I traveled to Rishikesh, India to deepen my studies with one of my main teachers, Kia Miller. Every morning we sat in meditation while we listened to and chanted Jap Ji, a 33 minute prayer consisting of Mul Mantra and 38 Pauris. While the entire mantra is absolutely enchanting and beckons a deep reverence and connection with Source, there was one Pauri in particular that courted me from day one, the 28th Pauri.
The mantra is recited in Sanskrit and when I say we were chanting, I personally was listening and feeling the vibration of the sound, while those around me were reciting what they knew. Of course I recognized certain words and had a familiarity with bits of the mantra as many are found in kundalini songs I listen to, by Snatam Kaur for example. Day after day I was completely entranced by the potency of this particular verse. (See below for the English translation.)
On the last day of our studies, Kia asked us to choose a section of Jap Ji that we would commit to incorporating in our sadhana for the next 90 days. There was no question which one had made its way into my practice--28th Pauri all the way. My commitment has been to listen to eleven repetitions of it. This practice is two fold: to learn the verse in Sanskrit and to allow for an experience with the recitation. I am roughly half way into this practice and I can say that I have been experiencing a brightness in my connection and a centering in who I am.
I'm curious to see what comes through in the days ahead.
Do you have a specific experience with mantra that you would like to share? I would love to hear from you.
As always, in love,
>>>Below is the English translation of the 28th Pauri:
The TWENTY-EIGHTH PAURI is the strongest permutation and combination of words in the world. It unites you with God.
Let contentment be your earrings, humility your begging bowl, and meditation the ashes you apply to your body. Let the thought of death be the patched coat you wear, chastity your way in the world, and faith in the Lord your walking stick. See the brotherhood of all mankind as the highest order of the Yogis; conquer your own mind, and you shall conquer the world. I bow unto Him, I humbly bow. The Primal One, the Pure Light, without beginning, without end. Throughout all the ages, He is One and the Same.