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Love Is The Only Prayer

February 12, 2015

It is a known fact that when one’s vision (both literal and spiritual) is clear, the love that we are, illuminates the path, which we tread upon.

When asked about their vision, International Celebrities in Sacred Mantra Chanting and Kirtan, Miten and Deva Premalshared, “Our vision for the groups we facilitate is to make the world a better place by first healing ourown wounds of guilt, fear and anger. It may sound simplistic, but our experience tells us that this can be done by chanting mantras.”

Miten further explains, “Chanting these powerful healing sounds we transcend all religious dogma, all separatist concepts and rise in love to a higher consciousness, where inner peace is no more unusual than breathing. For its only when we love ourselves that can we truly love others.

Our vision, in a nutshell, is… ‘Love Is The Only Prayer'”.

Born in London, Miten spent his formative years as a musician in the UK rock scene touring with bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed, Hall and Oates and RyCooder. During this time he released two well-received solo albums, one produced by The Kinks and another by a noted Los Angeles producer Bones Howe.

Although this period of his life was creative and exciting, spiritually Miten began to feel unfulfilled. Upon reading a transcript of discourses by Osho on Zen parables, (No Water No Moon), Miten made the call and embraced a new life as a member of the ‘sangha’ (Osho’s spiritual community in India).

Born in Germany to an artist father who chanted the sacred Gayatri mantra at her birth, Deva Premal is trained in classical music. She grew up chanting mantras as bedtime songs. Her mother played European medieval music on the viola da gamba, and her father, an artist and drum maker, was a devotee of Eastern spirituality, teaching himself Sanskrit while practising daily sessions of yoga and Zen meditation.

Deva notes: “When my mother was pregnant with me, my parents prepared for the birth by chanting the Gayatri Mantra throughout the pregnancy. As I grew up we continued to chant it together regularly before sleep. I didn’t really know what I was singing… or even why! I just did it because I was told to! It wasn’t until much later that I came to appreciate the great gift my parents had given me.”

At the tender age of 11, she was introduced to the meditations of the controversial enlightened Indian mystic master, Osho who gave her the name ‘Deva Premal’ (‘Divine Loving’ in Sanskrit).

As a teenager, Deva moved on from the confines of both her classical music training and the mantra practice and began to explore her life atOsho’s ashram in Pune, India. She was initially attracted to the healing modalities and became a practitioner of reflexology, massage, shiatsu and cranio-sacral therapy.

It was at Osho’s ashram that Deva met Miten, “…our hearts immediately connected. He was the coordinator of the ashram music and when he sang, he opened the congregation to an instantaneous connection to the Master’s loving energy. He wrote the most beautiful songs, many of which I knew from the ashram meditations and celebrations.”

Deva Premal&Miten began their journey into love and music at the ashram. Their worldwide concerts and best-selling albums have since introduced millions in the West to the power of the ancient Sanskrit mantras, the joy and deep relaxation found in chanting them.

Let’s talk about theNepalese bansuri maestro Manose whose hometown, Boudha, Nepal, stands on the ancient route leading from the Himalayan mountains down into the Kathmandu valley.

As an eight-year-old boy, Manose fell in love with the bamboo flute one night when a fortuitous breeze wafted its song through his bedroom window.Before long he picked up a bansuri, a hollow shaft of bamboo with six finger holes, set it to his lips, took a deep breath in, and as he blew the breath out of his mouth into the bansuri with his fingers light cajoling it, the passersby stood still … as if mesmerized by an unsung spiritual melody deep with-in them…

Manose says,”The sound of basuri serves as a reminder to live in full beauty of our existence”.

Manose’s real relationship with music began under the guidance of an aging musician, MadanDevBhatta, a disciple of UstadBishmillah Khan. He initiated Manose into the study of classical raga music, often known as North Indian classical music.

Manose is a founding member of one of the most popular Nepali rock bands- 1974A.D.Through his inherent talent, skill, practice and precision he has a developed an astonishing ability to improvise on any music that he sets his heart on or feels inspired by.

