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Deva Premal: The Voice Of Bliss

Deva Premal (born 2 April 1970 in Nürnberg, Germany) is a musician known for her meditative spiritual New Age music, which puts ancient Buddhist and Sanskrit mantras—as well as chants in other languages—into atmospheric contemporary settings.

Biography

Premal met her partner in life and music, Miten, at the Osho ashram in Pune, India in 1990, where she was studying reflexology, shiatsu, cranio-sacral therapy, and massage. They have been touring together since 1992, offering concerts and chant workshops worldwide.

Best known for her top-selling chant CDs, Premal is a classically trained musician who grew up singing mantras in a German home permeated with Eastern Spirituality. Her albums have topped the New Age charts throughout the world since her first release, The Essence (1998), which features the “Gayatri Mantra.” Premal and Miten’s record company, Prabhu Music, reports sales of over 900,000 albums.

Deva Premal began her journey with mantra in her mother’s womb, as her father chanted the “Gayatri Mantra”—one of the most sacred mantras of Sanatana Dharma—to her daily. The mantra continued to be her bedtime lullaby after she was born. Many years later, she heard a friend singing the Gayatri and was inspired to put together an album highlighting its sacredness. Premal and Miten recorded The Essence (1998) in her mother’s apartment in Germany, where she was born and where she first heard the Gayartri mantra.

Deva Premal brought this journey with the Gayatri Mantra full circle in July 2005, when she and Miten chanted it for her father as he was dying; “We kept singing for what must have been over half an hour, when suddenly the monitor showed that he was about to leave. I continued to sing, and the last sound he heard as he passed on was his beloved “Gayatri Mantra.” Finally we ended with the mantra Om and the circle was complete. He had welcomed me onto this planet with the “Gayatri,” and I accompanied him out of this physical existence with it. What a blessing this was for me! It was the first time that I was present at a death, and to be at my father’s is a memory I will cherish all my life.”

In an interview with Sam Slovik of LA Yoga Magazine, Deva Premal discussed the potent effect many notice when chanting mantras:

“The meaning is secondary. The word table is not the table…with Sanskrit, the word ananda is the sound vibration of bliss. In sound the energy of bliss. We have to say bliss; we have to make it smaller by putting it into an English word. Just the sound; ananda, If we were sensitive enough, we’d just feel the entire scope of that energy that’s contained in this sound… It’s working on a cellular level. It’s much deeper than the mind. It’s not a language that you need to understand the meaning of before you use it. It’s a deep Universal sound code that connects us all.”

Deva Premal’s chants have been used in a wide variety of settings in recent years. Cher featured Premal’s version of the “Gayatri Mantra” on her Farewell Tour and Russian Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva danced to Deva Premal’s “Gayatri” in Moses Pendleton’s F.L.O.W. series. Actor/director Edward James Olmos is said to have handed out copies of Premal’s “Gayatri Mantra” to the entire cast and crew of Battlestar Galactica, as well as citing her music as a source of inspiration in preparing his role as Commander Adama in the series. Mr. Olmos also used “Om Hraum Mitraya” from Deva’s album Dakshina (2005) to close his HBO movie Walkout.

Deva Premal and Miten performed for The Dalai Lama during a 2002 Conference in Munich, Germany on “Unity in Duality,” which brought top figures from the scientific community together with members of the Buddhist community. They gave a concert for the full conference, and were also invited to sing for the Dalai Lama at a small pre-conference gathering. They had heard that the Dalai Lama’s favorite mantra was the Tara Mantra, dedicated to the Green Tara of Compassion, and that he had asked for it be chanted recently when he was ill, and so they chanted it for him.

Deva Premal’s release, Tibetan Mantras for Precarious Times (2010), was recorded with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet (who are known for their tradition of overtone singing, also described as “chordal chanting”) and was created as a support for mantra meditation practice, featuring eight mantras chanted 108 times each. It is a benefit CD, with all proceeds going to the Gyuto Monastery in Dharmsala, India, the Phowa Project, and Veggiyana.

Creative Method

Deva Premal and Miten use a process of “natural selection” to choose the mantras on their albums. Premal has said she gravitates toward Sanskrit mantras, rather than mantras from other languages. She says that, for her, removing her ego from her understanding of the mantra allows the creative process to express the true meaning of the mantra.

