Mata Mandir Singh's Sadhana Rocks CD includes an 4 page booklet with lyrics. The yogic teachings tell us that the most effective time to meditate is between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., known as the ambrosial hours. This is when the channels are the clearest and worldly distractions are at their lowest ebb. Yogic practices during this time are called "Sadhana". For me, staying awake is the first priority. So, to keep ourselves, and others awake, we have developed some fairly up-tempo chanting. Europe is alive with festivals all summer long. There are music, art, theatre, dance, and yoga festivals. The music on this CD was developed at both the Swedish and French Kundalini yoga festivals as well as yoga courses on the island of Corfu in Greece. Remastered at Invincible Recording Studio.
The yogic teachings tell us that the most effective time to meditate is between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., known as the ambrosial hours. This is when the channels are the clearest and worldly distractions are at their lowest ebb. Yogic practices during this time are called "Sadhana". For me, staying awake is the first priority. So, to keep ourselves, and others awake, we have developed some fairly up-tempo chanting. Apologies for those who like slower music at that time of the morning.
Yogi Bhajan has said that chanting is most effective when it reflects your mood. When one is happy, chant happy. When angry, chant angry, and so on. When I am playing and singing this music with my friends I am feeling, Wow! Sadhana rocks!
The cover photo is of some rocks just down from our Sadhana beach on the island of Corfu, Greece. We spent some time doing yoga courses there in the summer of 2001. Wow! Sadhana rocks!
Europe is alive with festivals all summer long. There are music, art, theatre, dance, and yoga festivals. The music on this CD was developed at both the Swedish and French Kundalini yoga festivals in 2001/2002 as well as yoga courses on the island of Corfu in Greece.
Further thanks to the musicians who gave up their time, and traveled from all over Europe to play and record this together. I cannot find words to adequately express my love and admiration for them. Their music speaks for itself. Also my sincere thanks to Bhai Himat Singh who acted as a sounding board, and consultant for the music and helped record the demos. My thanks as well to Chris Becker whose house and studio we invaded for more than a week to record. I'd also like to add a note of gratitude to Adi Kaur (Hamburg), for her superb design work and consultations on a variety of things. A note of gratitude here, and I know I speak for all of us, to my wife Sat Nam Kaur and the staff of the Golden Temple Restaurant in Amsterdam for staying after hours and serving us delicious food after some long sessions in the studio.
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."
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