At the Ecstatic Chant Retreat the attendees has a wonderful opportunity of learning a song ‘La..lalaila’, from Manose, on which he shares, “This song is a melodious inspiration that has come as a blessing to me in my dream state. It is born from a place of gratitude for there are no word to express the immensity, infinity and vastness of the Divine”.

https://devapremalmiten.com/the-essence/

DevaPremal’s debut album ‘The Essence’, which rocketed to the top of New Age charts around the world when it was released in 1998, introduced a unique musical genre, offering the ancient mantras of India and Tibet in contemporary musical settings. Hollywood rock icon and Grammy award winning actress Cher cites The Essence as “My favourite CD for yoga.”

Marianne, “When he was a young boy, my son and I spent 14 hours travelling from Perth to Coral Bay. The cd we played the most was ‘The Essence’…over and over again… Today my son is 26 years old, a musician, song writer with the dream of becoming a professional Kirtan singer.”

Since ‘The Essence’, Deva &Miten have released a string of acclaimed CDs with sales of nearly one million, and their concerts have moved from small yoga studios to audiences of thousands in concert halls, cathedrals and music festivals around the planet.

Prabhu Music / White Swan Records/ Silenzio Music / Brumby / Svetly Russia are their record labels with their genre being Chanting, Mantra, Spiritual Songs.

What is perhaps most significant is that their mantras have also been embraced by inmates of high security prisons (Deva and Miten often take their music into prisons – most recently playing for the inmates of San Quentin).

Teachers to students with autism have recorded great improvement in focus and attention spans of the students when they are exposed to the sound of Deva chanting. Brain surgeons email to report how mantras help them stay centred during operations.

“…passionate and powerful…” Anthony Robbins

“…beautiful, beautiful music…!” HH Dalai Lama

“As you listen to the music of Deva and Miten, the sacred space that lies beyond the mind emerges naturally and effortlessly. Pure magic”, Eckhart Tolle (author of A New Earth)

In the words of Deva Premal and Miten, “The music we make is born out of a committed spiritual practice. We meditate – we investigate – and our music is a result of that experience.”

For the last ten years Miten and Deva Premal have been holding Ecstatic Chant Retreat.This year the retreat weekend at the Civic Hall in Mullumbimby, N.S.W. Australia. It was attended by approximately 250 spirited souls who came from far and wide, all around the globe.

Miten, Deva, Manoseserved the Universe with the mantras, sacred songs, Om circles, exercises and body movements using spiritual sounds, chants, Sufi dancing, surreal sounds from the bansuri, sangha coming together to create amazing musical magical moments, and a whole lot more…with each day being a deep celebration of the heart and spirit.

The retreat offered a sancturary, the perfect platform for the unfolding of our creative and healing potential and the realization of our essential ‘oneness’. Here is what some of the attendees have to say about their time at the Ecstatic Chant Retreat…

Jalalo, a singer, songwriter and singing teacher shared, “I first met Miten in Pune in 1990… I was singing with him in the ashram. I met Deva and Miten again here in Australia in 2001 (I think) when they came to stay where I live in the rainforest and we immediately connected and a beautiful friendship began.

They have helped me through many a difficult time with their care and generosity.I sing with them each year at their concerts and retreats… always a very deep and blissful experience(and a lot of fun!!)”.

Gail, “After 10 years, I keep coming back for a top up of music, dance, love, laughter, yoga and the people.

Learning the real meanings behind the mantras, singing in a large group, the Sufi dances. In our modern society you don’t get the chance to look into another persons eyes and get hold your gaze. Hug a real hug, without being patted on the back, heart to heart hold and breath together.

Manose teaching us another song. Michael, Gary and Rob playing with Deva and Miten, watching people so musically talented. The musical banter and love between Deva, Miten and Manose is joyful to watch, breaking from a mantra to a pop song in a single chord and back to the mantra.

