Awaken Interviews Deva Premal and Miten – About What It Is To Awaken?

David Welch: We are in the process of interviewing our teachers to ask them about their lives to get useful information for our awaken community.

So, obviously the first question we need to ask is: “What is it to awaken?”

Miten: Let the boss go first.

Deva Premal: I mean, it’s basically the illusion of separation fading away and I always thought it was kind of this roadblock. I always thought it was this kind of sudden moment when everything changes and everything is different ever after and I’ve somehow come to understand that actually, it is awakening. It is a process and it’s a lifting of the veil and I even have come to an understanding that awakening happens in different…it almost feels like it happens in different chakras, you know? Like, some people awaken in the heart and they become this kind of love…love generator, you know? And other people become awakened more in the higher chakras and they become more of an intellectual…not “intellectual,” but they have more of the gift of conveying the message in a verbal way.

DAVID: Right.

DEVA: So somehow I….

MITEN: Some become awakened in their first chakra.

DEVA: Yeah, I don’t know about that (Laughter).

DAVID: Are we talking about Tantra here?

MITEN: That’s right. Well that’s very…it’s a very auspicious chakra of course. It’s our basic life energy, you know? So if we…that was Osho’s teaching…is that we needed to connect with our base chakra before, and really accept it and channel that energy up.

DAVID: Osho?

MITEN: Yes, Osho’s a teacher. Deva and I met in Osho’s ashram. So, you know, we met there about 25-26 years ago and…yeah, the awakening from…ironically, he was known as a sex guru, but he was actually helping us to channel that basic energy that we were all feeling as young Westerners and actually not to suppress it, but actually to work with it and to open the higher chakras to awakening. So, it’s quite a thing to address that first chakra when we’re talking about awakening.

DAVID: Well, I completely agree with you. Because there you have the masculine and the feminine, the God and the Goddess, which are the two halves of the whole and it’s those two coming together into oneness and then you both experience this oneness that you are, already. And, you know, it’s…to me, the most fun way of awakening…if you will.

MITEN: It’s a pretty good way to.

DAVID: That would be my next question. How does music, in your own awakening, and how does music—your music—help us in our awakening? ‘Cause I know you have a particular kind of music. I mean, you’re focusing on music that I feel is really transformational. It really expresses the infinite in a way that is just palatable.

Miten: Well, that’s because the music was given birth to in an ashram. It wasn’t…the music wasn’t made to entertain anybody, not to get famous or rich. The music was based in supporting meditation, supporting awakening. That’s what it’s all about for us. So, we never looked away from that. That’s what the music has always been. It just was happening in an ashram and then when we left the ashram, we took it out and began to share it. We just watch normal people respond to it. You could feel the thirst for awakening. And you could feel the thirst. We still do. We play all over the world and you can just feel…it’s palpable—is that the word?

MITEN: Your English…

MITEN: It’s tangible anyway. It’s drinking in the healing power of the mantras and the music and coming to a silent space of awakening. Every concept…that’s where we begin and that’s where we conclude. So, music is very important and it’s also…you know, we have the gift of Deva’s voice, which is a conduit in itself.

DEVA: Also we play and sing it for ourselves. We are going deep within ourselves by the chanting and singing, so that’s why the direction of the music is to go within. It’s not directed at the audience or at a goal on the outside, you know? That becomes like a channel that brings everybody inside who is ready to come into it. And it’s really very participatory. That’s the key, you know? It’s like, its something that invites you. Even with the CDs, you’re invited to either sing and chant with the CDs, or to sit in silence. It somehow, for some magic reason, for which we are very grateful for, is that the recorded music also really has the transmission.

We get many emails and feedback from many people who, through the music, have found joy in their lives, you know?…have turned around from considering suicide and very strong and very powerful, challenging situations, and the mantras have ignited the spark again, have brought a sense of gratitude or joy or light back into their lives. We’re just very grateful that we can share this because we love it so much and it’s so beautiful to feel the connection with the people all over the world who are ready to come into that space. And it’s beyond words, which is so nice, You know? It’s like, beyond explanation, beyond answers.

MITEN: I think that’s the thing. It’s beyond…when you play music, it takes us beyond. It’s another voice speaking of a something we can’t articulate verbally. And we are…what we’re doing with the mantras is…we’re already, the content is already incredibly powerful because we have these 5,000-year-old healing modalities that have been scientifically discovered and used through the ages and so, once you have that as a content and you’re not singing an emotional song about love…or, separation…or, I love you baby…where were you last night…or, whatever, you know?

