A bhajan is a devotional song. Bhajans can trace their beginnings back to classical ragas and talas as well as traditional folk music. The word “bhajan” comes from “bhakti” which means devotion. Bhajan singing opens the heart and is a natural form of meditation.
Learn to lead or support bhajans. Enhance your relationship with the Divine through devotional singing. We will learn how to add both Shakti and Bhakti to our singing. Shakti means the energy and power of our intention as we sing. Bhakti is the loving devotion in our singing. With Bhakti and Shakti our devotional singing can be a powerful means for creating love and healing for ourselves and others.
All are welcome regardless of musical experience. Musicians should feel free to bring a guitar, smaller hand drums or finger symbols.
The gatherings are led by Saraphina Mesmer and Nafeeah Kim. We begin with vocal warmups and raga singing (melodic modes used in Indian classical music) and then we sing bhajans (call-and-response singing).
Cost: This gathering is offered on a donation basis. $10/class is a suggested donation. Any amount is appreciated. You will give your monetary offerings directly to the instructors.
“Singing the divine names and qualities actually manifests the energy of all those divine characters we are singing about – Guru, Ganesh, Muruga, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, and, of course, Mother Divine – and channels their blessings, healing and love to all those souls we are singing for – the mass shooting victims, the countless refugees, the shivering homeless, the PTSD veterans, the malnourished children, the abused women and minorities. It is so necessary, and such a service to God to join our hearts and breath through our voices, and share that healing balm through the unbounded ocean of consciousness that connects and is the source of all beings. Music is Medicine and together we will deliver it to all the heart broken souls craving relief and healing.” – Jonathan D. Rosen, Facebook, 12/3/2015
Shiva Sai Mandir-Colorado, 1391 S. Pennsylvania Street, Denver, Colorado 80210