Flower of the Day: 04.19.15

"Madness is a mental state in which a human being is completely identified with illusory thoughts. Ultimately, what is real? What is an illusion? We all encounter these issues at some point of the journey. The answers come when we have a certain degree of control over the mind. However, the mind has been out of our control for a long time now. The mind is controlling us. It’s like a television that’s turned on 24/7 inside of us. Are we able to turn it off or, at the very least, to change the channel? Most of humanity has a television turned on inside them that is stuck on a particular channel: the drama channel. We remain there suffering with the story we created for ourselves. In this story we tell ourselves, we are betrayed, rejected, disrespected, humiliated, and so forth. We try to think differently, but we cannot – our minds have complete dominion over our personality. This is a kind of madness.”

Sri Prem Baba

MANTRAS AND BHAJANS

“Music is a bridge across Eternity. It is the language of silence. Bhajans open the heart and quieten the mind and the silence that is born of this practice makes way for the spiritual experience. This experience will be relative to the purification that has already taken place. During the kirtan, energy is directed in a way that allows you to make contact with your need at that moment. Some will have other sensations; some will have access to insights and healing and others will have a glimpse of Unity.”

Sri Prem Baba
 

MANTRA, KIRTAN AND BHAJAN

Mantras are powerful sounds that activate different spiritual frequencies. They originate from Sanskrit and are prayers dating back to thousands of years ago. They reach far beyond the mind. The practice of repeating mantras has the name of japa and the practice of mantras to music has the name of kirtan. Bhajans are more elaborate, longer songs and can be in any language. Prem Baba, humorously calls devotional music in Portuguese ‘Brazilian bhajans’. But the name is not important what matters is to open up your heart to receive what these beautiful songs and prayers have to offer.

GURU VANDAN

Eduardo Datcha, Guru Brahma Album Kirtan

SANSKRIT

GURU BRAHMA GURU VISHNU
GURU DEVO MAHESHVARAH
GURU SAKSHAT PARAM BRAHMA
TASMAI SRI GURUVE NAMAHA

TRANSLATION

Guru is Brahma, the Creator. Guru is Vishnu, the Maintainer.
Guru is Maheshwara, the renewer. The Guru is personified
in Parabrahma, Absolute God. I give myself up to this Guru