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Inspired by Ragani
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Krishna Govinda Govinda Gopala
Krishna Murale Manohara Nandalala
All the words in the chant are names of Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, one of the three aspects of the Divine.
Inspired by Jai Uttal
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Duration: 0:09:59 Date: 05/01/2009
Nataraj Nataraja jaya Shiva Shankara Nataraja
Shivaraj Shivaraja shambo Shankara Shivaraja
Om namah Shivaya Om Namah Shivaya
We are invoking Lord Shiva, who is the Lord of the dance/play of consciousness, to please perform his dance of annihilation to rid ourselves and grant us liberation from the demons of ignorance and ego within us.
Hare Krishna II
Inspired by Vaiyasaki Dasa
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This sixteen-name, thirty-two syllable mantra is believed by practitioners to bring about a higher state of consciousness when heard, spoken, meditated upon, or sung out loud. This higher consciousness ultimately takes the form of pure love (Krishna). Hare refers to the power of the divine to steal our hearts. Krishna and Rama mean "He who is All-attractive" and "He who is the Source of All Pleasure."
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1. Introduction to Meditation
2. Preparation for Meditation - Om with Drum and Cymbal
3. Meditation One - Focusing on the Sixth Chakra
4. Preparation for Meditation - OM with Drum and Cymbal
5. Meditation Two - Raising Kundalini
1. Preparation for Meditation - Om with Drum and Cymbal
2. Meditation Three - Visualizing all the Chakras
3. Preparation for Meditation - Om with Drum and Cymbal
4. Meditation Four - The Complete Meditation
These two audio CDs of four guided meditations produced by Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. accompany the book How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath. They may also be used separately without reference to the book. These meditations have been handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years and systematically lead the student to more relaxed and deeper states of awareness.
Both beginning and more experienced students can use the four meditations presented in these CDs. Until a person feels comfortable meditating and establishes a steady and consistent practice, he or she should progress slowly through the following phases. Each of the four meditations follows the same sequence before they progress to the next complexity level. A person may decide to stop at any phase or may want to work with the more detailed practice. It is recommended to spend at least two to four weeks on each meditation before progressing to the next meditation practice. The mantra used in this meditation is the universal mantra OM. One should feel free, however, to substitute his or her own personal mantra, if one has been give to them by their meditation teacher. It is important to become familiar with the geometric form of the chakras or energy centers described in this meditation before adding color to them. To help with the visual images of the chakras, one can refer to the front cover of this CD.
For those listening to the CDs and who are also reading the book, the seven phases of the meditation of the book have been integrated into the four meditations on the CDs. On the first CD, meditation I incorporates phases one, two, and three of the book and meditation II summarizes phases four and five. On the second CD, meditation III corresponds to phase six and meditation IV presents the completed meditation found in phase seven.
At the beginning of the first CD, there is a short introduction. Before each of the four meditations, there is a prolonged presentation of the mantra OM that lasts about two and one half minutes. The world famous drummer, Muruga Booker plays the background drums and cymbals for this part. While this is not part of the actual meditation, it is meant to create a meditative mood and a sense of relaxation.
These meditation practices can help the listener experience deeper inner personal calmness and joy, to feel and experience greater compassion and love for others, and ultimately leading to a sense of expanded consciousness.
Kundalini Rhapsody, produced by Think MusArt, is a newly released, ground-breaking CD that represents a culmination of creativity, inner vision, vibration, and sound. In this remarkable CD, a yogi musician and a yogi physician combine their creativity to take us on a healing journey through the chakra energy centers of the body, mind and spirit.
In this composition we have several diverse types of voices and instruments. Here the mantra gives us a sound and vibration to work off. The drum gives us the rhythmic pulse to work from. The synthesizer drone creates the underlying tone of the universal mantra OM from which all other vibrations emanate. The clarinet provides the melody for kundalini, which represents both the active and latent energy of the universe that also resides in the human body and mind. This universal energy ascends with the melody and mantra vibrations through the chakras to merge with the realms of higher consciousness.
This kundalini/chakra/music/meditation album can help others become aware of their inner self and their creative potential. Each chakra is associated with a particular physical and psychological quality, emotion, and talent. By listening to the meditation and music on this CD, we hope to heal the body and mind as well as to activate the positive attributes associated with each center. By meditating and chanting mantras together we hope to create synchronicity and facilitate communication with each other. We also hope to bring peace, harmony, and love to the world. And finally, we hope to present to our friends and colleagues some really good music.
The first part of the CD combines beautiful music with simultaneous chanting of mantras to help the listener become aware of each chakra on a creative level. This activates the great reserves of unused and untapped power within as we consciously direct this dynamic force upwards through the transforming chakra centers of the body. With this rhapsody of music, we can meditate on it, chant to it, breath with it, dance to it, or simply listen to it.
