Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Tryst with Chanting

Ever since I was little, the sounds of chants and mantras have captivated me! As a teenager, I remember seeking out audio tapes on Veda chants and listening to them over and over. Each time I heard them, I felt renewed, reconnected to the Universe. Plain and simple, I just felt happier!  

As a little boy, when I learnt to chant in Sanskrit, I knew I had found a way to feel closer to God anytime, anywhere. It was the one thing that could take me to a happier place, instantly. Talking of relative degrees of happiness at that point in my life, I would say I considered chanting a means to something more delightful than my battery operated cars that, well, I totally LOVED! My sister will vouch for my unsurpassable passion for driving my cars all over the house floor, creating traffic jams that now, 20 years later, I struggle to get OUT of each morning!

All those years ago, one evening, after driving around my stately cars, clearing the traffic jams they got themselves into, and calling in my treasured police car and ambulance just for effect, I picked up the Bhagavad Gita. I chanted some verses from it, and then couldn't put it down. For the next few evenings, I had a date with this eternal "Song of the Universe."

Fifteen years later, Dr. Tom Egenes, a Professor of Sanskrit at the Maharishi University of Management in the U.S., invited me to his class to chant for his students. What followed was many hours of blissful chanting during the years I was pursuing my Art degree at the University.

Today, six years later, my chanting of the Gita is recorded on a Website that is part of the Vedic Literature curriculum at the University. Tom shared a YouTube link with me that has a few verses on it. I'd like to share the link with you too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8gRH02-Sy8

Chanting brings me peace, even if I don't know the literal meaning of what I'm chanting. That's the beauty of Sanskrit, a language in which merely the sound of every word exudes power, affirmation, and melody.

11 comments:

Swapna Maini said...

Beautiful!!! There is something absolutely other worldly in the way you chant... one has to experience it to believe it! You are so gifted Sai... you are one of God's very special creations!

Gita Chavda said...

Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting MUM and I had an opportunity to sit in one of Sai Ganesh's chanting classes. Being of East-Indian decent I had probably heard the Hunuman Chalisa about a million times already. But when Tom Egnes asked Sai to sing, I was beside myself. It was truly a heart opening moment, and I became somewhat emotional, my eyes began to water and my nose began to run. I was somewhat embarrassed, and tissue less, and I pray that that no one else in class saw me wipe my nose on my sleeve. That was several years ago, and I still find myself shifting into higher states of consciousness when I listen to his CD's. Sai, you truly are a gift to this world.

JACQUI said...

I really enjoyed listening to this. It's very peaceful and gentle. I wouldn't mind playing this in the background of my home. It has a very soothing energy. Thank you Sai x

Aayushi Mehta said...

I liked the video, and I could totally understand the way you have always related to chanting!

We're brought up with such connections to our religion and to some practices in India, that they stay with us for life, always bringing peace and calm. I think we should never lose that one connection we have, that one thing that you turn to and you do just for yourself and your soul.

For me it's just going and sitting in a temple and looking at my God and praying, reorganizing my thoughts...

lovely post!

Shelly Jain said...

Very soothing, sai!

vandy said...

Divinity personified. I just loved it, am tongue tied for the right words. Soothing ......relaxing ,,,,, heavenly

Sai said...

Thank you, each one of you, for your encouraging comments. So happy to hear your experiences listening to the chants! Love, light, and peace ~ Sai

shalinee said...

oh my God! your blogs show us a different you each time...u are superbly amazing...the chants are just awesome...such clear pronunciation of sanskrit....hats off...God bless you!

**Arjun** said...

perfect uchhaaran and vey calming.

Saraswati said...

:) Way to go bro!

sanjeet said...

you are one of God's very special creations!
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