Enlightenment wherever you are – Davao Sun Star (COVER STORY)

 
 

By STELLA A. ESTREMERA
AMID the brokenhearted pop, angry rap, and the deafening din that accompanies trance and electro in a dance club, one can lose one’s soul and equanimity. But for this artist that is debuting globally her music on Dom Lau’s Asia Pop 40 on Saturday, March 19, which can be heard over Monster Radio BT 99.5FM in Davao and 105.9FM in Cebu on Sunday March 20 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., anywhere is just the right place to be and to grow.
She has lined up Davao as among the places she will be going on her Asian Tour in April 2016, as well.
“My song ‘I Am Light’ will be released on Asia Pop 40, which broadcast in Davao. So going to your city was a must! :),” Parvati wrote in an online chat last week.
Parvati, while otherwise not in the mainstream music scene here is a “chart-topping, award-winning Canadian musician.” Dom Lau of Asia Pop 40, who airs from Singapore, is one of the most recognized personalities in Asia. A former anchor of E! News Asia and a VJ for Fox International’s Channel [V]. Asia Pop 40 is heard in 25 cities across Asia and throughout Australia online on iHeartRADIO.
“I Am Light”, her latest composition that debuts worldwide next Sunday (Philippine time) “is about finding your inner spark. It too celebrates the gift of life, in its own way,” she said.
A yoga teacher as well as being a musician, her chart-topper before “I am Light” was “Yoga in a Night Club”, which delivers her message to those who are seeking enlightenment but are caught up in the rat race.
“Most people think yoga is about bendy/stretchy physical exercises. But it is about waking up to the reality that we, and everything, are interconnected. So the song Yoga In the Nightclub celebrates this by inviting people to see beyond what may seem like two apparent opposites, into finding awakened presence everywhere no matter where you may be – even in a nightclub,” she said.
“To me life is an opportunity to connect and celebrate the gift of being alive.”
“In what has now become a multibillion dollar global industry, most people know yoga for its physical fitness benefits. But what if yoga were less about the way your body looks and more about the energy essence that moves it? The true power of yoga is in understanding life-force energy,” she added.
From Yoga in a Night Club, Parvati pushed on with “I am Light,” described a sparkling, catchy, beautifully self-produced feel great pop song.
But as Parvati would rather describe it, “I Am Light is about finding your inner spark. It too celebrates the gift of life, in its own way.” “The core of the song is built around an ancient mantra that is said to be the words a monk said at the moment he attained enlightenment. I find it so inspiring to think of the moment of enlightenment as the realization of everything as one. The moment you realize it’s all light. Light is what we really are. It is our true nature,” she added.
Aside from being a musician and yoga teacher, Parvati is also a published author. Her debut self-help book “confession of a Former Yoga Junkie”, which is now on its third edition, is an account of her near death experience and how she started on her spiritual life.
With the growing community of the so-called lightworkers and yoga practitioners in Davao, Parvati’s music just might be the medium by which they will all be brought together.
Search Parvati in YouTube to get a preview of how her voice and music sounds. The word nearest to describe it is: angelic.

 
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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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I am light!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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