The purpose of her work was explained: “Our objective is to be open to the Goddess of music – to be true to ourselves, as musicians, as ‘teachers;’ as partners, and ultimately, as individuals – fellow travellers. We accomplish this by not ‘trying’ to accomplish anything. We take very little credit for what is happening around our so-called success (we have sold over a million albums now!) – we see our selves as messengers of a 5,000 year old tradition…so, our part in the process is simply to show up and chant.”

Discography
  • 1997 – Trusting the Silence (with Miten)
  • 1998 – The Essence
  • 1998 – Strength of a Rose (with Miten)
  • 2000 – Love Is Space
  • 2002 – Embrace
  • 2002 – Satsang” (with Miten)
  • 2003 – Songs for the Inner Lover (with Miten)
  • 2004 – More Than Music (with Miten)
  • 2005 – Dakshina
  • 2005 – Live in Byron Bay (with Miten)
  • 2007 – Moola Mantra
  • 2007 – Soul in wonder (with Miten)
  • 2008 – Into Silence
  • 2009 – In Concert – The Yoga of Sacred Song and Chant (with Miten and Manose)
  • 2009 – Mantras for Precarious Times
  • 2009 – DevaSonic Vol 1
  • 2009 – DevaSonic Vol 2
  • 2009 – Download Singles (with Miten)
  • 2010 – Into Light
  • 2010 – Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent Times
  • 2011 – Password
  • 2013 – 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey (with Miten)
  • 2013 – A Deeper Light (with Miten and Manose)
  • 2013 – Mantra Love (with Miten)

Source: Wikipedia

Enjoy some Deva Premal music below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L28O4xcCRys&list=RDL28O4xcCRys#t=562

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

George Kleopas

The Gayatri Mantra – Mantra Of Increased Wisdom, Spiritual Growth & Development

Gayatri Mantra (the mother of the vedas), the foremost mantra in hinduism and hindu beliefs, inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that “May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path”. The mantra is also a prayer to the “giver of light and life” – the sun (savitur).

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Gayatri, the five-faced Goddess, is said to have domain over the five senses or pranas, and protects these five life-forces of those who chant the Gayatri Mantra. In her role as the protector, Gayatri is referred to as Savitri.

Origin of the Gayatri Mantra

The Vedas are widely considered to be the source of all true knowledge, the word “Veda” itself meaning “Knowledge”. Gayatri Devi also gave to mankind the “Gayatri Mantra”, also known as the “Guru Mantra” or the “Savitri Mantra”. It is one of the oldest mantras, and generally thought of as being amongst the highest and most powerful mantras of all. This mantra is therefore often referred to as “the Mother of the Vedas”. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna had proclaimed to Arjuna – “Among all the mantras, I am the Gayatri”.

Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra

The ideal times for chanting the mantra are three times a day – at dawn, mid-day, and at dusk. These times are known as the threesandhyas – morning, mid-day and evening. The maximum benefit of chanting the mantra is said to be obtained by chanting it 108 times. However, one may chant it for 3, 9, or 18 times when pressed for time.

Rishis selected the words of the Gayatri Mantra and arranged them so that they not only convey meaning but also create specific power of righteous wisdom through their utterance. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra removes all obstacles in our path to increased wisdom and spiritual growth and development. The teachings and powers incorporated in the Gayatri Mantra fulfill this purpose. Righteous wisdom starts emerging soon after Jap(recitation) of the Gayatri Mantra is performed.

The syllables of the mantra are said to positively affect all the chakras or energy centres in the human body – hence, proper pronunciation and enunciation are very important. Sathya Sai Babateaches that the Gayatri Mantra “will protect you from harm wherever you are, make your intellect shine, improve your power of speech, and dispel the darkness of ignorance (Dhiyoyonah prachodayaath)”.

Word for Word Meaning of the Gayatri Mantra

The Gayatri Mantra is unique in that it embodies the three concepts of stotra (singing the praise and glory of God), dhyaana (meditation) and praarthana (prayer).