How can we sit and chant all day long? We humans crave love, need love, chanting is musical love, it opens your heart, gives you joy and then you can spread it around.

The mantras keeps me calm in the traffic, at work and in stressful situations, I can chant to myself keeping me centered and grounded.And when it finishes I take it home to renew my energy for another year”.

Glenice, “The sacredness, the sacredness of life of love, of nature, the earth & all beings of this world, of the universe, of each other. Feeling the bliss and the blessing of this sacred time, the tears and the laughter, the chanting and sufi dancing with “Deva, Miten, Manose and 250 beautiful souls as we sang & danced together.

A gift to my heart, songs for my spirit and dancing for my soul. I am full, drunk with love”.

Annette, “Words aren’t good enough to express the feelings of joy, happiness, bliss and gratitude I am going through after this wonderful weekend. Thanks to all who made it so special!!”

https://devapremalmiten.com/tibetan-mantras-for-turbulent-times/

Rob, “I am a musician (keyboard player). Spirituality to me is my whole life, my way of being. It is my heart centre keeping me connected to source.I met Deva Premal&Miten when I attended the first concert I saw them play in Brisbane at the Kelvin Grove Roundhouse theatre ten years ago.

I had been looking for a way to combine my spirituality with my music and asked spirit to guide me. I was at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Brisbane and I heard this amazing music being pipedthrough the speakers. It was like a ‘light bulb’ moment for me saying ‘this is the music I have been wanting to hear my whole life’. I asked what cd they were playing and they said it wasDeva Premal. I went and bought every cd I could find.

A few weeks later I heard Deva and Miten were playing at the Roundhouse at Kelvin Grove so I bought a ticket for the concert. At the end of theconcert I went up to talk to them and found them to be so open, warm and friendly.

I feel the reason we connected is through music. We talked about music and mantras. I told them I would love to play with them sometime and they told me about their Ecstatic Chant Retreats. I attended the next retreat and they kindly let me play with them. It felt so good and so nourishing to play with them.

I have attended their retreats every year since then and have been very blessed to play with them many times including an amazing concert at the Crystal Castle to over a thousand people. They are dear friends and beautiful souls who have touched my life very deeply.

This photo special to me as it captures the beautiful energy we share when we sing and play mantras together.

My experiences at Deva &Miten’s Ecstatic Chant Retreat have been life changing and inspirational! After attending Deva &Miten’s retreats I started holding my own regular satsang/kirtan events in Brisbane. It was at one of these events that I met Angela. Through time we became good friends but it was during one of Deva and Miten’s retreats that we connected on an even deeper level and became partners.

We got married last August! As I had briefly mentioned, during one of the retreats before our wedding Deva and Miten surprised us by giving us a beautiful engagement ceremony – showering uswith rose petals and singing our names…we were completely overwhelmed by this amazing gesture from these beautiful souls. Angela and I now sing together as a mantra duo called ‘SpiritSong’holding regular satsangs/kirtans throughout Brisbane. Life is amazing!!!!

We feel blessed to be able tosit in the presence of the Gyuto monks and also to sing with them. The Oneness Blessing we received where we were all dressed in white arriving in silence and leaving in silence.

What I hold precious are opportunities to playpiano/keyboards next to Deva while she sings the Gayatri mantra. All the beautiful hugs I have received from Deva and Miten. All these memories and many more I hold dearly in my heart”.

A lady in her 50s shared that her schoolteacher had said to her that she could sing. However Miten had told her that everyone can sing. So she didn’t loose hope and sang beautifully to a large audience at Woodford. Today she is ready to join a choir. Pointing to Deva, Miten and Manose, she said, “The love from the three of you has broken open my heart. I wish that if I can take even a little bit of it and give it to others, then it’s a blessing. That’s why I am here”.

