Namaste friend – Welcome to your daily meditation space.

Today’s Meditation:

Chidananda (Beyond Identification)

Mano buddhya hankara chita ni naham
Nacha shotra jihve na cha ghrana netre
Nacha vyoma bhoomir na tejo na vayu
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

Na cha prana sangno na vai pancha vayu
Na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
Na vak pani padam na chopastha payu
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

Na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
Mado naiva me naiva matsarya bhavah
Na dharmo na chartho na kamo na moksha
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

Na punyam na papam na saukhyam na dukham
Na mantro na tirtham na veda na yagnaha
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

Na me mrityu shanka na me jati bhedah
Pita naiva me naiva mata na janma
Na bandhur na mitram gururnaiva shishya
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

Aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
Vibhur vyapya sarvatra sarvendriyanam
Sada me samatvam na muktir na bandhah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham

I am not the mind, intellect, ego nor memory.
I am not the ears, tongue, nose or eyes.
I am not the five elements: space, earth, fire, wind or water.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.

I am not prana, nor the five vital airs, nor the seven materials, nor the five sheaths of the body.
I am not the organ of speech, nor hand, nor leg nor the organs of procreation or elimination.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.

I have no envy, anger, nor craving nor attraction.
I have no arrogance nor pride nor religion, nor lust nor desire for wealth or liberation.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.

I have neither virtue, nor vice, neither pleasure nor sorrow. I do not need mantra, nor pilgrimages, scriptures, rituals or sacrifices.
I am neither food, nor the one who consumes, or what is consumed.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.
I have no fear of death, nor doubt, nor discrimination of cast. I have no father nor mother or birth because I was never born. I have no brother, nor friend, nor guru, nor am I an aspirant.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.

I am beyond form and beyond all dualities.
I am all-pervading in all the senses.
I see oneness in all things, I am neither liberated nor in bondage.
I am eternal bliss, I am Shiva, I am consciousness.

(“The Spirit of Mantra: 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey Vol. II – Day 7: Beyond Identification” from the album “The Spirit of Mantra: 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey with Deva Premal & Miten Vol. II”)

We are honoured to receive you.

Meditation may look serious, but as your practice deepens you will discover a joyful activity. Meditation is an adventure into Nothingness. An experience of ‘relaxed awareness’.

We are here to replenish the spirit and rejuvenate the cells, so take the time to slow down. Find a comfortable space to sit, where you can be relaxed and at the same time, alert.

Sit with an upright spine if possible, and relax your shoulders. Remember, meditation is not a serious activity. It is a gift from ourselves to ourselves.

Make sure you will be undisturbed for the duration of the session.

If you choose to lie down remember this activity is not about falling into sleep, so bring your attention to the incoming and outgoing of your breath, and stay alert.

As the mind wanders, take care not to blame yourself.

Just simply come back to the mantra and the rhythm of your breath.

We suggest you meditate with closed eyes so you will be undistracted by any external sensation.

Our suggestion is to create a daily ritual that will support your meditation.

This could include:

  • Lighting a candle.
  • Lighting incense or using an aroma lamp.
  • Ringing a temple bell (or chimes) at the beginning – and at the end – of every session.

We are practicing relaxed awareness. So do what you can to stay alert, and as your system gradually slows down you will become aware of the sounds around you. Listening to every sound, as God’s orchestra, your attention will eliminate the chatter of the busy mind.

Chant the mantra OM 3 times with the mudra ‘Namaste’.

This will tune you consciously into the energy of the sangha – your brothers and sisters and fellow travellers, who are also joining the meditation.

The duration of the meditation will be about 10-15 minutes. If possible, meditate at the same time, in the same location. This will create a nurturing habit that will support your practice.

 Most meditations will include chanting and we encourage you to chant with us – the words and translations given each day will deepen your experience. 

If you find that some of the mantras are too difficult, don’t worry. Just close your eyes and let the mantra penetrate your being. Let its transformative power wash over you.

Often we feel the effect of meditation when chant is completed. So don’t miss this powerful moment. Sit quietly for a few more minutes with your eyes closed, and give thanks by bowing in Namaste.

Complete your meditation with the Sanskrit prayer for Universal Peace:

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. 

And – remember – the quality of your meditation will radiate peaceful frequencies into the cosmic field – you are contributing to the welfare of your global human family.

Have a joyous meditation!