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The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most anticipated celestial events in the Northern Hemisphere. Though the shooting stars are already lighting up the skies in small numbers, the pace will accelerate around mid-August, making them easy to view without a telescope. This year, the best time to see nature’s annual firework display will be on August 12 and 13 – during the last two days of Sat Nam Fest Berkshires!
Wondering what we will chant during our morning mediations (known as sadhana)?
“In other words, as you vibrate, the Universe vibrates with you.” –Yogi Bhajan
Chanting is a pleasure that transcends the senses, it takes us beyond the bounds of time and space (which is why we don’t have to understand the mantra). Thus it soothes in a most profound way. It soothes on a cellular level. It merges our finite identity with the infinite, and so dissolves us. It relieves us from the sights and sounds and stimulation of the material world and delivers us into a spiritual space, where the sound is God. The material needs are reduced to nothing but mind chatter, and like smoke pumped into the sky, will be scattered into the expanse. Through the sweetness of devotional surrender, mantra turns the negative into positive. I once heard it said: “as music has charms to soothe a savage beast, so the spiritual sound of mantra soothes the restless mind.”
IN YOUR WORDS
The tone of the mantra dissolves the boundaries of my body. I see colors of pinks and yellows radiate out from my heart center. The light expands, encompassing my neighbors, the tent, and the world. As I sing, I feel the heaviness of shame lift from my body. I am weightless, swept up in this current of energy, as though I were floating down a river.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to see the magnificence of the ocean? When was the last time you laughed, enjoying the playfulness of the waves? Do you remember the rays of Sun on the water, evoking the magic spiraling shapes that reflect on the white sand like a rainbow? The sensation of the sand between your toes allowing you to be one with the Earth? Or the taste of salt while you dive in the sacred waters? The laughing children building sand castles and the sensation of vitality and renewal as you leave the beach after floating freely?