You’re actually carrying something of incredible power and then you approach that sound or those sounds in a very sensitive way so that the music that you use to accompany that, and Deva’s voice to carry it, is a very powerful tool and we really don’t take much credit for it. It’s been given to us. We’ve been blessed to carry it and we feel like we’re messengers, you know? And that’s what’s taken us all over the world.

DAVID: How would you define mantra? What is a mantra?

MITEN: Well, I mean, maybe a…Dear, would you like to define that?

DEVA: Yeah, a mantra is a very specific sound that us humans can make with our mouths, with our instruments that we have, that comes closest to a divine sound that creates a certain effect in either the body, and our metaphysical bodies, and our emotions, and our connection to different qualities, you know…love, compassion, peace. These sounds are like direct channels into enhancing these qualities and direct connections, so it’s very scientific.

You know, it’s beyond Sanskrit, it’s beyond Hinduism, it’s really actually just a sound and now we have kind of packaged them into a language and into relating them to certain Gods and Goddesses but that all came later. That came later to help us understand and remember and also to make them more human and also to be able to relate to them better.

MITEN: That’s the religion.

DEVA: That’s the religion coming in and…but it’s like medicine, you know? It’s like having a pill where we don’t understand every ingredient—some people do, but most of us don’t and we trust that the pill is going to work because if we take it and something happens. So these are like the mantras…are like the sound medicine which somebody in a very advanced state has realized that these sounds have this particular effect. Now we can use it and then realize for ourselves: yeah this really works for me, and really feel different when a chant is every day or when a chant is 108 times in a row, or you know….

MITEN: That’s one of our things, is to encourage people to make a commitment to actually research…look for your mantra. We made some CDs that are specifically meant to support your mantra practice. One was called “Mantras for Precarious Times” and the other one was called “Mantras for Life” and it’s Deva chanting a series of mantras, 108 cycles which is the amount…apparently this is the amount of cycles you have to do to energize what they call the Nadis.

In Vedic scripture, they call them Nadis and there’s 108 Nadis in our bodies and these become charged after 108 cycles. So, our suggestion for people is first of all, research and look at these CDs, find one mantra that…like David was saying, that you relate to or resonates with you…whether it’s, for instance, removing energetic blocks from your body or removing energetic blocks in your life…or a mantra for sacred love making. There are all these different modalities that you can tune into and then what you do is you put the CD on and you…every night before you go to sleep, you chant your mantra with Deva. You commit to 21 days and then you begin to see what happens. You begin to make friends with these sounds and they start to resonate and you start to carry them with you and that’s where it gets to be good, it gets to be really good.

David Welch: is the founder and CEO of Awaken Global Media and Chief Editor of He is the Producer of the award-winning movie “Peaceful Warrior” and a member of the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. David is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming, a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and has a continuous, committed and daily yoga, meditation and Qi gong practice.

Continued in Part II…
Source: AWAKEN

Deva Premal – The Gayatri Mantra Around The World

Deva Premal sings the Gayatri Mantra in 32 different countries around the world.

Gayatri Mantra words:
Om bhur bhuvah svaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Praise to the source of all things.
It is due to you that we attain true happiness on all planes.
It is due to your transcendent nature that you are being worshipped and adored.
Ignite us with your all pervading light.

View more musical performances of Premal and Miten HERE

Gayatri Mantra ~ Deva Premal & Miten with Manose [updated Oct 20, 2012]


Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, Remover of pain and sorrow, The Bestower of happiness, Oh! Creator of the Universe, May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light, May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Deva Premal talks about the CD “Password”

Deva Premal and Miten met in India in 1990 and soon began a journey into love and creativity that has taken their inspiring blend of song, mantra and meditation to a worldwide audience. They have released a string of acclaimed CDs with international sales of nearly one million, and their concerts and ecstatic chant workshops are met with rave reviews throughout Europe, Australia, South America, Canada and the United States.

Their music transcends all the usual musical boundaries, with fans including rock icon Cher, who featured one of Deva’s most popular chants, the Gayatri Mantra, on her Farewell Concert Tour;

World renowned author and motivational coach Tony Robbins, and even His Holiness The Dalai Lama who, after hearing Deva & Miten sing for a private audience, exclaimed, “Beautiful music, beautiful…!”

