Learn to Sing Bhajans with Kaliji

Nada Upasana, as expressed in the philosophy of nada yoga, is absorption in sacred sound. Many philosophical and religious texts speak of the beginning as sound. Scientists express this concept as the “Big Bang”. Yet, what is this beginning of creation? This ongoing creation is actually a circle, the endless middle. The cosmic circle is illustrated throughout creation. We live on a circle called Earth. Our circular planet circles another circle, the sun. The moon, a circle, circles earth. The seasons repeat in a cyclical pattern. Cycles are circles. Due to the rotation of the earth on its axis, constantly spinning, there is the cycle of day and night. It appears that the sun rises and sets. The eyes we see through, the nostrils we breathe through, the open mouth we speak through are all circles. Breath in and breath out, one continuous circle. In nada yoga, this circle is called OM, the primordial sound that permeates all existence.

 

Yoga includes the awareness that energy and consciousness are united. When two become one, there is a vibration. This vibration which is eternal and continuous is known in yoga as Omkara. Scientists listening to the vastness of space have detected a steady, unceasing tone in B flat. Yogis can hear nadam, the unstruck sound that resonates from anahata cakra. This sound draws one into the vast fourth dimension. The celestial sound is heard and, like the pied piper, guides.

 

Ask most anyone to list their greatest joys in life and music will be one. When a memory comes to mind, often a song heard at the time the event took place plays inside like an inner radio. The far-reaching benefits of music have inspired musicologists to research and author books on the effects of sound on the body, mind and psyche. As beneficial as it is to listen to music, even greater  benefits can be derived from learning to play an instrument.

 

In this course, expand your musical ear by learning to sing or play the harmonium or keyboard. Vocal exercises, known as Sarali Varisai, are offered. From the classic Carnatic music system of South India, these fundamental vocal sequences give support in melody and rhythm. The sequences, taught systematically, ascend and descend in three rhythms. For learning and practicing, notation for the vocal exercises and twenty-seven Sanskrit chants is provided. Nada yoga philosophy and music theory are included.

 

This course is open to all regardless of musical background. If already proficient with an instrument, one could learn another instrument, such as a drummer can learn to play piano or to sing. The Sanskrit word, Sangita, is the word for music. Music is seen as the combination of three aspects: voice, instrument and dancer. Rhythm is inherent in music. When rhythm begins, the body moves. Dance is part of music and music is part of dance. To sing, play an instrument and dance markedly lifts the spirit and at the same time greatly enhances health.

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