Hidden beneath the layers of physical and mental activity is a state of quiet awareness which is our true self. Peace, love, wisdom and happiness can be found here. In the stillness of the inner self we experience our oneness with the entire universe. The aim of the practices of Ananda Marga and Neo-Humanism are “for self-realization and service to all.”
Mind, body and spirit are inseparably connected. Therefore to achieve self-realization it is necessary to integrate physical, mental and spiritual practices.
New Day Ananda Marga offers instruction in meditation, yoga and other self-development practices on a non-commercial basis.
Kiirtan and Chanting
Mantra music (also called kiirtan) is the ancient practice of singing a highly vibrated phrase for spiritual upliftment, healing and creating positive vibrations. Kiirtan is the singing of a mantra aloud while ideating on the Supreme Being. It inculcates the feeling of bliss and prepares the mind for meditation.
In the Ananda Marga tradition, the mantra used for kiirtan is:
Bábá Nám Kevalam
Bábá means “my most beloved One,” Nám means “name of” or “to identify with”, and Kevalam means “only”. So the meaning of the mantra is “My most Beloved is the only One.” The ideation is: “Everywhere I look, in everything I hear, feel, see, taste and smell, I perceive that one Supreme Consciousness which pervades all things” or simply put Love is all there is.
Asana (yogic postures) Classes
In Sanskrit, yoga postures are called asanas. Asana means “a posture giving physical comfort and mental composure.” Asanas affect the glands, nerves, muscles and all the organs of the body. There are many physical benefits, but the most important effect is on the mind. The practice of asanas places pressure on the endocrine glands, and this results in the regulation of hormones secreted from those glands. The hormones affect the emotions, and the resultant emotional balance facilitates concentration and meditation. So asanas help prepare the mind for meditation.
Yoga class with Didi Jayagiita (Thursdays at 6:30 – 8:00 pm) For more information: jayagiita(at)newdayschool(dot)org
Jayagiita is a musician, yogi, and passionate nature lover and has been teaching yoga classes for the past 18 years. Her classes have a blend of asana (yogic postures), self-massage, kiirtan (chanting) and meditation. Emphasis is placed on the breath and coordination of the breath with movement.
Meditation Instruction and Gatherings
Meditation is a process where the mind is withdrawn from disturbing thoughts and concentrated on a single object that brings peace, clarity and harmony. This object may be a word, an idea, a point, a process or an image, or some combination of the above. When the mind is made calm it can reflect and experience the truth of its own nature more clearly. This is called self-realization. This calmness also removes the waves of agitation which cut us off from each other and the universe. Thus meditation also helps us experience unity and harmony with the world we live in.
Meditation is an essential tool for self-transformation and spiritual development. One of the goals of Ananda Marga is to make meditation available to all people free of charge throughout the world. Specially trained teachers give personal instruction in the process of mantra meditation. If you are interested in gaining personal instruction in meditaition please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, our upcoming events page is updated regularly with collective gatherings which include meditation workshops and retreats.
Retreats / Seminars
For information about upcoming Retreats and Seminars please see our upcoming events page.