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DEVA PREMAL AND MITEN IN CONCERT IN CALGARY
Posted by on 19 July, 2007

Calgary is in for an amazing treat as Self-Connection Books presents Deva Premal and Miten in Concert on September 19th at the Knox Church.



After touring non-stop for almost 15 years, and with CD sales topping the half a million mark, Deva & Miten are living proof that the power of mantra is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and best-selling author (The Power of Now), says of their music, "As you listen, the sacred space that lies beyond the mind emerges naturally and effortlessly." Brandon Bays, life coach and author of ´The Journey´, describes it as, "carrying the listener into realms of ecstasy, bliss, and joy." Another admirer is rock star Cher, who says of The Essence, "It is my favourite CD to do yoga to. In fact I drive my teacher crazy, because it´s the only one I ever want to hear!"

Deva and Miten’s music is an expression of spiritual devotion, through song and chant. The couple have been living and playing together since 1991, releasing a string of acclaimed CDs along the way. The openness and honesty in which they share their lives and their music has touched the hearts of thousands of seekers throughout the world.

“Our music is born out of meditation and a celebration of life. It’s not a matter of entertaining people.” says Miten.

Deva, best known for her top-selling chant CDs, is a classically trained musician and gifted singer, who grew up singing mantras as lullabies in a German home permeated with Eastern spirituality. Her albums, The Essence, Love Is Space, and Embrace have topped New Age charts and popularity polls in yoga studios and healing centers throughout the world Her latest album, Dakshina, leapt to Number 1 in the Amazon New Age charts on the first day of its release and – unheard of for a chant album – soared to Number 13 in the mainstream chart.

Miten, originally from England, was a singer-songwriter in the 70s, opening for such groups as Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed and Ry Cooder. He later discovered the power of meditation and left the world of rock ´n´ roll behind. Miten´s focus on the spiritual path is reflected in his meditative, joyful and often sensual songs featured on his CDs, Strength Of A Rose, Dance Of Life and Blown Away. Songs For The Inner Lover, his most recent release, is a favourite of life coach Anthony Robbins, who describes it as: “A powerful and passionate work of love, that truly speaks to the heart and will move your soul. Both Sage and I have been blessed to have the music touch our lives."

Deva & Miten first met in India, at the ashram of the controversial mystic, Osho. Their music arose from their love of their Guru, and through their experience of meditation in the ashram. Encouraged by Miten, who was responsible for the evening meditation music, Deva began singing harmony with him. Later she found her true expression through the rediscovery of the mantras she´d chanted as a child with her father in Germany. And now the Gayatri Mantra has become her constant companion - she and Miten even chanted it on CNBC News!

Deva and Miten’s offering to the world is supported by a simple yet elegant vision: Everybody with a voice can sing, and everyone with a breath in their body can experience their divinity.

"Our nourishment and life’s work is to create gatherings around the planet where people can come together in celebration and meditation."

For more information, or ticket information for the Calgary Event see Self Connection Books webisite at http://selfconnection.ca/scb_news_events.php?scb=news
or see http://www.selfconnection.ca for more inforamtion

You may also read more about Deval Premal & Miten on their offical website http://www.devapremalmiten.com/

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The Spiritual Significance of the Lotus
Posted by on 15 June, 2005

We usually think of the lotus as an Eastern flower, one associated with Hindu and Buddhist concepts. But in other parts of the world, this fragrant flower holds a variety of symbolic meanings, and has some interesting practical uses.





The lotus flower, a type of water lily, is held sacred among many of the world´s religions and cultures.

With its roots in the mud, the lotus rises through the murky water to blossom clean and bright, symbolizing to the Buddhist purity, resurrection and the enlightened being who emerges undefiled from the chaos and illusion of the world. The eight-petalled lotus that is used in Buddhist mandalas symbolizes cosmic harmony, and the thousand-petalled lotus represents spiritual illumination.

In the iconography of the Greek and Roman Christian Churches, the Archangel Gabriel is portrayed holding a spray of water lilies in every picture of the Annunciation when he appears to the mother of
Jesus.

The Hindus of India noted that the ungerminated seeds of the lotus contain perfectly formed leaves, a blueprint for the future plant. Thus to the Hindu, the lotus represents
divine ideation passing from abstract into concrete form.

The lotus is featured prominently in Egyptian art and architecture, especially in connection with Egypt´s temples. In Egyptian mythology, the lotus was associated with the sun, because it blooms by day and closes by night. The lotus also symbolized rebirth, since one Egyptian creation myth tells of the newborn sun god rising out of a floating lotus. The blue lotus was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, who valued it not only for its rich perfume but also for its narcotic ability to produce heightened awareness and tranquillity.

To Native Americans, who found all parts of the American lotus edible, the flower symbolized the sun´s power to transform energy into food. The seeds were once an especially important part of the Native American diet; in fact, the genus name Nelumbo means "sacred bean."

The lotus is also highly
esteemed by Taoists. Among the Eight Immortals of Taoism is Ho Hsien Ku, her symbol the open lotus blossom, signifying
openness and wisdom.

A feature of the lotus plant that has found its way into Chinese poetry is its stalk, which is easy to bend but difficult to break because of its many strong fibres. Poets liken this quality to the bonds between lovers or family members.

The lotus flower is a favorite of Taoist artists, who paint it to remind us of the miracle of beauty, light and life, and to communicate an understanding of the Tao and of our place in the world.


Reprinted from the author´s website. Rev. Sue Annabrooke Jones is a writer and a gifted psychic. She´s the voice behind ´Mental Yentl, the Meditation Matchmaker,´ the world´s first and only meditation matchmaking service. She also gives Life Purpose Readings and Medicine Basket
Readings and is the author of two jokes books, Chuckle Chowder and Chuckle Chowder II: Second Helping. Visit her website at www.CosmicLotus.org, or her new goddess site www.AffirmingSelfAsGoddess.com.



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