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#1768 - Thursday, April 15, 2004 - Editor: joyce (know_mystery) 




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There is So Much Magnificence

There is so much magnificence
In the ocean
Waves are coming in, waves are coming in


Bhajan by Neelam

When spring arrives, it is not only the cuckoos that start singing; other birds like crows and peacocks do too. Similarly, when love and devotion dawn in one’s heart, devotional songs may issue from the lips of one who has not studied even the preliminaries of music. Others, however, may not appreciate this self-absorbed singing; to them, it may sound laughable or even downright offensive. Just as a devotee shuns worldly talk, worldly people may shut their ears to the devotee’s "musical" expression of heartfelt emotions. A true devotee, of course, does not care. To attain devotional fervour, one should give up shyness, self-respect, shame and sorrow.

~  Br. Shivamrita Chaitanya  ~

Robert Gass & various artists   "Chant: Spirit in Sound"
"Om Namaha Shivaya," Hindu chant by Krishna Das  


Ko Bong's Try Mind
Zen Master Seung Sahn


Zen Master Ko Bong (1890-1962) was one of the greatest teachers of his time. He was renowned for refusing to teach monks, considering them too lazy and arrogant to be Zen students. He was also very

well known for his unconventional behavior.

Ko Bong Sunim didn't like chanting. He only did sitting meditation, no matter what. That was his practice. One time, as a young monk, he was staying in a small mountain temple. The abbot was away for a few days, so Ko Bong Sunim was the only one around. One morning an old woman climbed the steep road to the temple carrying fruit and a bag of rice on her back. When she reached the main Buddha Hall, she found Ko Bong Sunim seated alone in meditation.

"Oh, Sunim, I am sorry to bother you," she said. "I have just climbed this mountain to offer these things to the Buddha. My family is having a lot of problems, and I want someone to chant to the Buddha for them. Can you please help me?"

Ko Bong Sunim looked up. Her face was very sad and very sincere. "Of course," he said. "I'd be happy to chant for you. No problem." Then he took the bag of rice off her back and they went to the kitchen to prepare the food offering. As they started to wash the fruit he said to her, "I don't know how to cook rice. You cook the rice, and I'll go start chanting."

"Yes, Sunim. Thank you very much."

Ko Bong Sunim returned to his room to put on his formal robes. But, because he never chanted, he didn't know any Buddhist chants. So, he dug out an old Taoist sutra from among his things and brought it back to the Buddha Hall. Then he picked up the moktak and started hitting it while reading out of the Taoist book. Usually it's appropriate to do certain chants for different occasions, like the Thousand Eyes and Hands Sutra, but Ko Bong Sunim didn't know about this. He only banged the moktak and chanted the Taoist sutra out loud, right from the book. After an hour or so of this, he finished.

The old woman was very, very happy. "Oh, thank you, Sunim. You are very kind. I feel much better now!" She left the temple. As she was walking down the mountain road, she passed the abbot, who was returning to the temple. "Hello, Mrs. Lee, are you coming from the temple?"

"Yes," she said. "There are many problems in my family right now, so I went up to pray to the Buddha. Ko Bong Sunim helped me."

"Oh, that's too bad," the abbot said.

"Oh, why?"

"Because Ko Bong Sunim doesn't know how to do any chanting. Maybe someone else could..."

"No, no," she said. "He did very well. He helped me very much!"

The abbot looked at her. "How do you know how well he did? These are very special chants! Ko Bong Sunim doesn't know how to do them -- he doesn't know chanting."

"Yes, I understand." This woman used to be a nun, so she was quite familiar with all the various chants. She knew that Ko Bong Sunim was only chanting a Taoist sutra. "What is correct chanting? He did it very well. He only chanted one hundred percent. Words are not important. The only important thing is how you keep your mind. He had only try mind -- only do it."

"Oh, yes, of course," the abbot said. "I suppose mind is very important." They said good-bye and went their separate ways. When the abbot reached the temple, he found Ko Bong Sunim, seated in meditation. "Did you just chant for Mrs. Lee?"


"But you don't know anything about chanting."

"That's right," Ko Bong Sunim said. "I don't know anything about chanting. So I just chanted."

"Then what kind of chants did you do?" the abbot asked.

"I used an old Taoist book."

The abbot walked away, scratching his head.

