NORWALK, CA - An all-day event ‘Meditation and Music’ was held at the Sanatan Dharma Temple here on June 11 which drew a large number of participants. The day was divided into two sessions. The morning session started with welcoming of participants and a powerpoint presentation for new participants. Attendees were then led...
During the second session, an introduction was given about Heartfulness, a non-profit organization and Hearfulness Meditation. Music for the evening was provided by Shashank Subramanyam, flutist, accompanied by Falguin Parupalli on the tabla who performed for almost an hour. Subramanyam performed with a variety of flutes all made of bamboo. He and Parupalli began their performance with “Raga Mohana” and continued with a few more short ragas.
The music performed by the duo was calm, soft, and soothing. The audience applauded with appreciation at the completion of every raga. The two played a variety of short solos and as well as other compositions. It was apparent that there was a keen sense of understanding between them which gave rise to some beautiful musical moments. Subramanyam was able to fluctuate the pace at which he played as well as the volume level beautifully bringing about an obvious sense of comfort.
“He (Subramanyam) is a bamboo flute specialist. It is very unusual,” said Mukta Ghookal, Heartfulness Coordinator Southern California Region. Ghookal started with the Heartfulness organization from South Africa and has been with them for 22 years. Upon completion of the music performance, Kamlesh D. Patel was introduced.
Patel more lovingly known as Daaji, is the current teacher of the Heartfulness Meditation practice, a form of meditation which focuses on the heart and is described as, “a simple and natural path of heart-centered wellness that fosters balance, peace, and wellbeing.” Patel has been mentoring in this form of meditation for the last 40 years. This form of meditation as he considers it is an art in which the participant is attempting to focus their mind to have just one thought.
“It is better to have an open and welcoming approach,” said Patel. After explaining the importance of this form of meditation, Daaji guided the audience to perform Heartfulness Meditation. Not only did Daaji tell the audience how to meditate, he did it with them.
“Begin with the toes, wiggle them, and allow them to relax. The energy should flow through the body from the feet up,” said Patel as he explained the meditation process. Every experience is meant to be unique.
There are no rules to this process. It is all about creating a unique experience for yourself instead of following a set of rules. The practice of meditation continued for about an hour. Everyone in the audience participated in the exercise.