Flower of the Day: 08.26.14

"True service is a fragrance of the Being. It is a light that emanates from your understanding. At a certain stage of the journey, you are able to practice service as an intelligent austerity, which is a spiritual practice that purifies selfishness. You choose to create some friction in order to provoke your ‘no's’ towards love. Since it is a choice, I call it an ‘intelligent’ austerity because it is born out of your intelligence and comprehension. It is bitter medicine, but it works, so you decide to try it out."

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