Feel like a little peace and beauty? Listen to Deva Premal and Miten. Lovely to write to, lovely to sing along to. I've learned some of the mantras from listening to these guys and do indeed find them very helpful for handling stress or ratty brain.
Here's a really accessible one to ease you in. :) In the Light of Love.
So beautiful. Deva's voice truly is a gift.
This is the Twameva Mantra. Here's a lovely explanation of it if you are interested.
If ever beings exhibited the Buddhist concept of "Right Work", it is these guys. Such joy radiates out of them, especially Manose. That young man positively glows with it!
The Gayatri Mantra is one of my favorites. Its meaning is a little difficult for we westerners to get, but the essence of it might be said to be; a song of praise that awakens the vital energies and gives liberation from suffering. You don't really need to need to know what it means, though, Just singing along or even listening is good for you.
I love this live version. All the people singing along in such togetherness and peace.
Feeling all lovely and peaceful? I bet you are!
This is another more western song. There are beautiful harmonies in this one. Awakening/Om Shanti. I love to sing along to this one!
Ok, ready for the big guns? This is the Moola Mantra. Yes it's long. Deva has a whole album of just this mantra. You'd think that would be boring but actually it's my second favorite album after their in concert one. You are basically acknowledging divinity, from the one that is all, to the gods in their feminine and masculine manifestations, to the divinity of all that is around us, to our own divinity. This is just my interpretation of course! At any rate it's lovely to sing and makes you feel good.
Here are the words. It does help to see them written down so that you sound them properly and therefore get the best benefit of them as they pass through your body.
Sat Chit Ananda
Sat Chit Ananda
Deva explains their meaning this way:
Sat - truth, Chit- consciousness, Ananda - bliss (this is also a mantra in its own right)Parabramha - the unmanifest divine, the divine that is all around us, the air we breathe, the space that's all around us permeating everything.Purushothama - the divine that is manifest in human beings, as our spiritual teachers, gurus, avatars, enlightened masters.Paramatma - the soul that's within every living thing, the divine essence that's within every living thing.Sri Bhagavathi Sametha Sri Bhagavathe - the feminine principle together with the masculine principle.Namaha - I offer salutations (to all of the above). So to the divine in its unmanifest form, then channelled into our teachers and gurus, then coming to the universal understanding of everything being divine, of everything being a reflection of the divine perfection and then the dance of the feminine and the masculine energy like a yin and yang at the end of the mantra.
I hope that this music gave you a lovely peaceful feeling ready for the weekend, and I hope that you listen to Deva Premal and Miten some more in the future. You'll go out into the world radiating peace and love, and the world could do with more of that!