Join us as we pray for world peace using shantih sanskirt mantras from the Vedas and the Upanishads. Mantras are a way to focus our minds, and through that focus along with the sounds, we produce and have the capacity to manifest a different reality. Mantras are very powerful as all of creation starts with sound. Therefore, let''s put out the sound of peace by chanting:
ॐ लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु,
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Aum Lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
Aum Shāntiḥ Shāntiḥ Shāntiḥ
May all the beings in all the worlds become happy; Peace, peace, and peace be everywhere!
We will begin with a short meditation followed by peace chanting, a world peace visualization, and short kirtan. We hope to see you there!
Dhyana Devi has been in the blissful presence of spiritual masters for most of her life. As a child, Devi spent her formative years at the feet Sri Brahmanda Saraswati at Ananda Ashram in upstate New York. When her guru took Maha Samadhi in the early 90''s she was embraced by the arms of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) and became a devotee. With over 20 years as a Kirtan leader, she has nourished and honed a passion for mantra, sacred text, and the performance of pujas/homas for the upliftment of all beings. Despite Devi''s busy schedule, she makes time to be the music director for a local Santana Dharma class for children and the music coordinator for various satsangs (spiritual gatherings) in New Jersey.
Marleny, a graduate from Rutgers with a MS in Plant Physiology, has been very successful in encouraging thousands of individuals to heal the earth through gardening and horticulture across the state and other locations within the US. She started working for Rutgers University as an assistant professor, running an urban gardening program in the inner city of Newark, NJ. Later she went on to create a non-pro%t organization that organized and trained both adults and children on community gardening, environmental justice issues within urban settings, and job training. Today she is still concerned about healing Mother Earth through her garden designs and plantings, her books on organic gardening, and by giving multiple presentations on organic growing and soil restoration. Marleny has also devoted the past thirty %ve years to healing from within through meditation workshops, various healing modalities, and yoga. A long time follower of the world-renowned saint from India, Sadguru Mata Amritanandamayi (more commonly known as Amma, the hugging saint), Marleny’s path has taken her deeper into the self and the realization that we are really all the same and that the only path is a path of love. She has combined her community organizing skills, meditation, and peace making skills all into one, by leading group chanting for peace on a vibrational level. She feels the times call for all people to come together and work together at many levels. In particular, this level will be one of creating a positive vibration to o/set all the negative vibration being put out each and every day. She wants to bring as many people together as possible not just here in the US but across the world.