Aum = Brahma ;
bhoor = embodiment of vital spiritual energy(pran) ;
bhuwah = destroyer of sufferings ;
swaha = embodiment of happiness ;
tat = that ;
savitur = bright like sun ;
varenyam = best choicest ;
bhargo = destroyer of sins ;
devasya = divine ;
these first nine words (stotra describe the glory of God
dheemahi = may imbibe ; pertains to meditation
dhiyo = intellect ;
yo = who ;
naha = our ;
prachodayat = may inspire!
“dhiyo yo na prachodayat” is a prayer to God

Significance of Gayatri Mantra as Prayer

The Gayatri Mantra occupies a unique place in that it has both the power of mantra and of prarthana (prayer). A mantra may be articulate or inarticulate, or a combination of them, as with AUM. It has an inherent power, known as “Mantra shakti”, which has a positive influence not due to any philosophical meaning behind the mantra, but simply due to its utterance alone. The Gayatri mantra has both an intrinsic power (ie “mantra shakti”), through its mere utterance alone, and also an instrumental power (ie “prarthana shakti”), which is derived from the understanding of its meaning and philosophical significance. Hence, the repeated and correct chanting of the Gayatri Mantra, with proper understanding of its meaning, is believed to be of the greatest good to the individual. (Details of each syllable can be found in the Gayatri by Words article)

The prayer form of the Gayatri takes various forms. The Gayatri Mantra is also known as the Savitri Mantra, in which form, it is invoked as a salutation to the Sun. The form that can be used to pray to Lord Shiva is called Rudra Gayatri. Similarly, one may sing Ganesha Gayatri for Lord Ganesha,Hanuman Gayatri for Lord Hanuman, and Saraswati Gayatri for Goddess Saraswati.

Source: eaglespace.com

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Power Of Oneness – Our First Event

“Think of yourself and how great it is when you join energies with a friend and make something good happen, now multiply that by 100 and think of the energy and the feeling of oneness created within it; now multiply it by 1 billion! Contemplate about  what we would be capable of if this was the case… Unity of hearts and minds, true compassion and community. One day .. One day.. But for now let’s start with one small step towards it.”_ Sabrina Santos

We at The Power Within Us are very proud and excited to invite you to our very first event, hosted in London at the Clapham Common Park on June the 13th.

The Power of Oneness, is a totally FREE event and welcome to all.

This Gathering of People is promoting true Oneness Spirit.  Please see all details and how to attend to the event below.

Introduction:

Starting with Maren Lander leading the Kundalini Yoga class at 1.11pm  We will set a big intention for the Unconditional Love Vibration and work on it through a big group meditation starting at 2:22 pm  followed by the liberating freedom of ecstatic dancing 3:33pm.

At this event we welcome only people over 16 years old. We will certainly be promoting other events for the your ones.

To sign up please email George.Kleopas@chimeramedia.co.uk or joinpowers@thepowerwithinus.co.uk

The consumption of alcohol  is not allowed during any part of the event, as we want to keep the energy as pure and clean as possible , but feel free to bring your own drink and food to socialise later on after the gathering schedule has been completed. We will be supplying some delicious water for all J.

Event Date June 13th 2015.

 

  • Kundalini Yoga With Maren Lander

Start time 1:11 pm

Duration 1h and 11min

Maren is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher. She trained with Har Nal Kaur in London and Karta Singh in France and graduated with Amrit Nam Sarovar in 2012.

Maren embraces life and creativity to the fullest and wants to encourage others to do the same. She has a passion for art and people which led to her involvement in a wide array of Creative Projects as well as Community and Wellbeing Projects over the past 3 years.

Her Kundalini Yoga classes are not only inspiring but also fun, a great way do yoga and connect with the source energy. if you want to know more about Maren Lander click here.

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The lovely energy of Maren Lander , pure bliss and love creativity

 

  • Group Meditation – Unconditional Love and Oneness

Start time 2:22 pm

Duration 33 min

We will be hosting an easy but powerful meditation , focusing on the Power of Unconditional Love. With chakra balancing, connection with mother earth, some chanting and a surprise group visualization at the end.

Meditation is a powerful tool and it is scientifically proven to have numerous benefits in one’s wellness. We will also teach you a 5 min technique that can be used daily and it’s very effective.

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Join our group meditation in the park. Connect with nature, the universe and find the power within yourself.

 

  • Ecstatic Dancing – Freedom of movement and expression of body energy

Start 3.33pm

Duration 1h and 11min

Feel free to join , stop , take a break and come back right into the full power of freedom dancing expression. With Ecstatic dancing it’s all about feeling the music and not really looking around, look within and letting your body tell the story of each song with freedom and self expression.

When you lose yourself into the sound you get right into the music vibration, your body and soul merge into this frequency and together we make something beautiful. The group energy expands and you experience something magical.

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The rules for this activity are :

1.  Move however you wish

2.  No talking on the dance floor

3.  Respect yourself and one another

4. Shoes have to be taken off

Location and Map will be released soon.

We are looking forward to seeing you and joining  powers with us.

You can also join this event on Facebook here is the link to it.

Many Thanks,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos