When you think of yoga, what comes to mind? For many people, yoga is about stretching and flexibility. But did you know that there’s an entire branch of yoga that focuses on chanting? It is known as “kirtan” or “call and response chanting,” and this type of yoga is becoming increasingly popular in the West. It provides a unique way to connect with your spirituality.
There is a lot of research showing that there are benefits to meditation. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory and focus, and even heal diseases! But how can you get started? If you aren’t familiar with meditation, it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we put together this guide. It will help you understand what it is, how it works, and why it is so beneficial.
Welcome to the conscious conversation around spiritual success.
The conscious conversation around spiritual success is a big deal. It’s the only way we can make progress in our lives, and that’s only possible if we’re willing to step out of our comfort zone and take control of our lives. With that being said, there are some things you need to know before embarking on this journey:
- Spiritual success isn’t about being perfect or having everything figured out; it’s about working hard at something so that you can experience more fulfillment in your life than ever before.
- You don’t have to understand everything about spirituality just yet – but because we all have to start somewhere, it’s helpful if everyone has a shared understanding of what “spiritual” means before they begin studying yoga or other related topics.
- You may not always like what others say when they ask questions about spirituality (or anything else), but try not to let these moments get under your skin too much.
What is Spiritual Success?
What is Spiritual Success?
Spiritual success is a journey of self-discovery and self-realization. It’s about becoming aware of the true nature of your being, and it can be difficult to find the right path on this journey. However, when you do find it, there are many benefits to being successful!
Spiritual success is about finding your life purpose, and it can be a rewarding experience. It’s also about learning how to become more spiritual in all aspects of your life. When you are truly successful on this path, you will feel happier and more fulfilled than ever before!
Spiritual Success Journey
In some ways, it’s like a journey through the stages of life. As you move through these stages, your spiritual awareness will increase. Slowly but surely, you’ll be able to see the path that leads toward your ultimate goal.
There is a stage when you become aware of what your body senses and how it feels when you’re in touch with yourself on an emotional level. You may feel a sense of warmth or calmness at this point – perhaps even a yawn! It’s also when we start learning about ourselves that we can understand where we came from, where we’re going, and why we’ve been given this gift known as life itself! This can only happen when we delve deep into our past.
The second stage involves taking responsibility for one’s own growth. This means we should take action towards self-improvement every day, rather than just talking about what needs to be done as opposed to actually doing it. Finally, at stage three, there comes an understanding that change takes time. We also realize that progress comes through dedication and hard work, whether things go wrong or right. We should remember, most importantly, to never give up hope, just because some things take longer than expected.
The Bhakti Yoga Connection
Bhakti is a Sanskrit word that literally means “devotion,” but it also refers to the concept of love and devotion. The Bhakti movement was an important part of Indian culture for several centuries, as it sought to express spirituality through art, poetry, and music rather than philosophy or theology.
Yoga is a spiritual practice, and by this, we mean it’s a life-changing way to develop your consciousness. It’s not just about physical fitness or relaxation; yoga is physical, mental, and emotional as well.
The Bhakti Yoga Roadmap offers an effective way of working through each of these aspects of yoga in order to achieve greater success on your spiritual journey.
The easiest way to get started in Bhakti is through mantra meditation. A mantra is a simple phrase of sound, which can be written or spoken. The purpose of this meditation is to focus our mind on the words and ideas behind them, allowing us to transcend the thoughts of our everyday lives.
Let’s dig a little deeper.
Mantra meditation is a powerful tool for achieving your goals and overcoming obstacles in life. It can also be used to find inner peace, love, and happiness.
Mantra meditation helps you to focus on the things that matter most to you so that they become more real in your mind’s eye.
When we focus on the mantra, rather than other things like money or fame, these things lose their power over us. Soon enough, we learn that we no longer need them as much as we thought we did, and other things start to take more precedence in our lives.
The Maha Mantra
The Maha Mantra is a Sanskrit phrase that literally means “great mantra.” It’s also known as the great healing mantra because it has been proven to heal both physical and emotional pain through its powerful vibration. As we’ve previously discussed, the maha-mantra is:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Liebre Liebre
Liebre Rama Liebre Rama
Rama Rama Liebre Liebre
The maha-mantra is a powerful tool that has been used for thousands of years by yogis and spiritual masters to heal both the body and mind.
The 5 Bhakti Yoga Concepts for Spiritual Success.
