If you’re anything like me you’re probably cringing as Valentines day approaches with all its tacky cliches, unrealistic expectations, and the way it divides us into the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. It seems to me that this has nothing to do with love and everything to do with consumerism and ego.
In the yoga tradition, to focus on love means to worship the divinity of creation. It is believed that creation exists for the enjoyment of Love.
Love is believed to be the Queen of all the emotions and the purpose of the universe.
Love is said to be essential for physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Unlike Valentines day, love is not only romantic, it also includes more durable emotional states such as familial, friendship and universal love.
One of the best ways to connect to love is through sound. The sounds of love include chanting, string/wind instruments, and crystal bowls.
Krishna is seen as the ruling deity of Love. He is the divine flute-player who is loved by all.
Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion is based around Krishna. Chanting is believed to be the most direct method in which to experience divine love.
Of all mantras in the Vedas, the Maha mantra is the most powerful and direct to connect and open Anahata, the heart chakra.
Maha Mantra means “Great sacred chant for deliverance”
It’s very simple and easy to remember:
“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”
“Hare” (pronounced ha-ray) is an address to universal love.
“Krishna” (pronounced krish-na) is the deity who is attractive to everyone.
“Rama” (rhymes with drama) is one who gives pleasure and enjoys life.
If chanting is new to you, it may feel a bit self-conscious at first. Many people feel uneasy chanting to deities who they don’t personally worship from a different culture, and that is totally understandable.
I know when I first started chanting it was not a comfortable practice for me, but now I can’t get enough of it!
To give and receive love you need to open and soften the heart space so that love can flow through you, to nourish you and heal your wounds.
The good news is that any kind of chanting will resonate with the heart space, simply pick a song that resonates with your soul.
Try adding this to your yoga practice for a while and see how love manifests in your life and all your relationships.