Before practice of meditation, puja, spiritual study, or other such practices, it is tradition in India to chant an invocation to the Guru.
Brahmanandam is a beautiful verse (89) of the "Guru Gita", an important section of the sacred text, Skanda Purana. Believed to be authored by the sage Rishi Vyasa, the "Guru Gita" is a dialogue between Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva about the qualities and role of the Guru in its most perfect expression. Spanning 182 verses (some versions go up to 352 verses), the "Guru Gita" has become the source of the most beloved verses of adoration and invocation to one's Guru.
This verse was first translated into English and brought to America in 1929 by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. He translated it into an English hymn that he titled "Hymn to Brahma". He also published music with both Sanskrit and English words.
This course teaches the correct Sanskrit pronunciation with a simple and universally traditional temple melody of India.
In this course you will learn:
- Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit
- How to chant a traditional temple melody
- How to play the melody on harmonium
- Audio recording (downloadable mp3) of pronunciation with coaching by Lopamudra Bose
- PDF of the text, in Devanagari and English transliteration and translation
- Video with Naren teaching how to chant, sing the notes and how to play this chant on harmonium
Learning with Sangita Yoga
About Naren K. Schreiner
Naren is a teacher and priest of India’s sacred traditions. Sacred music is an integral part of his life and offerings. He began his spiritual search at a young age, drawn to Paramahansa Yogananda and his teachings. He became a monk of the Self-Realization Fellowship Ashram. For 14 years he studied, served the SRF mission, and lived the pure, disciplined life of a monk.
During those years he especially concentrated on India's spiritual heritage, yoga sadhana and devotional chanting. He learned Indian bhajans and the swarsadhana foundations of dhrupad music.
In 2010 Naren, with the support of his spiritual counselors, chose to leave the ashram and expand his lifework and spiritual search. During his pilgrimage to India that year, Naren was invited to be a resident guest scholar at the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy in India, where he studied with maestros of classical music, concentrating on the foundations of bhavsangeet.
In 2012 Naren founded Sangita Yoga, through which he teaches and offers sacred music and rituals in various spiritual centers, universities, cultural and interfaith centers throughout US and México (Naren is fluent in Spanish). He also released several albums.
The mission of Sangita Yoga is to offer the experience of India's sacred music and to be an authentic and accessible resource for learning.
Naren continues to deepen and expand his spiritual spiritual life at the Kali Mandir, where Naren serves Ma as a pujari (priest), and throughout his travels to other communities and ashrams.
About Lopamudra Bose
Lopamudra has been a part of Sangita Yoga since its inception, working on translations, teaching language, and offering cultural guidance and inspiration. Her passion to preserve the traditions of her homeland brings a special quality and grace to Sangita Yoga.
Born in Kolkata, India, she was naturally drawn to the sacred art and culture of her homeland. Her degree in Philosophy from University of Calcutta reflects her deep interest and study of the spirit. As an ardent devotee of Kali and a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, Lopamudra has practiced yoga meditation and chanting of Sanskrit prayers and mantras for most of her life.
Later studied interior design and started a residential design business. Her career expanded to other areas of commercial design and art and is now enhanced by the study of Vāstu, India's architectural science.
Lopamudra owns Supreme Swan, an online retail store providing high quality products from India and abroad that inspire and support a spiritual life.
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