Practice is Perfect

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Here’s the choir piece we performed for the celebration day of Sri Radha – Radhastami. It is a Sanskrit poem that strings together ten beautiful names of the goddess Radharani.

I learned some interesting things in the process of creating and rehearsing it. Not least that when it comes to devotional art, the experience is often much more impactful that the final performance.

In the teachings of bhakti, there is the idea that when people come together for sharing uplifting discussion or activities, something magical can manifest. This is called satsang – literally, the meeting of people who seek the highest truth. It’s not a common thing to come across. Over time I’ve realised that it’s something you really have to search out and cling to for dear life, and its effect is transformational.

The practice sessions were special because at the end of long, darkening days, filled with clocks and calendars, we shared a brief hour where the only focus was creating prayerful music. I would often get goosebumps as the voices rose in the room, slowly tightening around the simple harmonies. Smiles split across our faces as we began to connect with the meaning of the words we were singing.

On the morning of the performance, three key members got stuck in traffic and missed it. Apart from that, something felt different. We all felt happy about our humble attempt, but quietly agreed that we had shared the most beautiful moments in the practice sessions. Devoid of an audience, rehearsal can facilitate those moments where we connect more with the heart and less with the mind. The goal of performing a beautiful piece is important, but the quiet, dedicated depth that comes from giving time to something regularly, without a thought of the end result, is life giving.

6 Comments

  1. I agree Jahnavi it is just womderful to get together and sing !!
    Thank you for your patience

  2. Hi sweet neice
    I liked what you said about giving time to something without a thought of the end result. Xo

  3. Jahni, it’s so beautiful! I hope ours turns out nice like this! amazing how we took the same melody and came out with two different things 🙂 Music is wonderful that way! Love you and your service <3

  4. Cin, please send over what you’re working on, I would love to hear and so exciting to know we’re working together from afar! We came up with that piece at Croome, remember? Love you too!

  5. How lovely and beautiful. Brought tears and goosebumps. Jai ho gandharva ladies! Jai Radhe!

  6. Dear Jani,
    I read this at least two years later. I love the points being made about the glory of practice. I counted this as one of the sweetest experiences, the magic of Radharani’s names, the music and the uplifting, beautiful company. I still find myself humming along and it makes me smile..thank you. X

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