“Door of My Heart,” a special night of chanting, music, spiritual joy, beauty and yogic awareness inspired by the music of Paramahansa Yogananda, will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel at Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul.
The event will be led by the Wild Moon Bhaktas and Rev. Alan Pritz, who for the past 40 years has studied, practiced and taught meditation, and spiritual guidance. The cost is $10-$15 for adults, and $5 for students. No experience with chanting is necessary.
Yogananda was one of the first yogis to introduce Indian-inspired chanting to Western audiences in the 1920s. He left a rich legacy of chants and songs in English, both his translations of traditional Indian chants and his original compositions. This event will feature only Yogananda chants. The experience will feature two performers who have introduced Yogananda’s music to a new generation of Americans.
Every culture uses sound and song to enhance its forms of worship. Chanting involves devotional singing to the Divine — from soul to Spirit. It opens the heart and raises consciousness. Paramahansa Yogananda explained: “Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-Realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration or the Word.” Yogananda-tradition chants are sung primarily in English and are often mixed with periods of meditation to deepen the inner experience. As one participant said, these events are “very heart opening and sacred.”
For more information, visit www.awake-in-life.com/chant-meditate/