Sounds of any kind whether through music or the spoken word can have a profound impact on the mind and the general mental state of the listener. Chanting in some form is practiced in all belief systems across all cultures because of the positive influence these precisely intoned sounds can have on the human mind.
The intent of chanting is to reach the mind in a beneficial and pleasing way. Rhythms are intentionally created for the specific purpose of advancing a person’s inner growth.
In other jananimeditation.com classes, Janani teaches chants that support the practitioner's own goals and intentions as well as demonstrating how to develop greater spiritual awareness. These chants enable the participant to mentally absorb the resonance that flows from them while also benefitting from their meanings.
Vedantic texts are written in Sanskrit, a language so precise that it was once used, in part, as a computer programming language. The structure, format and every one of the 54 letters in Sanskrt all have a purpose. To become well versed in the many nuances of this language takes years of study and use.
It is not necessary to know Sanskrit in order to study Vedanta or practice meditation, but it is helpful for anyone wishing to fluidly read the texts. One need only focus on the alphabet and certain basic rules of grammar. In this process, vocabulary also becomes known. While Sanskrit knowledge gathered in this way is by no means complete, it does give the student a handle on the basics, facilitates greater comprehension of the texts as well as the ability to move more easily through the writings that contain ancient wisdom.
My goal is to offer teaching and meditation programs that address the challenges everyone faces. By right understanding and self-discovery, you can develop a perspective that allows you to navigate through life’s constant changes, move past them and abide in your own well being no matter what you are facing. Please contact me to find out more about how to participate in these programs.
Recognize Your Inner Fullness
We all seek to move beyond our limitations. Yet often the more we struggle with circumstances of the physical, mental or relational, the more engulfed we become. Like fighting the strong current of an undertow, efforts to resist the water's power pull us even deeper.
Vedanta can relieve this human conflict by unfolding a unique, bigger picture view. It is a non-sectarian, spiritually based knowledge that has no cultural, spiritual or geographic borders and can get you through the undertows, by revealing your inner fullness which is ever available to you.
Managing the Mind and Beyond
Meditation and informed mindfulness provide the way to steer your mind in the right direction. Developing an aware, mindful state of being has many benefits that flow into your life. By learning to be an impartial witness to your thoughts, your mind becomes more objective, dispassionate, and responsive instead of reactive. This gives rise to more positive interactions that result in better outcomes, deeper, stronger connections, and ultimately through understanding, frees you from any sense of limitation.
"May one lift oneself up by oneself, may one not destroy oneself. For, the self alone is one's benefactor (and) the self alone is one's enemy." Chapter 6 -Verse 5
The Bhagavad Gita is the story of a man faced with fighting a war against those near and dear to him in order to defend and protect society. Fraught with grief and confusion he turns to Lord Krsna for guidance and inspiration as he has lost all motivation and ability to fight.
Krsna teaches him, unfolding a vision of how to do what must be done while rising above it all. Their dialogue is insightful and inspiring and by revealing the nature of ourselves, the world and the ultimate source of it all to us, shows how we too can rise above our own internal and external conflicts as we carry out the tasks that we cannot and should not avoid. In the process, we discover our own abiding sense of well-being not affected or displaced by the twists and turns in our lives.