|Art by Yonya Engel|
In light of the war in Gaza and the on-going systemic oppression, colonization, displacement and genocide of the Palestinian people by Zionists and the state of Israel, a prosperity meditation in this moment seems trite and callous. But a wise man, an artist colleague of mine, once told me, "You can't give from a deficit. You can't be a philanthropist and be poor." That really stuck with me. For years, I have been giving from a deficit. And once again, I find myself hitting a rough patch in life which really makes me feel helpless in this situation. SO I am going to pace myself with the information I take in and images I expose myself to. I am not going to sink into despair about not having control over the injustices all over the world but particularly in Palestine. I will focus on what I can do. I will pray. I will share the commentary of my friends who are cultural critics artists and activists. I will continue to Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel. AND I am going to make this meditation my priority. I have to keep breathing. Let's breathe together.
On two breaths, chant the opening mantra ONG NA MA GURU DEV NAMO which means I bow to the infinite wisdom within. Do this 3 times. For the proper cadence and pronunciation, listen here. If you like what you hear, you can purchase my mantra music on Bandcamp.
Hands in gyan mudra. Index finger pressed against the thumb. Right arm is bent with hand at eye level. Left hand is resting palm up on the left knee.
Eyes are closed.
Repeat the prayer eleven times. Takes about 15 minutes.
NOTES ON THIS MEDITATION:
This meditation is a prayer. The 25th Pauree of Japji. It is said to change poverty into prosperity. It works on the pranic body, the aura, and the radiant body, moving the energy from the body to the Heavens. When the mind comes out of duality, prosperity is there.