On the second part of the CD, we chant the seed (bija) mantras associated with each chakra. This meditation leads to an inner place of silence, calmness, and peace.
Many people have asked us how we met and decided to collaborate on this creative venture. While working together in a traditional doctor/patient relationship, we soon discovered that while our professional life experiences were quite divergent, our paths of spirituality were remarkably similar. We both have practiced and taught meditation for many years and have studied and lived with spiritual teachers well known for their boundless energy and charisma (Muruga with Swami Satchidananda and Dennis with Swami Rama). We also realized that our life goals were similar: to love our families, to serve people selflessly, and to help heal others in body, mind, and spirit.
Kundalini Rhapsody represents for us a culmination of creativity, inner vision, vibration, and sound. We wanted to do a kundalini/chakra/music/meditation album for several reasons. We want to help others become aware of their inner self and their creative potential. Each chakra is associated with a particular physical and psychological quality, emotion, and talent and through meditation and music we hope to activate the attributes associated with each center. As we all meditate and chant mantras together we hope to create synchronicity and facilitate communication with each other. We also hope to bring peace, harmony, and love to the world. And finally, we hope to present to our friends and colleagues some good music.
Kundalini is a Sanskrit word that represents both the active and latent energy of the universe that also resides in the human body and mind. We all have great reserves of power within, often remaining unused and untapped. The ultimate goal of meditation is to activate this latent energy and consciously direct this dynamic force upwards through the transforming centers of the body (chakras). When we focus on these specific areas and simultaneously repeat certain sound vibrations as well as concentrate on particular geometric forms and colors, kundalini is intensified and concentrated, activating the chakras.
Sound is the audible aspect of kundalini and light, color, and geometric form represent the visual dimension of this energy. As musicians practicing nada yoga, the spiritual science of sound, we attune ourselves to subtle universal sounds by chanting and playing certain instruments, allowing these cosmic vibrations pass through us to be experienced by our audience. This stills our minds and connects the universal with the personal, creating a sense of unity and harmony. When we attune ourselves with OM, the mother of all mantras, and with the seed (bija) mantras associated with each chakra, we can experience the oneness of the seen and unseen universe. Cosmologists and astrophysicists refer to these subtle sounds as the hum of cosmic background microwave radiation, vibrations that still echo from the Big Bang, when the present universe was created form a singular undifferentiated point. By chanting or listening to these vibrations we experience the universe as a single whole, complete and unified.
Rhapsody has several meanings, all of which reflect our musical and meditative intent.
"As we balance the inner energy circles (chakras) we heal and transform the physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities associated with each center."
"Music and sound help us to activate these energy centers, as well as to open the door to the soul, bringing about inner peace and joy."
The writers, producers, and performers of this CD include Muruga Booker, Dennis Chernin, MD, and Perry Robinson. Muruga is an internationally acclaimed drummer and composer who has recorded with Swami Satchidananda, Olatunji, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, & Weather Report. Dennis is a prominent holistic physician who is the author of the book and CDs How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath. Perry is the eight-time Down Beat Magazine jazz poll player of the year.
Muruga is a world-renowned and Grammy nominated musician with credits from New Age, including Merle Saunders/Jerry Garcia (Blues from the Rainforest) and Olatunji (Cosmic Rhythmic Vibrations) to Jazz and World Beat, such as Weather Report (Sweetnighter), Gunter Hampel (Angel), Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg (Holy Soul Jelly Roll), Darius Brubek (Chaplins Back), and Paul Winter Consort (Something in the Wind). He has played at Woodstock, Carnegie Hall, and the UN with Swami Satchidananda.
Dr. Chernin practices holistic and family medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has written several books, including Health: A Holistic Approach and Homeopathic Remedies as well as an interactive CD ROM called Homeopathy Resource: A Guide to Selecting and Using Remedies.
Dr. Chernin graduated from Northwestern University with a major in cultural anthropology and was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received both his M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. He did residencies in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and in preventive medicine at the University of Michigan and is board certified in public health and preventive medicine.
Besides his current book release How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath, his other publications include the books Health: A Holistic Approach and Homeopathic Remedies. He has also written an interactive CD ROM called Homeopathic Resource.
Muruga Booker is a world renown drummer and is a Grammy nominee with Jerry Garcia for Blues From the Rain Forest. He has played at Carnegie Hall and the original Woodstock. Among others, he has played with Sly Stone, The Weather Report, and Dave Brubeck. Muruga studied under Swami Satchidananda.