Shri Mataji – founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
** ** Psalm 23 – a psalm of David. Psalm 23 from the Bible has been recommended by Shri Mataji to help strenghten the centre Heart chakra. <– excerpt from Sahaja Yoga Meditation – Mantra Book) Further on we can see that either as a prayer or as a song / Cantata it will still resonate with our Heart energy centre because it instils a sense of confidence, the essence of which is that we are not alone and that we are actively helped by Divine forces made available to us.
“Power of Shiva, of the Spirit. Now, one power which is His nature, is forgiveness. He forgives because we are human beings, we commit mistakes, we do wrong things, we get tempted; our attention is disturbed; so he forgives us…He forgives our egoistical behaviour and also our subordination to wrong things..
But when He forgives and as a result of that forgiveness you feel the gratitude, then His blessings start flowing towards you. He gives you tremendous capacity to forgive others. He pacifies your anger, He pacifies your lust, He pacifies your greed. Like beautiful dew-drops His blessings come on our being and we become really beautiful flowers. And we start shining in the sunshine of His blessings.
Now He (God, The Lord that is named also Shiva) uses His wrath or His destructive power to destroy all that tries to trouble us. He protects realized souls at every point, in every way. Negative forces try to attack.. but they are all neutralised by His tremendous power of protection. Through his vibratory awareness we are guided into right path. All the beautiful blessings of His are described in the Psalm 23 : ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. It is all described how He looks after you as a Shepherd.”
(the excerpt above is from a Lecture on God’s Powers reflected in our subtle system with energy centers (chakras) and energy channels – in 1984, Sept 16, by Shri Mataji)
The PSALM 23 in Music – Two interpretations and approaches
Enjoy an interesting, modern yet powerful rendition of the feminine setting of the 23rd Psalm, with Bobby McFerrin’s VOCAbuLarieS featuring SLIXS & Friends, live in Gdansk, Poland at the Solidarity of Arts Festival, 17 August 2013;
And the Classical one from Bach – let’s feel the balance and sweetness that brings strength and peace into one’s heart.
Cantata on Chorale. Wolfgang Meuslin, an imitation of Psalm 23, 1530;
1. Der Herr Ist Mein Getreuer Hirt
2. Zum reinen Wasser er mich weist
1. Chorus (S, A, T, B)
The Lord is now my shepherd true,
He holds me in his shelter,
Wherein for nothing shall I want,
Possessing any value;
He gives me pasture endlessly,
Whereon grows the sweet-tasting grass
Of his word’s healing Gospel.
2. Aria (A)
To water pure he leadeth me,
Which me refreshment bringeth.
It is his sacred Holy Ghost (** we know from Sahaja Yoga meditation that the Kundalini within us is the reflection of the Holy Ghost),
Which makes me strong in courage.
He guides me on the proper road
Of his commandments evermore
For sake of his own name and honor.
(there are many musical compositions for the Psalm 23 but I had felt that for a sahaj article we need one that is really balanced and centred. Thus, J.S Bach can be our best choice as he was truly inspired in his music as a realized soul. His access to higher realms of perception was due to his Kundalini energy that was fully awakened since birth so Bach’s music feels ideal for Meditation.)