Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe, and music is a divine art, to be used not for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to the contact of the Cosmic Vibration or the Word.
The five states in chanting are: conscious chanting aloud, whisper chanting, mental chanting, subconscious chanting, superconscious chanting. Subconscious chanting becomes automatic, with internal consciousness only, when the mind automatically repeats a chant in the background of thought and activity.
“Music doesn’t merely reflect a state of consciousness: It also generates it.” — Swami Kriyananda
“Chanting is half the battle.” – Paramhansa Yogananda
In Ananda we chant before and after our meditations and during practically all our gatherings. We also offer regular kirtan evenings dedicated wholly to chanting devotional songs. Most of the chants we play and sing, were written by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, in addition to the usual traditional chants. Chanting opens up our heart and awakens in us intense devotion for God. As Yogananda often said, “Chanting is half the battle.”
Ananda Ahmedabad periodically offers classes for beginners to learn to play the harmonium as an accompaniment to our beautiful chants. We also provide guidance on playing cymbals as accompaniment to our chants. The deeper purpose of such classes is to awaken devotion and create harmony through music.
Birds In The Spring
Echoes Of A Lost Joy
Love Is The Voice Of Stillness
Sailing The Blue Sea