When I’m feeling down, I sometimes listen to beautiful music to help lift my spirits. Among the most beautiful is In the Light of Love, sung/chanted by Deva Premal and Miten. Manose, a Nepalese who plays a bamboo flute, accompanies them.
In the Light of Love incorporates a Sanskrit healing chant, Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha—Om and salutations to the divine healer.
Please listen and tell me if you too are touched by the tender transparency of this sacred song.
“In the Light of Love We Heal and Sing…”
This video reminds me that in the light of love’s radiance, life is more wondrous and precious. People have an inner glow that emanates from their very souls.
In the light of love’s radiance, gratitude for being alive shows in the humblest of ways, and no matter the hardship, one can find hope and see life as good. That’s what comes to me with this chant. In a word, it is Thanksgiving.
Not knowing anything about them, I did a little research on Deva Premal and her life partner Miten.
Here’s a little of what I learned: Deva was born in Germany to parents who introduced her to Sanskrit mantras very early in life.
Deva herself has said: “When my mother was pregnant with me, my parents prepared for the birth by chanting the Gayatri Mantra throughout the pregnancy. As I grew up we continued to chant it together regularly before sleep. I didn’t really know what I was singing… or even why! I just did it because I was told to! It wasn’t until much later that I came to appreciate the great gift my parents had given me.” http://devapremalmiten.com/about/deva-miten/
At the age of 11, Deva met the Indian spiritual teacher who later became her guru. He gave her the Sanskrit name Deva Premal, “Divine Loving.”
At the age of 20 at an ashram in India, she met her soul mate Miten, and thus began the unfolding of their beautiful life purpose together.
Miten, originally Andy Desmond, was a successful English musician who toured with the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates. He opened their shows. Eventually disenchanted with the culture of rock and roll, drugs, etc., he left all behind to journey to India.
Deva Premal and Miten have been called “the Johnny and June Carter Cash of sacred music.” Apparently, the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Cher and Tony Robbins are among their fans.
Here is the chant that was sung to Deva before she was born.
Voices like Deva Premal’s and Miten’s can help heal the world. May many more people listen to their music and feel their hearts open with gratitude and loving kindness to themselves and to all others.