This is a very interesting try-mind story. It means, from moment to moment only "do it." Only keep a try mind, only one mind: do it mind. When chanting, sitting or bowing, only do it. Practicing will not help if you are attached to your thinking, if your mind is moving. Taoist chanting, Confucian chanting, Christian chanting, Buddhist chanting: it doesn't matter. Even chanting, "Coca Cola, Coca Cola, Coca Cola. . . " can be just as good if you keep a clear mind. But, if you don't keep a clear mind, even Buddha cannot help you. The most important thing is, only do it. When you only do something one hundred percent, then there is no subject, no object. There's no inside or outside. Inside and outside are already one. That means you and the whole universe are one and never separate.

The Bible says, "Be still, and know that I am God." When you are still, then you don't make anything, and you are always connected to God. Being still means keeping a still mind, even if your body is moving or you are doing some activity. Then there's no subject, no object, a mind of complete stillness. That's the Buddha's complete stillness mind. When sitting, be still. When chanting, be still. When bowing, eating, talking, walking, reading or driving, only be still. This is keeping a not moving mind, which is only do it mind. We call that try mind. 

~  Zen Master Seung Sahn  ~



    By Joseph Morales:  

Praise to the Dipper Mother (Dou Mu)  

This invocation refers to Dou Mu (Tou Mu), 

the goddess of the Big Dipper and the mother deity in charge of all star deities. Ken Cohen says "In qigong theory, the dipper is a reservoir of cosmic qi, collecting qi from all the other constellations and stars as it makes its yearly course." (See Kenneth S. Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.)  

A kindly correspondent at Taoist Mission Singapore sent me a CD of this chant. Since this recording appears to be unavailable in the West, I include a brief sound clip. The text is as follows:  

(Transliteration:) Xiao Zai Yan Shou Tian Zun
(Sounds like:) Shao Tzai Yen Sho, Tien Tzun
Click here to listen to the sound clip:


The Brahma Viharas

(in English by Andrew Quernmore)

I will abide pervading one quarter with a mind
imbued with lovingkindness ... compassion ...
gladness ... equanimity ...

Likewise the second, likewise the third,
likewise the fourth;

So above and below, around and everywhere
and to all as to myself.

I will abide pervading the all-encompassing
world with a mind imbued with lovingkindness
... compassion ... gladness ... equanimity ...
abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without
hostility and without ill-will.     

Homage, Refuges, Precepts

(in Pali by Andrew Quernmore)

Pali and English translation here:




From Remembering Nisargadatta Maharaj  

by David Godman
David: Mostly about his Guru, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, and the effect he had had on his life. I think his love for his Guru and his gratitude to him were always present with him. Nisargadatta Maharaj used to do five bhajans a day simply because his Guru had asked him to. Siddharameshwar Maharaj had passed away in 1936, but Nisargadatta Maharaj was still continuing with these practices more than forty years later.        

I once heard him say, 'My Guru asked me to do these five bhajans daily, and he never cancelled his instructions before he passed away. I don't need to do them any more but I will carry on doing them until the day I die because this is the command of my Guru. I continue to obey his instructions, even though I know these bhajans are pointless, because of the respect and gratitude I feel towards him.'





"Children, first purify the atmosphere by singing the Divine Name without shyness. In this age of Kaliyuga, to get concentration, bhajan is better than meditation. Bhajan, concentration, meditation, this is the progression."

 - Amma -

Mata Amritanandamayi

Vin„yaka Vin„yaka
vin„yaka vin„yaka
vishv„dhara vin„yaka
siddhi vin„yaka bhava bhaya n„sha
suramuni vandita shri ganesha

vin„yaka = Destroyer of obstacles
vishv„dhara = Substratum of the Universe
siddhi vin„yaka = Who accomplishes
bhavabhayan„sha = Destroyer of the fear of Becoming
suramuni vandita = Who is bowed down to by gods and sages

AMMACHI - Mata Amritanandamayi

For the last several years of Papaji's Satsangs, Papaji asked and encouraged people to sing in Satsang. One reason was because, "when someone sings, they can't think". Whether there was singing, dancing, Papaji telling tales or jokes, or esctatic divine discourses, the reason was always to stop the mind, so the person could always be directed to the source, the SELF.
Another reason is that Papaji likes music and poetry. Sri Poonja is quite a poet himself, like His uncle Swami Rama Tirtha, and in His young years won many poetry competitions. He especially loves the music and poetry of the great Bhakta's and Enlightened Saints, such as Meerabai and Kabir, and also the bhajans and Hindi film songs of awakening and devotion to Krishna, Rama, etc. 
  Papaji chose many songs in Hindi for some devotees to sing in Satsang. As these songs were learned, Chandi Devi compiled them into songbook and now offers them  to everyone. They are in transliterated Hindi with English translations under each line.  The meanings can vary, and this is one version. Also, included are the names of famous performers whose tapes include the songs.  If you have songs that you want to add just email prashanti at!  Enjoy  