Best selling author Eckhart Tolle notes:
“As you listen to the music of Deva and Miten, the sacred space that lies beyond the mind emerges naturally and effortlessly. Pure magic.”

German-born Deva Premal is a classically trained musician who grew up singing mantras as bedtime songs. Her mother plays viola da gamba and her father was an artist and a devotee of the spiritual path, including Zen and Yoga. He taught himself Sanskrit and Deva notes that “When my mother was pregnant with me, their welcome was to sing the Gayatri Mantra throughout the pregnancy.

“As I grew up we continued to chant the Gayatri Mantra together regularly before sleep. I didn’t really know what I was singing… and why. I just did it because I was told to. It wasn’t until much later that I came to appreciate these precious times.”

As a teenager, she moved away from the confines of both her classical music training in voice, violin and piano, and the mantra practice, and began to explore on her own. At age 11, her search brought her to become a disciple of the enlightened mystic Osho, and later, she went to the ashram in India to begin studies in body work, including massage, shiatsu and cranio-sacral therapies.

India, My Love – Deva Premal (Password CD)

Deva talks about the essence of the mystic traditions from India, that inspired the music on her new CD “Password”.

Deva Premal – Mere Gurudev


Mere Gurudev, charnon par
sumana shraddhaa ke arpit hai
Tere hee dena hai jo hai.
Wahi tujha ko samarapita hai

Na priti hai pratiti hai,
na hi puja ki shakti hai
Na priti hai pratiti hai,
na hi puja ki shakti hai

Meraa yaha man, meraa yaha tan,
meraa kan kan samarapita hai.

Tuma hee ho bhaav men mere,
vicharo mein, pukaro mein.
Banaale yantra ab mujhko roere
saravatra samarapita hai.

Mangalam Deva Premal (Password).wmv

Manglam Bhagwan Vishnu
Manglam Garuddhavjam
Manglam Pundarikasham
Mangalay Tanohari

Deva Premal and Miten with Manose – Aham Prema

Aham Prema (trans. I AM LOVE) – chanted 108 times by Deva Premal and Miten, with Manose, from their new album PASSWORD.
The clip contains images from their 2009/10 World Tour and was created and edited by Manose.

Diana Vishneva: Beauty in motion


Om Namah Shivaya Mantra in Sanskrit

The Om Namah Shivaya mantra or chant consists of six syllables – om, na, mah, shi, vaa, ya. When chanted properly, each syllable activates certain energy centers within our bodies as we meditate upon the energy of Lord Shiva. Shiva is often referred to as the part of the Hindu trinity which has dominion over death and destruction. Shiva is also considered the greatest of the yogis, the lord of meditation, and the lord of all that is mystic and mysterious in hindu practices. Legend has it that the holy river Ganges (or Ganga) is in fact a representation of Lord Shiva’s long hair.

Some texts refer to the five letters as the forms of Shiva – Na-gendra (one who wears a garland of snakes), Ma-ndakini Salila (one who is bathed by the water of the Ganges), Shi (the supreme Lord), Va-shishta (one who is praised by the sages like Vashishta), and Ya-ksha (one who takes the form of Yaksha).
ॐ नम: शिवाय:

Summary of the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra

Om or Aum is the pranava or seed mantra of all mantras. The two syllables na- and mah- can be translated as “I humbly bow to you”. The three syllables shi-vaa-ya invoke Lord Shiva and all his energies to bless us and lead us to the highest state of peace and meditation. The mantra should ideally be chanted twice a day (morning and evening) for 108 times each. The two words, namah and shivaya, are also referred to as the panchakshara (five letter) chant. It is said that those who chant these five holy letters while meditating on Lord Shiva will be blessed by visions of Shiva – the Lord of the yogis.

Miten with Deva Premal, Loka Samasta

Deva Premal Miten in the light of love / om shree dhanvantre namaha

mantra ‘In the light of love / om shree dhanvantre namaha” by Deva Premal & Miten (video images from BBC’s “Planet Earth”)

Deva Premal & Miten – Tibetan Healing Mantra dedicated to Medicine Buddha [updated Feb 22, 2010]

Dm C
Teyata om bekanze
Bb Am Gm
Bekanze maha bekanze
Am Dm
Radza samudgate soha
It is like this.
Medicine Buddha, you are the King,
the Supreme Healer.
Please remove illness, illness and the
great Illness. Now I offer this prayer.
One of the most important mantras for healing,
it asks for healing from the illusion of duality.
This mantra is also used for the dying process.

