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Art of Living’s Yoga Rave from Argentina, a new concept in partying, debuts in New York City. Nicolás Pucci and Rodrigo Bustos of the So What Project! are touring the US this spring performing at New York City, Philedelphia, Chicago, Columbus, Atlanta, Houston and Seattle. The tour is a fundraiser for the YES! for Schools project. Here are photos by Prabu Vijayan from the March 29 party at the Pacha club, NYC.

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Mary Walker and Manish Tandon of the Bhakti Band

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meditating: Annelies Richmond, YES Plus program director

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Music is the language of the heart. Art of Living‘s New York City-based Bhakti Band blends ancient sanskrit (ancient Indian language) chants with contemporary guitar music and interesting jazz-inspired rhythms. check out Bhakti Band on iTunes.

The North New Jersey team organized a concert by Bhakti Band at a Mahwah community center on March 11, 2012. Here are photos by Seshu Kavalipurapu.

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Manish Tandon

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Mary Walker

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Joey Repice

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Bhakti Band will play at the Yoga Rave party at NYC on March 29th. buy tickets here

More about Bhakti Band

Bhakti is a musical journey into Kirtan music sung primarily in Sanskrit, an ancient language known for its healing vibrations. Bhakti Band musicians fuse their diverse backgrounds in rock, soul, world and jazz music with their love for meditation and yoga to bring expression to this beautiful form of meditative singing.

Bhakti has played everywhere from New York’s Town Hall and Lincoln Center to the United Nations and Jakkur Airfield in Bangalore, India in front of a crowd of millions. All band members actively volunteer on community service projects and use their music to help harmonize, heal and uplift the people around them.

Band members: Manish Tandon – Vocals & Guitar, Mary Walker – Vocals,  Aram Bajakian – Lead Guitar, Yumna Omar – Percussion,  Joey Repice – Lead Percussion

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by Maya Yajnik

Inspired by Prof. V. Sastry and the recent Mantra Seminar at the Art of Living center in New Jersey, I started investigating the meaning of some popular bhajans (devotional songs) that we sing at our gatherings. There is a video of a beautiful song, “Shivoham” sung by Bhanumati Narasimhan (aka Bhanudidi) in Argentina that I have heard often. The link to the video is below. I have always liked it and the meditative way in which it is sung, but I didn’t, until now, really reflect on the meaning. Now that I know the meaning, hearing it and singing it is an even more beautiful, profound and emotional experience. Here are the lyrics with my translation. Literally, “Shivoham” means “I am Shiva”. Shiva is the pure unbounded all-pervading consciousness (the transcendental self, the Absolute).

 

 

Shivoham Shivoham Shivaswarupoham
Nityoham shuddhoham buddhoham muktoham
Nityoham shuddhoham buddhoham muktoham
Shivoham Shivoham Shivaswarupoham

Shiva = the pure unbounded all-pervading consciousness (the transcendental self, the Absolute), Aham = I am, Shiva + Aham = Shivoham, swarup = the true form, nitya = eternal, shuddha = pure, buddha = intelligent, mukta = free.
“I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness). I am the unbounded consciousness. I am the very form of the unbounded consciousness.
I am eternal. I am pure. I am intelligent. I am free.
I am eternal. I am pure. I am intelligent. I am free.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness). I am the unbounded consciousness. I am the very form of the unbounded consciousness.”

Advaitaananda rupam-arupam
Brahmoham Brahmoham Brahmaswarupoham
Chidoham Chidoham Satchidaanandoham
Shivoham Shivoham Shivaswarupoham

Advaita = non-duality (oneness), Aananda = bliss, rupa = form, arupa = formless
Brahman = the pure unbounded all-pervading consciousness (the transcendental self, the Absolute), Chida = consciousness, Sat = Truth.
“The bliss of non-duality (oneness), that which is in all forms and yet formless.
I am Brahman (pure unbounded consciousness). I am Brahman. I am the very form of Brahman.
I am consciousness. I am consciousness. I am the bliss of consciousness which is the one Truth.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness). I am the unbounded consciousness. I am the very form of the unbounded consciousness.”

