Indian Classical Concert
Pundit Debasis Chakroborty - Indian Slide Guitar
Prof Lovely Sharma - Sitar
and supporting musician Sam McNally - Piano/Keyboard
with guided Meditations to uplift the Soul
Thursday, 18 June 2015, 6.00 for 6.30pm - 8pm
doors will close at 6.30
There will also be a Tribute to a living Yogi - Dadi Janki 100
We dedicate this Indian Classical Music Concert to the International Yoga Day*
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Enjoy an evening of Indian classical music with a western twist.
Do not miss this chance to join this uplifting gathering. Be carried deeply into peace and calm. This is a special concert with the artists visiting especially from India.
Pundit Debasis Chakroborty and Prof Lovely Sharma will play and speak live accompanied by Sydney based pianist and composer Sam McNally.
Live Music | Meditation | Awakening Indian Classical Music | Tribute to a Yogi
You can expect guided meditations to help you create more focus in your life. Debasis Chakroborty will speak guided meditations, that help you focus, let go and experience peace and joy.
These harmonising meditations and music will calm your mind, body and soul. Enjoy the wonderful journey.
A TRIBUTE TO A LIVING YOGI OF THE CENTURY – DADI JANKI 100
On the day of International Yoga we take this opportunity to pay a tribute to a living yogi of one century. Our beloved Dadi Janki is one of the very few living yogis, who joined the BK organisation when at a very young age and dedicated her whole life to the Union with One = as in the true meaning of Yoga, to serve mankind through her acquired power of peace and silence. We are celebrating Dadi Janki turning 100. We feel that the few yogis who are living legends should be acknowledged and honoured. There will be a media message from Dadi Janki for the International Day of Yoga.
Dadi Janki is a world renowned spiritual leader who has spent a lifetime developing her inner strength and resilience through Raja Yoga meditation. She maintains humility and an attitude of giving to others in the face of adversity and chaos. Dadi is a practical example of how mental mastery releases enormous potential in our ability to create our own state of well-being as well as strengthen our capacity to uplift and serve others. At the age of 99, she continues to inspire millions.
Pundit Debasis Chakroborty is a senior Indian slide guitar player belonging to the 'Senia-Maihr Gharana'. He was taught by the guitar maestro Pundit Brij Bhushan Kabra in the traditional 'Guru Sishya Parampara' of the 'Senia - Maihar Gharana'. It is due to the ingenuity of Pundit B.L. Kabra, who suitably modified the Hawaiian guitar to make it adaptable to the demands of the ragas in the early sixties.
This multi award winning musician is considered an "A" grade artist of Broadcasting Corporation of India (Air & Doordarshan) in both Hindustani Classical and light music. He has performed in the 'Rabivasariya Sangeet Sabha' National program of All India Radio and Doordarshan TV. He is also an I.C.C.R. empanelled artiste under the Ministry of external affairs, Government of India. He visited several universities and institutions internationally as visiting faculty and artist in residence and performed in many prestigious concerts and conferences.
Prof Dr Lovely Sharma is a is a first lady Sitarist on national and international level, a M.A. Sitar Gold Medalist from Agra University, Baroda and an executive member and expert of 50 Government and NGOs of India and abroad. She conducted more than 250 music therapy workshops in jails and workshops in schools, inter colleges of Agra and Firozabad, Center for blind students and center for physically challenged students to promote Indian classical music. She also did several music training sessions for children below poverty line. Dr Sharma is also the Editor of many national and international conference journals on Indian Music and has been awarded with many prestigious awards as well as an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records, for performing with 1100 students at Brahmnad, organized by Art of Living, Noida, 2008.
Sam McNally is a Sydney based co-writer, composer, producer, keyboard-player, pianist, musical director and music educator. He has long been regarded as one of the finest jazz-funk keyboardists Australia has ever produced. He made a massive contribution to the success of pioneering JazzFusionFunk band Stylus in the 1970s and has continued to be at the heart of countless superb bands since, including those of John Farnham, Tim Finn, Tommy Emmanuel, Air Supply and Doug Williams.
We look forward to seeing you
Love - Peace & Kindness
on behalf of the organising team
The following is an in explanation of the UN IYD and the practice of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga
U.N. International Yoga Day
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi asked the world leaders to adopt an International Yoga Day, saying that by changing lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Addressing the 193-member UN General Assembly in United Nations. Modi said “Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” Noting that Yoga is “an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition”, he said: “It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”
“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being,” he said, adding “By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.”
United Nations declares June 21 the International Day of Yoga
The United Nations has declared an International Day of Yoga following a call from India's prime minister for global recognition of the ancient practice.
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as the day to commemorate the ancient practice, which Narendra Modi called for in September during his inaugural address to the world body. Mr Modi is an avid yoga fan and since taking office has appointed a minister for yoga.
He gifted a book about yoga to Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this year, and has discussed the benefits of the ancient practice with US president Barack Obama.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that "yoga can contribute to resilience against non-communicable diseases" and "help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress".
