Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bhakti writing! - Bhakti singing!

If writing concepts does not work for you, you can try a more poetic approach which leans your writing towards artistic expression.

When you do, you practice bhakti.

Bhakti Yoga is a path of devotion.

Usually it is expressed in the form of singing and music but there is no limit, really.

You can dance, write devotional poems or prose or even express your devotion in theatrical forms.

When you write devotionally, you usually express beauty and love through your words.

In the West, it would be called romantic devotional poetry.

How does it sound?

If you want to try, simply write down the first poetic line or word that comes to your mind.

Here is what happens when I try:

"When I close my eyes..."

And then you follow up with whatever comes next...

When I follow up, here is what comes:

"When I close my eyes, I feel the nectar of your essence permeating my being.

The sensations are first like a light tingling in my mind and turn quickly into an ecstatic feeling of joy!

The love I feel is all encompassing and embraces every single living form on this planet.

I am at peace and delighted to know you!"

Yes! It is that easy to start:
  • "The light in the sky..."
  • "The sensations in my heart..."
  • "Wake up to the vibrant joy..."
  • Etc.

This would be Bhakti writing.

You can express the same via dancing or singing for instance, right?

What does it mean to express Bhakti?

Express what you feel by creating beauty!

Now, simply dare to take a step.

You don't need to be a professional singer to be devotional.

Wrong notes and imperfections are okay, really!

Even if what you write does not really "sound" poetic or harmonious, Babaji understands your intention.

Even if you feel you don't get it totally right in the begininng, don't worry.

It is a skill you can practice and develop within a few days or weeks of practice.

It goes very fast once you try.

You don't need to publish it (even though you can if you want to :)).

This is for you and him. It is like a set of intimate letters you keep for yourself.

Remember that this is a dialogue you establish with Babaji's being.

Right now, you are not doing that for your friends or neighbours.

This is your way of expressing your profound universal identity and feeling of connection you have with him.

If you feel that you want to connect with another source of inspiration rather than Babaji's being, then simply direct your devotional aspiration to the reality you choose.

It can be Shiva, Shakti or even another Guru field if you want to.

It does not even need to be out there. You can talk to yourself, your own spirit.

It can be God, Nature, elemental forces, whatever you decide to connect with through your unique devotional expression.

This is not about kriya or yoga or even Babaji.

It is about you!

It is about you owning your spiritual power, your spiritual tools, your spiritual development.

As you can see, there is a vast variety of ways to connect with spiritual realities.

If it is Babaji you have in mind, bhakti writing is one possible way! It is very effective.

Don't be afraid to try. There is nothing to fear.

You absolutely can't get it wrong :)

You are free!

To your Yoga!