Twice a month Sivakatirswami meets with the members of the Wailua Mission to practice Natchintanai, perfect and learn new bhajans and be a “beta” test group for the things we want to teach in future Saiva Hindu Religion classes: chants, bhajans, Natchintanai, Tirumurai. It is a wonderful “bhakti break” for everyone as our members work very hard and Swami also likes to get away from the computer to “Sing to the Gods.”
Today we had the pleasure of following along with the songs recorded by Mrs. Mardemootoo while she was here on pilgrimage. Thank you, Selvon!
Stay tuned as these and other recordings from the Natchintanai Workshop in Mauritius will be coming to our web site soon.
Here we are sending all of Kadavul’s good energy out to everyone around the world and especially to our counter part singing satsang/classes in Mauritius and Malaysia. Swami’s goal is to encourage and enable everyone to have the courage to lead and to be to follow Yogaswami’s dictum “Sing until you melt the very stones!”
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AUMSIVAYA EVERYONE THERE ! Glad to hear you all are doing very well in the natchintanai classes. One tip to sing better with “pakka” sruti, for all of you, is to practice ,if possible, daily the “saptaswaras” (sa ri ga ma pa da ni)with long voyel prolongation. One may starts with singing lets say “saaaaaaaa…” for 15 secs, then increase to 30 secs and so on. Then try “riiiiiiiiiii…” till the last “swara”. Try and see the difference ! Aum.
Thanks for the tip Adi… I have been wanting include in each session at least 15 minutes of “sangeetam practice” but I was not sure what to do… we will try out this idea. Many do not have strong voices and we need to make every one BREATH DEEP THEN SING. So this practice will help. — Sivakatirswami
Bodhinatha continues with his weekly series of commentaries on The Path to Siva. In this past Sun One talk, he elucidates the four key beliefs in Hinduism, the three pillars of Sanatana Dharma and Gurudeva's three stages of faith. Primary to Hinduism is the key belief that God is within each of us. To have a well-rounded understanding and experience of Hinduism, to make spiritual progress, adhyatma vikasha, we need scripture, humility, temple worship, devotion. To fully experience God we need the guru to give the spark for meditation and deeper wisdom.