Deva Premal & Miten – 1) Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu 2) In the light of love 3) So Much Magnificence 4)Twameva

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings be happy; may all my thoughts, words, and actions contribute in some way to the happiness of all beings.

Deva Premal Miten in the light of love / om shree dhanvantre namaha

G Am
In the light of love
we are whole
In the light of love
we are home
in the light of love
we heal and sing
Am Bm Em
Thy will be done
C Em D G
In the light of love.
Om shree
Am Bm Em
Om shree

Miten & Deva Premal – So Much Magnificence

Deva Premal , Miten, Manose and Friends “Twameva”
Twameva maataa cha pitaa
Twameva bandhush cha sakhaa
Twameva vidyaa dravinam twameva,
Twameva sarvam mama deva deva.
Oh beloved! you are mother and
You are friend and companion.
You are riches, you are wisdom.
You are the eternal divine guide

Atma Shatakam written by Adi Shankaracharya – Sung by Deva Premal

To listen to the mantra chant by Deva Premal, click the following bar below. To view the translation, use your browser to minimize the website page and return to the evolutionarymystic page to read the translation, while listening to the song. This video clip does not allow embedded facilities.



Atma Shatakam is a poem or Shloka in six stanzas written by Adi Shankaracharya summarising the concept of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy)a sub-school of Vedanta School of Hindu philosophy.

Here are the Sanskrit words to the song (in bold) and the English translations (in italics)

Mano buddhya-hankara chittani naham
Na cha shrotra jihve, na cha ghrana netre
Na cha vyoma bhumirna tejo na vayuhu
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham . (1)

I am not the mind, intellect, thought, ego, or some form of the supreme being;
I neither have ears, nor tongue and
I neither have nose (nostrils) nor eyes;
I am not the sky, earth, light or the wind;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na cha prana sangno na vai pancha vayuhu
Na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshaha
Na vak pani padau na chopastha payoo
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(2).

I am not the most essential air that everyone breathes.
Nor a part of essential five gases related to bodily functions (which are Prana, Aparna, Vyana, Udana and Samana).
I am not the seven-fold material (Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medas, Asthi,Majja and Shukra) that help in body’s physical development,
I am not part of five coverings that help to build up the personality (food, air, mind, knowledge or wisdom and pleasure).
Nor am I the five organs of action (which are speech/mouth, hands, feet, reproductive and rectum),
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
Mado naiva me naiva matsarya bhavah
Na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(3).

I have no likes or dislikes;
Not I have any greed or delusion;
I have no pride or arrogant vanity;
Nor am I jealous of anyone or in competition with anyone ;
I do not need the four main necessities of life (which are Dharma (Law of Life), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Desires) and Moksha (Liberation);
I am the fortunate, joyful,supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na punyam na papam na saukhyam na dukham
Na mantro na tirtham na veda na yagnaha
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(4).

I am not attached to any righteousness or sin;
I have neither pleasure nor sorrow;
I have no need for any Mantra;
I have no need for pilgrimages ;
I have no need for any sacred scriptures;
nor do I perform any sacrifise or rituals;
I am neither the meal nor the one who consumes or what is consumed;
I am the fortunate, joyful,supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Na me mrutyu shanka na me jati bhedah
Pita naiva me naiva mata na janma
Na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(5).

I have no fear of death,
nor do I have caste distinctions;
I neither have a father nor mother because I was never born;
I have neither kin/relatives nor friends;
I have no gurus and nor am I a disciple;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
Vibhur vyapya sarvatra sarvendriyanam
Sada me samatvam na muktir na bandhah
Chidananda rupah shivoham shivoham .(6).

I am free of thoughts and beyond imagination since I have no form;
I am all pervading and exist everywhere;
I am the king of all sense-organs;
I am always impartial to everything and everyone,;
I am free from everything and I have no attachment to anything;
I am the fortunate, joyful, supreme being who is the very emblem of truth, knowledge and eternal bliss.
I myself am the spiritual joy of pure consciousness – Shiva; Shivoham, Shivoham.

