Braja Raja – “The Dust of Braja”


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courtesy of the Shyamdas Foundation

When I was a child growing up Africa,  we called all friends of our parents ‘Auntie’ or ‘Uncle’ (in french ‘tantine’ or ‘‘tonton’) which was an honorific and considered respectful. And among the aunties and uncles, there were those you wanted to be related to: Too cool not to be yours. And they actually didn’t care for honorifics. Heartbreaks, delights, anything: you could call them and they would always be there for you. You would never feel uncomfortable around them.

Shyamdas – affectionately and respectfully called Shyamdasji – belongs to that category, as a spiritual teacher. He had dedicated his life to the music, literature, and people of Braj. He spoke Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati, and Brajbhasha. He was a scholar who insightfully translated and commented many of the songs and writings of saints from the Pushti Marg tradition (Shri Vallabhacharya, Govinda Svami, Raskhan, Surdas and others). His immense knowledge was only surpassed by his joy  – ananda.

Shyamdasji lived in the bhav, mad in love with God and in service. He left his body in January of 2013.

Regular students of my classes are familiar with his voice … and his laughter!

Today, I’d like to share Braj Raja with you.

All these sacred and ancient teachings are preserved and distributed through the wonderful work of the Shyamdas Foundation.

As Shyamdasji would say: “It’s all Hari’s grace

Radhe, Radhe!

Jeanine

Shyamvan: The Shyam Forest


The Shyamdas Foundation invites you to plant a tree by the Govardhan Hill in memory of our  beloved Shyamdas

Hari OM!

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Devotional practitioner, translator, author, speaker and musician, Shyamdas (1953-2013) brought India’s ancient Vedic literature and medieval devotional renaissance to life in the West. An accomplished practitioner-scholar and guide to the 16th century philosopher Vallabhacharya’s Pushtimarga tradition, Shyamdas published more than 15 books on Bhakti Yoga and the Path of Grace. Shyamdasji’s overflowing good mood and ability to relate to every individual and situation with bhāva (divine, good mood) made him an instant best friend to so many. His profound contributions live on in their hearts, and in his audio and written publications. These teachings come from a 4 night gathering of his students and friends, in Woodstock New York, in August of 2012. The content will inspire your mind and heart, and leave you with a feeling that you have chosen just the right thing to listen to. Like his musical albums, you can hear love and devotion in his voice. He was a rare gem, a unique soul who showered a divine mood wherever he went, lingering after and now forever, as he has moved on to another realm and left us longing for his form, but knowing he is formless and supreme, and everywhere present.

Andrea Boyd

http://www.shyamdas.com

MahaShivratri


Om Namah Shivaya!Om Namah Shivaya!Om Namah Shivaya!

Mahashivratri, la Grande Nuit de Shiva est célébrée en ce jour du 3 Mars 2011-  Veille de la nouvelle lune, c’est la nuit la plus propice de l’année, durant laquelle “le principe essentiel de Shiva”(shivam) est décuplé par mille. Il est dit que le mantra ” Om namah Shivaya” voit sa puissance multipliée par mille également! Ce mantra a le pouvoir d’accorder la réalisation spirituelle autant que la réussite matérielle.

Shiva est le dieu qui a transmis l’enseignement du yoga au monde par le biais de son premier disciple, Matsyendranath.

Divinité aux 108 noms, Shiva est la troisième divinité au sein de la Trinité hindoue. C’est le Destructeur qui favorise le renouveau, il détruit maya les illusions pour permettre à la nature divine en chacun de de se réaliser. Mahakali, Shiva est le Maître du Temps  et Pashupati , Maître des êtres vivants. Nataraj, Shiva est aussi le roi des Danseurs.  Il symbolise la transformation et le changement. A travers le mouvement, c’est tout le processus de création qui représenté.  Lorsque nous pratiquons la pose du danseur  Natarajasana nous expérimentons physiquement notre aptitude  à nous ouvrir au changement avec grâce (le coeur ouvert et l’équilibre préservé sur une jambe).

Mahashivrati est un véritable festival célébré dans de nombreux temples en Inde, au Népal et au Cambogde (entre autres lieux). De nombreux rituels (pujas) sont pratiqués.Les fidèles jeûnent et leurs offrandes (fruits frais, fleurs. etc..) déposées aux pieds des statues de Shiva seront le lendemain partagées comme un repas béni (prasad).

Tous les chanteurs de bhajan (chants sacrés) et de kirtan (mantrés scandés) chantent “Om namah Shivaya”. En version hip-hop avec MCyogi dans l’album “Elephant Power”, en version classique avec Krishna Das (dans tous ses albums!). Sur un registre plus féminin et mélodieux, on peut (entre autres voix) écouter la voix magnifique de Donna de Lory dans l’album “The lover and the beloved”,Deva Premal dans “Into Light”  et  Sharon Gannon dans son album Sharanam. Sa voix cristalline monte de plusieurs octaves sur un son un peu electro-transcendental…j’adore Pashupati.

Pashupati Ananda Sharanam (…)

Change, we should change, we should rise, again, again, again…
Each time, again, again, again.. again, over and over, again … (…)
Forever the same, forever change (..) We have always, always been here…(…)

Life is never that chaotic, life is never that chaotic… Om Namah Shivaya, Shivaya Namah Om…
And she is always on time, on time…
Magic is the shift in perception…

If time must come to end,
May I be happy to spend eternity with you
Eternity with you (…)
With you (…) ”

OM Namah Shivaya! Shivaya Namah OM!