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sonali vivek

Since the word Shivaay comes after the visarg, should not it be pronounced as Namas shivaay?


I was asked to chant "om shivaya namah" not "om namah shivaya"...What is difference?

Ed Spyhill

The main thing I miss since the demise of Anusara is chanting the invocation, "Om Namah Shivaya gurave". I still chant it with my inner voice before practicing Yoga in a class.


Your article is really good and informative. Kirtan is an ordinary practice in Hindu families especially in India in which they sing and dance on the rhythm of chanting and feel the experience of oneness with the supreme almighty. Besides this, it also released negative thoughts, destructive energy and emotions to build up a new mind for more creative ideas and constructive energy. In Hinduism it is believed that someone who does regular kirtan can't participate in any sin or antisocial activities because of it fills up the mind with divine thoughts (satva). Rest has been written by you in your articles. Really you have a wonderful knowledge on the subject.

ntathu allen

Devotional songs and chants are so powerful in shifting stuck energy...a true celebration of love.


I think, Neena, you bring up an important distinction. Having re-read the article, it sounds as if in the example you are referring to, highlights a contrast between the levels of sacred in chanting. It is commonly perceived that the words themselves are the object of sacredness alone whereas one can repeat these names without feeling and not reach a sacred experience.
This paragraph suggests that on a more basic level, the very act of singing from the heart opens one to a sacred experience regardless of the words used.
No matter what symbolic interpretation we give it, or what language that symbolic interpretation takes on, the very act of expressing from the heart is the foundation of sacred. It is an added deepening to then experience a profound sacred connection through the heart when focusing our sound on the vibrations from the words of God.
Thank you for sharing.

It is clarifying to pay attention to this distinction as the foreign words used in chanting are the most common deterrent for many new or investigating people (including myself at first:)

It has become clear that because words are interpreted with the brain by the brain that they are also judged and rejected by the brain. Funny, the heart doesn't even get a chance in that scenario.
On another note....The gospel choir I have been involved with in British Columbia has a habit of addressing the heart of all and healing those who surrender to the cycle of grief for injustice of a suppressed existence, and praise for the focus on god to carry one through and triumph in the heart. Most of us can relate to this theme on an everyday level as it is the result of living with our given egos. Many of my family and friends find themselves immediately hung up on the Christian references and names before the music reaches their heart. One really surrenders and reaches the heart with a necessary leap into song. Incidentally, what our choir considers a 'successful concert' is when the audience joins in singing along cued by our playful director. Surrendering the polar existence of audience and performer, is that profound experience of unity one may feel at a Krishna Das concert for example:)


Forgive moi for not understanding this but is not true that the names of the very gods/goddess are divine and not made up? Why then would one chant nonsense words like "bubbula."
Perhaps Krishna Das might not know this but words can be a powerful tool of expression and names generally have meaning. For example if I were to call someone a blundering fool/imbecile then I just might well offend them! Then again if I were indeed to call that individual "bubbula" .....they may ignore me completely and understandably so because it is simply not their name.

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