Paramahansa Yogananda on the Joy of Devotional Chanting
Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization.
No matter what inharmonious surrounding you may have, if you meditate, or at least sit in silence for a few minutes every day, and live in harmony with your inner Self, you will always live in heaven and will carry your own portable paradise everywhere.
A song born out of the depths of true devotion to God and continuously chanted, audibly or mentally, until response is consciously received from Him in the form of boundless joy, is a spiritualized song.
Chants should be sung not once but many times, utilizing the cumulative power of repetition, until the singer feels great bliss wafting through the “radio” of his heart. When this joy is felt it is proof that God has answered the singer, and that his devotion has been properly tuned; the broadcasting of his ardor in chanting has been true and deep.
Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.
Devotional chanting leading into periods of meditation is a practice at all Self-Realization Fellowship temples, centers, groups, and circles. To learn more about the power of devotional chanting and to watch two videos of the SRF nuns kirtan group leading participants in chanting at the SRF World Convocation, follow the link below.