Navaswan

by Lorin Roche

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Lorin reading The Radiance Sutras at Navaswan, the hour of renewal, which happens around 4 a.m. In these sessions, the Sanskrit and English is almost whispered.

Navaswan or Brahma Muhurta is the time before dawn when there is a sudden zing of life force. The silence begins to hum. It was in these predawn hours that I did most of the translating of the sutras. In Vedic timekeeping, Brahma Muhurta is recommended as a great time to practice yoga and meditation.

The Radiance Sutras can be spoken in hundreds of different moods or Rasas. This one is Shanta Rasa – tender and soft.

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released August 4, 2010

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Track Name: Devi's Questions 2
kim va nava atma bhedena
bhairave bhairava akritim
trishiraha bheda abhinnam
va kim va shakti trayatmakam

The Goddess then asks,

What is this power we call Life,
Appearing as the play of flesh and breath?
How may I know this mystery and enter it more deeply?
Beloved, my attention is ensnared by a myriad of forms,
Innumerable individual entities everywhere.
Lead me into the wholeness beyond all these parts.
You who hold the mysteries in your hand —
Of will, knowledge, and action,
Reveal to me the path of illumined knowing.
Lead me into joyous union
With the life of the universe.
Teach me that I may know it fully,
Realize it deeply,
And breathe in luminous truth.
Track Name: Pranava - Sutra 16
16

pranava adi samuccharat
plutante shunya bhavanat
shunyaya paraya shaktya
shunyatam eti bhairavi

The roar of joy
That set the worlds in motion
Is reverberating in your body,
And the space between all bodies.

Beloved, listen.

The ocean of sound is inviting you
Into its spacious embrace,
Calling you home.

Find that exuberant vibration
Rising new in every moment,
Humming in your secret places,
Resounding through the channels of delight.
Know you are flooded by it always.

Float with the sound,
Melt with it into divine silence.
The sacred power of space will carry you
Into the dancing radiant emptiness
That is the source of all.
Track Name: Yatha Tatha - Sutra 28
yatha tatha yatra tatra
dvadashante manah kshipet
pratikshanam kshena vritteh
vailak shanyam dinaih bhavet

This body is sustained by altars
To the radiant nectar of life –
Around you, an ocean of air
Ready to become your breath.

Above the head, the glow of an invisible Sun.
Within the spaciousness of the heart,
A pulsing throb of creation –
Where the breaths meet, fuse
And transform into each other.

Whenever, wherever your mind wanders,
Whatever you wonder,
Return to the luminous.
Choose any altar, imbibe its energy as you journey.

Throw your attention again and again
Into one of these centers where spirit and flesh
Consummate their love.
Day by day, old whirlpools fade, the endless circles.
You are living in the temple of essence.

- Lorin Roche The Radiance Sutras
Track Name: Nitya - Sutra 109
109

nityah vibhuh niradharah
vyapakah cha akhila-adhipah
shabdan pratikshanam dhyayan
kritarthah anurupatah

Native of eternity.
At home in infinity.
Breathing immortality.
Let these words sing in every cell.

Oceans of splendor.
Luminous energies of creation.
Pulsating everywhere always.

Hear these astounding words continually,
Each phrase an invocation.
Let the sounds ripple through you.

Resonate with the all-pervading hum of truth
And know, every fleeting moment is
Supported by forever.
Track Name: Akanda Mandala
अखन्दमन्दलकरम् व्याप्तम् येन चरचरम्।
तत्पदम् दर्शितम् येन तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः॥

Akhanda mandala karam
vyaptam yena characharam
tat padam darshitam yena
tasmai shri gurava namah

the unbounded mandala of the sky
is permeated by the One presence
everything we see
is a footprint of the Divine
to that One,
to the Divine Revealer,
I open my heart in adoration