In Paradise with Contemplative Pedagogy: A Journey in Building Just Communities, The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Vol. 4, No. 1 . 2017
“Laura Biagi introduces contemplative practices in an Italian Studies course on Dante’s Paradise to create holistic learning experiences and group sharing that transcends cultural boundaries.” – Trudy and David Sable, Co-Editors
This book is a compilation of deep, introspective, inspirational dialogues between Dr. Ananda and Dr. Sangeeta Laura Biagi on the “Yoga of Sound”. These trans-cultural interchanges deal with the spiritual and hidden, mystical aspects of music and Yoga such as Nada Yoga: Healing Sounds, The Origin of the Chant, Listening as a Tool for Purification, Guru-Chela, and The Artist as a Humane Being. The title, Saraswati’s Pearls is based on the concept of a sutra, a series of aphorisms set together as pearls on a string. The image of the pearls resonates with the pearl necklace in the hand of the divine muse of music and the fine arts. Each of the dialogues can be appreciated like a pearl, perfect and yet imperfect, whole in itself and yet connected to the others, containing some of the infinite satvic wisdom of the great Goddess Saraswathi. It is a joy, an honor and a humbling privilege to share their shimmering light with you, our dear reader.
ESSAYS IN BOOKS
Laura Biagi, “Yoga: Breaking the Spell of Ignorance,” pp. 25-31, in Ione, editor, Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being. An Anthology of Women’s Mysteries (M.o.M. & Deep Listening Publications, 2013)
Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being is a stirring collection featuring the fresh voices of twenty members of an international Women’s Mysteries community. The reader travels with these fascinating women through intimate spaces and territories ranging from the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the shores of Long Island to Egypt, South America, Canada, Italy and the heart of Native America. Along the way we experience the potency of Yoruba ritual, the deepest grief of loss, the awakening of creativity and life purpose,the renewal of resolve and the transcendence of life threatening illness. In these pages, feelings, dreams, memories emerge illuminating the often harrowing process of “Spell Breaking” that can lead to a special kind of satisfaction, the remembering of deep and essential “ways of being”.
Ione’s Spell Breaking; Remembered Ways of Being is exactly that!! Ione is a “spell breaker”. She leads us into deeper realities to help us realize our true nature. Through the stories of many women, Ione reminds us all of our awesome ancient mystery potential. In this way, she breaks age old social spells that have inhibited us, and thereby creates new communities. We loved reading the inspiring stories of freedom.
~Amy and Arny Mindell
Process Work Center, Portland, Oregon
Chanting led by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani with support by Yogacharini Devasena Bhavanani, Yoga Chemmal Meena Ramanathan and Yogacharini Dr Sangeeta. Recording engineer and flute by Shri Rajkumar Rajamanickam.
Disc 1: A Meditative Experience: Invocation to Maharishi Patanjali, Samadhipada, Sadhanapada, Vibhutipada, Kaivalyapada and 108 OM chants.
Disc 2: A Learning Experience: Invocation to Maharishi Patanjali, Samadhipada, Sadhanapada, Vibhutipada, Kaivalyapada.