Om chant

Having two days left in the course, I wish we’d learn the rest of this OM CHANT.
I love it. It feels like a ritual to get things straight back to what the soul really wants.
Getting back to your center of deepest love for yourself and for humanity.

I love how yoga is built on your spirituality meeting the greater universal spirituality. Of how Pantanjali asks you to be aware of yourself. As if the greater universe resides in you. As if we are all connected in our souls through deep self awareness. We know when we feel things. We know when we want things. We know when we do good things and bad things. And we are all one in honoring each other’s light, love and life. It makes me faithful in the deepest sense, without having to do it through religion.

So in that sense, I would like to just write down and percolate upon the chant we have learned so far. I have already taught my husband and my father that they sing this around at times for fun.

Asatoma Sat Gamaya.
From the life of living untruth, bring me to the way I want.
I want the truth. I want the most truthful connections, relationships, and beauty of life to sing with me. Dance with me through life.

Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya.
Bring me from darkness (dullness) to light.
Master said the darkness means the curse of your five senses, of becoming dull. It reminds me of what Albert Einstein said: “There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.”
I want to live as everything–the sunrise, the sound of my husband’s breath, the trees swaying from wind, hearing my mother’s voice through phone–as if they were a miracle. My five senses activated. Affecting me in the most wondrous ways.

Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya.
Let me forget all the bad things and remember the success.
Another quote from Kurt Vonnegut that comes to my mind: “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Remember the beauty and love of this world. Hang on to it. Stay soft and beautiful.

Om. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
I follow you. Peace and honor to my parents. my teachers. the universe.
I love you. I honor you. I thank you.

Namaste.

Y.H.