Mel, “I have had the privilege of sitting at this beautiful retreat with these two beautiful people who lost their son in November last year. Just some time ago my son’s best friend died in his arms. At that time all I could do is sing with my son for the next 6 months. It cut through discussions, questions and helped us settle down at our basics, our feelings and heal. That’s what singingdoes for us”.

A lady in her 40s, “My father passed away two years ago. Prior to that I went through a deep dark place and then I saw Deva and Miten’s face with the message -‘Keep chanting, the healing will happen! At my father’s memorial service, I did exactly that. Even though nobody understood what I was chanting, it made it the most beautiful experience. I thank the three of you for that”.

A yoga teacher shared that, the mantras had helped her overcome fear and be able to look into the eyes of another-the windows of our soul.

A young grandmother shared that ever since her grandson was 2 years old, whenever he came to her for a sleep over, he would say, Nana, I want to listen to GuruRamdas”. One year ago he was diagnosed as a contender who needed a heart transplant. In May last year he received a heart and they continued singing ‘Guru Ramdas’. Now she continues to sing it for the family who donated the heart that has given a new lease of life to her grandson. Suchis the power of mantras, the sweet granny felt. Then she sang it for those at the retreat.

Amir, “I am a musician and producer. Spirituality to me is the recognition that we are all connected and interrelated, that we are made of love …

I met Deva Premal&Miten in Australia 12 years ago, in a sacred singing circle. I feel the reason we connected is because we are really a family and we are able to celebrate it through music and devotional singing.

I have been facilitating sacred and healing singing workshops and circles for the last 20 years and have been a co founder of Sheva a world music Hebrew Arab band, which was focused on ecstatic celebration through prayers and songs in Hebrew and Arabic.”

Sarah, “I had a magical experience of being in their audience at the Byron Bay Community Centre in early 2012. I was first introduced to their music in early 2011, just before finding out that I was ill. Their mantra (Gayatri amongst others) felt to be carrying me through the year, ultimately playing an essential role in my healing as they comforted me through many frightening and painful times.

As I emerged from a year of treatment and healing, a friend invited me to come to Byron to experience Deva Premal and Miten live in concert…the entire concert felt to be a celebration of my healing. Even now, anytime I need to be soothed, calmed or comforted, I go straight to Deva and Miten”.

https://devapremalmiten.com/moola-mantra/

Michael, “My first meeting with Deva and Miten was at a concert in Perth, my home town, where I sat in joyful tears as they performed LokahaSamatsta, a version I had composed and shared with them – by email – several months before.

Their artistry and sensitivity with the song was sublime and when I learned later that evening of their annual retreats in Byron Bay, I knew this would be my new yearly pilgrimage. I’ve lost count now of how many of their retreats I’ve attended, but without exception they have been the most beautiful, nourishing, inspiring and love-saturated musical events of my life.

My heartfelt thanks to Deva, Miten and Manose for their music, their heart, their unpretentiousness and, above all, their loving friendship”.

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Paul, “Singing, stretching, shaking, breathing, connecting with 250+ people all weekend is a very powerful opening”.

Tom, “The time that truly stirred my spirit was when we looked deep into each other’s soul, did Namaste’, put our hands in the air singing and dancing to: Om NamoAmitabhaya, Buddhaya, Dharmaya, Sanghaya Om Namo, Om Namo OmNamoAmitabhaya”.

Ishka, “What a magnificent experience of sharing with 250+ wise souls who chose to be in heaven on earth for the weekend! I know every day is heaven in its own way, but this was super heaven!

All love and blessings of gratitude for the entire experience and for being able to share my birthday with so many angels”.

https://devapremalmiten.com/mantralove/

Ania, “Thank you Deva, Miten and Manose for a beautiful journey over the weekend-such a pleasure and joy to sing with you. I’m always very touched and moved by the love and tenderness you have for each other. One love xx “.

Nirupa, “This was such an awesome weekend in the Buddhafield! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts in Mullumbimby. “In the light of Love…” Om xxxx”

Gayle, “Deva, Miten and Manose created a Sacred Space where the heart was opened and time did not exist”.

