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Chanting is a natural way to tune in to the frequency of love. Repeating the names of God and chanting sacred Sanskrit texts have a tangible effect on our own inner being. The sweetness of chanting stills the mind, dissolves worries, and opens the heart. The saints describe chanting as a way of becoming saturated with God's love.
We warmly invite everyone to join us for the following Siddha Yoga chants. Times may change to accommodate Special Events and Intensives. Check the monthly calendar for changes to this schedule.
Shri Guru Gita |Kundalini Stavah | Shri Rudram | Shri Shiva Mahimnah Stotram | Evening Arati & Shiva Arati | Namasankirtana
In namasankirtana, a word or phrase praising God is chanted repeatedly, drawing the chanter deeper and deeper into connection with the inner Self. Chanting opens our hearts to the love and joy of the divine within us.
Shri Guru Gita
"The Song of the Guru" is a beautiful hymn that honors the Guru and describes the Guru-disciple relationship. It is sung each morning in Siddha Yoga ashrams and centers around the world and in the homes of many Siddha Yoga students. Swami Muktananda referred to the Guru Gita as "the one indispensable text" of Siddha Yoga. This ancient text is an extraordinary depiction of the mystical, transforming nature of the Guru, the Guru-disciple relationship, and the relationship between the Self and one's own mind. The power of this text is twofold. Not only do its verses describe the Guru, a transcendent reality often described as beyond words, but chanting these verses can bestow an experience of the Guru's state. Through regularly chanting the Guru Gita, the wisdom contained within it becomes firmly established, bringing its blessings into our lives in myriad ways.
The Shri Guru Gita is generally chanted from 6:30 a.m to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m to 9:15 a.m. on Sundays.
Kundalini Stavah Hymn to the Goddess Kundalini is a hymn found in the ancient Sanskrit text Rudra Yamala Tantra. For centuries, devotees have sung this beautiful chant in praise of the divine cosmic power, Kundalini Shakti, whose awakening within a seeker is the key to spiritual growth. The Kundalini Stavah is chanted in the Bhagavan Nityananda Temple every day.
One of the oldest hymns in the world, Shri Rudram celebrates one of the aspects of Shiva. This chant is dedicated to Lord Rudra, the one who brings happiness and removes pain. It is said that chanting it destroys all sins; removes obstacles, calamities, and afflictions; takes away the fear of death; and bestows purification of mind, prosperity, joy, and the bliss of liberation. This ancient and powerful Vedic hymn is said to confer blessings, strength, and happiness upon those who chant it or hear it.
Shri Rudramis generally chanted on Sunday mornings from 6:15 a.m to 7:00 a.m. and on the first Saturday evening of alternative month (March, May, July, September, November) from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Shri Shiva Mahimnah Stotram
The Shri Shiva Mahimnah Stotram or "Hymn to the Glory of Shiva" is a melodious chant praising the limitless attributes of God. It describes the Lord as Shiva, the supreme principle underlying all creation.
It is chanted on the first Saturday evening of alternative month (February, April, June, August, October, December) from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Evening Arati and Shiva Arati
Arati is both a form of worship and a song of worship. Swami Muktananda composed the chant for the evening Arati in honor of his Guru by combining original verses with shlokas or verses from the Upanishads and Kashmir Shaivite texts. Opening with the exhilarating sounds of conches and drums, arati is a soul-stirring experience.
In the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland, the Shiva Arati and Evening Arati take place daily, combining the waving of lights with a beautiful chant. Check the daily schedule for times.