I recently completed a 21 day mantra meditation with Deva Premal & Miten.  It was an online course of daily mantra's with the two of them guiding the way.  A little discussion to start explaining the mantra of the day and its meaning, and then a kirtan style call and response mantra meditation that would last anywhere from ten to twenty minutes.  It was great- It became my nightly ritual before bed and to sing back at my computer.  It was not only an interesting way of experiencing kirtan, but it forced me hear my own voice.  We would Ommmmm together at the beginning and end and I honestly would look forward to it every day.

One day in particular stood out.  Day 19.  I received my reminder email like usual.

Dear Stacy,

Today we share a mantra that connects us with the Lotus Sutra of Buddha. The lotus flower is symbolic, in that it produces the flower and the seed at the same time, reminding us that the eternal energy of the Buddha nature is always present, that we can each realize our Buddha nature in this very moment.

To start today’s meditation click here.


With love, Deva & Miten

Mantras In Motion: Awareness is moment to moment. When you become aware that you have been acting unconsciously, no need for recriminations. Just breathe into your new awareness and return to the present moment.

“When we change, the world changes. The key to all change is in our inner transformation—a change of our hearts and minds. This is human revolution. We all have the power to change. When we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.”

–Daisaku Ikeda

From that day's mantra meditation~ I learned this…

~ Nam myoho renge kyo ~

The lotus sutra

In the 13th century a japanese buddhist monk, Nichiren, recognized this sutra as the most direct path to enlightenment. You can use this as a means of transformation. Tune into the wisdom. 

The message is that everyone of us has the seed of 'buddhahood' with in us- its available to every one of us. It's energy is eternal and ever present. 

Nam- to devote
Myoho- mystic law
Renge- lotus
kyo- sutra

It brought me back to center.  It reminded me on a visceral level that we really do have all the answers inside.  I know it sounds cliche as I too hear those inspirational quotes probably fifty times in a day.  But when it hits, it hits.  A "shakti bomb" as my friend Kevin would say.  Maybe it was the vibration of the mantra coming out from my voice, maybe it was the visualization of the lotus in my mind, maybe it was just the right time for me to actually believe that transformation, real truth and that realization of our highest potential CAN come from this inner resource that has been guiding the way all along.  Thank you Deva Premal and Miten.