Kathy, “Strangers came together, singing the songs of thanks, healing and joy… differences evaporated and all are united in the shared vibration of LOVE”.

Dhyan, “Two words that best describe the Ecstatic Chant Retreat~*~ Magically Enchanting”.

Julia, “Beautiful experience, beautiful people, ‘Nam-myoho-renge-kyo’ (means: I devote myself to the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law)…”

Elena, “This has been one of the most transformative and healing experiences of my life”.

Her son Michael, in his early teens, “Out of this world!”

The beautiful Layla in her Octagon years shared, “Coming here this weekend is like living in the unexpected. What a wonderful description of life”.

Patricia from Alaska, “Singing shiva (Native American) brought me back to my roots in Alaska. ‘Bismillah’ Sufi dancing has also been a highlight, as I have been singing it for 40 years. I love the bhajans, singing them bring back memories of us being in the Buddhafield (of Bhagwan). I have loved chanting ‘Om’…”

Sarah, “Total bliss…an opportunity to grow wings again in Angelic company”.

Kylie-Ann, “Still on a wave of bliss from the weekend! So grateful, beautiful souls. What blessings!”

Judy, “Namaste Deva, Mitten and Manose for the most amazing weekend at your chanting workshop. I have never felt such pure love ….you are an inspiration for me on my journey through life xx”

Here are some ideas from Miten and Deva Premalto starting a Satsang Circle in your area:

https://devapremalmiten.com/mantras/satsang-circles/

Naomi, “What can one say about Mantras and Deva Premal that hasn’t been said before…

My experience as a first timer at the Ecstatic Chant Retreat has been beautiful and cathartic with the massive river of unstoppable tears draining a lot of anxiety that I have been holding onto…

The gift of the Sacred Mantras being sung in unison with love by the 250 + beautiful souls has served as an inspiration to me. Thank you to Miten, Deva, Manose and all beings present here”.

During the course of these inspirational sessions, Miten, Deva and Manosefacilitated a transformational shift with an unassuming grace and humour. Here we found ourselves transported to a place where our spirits felt re-energised, refreshed and uplifted. The spiritual surge was stayed strong in-between the Sangha’sKirtan sessions, turning the timeout in the garden → time with-in.

As Deva says, “Without the silence that follows the chants, you get only half the story. It’s like the climax of a good story. The silence is there because it exists in the music. It just needs to be exposed and acknowledged. It’s so easy to overlook the silence inside the music… and it’s that which is healing us… if we allow it to be there.

This is really one of the main reasons Miten and I sing – to bathe in Silence. It’s our nourishment. It’s what keeps us on the road. For me there is nothing more precious than having sung with an audience, ecstatic with bliss, and then entering the deep silence that the mantra brings… so deep, that with closed eyes you really feel there is ‘nobody’ there at all… all personalities dissolved for a tiny sacred moment.”

This is the link to the lyrics and chords of the Mantras: https://devapremalmiten.com/mantras/lyrics-chords/

Deva Premal & Miten share, “Hi beloved friends – We’ll soon be on the road again, bringing SONGS FOR THE SANGHA 2015 through Europe during May & June.

We have concerts in Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Estonia, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium, so make sure you join us somewhere along the route.

As always, our beloved maestro Manose will be with us, plus our very special musical guests Spencer Cozens (keyboards) and Joby Baker (vocals, bass and percussion) who we all enjoyed so much last year.

The word SANGHA translated from Sanskrit means ‘spiritual community’ – and these magical evenings give us the chance to re-connect, reunite, and re-ignite the flame of love we all carry within.

Come together, or come alone – We are one family in the light of the mantras. Namaste.”

For detailed information on Deva Premal & Miten’s upcoming tours, your chance to holiday with them, their music and a whole lot more, do visit their website: https://devapremalmiten.com

Compiled by Guneeta Kaur
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