Deva Premal – Moola Mantra Part 1

Deva Premal’s groundbreaking new release features an extended presentation of the beautiful Moola Mantra, which was received by Deva and Miten during a meditation retreat at the Oneness University in Chennai, India.

It honours the divine light in every living being and celebrates the dance of female/ male energies as they merge into union.

Produced by Ben Leinbach, the Moola Mantra meanders like a sacred river through a lush landscape of sitars, bansuri, dotar, grand piano, tablas, cello and string quartet, with Deva’s golden voice leading the way, flowing finally into an ocean of silence.

Special guest musicians include: Miten (vocals), Jai Uttal (dotar), Manose (bansuri), Debopriyo Sarkar (tablas), Kit Walker (piano), Benjy Wertheimer (esraj), Peter van Gelder (sitar), and Moses Sedler (cello).

Om Satchitananda Parabrahma
Purushothama Paramatma
F#m G#m
Sri Bhagavati Sametha
F#m C#m
Sri Bhagavate Namaha
Hari om tat sat
Hari om tat sat
Hari om tat sat
A C#m
Hari om tat sat
“Oh Divine Force, Spirit of All
Creation, Highest Personality,
Divine Presence, manifest in
every living being.
“Supreme Soul manifested as the
Divine Mother and as the Divine
“I bow in deepest reverence.”
SAT – truth
CHIT – pure consciousness of the
universe that is infinite, omni-present
manifesting power of the universe
ANANDA – bliss, love and
friendship nature of the
PARABRAHMA – supreme being in his
absolute aspect. It is the supreme
PURUSHOTHAMA – the energy that
incarnates as an Avatar to help and
guide mankind and relate closely to the
beloved creation.
PARAMATMA – supreme inner energy
that is immanent in every creature and
in all beings, living and non-living.

SRI BHAGAVATI – the female
aspect, which is characterized as
the supreme intelligence in action,
the power (the Shakti). It is
referred to the Mother Earth
(Divine Mother) aspect of the

SAMETHA – together, in communion
SRI BHAGAVATE – the male aspect
of the creation, which is
unchangeable and permanent.

NAMAHA – salutations, prostrations.

HARI OM TAT SAT – God is the

Deva Premal – Om Namo Bhagavate

Deva Premal & Miten playing Live in Amsterdam on June 4th, 2008, ft. guests Praful (sax) and Roshan Rainer Scheurenbrand (mandoline)
composed by Praful, recorded by ‘Deva Premal’ on her album ‘Embrace’-

Om na-mo

(Om is the name of that inside me, which is aware of the unity of all things)

Deva Premal and Miten – Gayatri Mantra

Deva Premal and Miten share the Gayatri Mantra.

Om bhur bhuvaha svaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dm Gsus G
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat

Praise to the source of all things.
It is due to you that we attain true happiness on the planes of earth, astral, casual.
It is due to your transcendent nature that you are worthy of being worshiped and adored.
Ignite us with your all pervading light.

Deva Premal and Miten – Brahma Nandam

Deva and Miten share the mantra, Brahma Nandam

Brahma nandam parama sukhadam
Kevalam jnayana murtim
Dvandvateetam gagana sadrisham
Tatvamasyadi lakshyam
Ekam nityam vimalamachalam
Sarvadhee sakshi bhutam
Bhava-teetam triguna-rahitam
Sadgurum tam namami

Salutations to the inner guru, the inner
guiding light.
Who is the embodiment of pure delight,
Who is the giver of supreme happiness.
Who is beyond the dualities of this material
world; Who is as infinite as the sky. Who is
the sole aspiration and goal of life;
Who is unique, eternal, pure, unwavering.
Who sees with the eyes of wisdom;
Who is beyond emotions and beyond the
three gunas (binding aspects of our nature)
– Sattva (bliss), Rajas (animal instinct) and
Tamas (lethargy).

‘Awakening’ – Deva Premal and Miten


we are awakening
to the calling of the mystic
we are awakening
in the flowering of the heart
everybody here melting into
presence, overflowing
rising in love
om shanti
om shanti om
we are awakening
to a long forgotten memory
dawn is breaking
waves are coming in
everybody here
standing in wonder
beneath the rain and the thunder
rising in love
we are awakening
to this perfect imperfection
celebrating in the oneness of it all
everybody here
part of each other
sister and brother
rising in love

Sat – truth
Chid – consciousness
Ananda – bliss

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