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Mon, Jul 08

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Lincoln

Hanuman Chalisa Study and Chant

Join Joshua Smith and Jason Adams for this uplifting experience!

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Hanuman Chalisa Study and Chant
Hanuman Chalisa Study and Chant

Time & Location

Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Lincoln, 3905 S 48th St 2nd Floor, Lincoln, NE 68506, USA

About the event

The Hanuman Chalisa is a devotional hymn of forty verses, composed in the 16th century by Tulsīdās, an ardent saintly devotee poet of the deities Rāma, Sita, and Hanumān. To reach the masses, Tulsīdās composed both the popular Sri Rāmacharitamanasa, a vernacular version of the Sanskrit Rāmayāna epic, and the Hanumān Chālīsā hymn of 40 verses in the common rural dialect of Āwadhi, related to modern Hindi. It was originally and always written “For The People”; the common people.

(Tulsīdās’s introduction to the Chalisa)

“We chant the hanuman Chalisa to get a taste of what immersion in complete divine unconditional love might feel like. Out of our darkness we call for the light, never really imagining that it will come. We keep calling with all our hearts and then, finally, just when we think we can’t take any more, the the first rays of the dawn’s light reach our hungry eyes. Amazing Grace! Hanuman’s light is brighter than a million suns; his face is colored with all the beauty in this world. When he arrives, all our suffering is destroyed; we have reached the path and our way is open before us, bathed in the light of Love.” (-Krishna Das)

With rhythmic lyrical verses set to a chanting meter, the Hanumān Chālīsā is used for devotional practice and heart opening peace through devotion. Using the sonic medicine and magic frequency of our own voice, we call out. And the “calling out” is it, and it is everything. The calling out is what heals our self-inflicted suffering. Just the “calling out”… changes everything.

Join us to study the Hanuman Chalisa! This is an ongoing study of the beautiful experience of Kirtan. Hearts opened and hearts shared! And this Monday we will be starting the collective study of how to sing the Chalisa together, as well as diving into the study and discussion on what the sacred 16th century text means in translation, and what it means in heart as it is sung in unity and in community.

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