Gatka, or Shakti Yoga as Yogi Bhajan sometimes called it, is a series of movement meditations, kirtan, martial arts and yoga exercises combined with a very sophisticated category of mantra to raise the spirit, strengthen the muscular and nervous systems, build the aura, and facilitate mental equilibrium even in the face of violence or other stressful environments.It is the practice of the Spiritual Warrior based on the ancient techniques of the Indian martial art of Gatka. It is fun, aerobic, interactive and a most effective way of self defense based on the strength of aura and perceptiveness of the mind. "The most effective martial art is the one you never have to use." Mata Mandir Singh. In more advance stages one learns to use a stick, a cane and other household articles as tools for self defense as well as more traditional weapons such as sword, lathis (Staff) and kirpan (Knife). This album was originally produced for Cassette tape back in the early 1990's and has been remastered for this CD. It uses rhythms traditionally used by the Sikh warriors to practice the movements of Gatka.
Mata Mandir pours devotion into each note that he sings. His gentle voice creates a sacred atmosphere for healing and connectedness, helping students calm their minds and open their hearts. His Sikh-inspired mantras invite listeners to have a personal experience of the Divine.
A longtime student of Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan, Mata Mandir learned early on about the power of the sound current for elevation. "Yogiji told me a long time ago that if you play any instrument in a rhythmic pattern, that will put you into harmony with the whole universe," he says. Inspired by Yogi Bhajan's life-changing teachings, Mata Mandir then embarked on a journey of helping others come in tune with the rhythm of the universe. "Everything has a frequency and vibration, everything has its own song," he says. "When you tune in to sounds of the world, like the sound of your breath or your heartbeat, for example, the world becomes different. You create a new intelligence in your life and you begin to see rhythm where before you only saw chaos."
Mata Mandir currently performs and teaches classes on the science of chanting and listening both across the United States and internationally. In his upcoming book, Naad Yoga - the Yoga of Sound Workbook, he explains how one can use mantras to stimulate the brain and glandular system and reach deep states of bliss. "There's a cascade of chemical changes in every word we speak," he says.
Sharing a deep passion for Naad Yoga, Mata Mandir uses music to guide his students to the present moment and into a natural state of empowerment. Adding to his detailed teachings on chanting, he also emphasizes the importance of learning to deeply listen. "The eyes can create a lot of illusion," he says. "But the ears are very accurate and can distinguish all different notes, all different sounds."