GOPALA KRISHNA

Your selfie game will never be as strong as George Harrison in front of the Taj Mahal.

We had the odds stacked against us from the get-go. Last I remembered I didn't get to record with Ravi Shankar and I don't know how to play the sitar. But George Harrison was/is the man.

His rendition of Gopala Krishna is my jam.

In all seriousness - chanting is a really really powerful tool. If meditation isn't your thing, chanting at a kirtan or to music is really dynamic and important in any practice. If you can find the time, chant a mantra. Once you get started, it gets addictive. Deva Premal is also very lovely, her chants are flawless.

Listen to George Harrison or Deva Premal or some Ravi jams. Also, I receently went to a kirtan, with space held by chanting extraordinaire Kevin James which was absolute bliss, if you want to feel magic then go to a kirtan.

If you don’t know about the number 108 here’s a brief - 108 is significant in many eastern religions, including Buddhism (108 beads on the shiva malas), Sikhism, Hinduism (108 names for Hindu deities) and many other practices that revolve around the dharma.

I’m not religious per se, I suppose, but I believe in many aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism. 108 is seen as a number of spiritual completion, so when chanting a mantra is typically said 108 times. There is said to be 108 types of meditation, 108 Indian dance forms, the list goes on…seriously. 

108 sacred books constitute the holy writings for Tibetans

The Vedanta, according to the Hinduism tradition, recognizes 108 authentic doctrines (Upanishad) aiming to approach the Truth and to destroy Ignorance.

In Jain tradition is believed that they are 108 virtues.

Lankavatara Sutra ancient teachings refer repeatedly to many temples with 108 steps.
108 is the key to everything it seems.

An excerpt from an interview with George about chanting -  

George: Going to a temple or chanting with a group of other people–the vibration is that much stronger. Of course, for some people it’s easy just to start chanting on their beads in the middle of a crowd, while other people are more comfortable chanting in the temple. But part of Krishna consciousness is trying to tune in all the senses of all the people: to experience God through all the senses.
It’s just a way of realizing that all the senses can be applied toward perceiving God, and it makes it that much more appealing, seeing the pictures, hearing the mantra, smelling the incense, flowers, and so on. That’s the nice thing about your movement. It incorporates everything–chanting, dancing, philosophy, and prasadam. The music and dancing is a serious part of the process too. It’s not just something to burn off excess energy