Devotion & Heart Connection

Devotion means love with commitment. It is possible to experience and practise devotion to family, country, ancestors, spirituality, teacher, spouse, the earth and so on. At Shanti Mission we utilise devotional practises from different traditions as a way to honour and commune with the Divine, recognising that devotion is one of the fastest roads to Divine Oneness. We respect and encourage devotion to all paths. Devotion is born of the heart, engenders compassion and is how we learn to experience the Divine within our own being. It is a pathway to self-realisation and the unfolding of the miraculous.

We offer a number of devotional programs at Shanti Mission, many of which are rich in ceremony and ritual. They can be used as a type of meditation in which you not only use your mind and energy to access a peaceful and blissful state, but also simple physical actions in the form of ritual. They are rich in symbology, which has a profound effect on our unconscious, helping us to let go of the restrictions we place upon ourselves and to simply allow the Divine within us to be and breathe.

Come and explore a range of devotional practices and feel for yourself the pure joy of real soul connection and unity consciousness.

Fire Puja

Fire Puja, Shanti MissionA Fire Puja or yagam, is a ritual that is comprised of a series of offerings to the Divine, which is represented as fire. Fire is a fantastic representation of the Divine as it holds so many of the qualities we can relate to divinity, such as warmth, light, power, hope and life. As we make offerings to the Divine in the form of the fire, we are able to offer It our love. Focusing on the fire and the practice, we can forget ourselves and fall into an experience of deep, pervading peace and unity. We relax and regain our sense of wholeness. Often we are left with a feeling of gentle joy igniting in the heart.

View calendar: Fire Puja  –  Healing Fire Puja (fire puja with a focus on healing)

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Abhishekham

AbhishekamAbhishekam is a rich devotional practice in which a statue of a deity is bathed and ritually dressed. A deity is a form of the Divine. The Divine is infinite and pervades everything, including us! Yet often, we are not able to see the Divine in ourselves, or in the immediate world around us, because of our conditioning. By offering our devotion to the Divine as it is found in the deity we are bathing, we start to remember that the Divine is everywhere. As we honour the Divine in the form we can see before us, we are also remembering, honouring and awakening the Divine within our hearts. Read More

Sacred Music

Maitreya, Shanti Mission teacher, kirtan artistCome and feel the energy as our musicians bring the grace of their spiritual training and pour it into sound for the benefit of all who listen. We use mantras and songs from various spiritual traditions and the music takes us on a journey into bliss. ‘Kirtan’ is a Sanskrit term for a type of devotional music which often includes ‘call and response’, allowing everyone to be part of the music creation.

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Mantra

Mala and prayerThe word “mantra” comes from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions and means the repetition of a sound, word or phrase during prayer or meditation. At Shanti Mission we often recite mantra during Puja, as well as being sung during Sacred Music and Kirtan. In addition to these events we occasionally offer programs where you can learn more about why and how we chant mantra.

“Mantra empowers our soul and is the spiritual science of sound”. Shakti Durga (Strength of the Soul)

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Workshops + Events

At Shanti Mission we often celebrate events of the religious traditions of the world and these events often have a strong devotional component to them. These include major Hindu festivals such as Navaratri and Shivaratri and celebrations from the Christian tradition. We also have specific events in the Shanti Mission calendar that honour and celebrate the Guru in our lineage, Shakti Durga and Sri Sakthi Amma.

We also offer workshops where you can learn about devotion and puja, including how to conduct your own personal puja practice.

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