He also said yoga/meditation contributed to self development and peace.
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga
The Result of Practice
The ‘effects’ of the practices of Brahma Kumaris (BK) Raja Yoga are different for each person depending on the tendencies and traits that they bring to their practice and how focused and consistent they are in their practice. Yet the ultimate aim or goal is the same for all, which in essence is:
• The realization of self as a being of spiritual energy (soul)
• Re-union with the Source of spiritual energy (Supreme Soul or God)
• The capacity to maintain the consciousness of being an actor playing many roles on the stage of life (Drama).
Alongside the practices of soul consciousness, meditation and contemplation, BK Raja Yoga offers a clear and precise body of knowledge which allows practitioners to ‘fast track’ their efforts and endeavors towards the liberation from illusion, the perfection of their consciousness and reunion with the Source. This knowledge, insight, and understanding largely derives from the founder’s own practices and his own unique personal relationship with the Source (God) over the course of thirty years.
What Is Raja Yoga (as taught by the Brahma Kumaris Worldwide)
Raja Yoga is… the personal integration of the four daily practices of meditation, contemplation, application and contribution.
Practitioners are guided by a clear understanding of the true identity and nature of ‘the self’, the true identity and nature of the source of divinity, often referred to as God, and how humanity as a whole evolves through ‘time’ and in the physical ‘space’ we call Earth.
Meditation – is the cultivation of an awareness of self as a spiritual being/soul and the ability to reconnect with the original core energy of the self/soul.
Contemplation – is the deliberate reflection on the received information/insights into the nature of soul, God and humanity’s development. This awakens deeper levels of consciousness and induces realization. Contemplation is also reflecting upon and learning from ones own ‘insperiences’ as a result of applying such realizations on a daily basis.
Application – is putting into practice the realizations that arise from meditation and contemplation while ‘allowing’ ones deeper wisdom to emerge and inform ones decisions and actions.
Contribution – is being of ‘service’ to others in ways that help them to awaken their consciousness to the reality of who they are and the true nature of life and living in the world.
Raja Yoga as a Way of Life
During the process of practicing each ‘practitioner’ will ‘insperience’ some, if not all, of the following results:
Centering and INTEGRATIVE
As the practice of Raja Yoga is integrated into daily life it becomes a ‘way of life’. As the practitioner realizes their true identity as a spiritual being, often referred to as ‘soul’, they become centered. The tension and stress that often comes with the search for a ‘balanced life’ disappears. From a ‘centered’ state of consciousness balance arises naturally. The fragmentation of the self that is the result of the creating many identities based on role, gender, race etc. comes to an end as the practitioner ‘integrates’ all their roles and learns to ‘play the role’ instead of seeking a sense of identity through the role.
Cleansing and RESTORATIVE
Through the consistent practice of meditation and contemplation the practitioner clearly sees the many illusions and delusions that have been assimilated over time and now form many layers of false beliefs within consciousness. Practice gives rise to ‘realization’ of what is true for oneself, which has the effect of cleansing consciousness i.e. cleansing the self/soul of illusion. This also has the effect of gradually and gently restoring the self to its true and original state of being.
Mastering and AFFIRMATIVE
When the realizations that occur through the practices of meditation and contemplation are ‘applied’ daily in the context of action and interaction, the practitioner gradually restores their mastery of their own mind, intellect and personality. Old mental habits and emotional tendencies, which previously contributed towards the sabotaging of the self, atrophy and disappear. The ‘sovereignty of the self’ is gradually re-affirmed’.
Freeing and UNITIVE
Implicit in the practice of Raja Yoga is the recognition that the self/soul is not free. Through the four practices it is realized that where there is any kind of attachment there is not true inner freedom. Attachment is recognized as the root cause of all stress, suffering and sorrow. As the self cleans out and frees itself old beliefs and habits, old perceptions and attitudes, to which the self had become attached, there is a gradual increase in contentment and joy, the two main forms of happiness. When non-attachment is realized to be the most ‘natural’ state of consciousness it allows the practitioner to ‘connect transparently’ with others without any personal agenda/desire. This results in both a vision and a feeling of unity in relationship with others regardless of any personal histories.
Elevating and INTUITIVE
One of the hallmarks of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga is the practitioner’s pure intention to restore and maintain a personal connection and relationship with God. As a result many onlookers often mistake Raja Yoga for ‘just another religion’. Seldom is it recognized that the effort to be in a state of union with the Source is actually the process by which human consciousness is ‘elevated’. It is lifted out of the habits through which the self has kept itself in a state of suffering and darkness. Those habits are often referred to as ‘the vices’. As the practice of Raja Yoga becomes natural so the soul ‘casts off’ the veils of illusion accumulated over time. Vices are replaced by virtue. Not only is consciousness purified of its violent tendencies it naturally becomes more ‘divine like’. As a result the soul is able to access and re-emerge it’s own knowledge and wisdom intuitively.
Author: Mike George