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Bhakti Samarpit

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About the practice workshop

What practice will I learn

His practice centers singing or chanting in praise and reverence, a form of devotional singing. Through this offering, participants will learn the art of singing devotional songs that praise the Almighty, promoting a deep sense of spiritual connection and inner peace. The practice encourages surrendering to a higher power, transcending individual worries and burdens, and ultimately bringing an inner smile of contentment and joy.

Benefits of this practice

The practice holds immense relevance in daily life as it provides a means to surrender to something larger than life, the divine. In a world filled with stress and distractions, this ancient practice offers a pathway to surrendering one's ego and desires, leading to inner tranquility and happiness. It serves as a means of self-expression, meditation, and a way to connect with the divine. Surrendering to the divine presence brings a deep sense of contentment and inner joy, resulting in an unmistakable inner smile that radiates positivity and peace.

Incorporating in my life

Clients can incorporate the practice into their daily routine by dedicating a specific time for singing. This practice involves not only singing but also surrendering one's worries, desires, and ego to the divine.

About the specialist

Vidwan Shri. S. Vaidyanathan is a highly skilled musician and teacher deeply rooted in the classical music tradition, particularly in Carnatic music and Namasankeerthanam (act of singing or chanting in praise and reverence). He began his musical journey at a very young age under the guidance of his mother, Vidushi Smt. Vidya Sriram, who herself is a renowned music teacher. Vaidyanathan's musical journey continued under the tutelage of various accomplished gurus, including Sangeetha Choodamani Vidwan Shri. G. Balasubramaniam. He has not only mastered the art of Carnatic music but also excelled in singing Sampradaya Namasankeerthanam, a form of devotional singing that transcends language barriers.What makes Vidwan Shri. S. Vaidyanathan and his offering special is his commitment to spreading the ancient Indian art form of Namasankeerthanam to all sections of society. He has not only performed Namasankeerthanam extensively across India and abroad but has also been teaching music and namasankeerthanam for over a decade, training hundreds of people.

Online from
Pune

Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Bhagavad Gita (Approx. 200 BCE - 200 CE): A 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the Indian epic Mahabharata. The Bhagavad Gita, particularly in its discussion of Bhakti Yoga, underscores the importance of devotional practices, including chanting and singing the names of the divine. It emphasizes the spiritual and mental wellbeing derived from devotion, which indirectly contributes to overall wellness.

Srimad Bhagavatam (Approx. 300 CE - 1000 CE): This Puranic text, also known as the Bhagavata Purana, extensively covers the benefits of devotional singing and chanting for spiritual upliftment. It details how such practices promote inner peace, mental stability, and emotional balance, contributing to a holistic sense of wellbeing.

Modern research & publications

"Bhajan, a form of devotional singing in Hinduism, have been the subject of various research studies:"

Improvement in Sustained Attention: A study found that listening to Bhajans improved sustained attention in participants more than reading a spiritual text. This suggests that Bhajan listening can positively affect mental alertness and concentration

Emotional and Spiritual Development: Bhajan, as a devotional practice, is a part of congregational worship and is evolving as a distinct cultural and religious practice. It emphasizes recitation of divine names and worship of personal deities, contributing to emotional and spiritual development

Introductory practice workshop

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with S Vaidyanathan.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for intro session

Start with a short meditation to center yourself and create a conducive environment for learning and spiritual connection

Understand the concept and significance of Nama Sankirtanam, emphasizing its role in your daily life

Explore Carnatic music's fundamentals to grasp Nama Sankirtanam, focusing on simple ragas (melodic frameworks) and talas (rhythmic cycles), enriched by brief live demonstrations

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Please downloaded iTabla Pro (ios) or iShala (Android ) before attending the session.

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online practice workshops
10 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Frequency
Weekly
Course price
$2500

Session 1

Surrender through Bhakti with Vishnu - Creator of Universe
  • Session begins with a calming meditation, creating a serene atmosphere
  • Get insights into the historical significance and philosophy of surrender through devotion (Bhakti)
  • Learn and practice singing devotional songs (bhajans) dedicated to Lord Vishnu
  • Engage in a rhythmic clapping exercise synchronized with the bhajans to enhance the sense of involvement
  • Hear short story or anecdote related to Lord Vishnu to deepen the your understanding
  • Practice specific postures or poses that evoke the feeling of surrender and devotion

Session 2

Surrender through Bhakti with Ganpathy - God of Wellbeing
  • Session begins with guided meditation, creating a serene atmosphere
  • Introduction to and practice devotional songs dedicated to Lord Ganpathy
  • Engage in a rhythmic clapping exercise synchronized with the bhajans
  • Listen to a short narrative about Lord Ganpathy
  • Learn postures that evoke surrender in the context of God of wellbeing

Session 3

Surrender through Bhakti with Saraswathi - Goddess of Knowledge
  • Start with a guided meditation to focus
  • Introduction to devotional songs dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi and practicing along with synchronized clapping
  • Guided practice through postures that evoke surrender in the context of Goddess Saraswathi

Session 4

Surrender through Bhakti with Ram - Destroyer of Evils
  • Session begins with guided meditation, creating a serene atmosphere
  • Introduction to singing devotional songs dedicated to Lord Ram
  • Listen to a short story or anecdote related to Lord Ram
  • Guided practice through postures that evoke surrender

Session 5

Surrender through Bhakti with Krishna - God of Love and Happiness
  • Begin the session with a calming meditation practice
  • Get introduced to Introduced to singing devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna with synchronized clapping
  • A short story or anecdote related to Lord Krishna
  • Guided practice through postures that evoke surrender in the context of Lord Krishna

Session 6

Mahamantra Chanting with Krishna - God of Love and Happiness
  • Session begins with guided meditation, creating a serene atmosphere
  • Learn and experience guided practice of chanting a powerful mantra dedicated to Lord Krishna
  • Engage in synchronized chanting while adopting specific postures to amplify the sense of surrender during your practice

Session 7

Surrender through Bhakti with Hanuman - God of Strength and Wisdom
  • Begin the session with a calming meditation practice
  • Learn and sing devotional songs dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Practice chanting a powerful mantra dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Experience combined chanting with specific postures to enhance the experience of surrender

Session 8-10

Bhajan Practice and Mantra Chanting Revision
  • Session begins with guided meditation, creating a serene atmosphere
  • Practice previously learnt devotional songs of your choice
  • Revisit the experience of surrender using Mahamantra chanting and specific postures
  • Share your overall experience and get your questions addressed to practice in your daily life

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Conducted by

S Vaidyanathan

Carnatic Music & Namasankeerthanam Maestro

Course price
10 sessions • Weekly
$2500
Start with intro session
$199
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