Jise shastra kaate na agni jalaaye,
Ghalaaye na paani na mrityu mitaaye,
Wahi aathmaa Satchidaananda mai hoon,
Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham

Jise = which, shastra = dagger, kaate = cut, na = nor, agni = fire, jalaaye = burn, ghalaaye = dissolve, paani = water, mrityu = death, mitaaye = destroy, wahi = that, aathmaa = soul, Sat = Truth, Chida = consciousness, Aananda = bliss, mai = I, hoon = am.
“That which cannot be cut by a dagger, nor burnt by fire.
That which cannot be dissolved by water, nor destroyed by death.
That very soul, the bliss of consciousness which is the truth, I am.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness). I am the unbounded consciousness. I am the unbounded consciousness. I am the unbounded consciousness.”

Amar aathmaa hai maranshil kaaya,
Sabhi praaniyo ke jo bhitar samaayaa,
Wahi aathmaa Satchidaananda mai hoon,
Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham

amar = immortal, aathmaa = soul, hai = is, maranshil = mortal, kaaya = body, sabhi = all, praaniyo = living beings, ke jo bhitar samaayaa = residing within
“The immortal soul, the body is mortal,
that which is inside all living beings,
that very soul, the bliss of consciousness, I am.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness) …”

Jo vyaapak hai kana kana he waahas jiskaa,
Nahi teeno kaalo meih he naash jiskaa,
Wahi athmaa Satchidaananda mai hoon,
Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham

vyaapak = everywhere, kana kana he waahas jiskaa = in every particle of existence, Nahi = which is not, teeno = the three, kaalo = ages, meih = in, naash = destroy
“That which is everywhere in every particle of existence,
which is not destroyed in the three ages,
that very soul, the bliss of consciousness, I am.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness) …”

Amar aathmaa Satchidaananda mai hoon,
Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham
“The immortal soul, the bliss of consciousness, I am.
I am Shiva (the pure unbounded consciousness) …”

The first part is a sanskrit chant which has its origins in a famous poem composed by Sage Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. The second part (starting from Jise shastra ) is in Hindi. The meaning is very deep! It reminds me of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s profound yet practical commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita. To me, it means that the singer is identifying with his/her infinite self rather than with the temporary aspects of his/her existence. So rather than identifying with thoughts, feelings, circumstances, roles and the mortal body, which are ever-changing, the singer identifies with his/her soul which is eternal and indestructible. The experience of being one with our inner being is the bliss. Some of us, who are lucky, get a glimpse of this in meditation. We are, at our core, eternal, pure, untouched, intelligent and free.

Jan 24, 2010: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s explanation: After writing this post, I came across (thanks to Amra!) an explanation of “Shivoham” by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which is, of course, beautiful. Here it is. Enjoy!

“”Shiva” here means that innocent, blissful, splendid, golden, beautiful.
“Shivoham” — I am Shiva. Splendid, the most innocent.
“Shiva Swarupoham” — my nature is Shiva. My form is Shiva. I am made up of a substance that is Shiva — innermost me.

“Nityoham” — I am ever present. I am always there. Body dies, disappears, but I am there.
“Nityoham Shuddhoham” — I am ever pure. Nothing can touch me. All these things come and go, but they cannot touch me, they cannot do anything to me.
“Buddhoham” — I am always enlightened.
“Shivoham Shivoham Shiva Swarupoham. Nityoham” — I am eternal. There is no end to me.

“Advaita Ananda Rupam Arupam. Shivoham Shivoham Shiva Swarupoham” — There is no two. It is me in all the forms, all over. It is me. My breath is flowing everywhere. I am the formless though I am inside a form. My spirit has no form. Though I am formless, I move in forms, in all forms in the whole world.

“Brahmoham Brahmoham Brahma Swarupoham” — I am the Brahman, the totality, the all.
“Chidoham Chidoham” — I am the consciousness. I am lively. I am full of life. I am pure energy and pure consciousness.”
~~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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