We invite you to try to chant, meditate and recite this mantra for at least an hour each day. This is very important because it helps you gain control over the mind. Control of your thoughts can lead to better self-awareness, which leads to greater spiritual success. You’ll also be expected to keep a daily journal that documents your progress in terms of meditation techniques, diet changes, and other aspects of spiritual practice.
1) Samadhi – Self-Love and Compassion
Self-love is the foundation of all spiritual success. It’s about accepting yourself for who you are, including your flaws. It’s about loving yourself unconditionally, no matter what others say or do to you. It’s about having compassion for yourself and others, so we gain an understanding on the intentions of ourselves and others. If something happens to hurt your feelings or make you feel bad, then at least you know why this happened and how to move forward from it, instead of being angry or upset with yourself, based on something someone else did.
Compassion means having empathy toward others’ suffering, whether they are physically close or far away from us. We may still have some sort of connection between our minds, bodies, or spirits, even over social media platforms. Have you ever related to people who you haven’t met face-to-face, but shared thoughts with over social media? Sometimes like this, we don’t have to feel afraid of judgemental looks on the other side of the screen (or even worse!).
2) Dharana – Focus and Productivity
Dharana is a Sanskrit word meaning “concentration” or “focus on the present moment.” It’s one of the most important skills you can learn as a Yogi because it will bring you closer to your true self. This is something that all yogis strive for.
When we are in dharana, we are focused on one thing at a time: whether it may be your breathing, your thoughts, or feelings. We don’t let other things distract us from getting our work done or achieving our goals. When we’re in deep meditation like this, nothing else matters except what’s happening right now in front of us!
3) Asana – Physical fitness and health
Asana is the practice of postures. It helps to achieve physical fitness and health, which in turn can help you achieve spiritual success.
Asanas are an integral part of yoga and can be done almost anywhere, but they’re especially beneficial if you want to improve your posture. This will help with your general well-being, too!
4) Pranayama – Mindfulness, emotional balance, and inner peace.
The fourth section of Chant Now’s Yoga Roadmap is Pranayama – Mindfulness, emotional balance, and inner peace. This is where you’ll learn how to control your mind through breathing techniques. These are designed to balance energy, clear the mind and find inner peace.
Yoga nada (pranic sounds) are used as a way to connect with nature or something higher than yourself. When you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, this creates a vibration throughout your body that helps calm down anxious thoughts, as well as improve concentration skills, attention span, and focus.
5) Yama & Niyama – Inner harmony and outer influence on others.
If you’re going to have a spiritual practice, you need to develop the Yama & Niyama. These are core principles of yoga that help us to live without compromising our integrity and bring about inner harmony. Yama, is referring to our inner harmony, and niyama refers to our outer influence on others.
Yama talks about the ethical principles and moral codes that guide our actions and interactions with others. The principles of yama encourage us to respect others’ possessions and not to take what is not rightfully ours. It also teaches us to practice non-possessiveness, detaching ourselves from material possessions and not being greedy. In bhakti this means, not the path of renunciation, nor the path of exploitation, but the path of dedication to the supreme absolute truth, divinity, Krishna. It also includes non-violence and control over our senses.
Niyama alludes to practices that help us cultivate discipline and self-growth. It includes 5 things: contentment, discipline/austerity, cleanliness, the study of sacred scripture, and finally, surrender unto a higher power. Acknowledging the divine presence in our lives and allows us to cultivate devotion and trust, and helps us realize that there is so much more beyond our bubble of existence. This experience can be humbling, and these aspects of Yama and Niyama inculcate good qualities in an aspiring spiritualist.
Want a better life? Try mantra meditation!
Mantra meditation is a great way to start your day. It’s also a great way to end it, and it can be used as an introduction or ending for any activity.
- When you wake up in the morning, there are many things that need to do right away (like getting dressed). You could practice mantra meditation before getting ready for work. It can help you focus and get your mind ready for the day.
- When you return home from work at night, there may be dishes still needing washing or laundry needing folding before bedtime arrives. You could repeat the maha mantra while doing these tasks. This helps shift our focus away from external things, such as chores, towards internal ones, which can lead to real happiness.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, I hope this content has been helpful to you. Now that we have a better understanding of how our minds affect our lives, it’s time for us to take control of our thoughts and actions by practicing these Bhakti yoga concepts. This will help us achieve true spiritual success in every aspect of our lives! Need help getting started? Check out chantnow.com for more information about mantra meditation. And if you’re looking for a place to start, try one of our 7 Day Chanting Workshops, or meet one on one with a coach for free today!