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Argala Stotram-Gateway to the Goddess

I would LOVE to invite you all to a new Satsang in study of the Argala Stotram and Devimatmya at Studio Be on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:15ish beginning March 10!! This is a drop in/donation community gathering, details below. We will meet directly after my Flow and Chant class (6-7:15).

Two years ago when Krishna Das's album "Kirtan Wallah" came out I was at the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram for the Hanuman Jayanti and got a copy of the CD there. On my way back from Taos, one song in particular just deeply embedded in my heart and I literally listened to that song for 4 or more hours with my shaker in hand as I drove back home with my heart utterly open from just having sat and chanted the Hanuman Chalisa with an amazing kula for nearly a day. That song was "Argala Stotram-Selected Verses" which he ends by blending the old Foreigner song "I Want to Know What Love Is" into the refrain of the stotram.

I just had to learn this "stotram" or hymn and started studying it with my Sanskrit teacher a few months ago. "Argala" means "bolt" and is recited along with a few other "angas" before one traditionally recites the Devimahatmya, the tales of the goddess Durga in the many forms that some of us know so well. It is the bolt to the gate which we lift to gain access to the "caritras" or chapters of her tales. We unhinge it and gain access to the beauty and power of reciting her names.

No experience necessary, come with whatever tools you want to immerse and sing and learn together. Please post questions or anything else in the comments here and see you soon! OM NAMASCANDIKAYAI!

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