Satsang: Thoughts on Chanting
Guruji, you said before that there’s a tremendous amount of energy in chanting.
What’s the best way to maximize the benefits?
Is it singing loudly, quietly, all in the same voice?
What’s the best way to get the maximum benefit from the chanting?
The singing should be in rhythm, not haphazard.
Everyone should sing together.
Disciples’ write about chanting:
I remember Guruji telling us that chanting is the way to save the world because it’s a stronger way of bringing God’s energy into the environment. He said that prayers are pleasing to the Lord, but chanting makes the Lord laugh, it brings delight.
A chant has its own rise, its own beginning, middle, speeding up, slowing down, ending. Sometimes you’re surprised by it — a chant you thought would last five minutes lasts twenty minutes. A chant you thought would be high energy, turns out to be devotional. A devotional chant becomes very enthusiastic. The chant has a life of its own.
There are the times when Shri Anandi Ma’s voice calls out to us to sing with her, to burst out all the love and hope and joy and energy in our hearts. Once she explained that when we chant with openness and love it is as if we are throwing ourselves into the arms of the Lord and the Lord has no choice but to catch us!
Chanting goes really deep, to the center of things, and cuts out a lot of the mind’s stuff. For me it brings up strong feelings of devotion.