April 18, 2021
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve posted here. And about that long since I stepped back from recording and performing to focus on writing a book.
As the book takes on more coherent shape, I’ve been thinking about returning to blogging.
How perfect then that on this day, when I realized this would be the best portal to post words to the chants we’ll be doing this evening, that music brings me back here.
October 8, 2019
Visitors to this blog know that over the last few years, my posts have been far and few between. This has never been about a lack of care. It has only been, and continues to be, about lack of time…
I started writing a book about my work earlier this year. The writing hums along but does require all my extra bandwidth. I’ve thought about pulling the plug on this blog, but it’s such a content-rich portal and has been such a labor of love, I can’t bring myself to take it down. And who knows, down the road, perhaps I’ll find the energy for blogging and compiling this book.
In the meantime, thanks to everyone who visits here. Do keep scrolling down through the archive. There really is a great deal of material here.
With love to you all.
November 28, 2015
I started teaching Monday Night Class at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health in 1997. I’d been a student of Siddha Yoga since the 1977 and had recently moved on from that guru-centric tradition. Although the paradigm of guru yoga no longer worked for me, I still found tremendous beauty, power, and wisdom in the yogic path. So I immersed myself in a process of discernment, separating out what I now saw as dogma and magical thinking from what I perceived as essential truth. Monday Night Class was born from that inquiry.
In Monday Night Class’ early years I clung to traditional texts and teachings. As I grew stronger in my process, I started taking more risks, allowing my inner vision to guide me. Class grew, year after year, developing, deepening, opening into its essential heart.
The Monday Night Blog began in 2010. We were working our way through Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the “Tao Te Ching.” Along with this text, I was bringing in sacred poetry, stories, and wisdom teachings from parallel traditions. It made sense to collect all this material in one place and the Monday Night Blog was born. Along the way, we started recording my dharma talks and class chanting, adding an audio dimension.
The demands of my life have forced me to cut way back on regular blogging. Hope springs eternal however, and I hope to return to more regular posting in the new year.
Thanks for visiting. We look forward to seeing you again and again.
Thank you so much for posting the audio and words to the Mangalem chant. I have been thinking about i t wishing I knew it and there it was. Not as powerful as actually being there with the group but I’ll take it in any form.
Love and light to you
Thanks for posting this with the meaning…
“Gagana” means… what?
referred in this link
Yes, “gagana” is sky.
Thanks for posting this!
I’m a yoga teacher – there are always LOTS of workshops to visit about asana, but never that many for spiritual teachings. I want to learn them from a heart-centered place. Also, I’m so drawn to use chant in my classes, but never know where to begin.
If you check out my blog, my podcast explores a little bit of the yoga sutras as they relate to everyday life (mine).
Hi! Do you know which Text this chant is from? I need to know the source. Any help would be appreciated.
Sorry, I do not. I believe Ravi Shankar brought it to a wide audience with an album he did with George Harrison many years ago — I learned it through the oral tradition. Your question does pique my own interest however. I’ll do some research and see if I can find it anywhere.
Lovely. If you do. Please let me know. And likewise …
You might like to listen to clip of new version, work in progress, of the Mangalam.
…thats what i’ve been looking for. It works, although horrible sound quality. Thank you!
Yes, I agree about sound quality. Just using a little Sony MP3 recorder. You’ll perhaps be glad to hear I’ve just begun what will be at least a year-long recording project and the Mangalam is the first track we’ll be releasing. Stay tuned. Should be out by summer’s end if not before. And thanks for using the Monday Night Blog.
O’ my God, thank you very much, such a wonderful chanting!!!!!
I was looking for the definition of Mangalam and found your blog with this beautiful, melodic heart centered chant which I am listening to now as I type! Any info on the new recording would be greatly appreciated!
Many Blessings… “Never underestimate how one small act changes the world.”
Thanks so much for your note. You can buy the new album online from CD Baby or iTunes — you can also stream if via Spotify or Sound Cloud. Here are links. I’ll put these up on the Music Page on the blog too. If you’d like to be on the email list, please email me:
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Thank you it’s one of my favorites!!!
You’ve probably already heard this version of “Sarva Mangalam” by Ravi Shankar, but the video answers a lot of questions on the definitions of words throughout the Mantra.
Many thanks to all for taking part in this Chant!
There is also a really awesome ambient drum n bass version of the mantra made by shanti people! i strongly recomend it, it holds kinda of a powerful action inspirering touch … supa’ nice ! Jagat mangalam ❤
Thank you Suzin
I was looking for some more information for mangalam…..I am building up one for our group….
Good luck and blessings
Thank you, I had lost my hand written mangalam prayer when I moved some years ago, but woke up this morning thinking about it and wishing I could find it again, then thought Ahhhh just google it. xxxx Thank you and good luck with your blog.
Good to find your blog when looking up the meaning of mangalam. Beautiful listening to the chant.
can anyone translate this?
If you go to the Mangalam Page on this blog you will see a translation.