Stopping the Chant. Posted on March 30, 2012 by Ashram

I love the mind! I got to see again exactly how it works this morning when, around verse 100, I had to stop the Shishya Guru Gita chant. I was playing the harmonium and leading the yogis (those here in Downingtown and those on the phone with me) in the chants – and an alarm started going off. Because I had earlier heard a fire alarm beeping (presumably needing a battery), I realized it could be a malfunction, which could mean we’d be blasted with overwhelming sounds within a minute or two, and perhaps even having firemen or police show up a few minutes later (we are next door to the police station!).

It turned out to simply be an alarm clock – easy to find & fix, and we were back to the chant within 60-90 seconds. The most interesting thing was watching how my mind dealt with the whole process. While immersed in the chant, the inner intoxication had an avenue to pervade my mind; this is the power of svadhyaya and this is one of the many reasons why my Guru urged us to chant this text daily.

Then I had to use my mind to track the beeping sound, assess it’s meaning and possible danger, and find a way to deal with it. My mind turned outward to accomplish the task, but the bliss never stopped filling it from within. The source of bliss never shuts down – but do you allow it to fill your mind? Chanting the Guru Gita will teach you how to do this, and how to use your mind without losing the bliss.

with love and blessings, Swami Nirmalananda

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