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Beautiful Addition to the Routine of the Shala: Chanting

I slept till 7 AM (with only a one hour wake-up interruption) which means the trick to avoid jet-lag worked! AND that the 10:30 AM practice start was a blessing.

Nothing like a good night sleep

Being part of the last batch is interesting, the class starts thinning out towards the end.  Got a fantastic adjustment in kurmasana, I think my whole torso finally went through and forwards in an impossible way, but it was real. Loved it.  Sweated a ton too, but enough about me.

As I rested in savasana upstairs, the whole shala started vibrating with chanting and it felt so comforting, so devotional, elevating.

I cut the resting pose as much as I could (maybe only 10 minutes) and went downstairs.  Lakshmish signaled me to get a copy of the chants we are all singing from.  I was happy to know many of them (like the peace invocation I just wrote about, the Asatoma chant, the Vakratunda, the numbers in Sanskrit (to 30) which is great to go over to start learning the counting of the vinyasas for those that go onto teaching, and all the poses of the primary and intermediate series.

It brought me fond memories of Thailand where on Tuesday afternoons they had us sit on circles and we would go around singing all the poses of the series, nerve racking sometimes, I think in one occasion when my turn came around I totally blanked and said “don’t-remember-asana”. But that is not the case here, we have a piece of paper, and I am counting blessings.  Beautiful to sing with everyone.

There is also the chant for Gurustotram, from which the first verse is included in “My Sweet Lord” from George Harrison, my favorite song even before I knew what it was about.

And so the chanting happens every noon, every day is seems (as today is Thursday and they had chanting yet again!) on Monday Wednesday and Friday, and maybe Sunday (?) don’t quote me on it if you are here, I am still a bit confused from the time difference.  [UPDATE: Today finally Lakshimish clarified how the chanting works … Mon, Wed and Friday is for people who do not have experience chanting and so they can slowly learn the chants.  Once they learn them they can move over to Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays, after a few weeks.  It is possible to go straight to the second level but in that case Lakshimis wants to have a “little talk” as he says, hear you sing a few mantras, hear if your vedic chanting is up to part with the tones and Sanskrit pronounciation]

Lakshimish also has his usual courses in the afternoons.  It’s  worth the time learning the basic Sanskrit pronunciation, I know it has helped me. For example knowing that the letter “a” with a dash – on top of it, means you chant it for double the time etc…  It is good to take classes!

The video below is a shortened version so it does not have the actual gurur brahma part… but I found this one (which I can’t share, dont know why You Tube won’t let me) and from minute 3:29 you can hear George Harrison himself singing it.  Warning, may cause dancing and devotion.

I really wanna see you, but it takes so long!  Oh My sweet Lord

May it take a little less “long” for all of us!

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7 Responses to Beautiful Addition to the Routine of the Shala: Chanting

  1. Suzanne January 11, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I love the colors of your bed

  2. Claudia January 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Yes the landlady really prettied it up… 🙂

  3. Carmen January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Mysore is a magical place <br /><br /><a href="http://www.superantojo.com.mx/&quot; rel="nofollow">Carmen</a>

  4. Claudia January 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    🙂

  5. cpolitano January 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Claudia, love the blog. I&#39;m intrigued by your jet lag avoidance strategy–but where were you flying out of, and how long was your total journey? In a few days I&#39;ll fly to Bangaluru myself en route to the shala, but it is a 20-hr journey with a layover in Europe. I can&#39;t not eat for that long!! 🙂

  6. Claudia January 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    cpolitano, I was headed to Mysore, from NYC, total flying time, let&#39;s see, 12 hours to Dubbai, 3 to Bangalore, 1 hour layover, 1 hour car ride to kennedy and 3 hours car ride to Mysore from Bangalore, door to door it was 20 hours, but I stopped eating four hours before getting on the car to the airport so it was 24 hours without eating. <br /><br />HOWEVER, I did drink orange juice (two

  7. (0v0) January 12, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Yes, it is good. 🙂