In Following Sound into Silence: Chanting Your Way Beyond
Ego into Bliss (Hay
House Publishers, January, 2008), Kailash urges readers
to take up chanting as an authentic and effective spiritual
practice... Read More
AUM NAMAH SHIVAYA AUM. I bow down to Shiva (The Auspicious One).
Choice through Chanting
No two repetitions of any mantra are exactly the same...even if you
try your best to make them so. Each moment is unique, to be replaced
by the next, without end. The purpose of this practice is to develop
the crucial life-skill of mindfully choosing the experiential content
of THIS moment. String a bunch of such choices together, and you have
abiding Freedom, Bliss, and Love.
Steer your Consciousness to Bliss with Mantra The voice is the steering wheel
of the mind & heart. What we say/sing determines the quality of
our thoughts & feelings. Therefore we do well to speak/sing the
Sound Form of the Supreme--and so fill our worlds with God.
When we sing mantras, we Presence the Divine in Sound Form. Immersed
in the Sound-Body of God, our overwrought minds relax, our anxieties
melt away, and we recover the Spacious Freedom that is our Essential
The Supreme is Impossible to Avoid
We're already completely surrounded (and filled) by God; the trick is
to prepare ourselves to recognize it!
All Images of the Divine are Other Perspectives on Yours Here's
a question worth answering: What Image of the Supreme do you find most
attractive? Then spend some time every day with that Divine Figure,
visualizing Her/Him, repeating Her/His Name, singing Her/His praises,
and so forth. Once this work is accomplished, there is a sense in which
any/every Deity that one encounters (in imagery, ritual, song, or whatever)
is another perspective upon the One you Love Best.
We Are What We Love
That which dominates your consciousness becomes a significant organizing
principle of your life. Simply put: You are what you love. When we make
a point of celebrating those objects of consciousness that inspire life's
lovelier moments, we the enrich the remainder of our lives with their
Service is the Recognition of the Divine
Everything is Spirit, but some forms are more transparent to Spirit
than others. The human being is such a form. Therefore serve God by
caring for the people in your path. I understand that saints and sages,
looking upon apparent others, see all as Divine--and as nothing other
than themselves. So serving others, serving God, and serving one's own
interests are actually the selfsame activity.
How's your Vision?
Our spiritual development is inexorably tied to the adequacy of our
glimpse of the Supreme. The Light that we see--and that we see by--are
One and the same.
Life's imperative: Arrange to
be in Love This means pining for the Supreme
when things are tough (and therefore difficult to be with), and celebrating
your Union when the Divine feels present. She's showing up as the stuff
that you're resisting (and so don't tend to recognize as Her), as well
as what you embrace.
Try embracing what you'd ordinarily resist: it's all Her, anyway. So
let it be Her; love and allow it, even when you don't prefer it. The
Mother is disguised as whatever you are experiencing right now, whether
pleasant, painful, or indifferent. Bring the Loving Awareness that you
are to Her, however She's appearing. Become what you Love. Be love becoming
Identify the Supreme, then Identify with the Supreme as Love It's important that you get very
clear about what Image of the Supreme is most inspiring to you (although
you can "borrow" someone else's Image in order to get started).
This is the Focus of your devotional activity. The more intensely you
Love This, the deeper you'll go in your heart-journey.
Arrange to have an experience worth having
Let's join our voices in the Ecstasy of Divine Remembrance!
Together we'll create the Sound-Forms of the Divine,
dissolving our self-consciousness and fears while affording ourselves
a direct experience of Real God/dess!