    Open your veil  and you will meet your Beloved 
   1) DHAN-e JOBAN-e KA, GAR-e BANE-e KIJE  
    Don't be proud of your wealth and beauty      J

    This body of 5 elements is transient      (REFRAIN:) 

   2) SUNNE MANDIR-a MEI,  DIJA JALAI                       >>>x2 
    In the temple of the Heart a flame is burning      ASSAN-e SE MAT-e BOL-e  RE TOHE .. PIYA MILAINGE 
    Don't move from this place      GHUNGATE...(REFRAIN) 

   3) GHATE GHATE MAIN TO,  SAI BASAT-e HAI            >>>x2 
    In every being he (SELF) resides      KATU BACHAN-e MAT-e BOL-e  RE TOHE .. PIYA MILAINGE 
    Don't talk rudely to anyone      GHUNGATE...(REFRAIN) 

   4) JOGE JUGATE KE,  RANG-e MAHAL-e MAIN               >>>x2 
    Be awake in the temple of the body      PAYO RATAN-e AN-e MOL-e  RE TOHE .. PIYA MILAINGE 
    And you will find the priceless jewel      GHUNGATE...(REFRAIN) 

   5) KAHE KABIR-e, ANAND-a  BHAYO HAI                      >>>x2 
    Kabir says, there are waves of Bliss      BAJATA ANAHADA DHOLE  RE TOHE .. PIYA MILAINGE 
    Resound with the unstruck music of the Universal Heart      GUNGHATE...(REFRAIN)                                           >>x3


Robert Gass & various artists

"Chant: Spirit in Sound"

"Allah-Allah-Allah," Sufi chant (Zikhr)
by OruÁ GŁvenÁ & TŁmata



Jonathan Goldman

"Chakra Chants"


"From Jerusalem to Cordoba"

(A Voyage in Time, Space, and Religions
Through Chant, Music, and Texts)
Catherine Braslavsky & Joseph Rowe



From Tales from the Path - TM

by Durga

One benefit of traveling with Maharaj or hosting him was taking part in the early morning arti. This arti is performed to awaken the guru. The words were directed to his guru, but perhaps one could as well take the words of the arti to be directed at awakening the guru within.

At the end of the arti one of the ladies would sing a beautiful song. The refrain is "Chidananda Roopha Shivoham Shivoham." The translation is, "I am Eternal Bliss, I am Shiva." The song goes on to list all of what one is not. For instance, "I am not the mind, ...ego...nor consciousness,... not the five elements ...not envy, anger, craving, attraction, ...virtue,, sorrow...death, birth,...father,, aspirant. I am beyond concept, beyond form...I am neither liberated nor in bondage. I am Eternal Bliss, I am Shiva." ...

Enchanted by Chanting


Music inspired by 12th-century German mystic
Slow rhythmic flow has power to relax listeners

When American soprano Norma Gentile was going to stay for several months at a community in the California desert, she decided to take some music with her. She went to browse among the Gregorian chants in the University of Michigan music library.

"All of the chant books were bound in black, brown and gray except for one, which was salmon pink," she recalls. "I pulled it out and it was a whole book full of chants in Latin by a woman I'd never heard of, Hildegard von Bingen. I looked at the Latin and saw feminine endings on some of the references to God. I was very excited."

Gentile made copies of many of the songs and packed them with her Latin dictionary. On the trip, she began making her own translations of the chants that have become a focal point of her life ever since.

Now she travels around North America performing concerts of the chants of the 12th-century German nun and mystic, including an annual Toronto concert at Bloor St. United Church. She invites everyone who attends the concerts to hum particular notes as a way of participating in the chanting.

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Norma Gentile performs Hildegarde von Bingen's chants on "Unfurling Love's Creation"

Listen to "Rex noster promptus est"

Panhala ~ Joe Riley


This is now.  Now is,
all there is.  Don't wait for Then;
strike the spark, light the fire.

Sit at the Beloved's table,
feast with gusto, drink your fill

then dance
the way branches
of jasmine and cypress
dance in a spring wind.

The green earth
is your cloth;
tailor your robe
with dignity and grace.
~ Rumi ~
(adapted from a version by Coleman Barks in The Soul of Rumi)
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