Religion is a Drug

I don’t mean that in a “religion is the opiate of the masses” kind of way, but I realized recently that there is nothing like the blissful high of joining with a faith community and singing.

Every Saturday that we can manage it, we walk the half mile to the Sathya Sai Baba group and sing bhajans for an hour.

I throw myself into the songs and my voice, along with my spirit, feels lifted up by the voices all around me. It is the greatest experience I’ve ever felt.

Even on days when I feel down, it can’t help but fill me with joy.

I always leave feeling like I’m floating on clouds of bliss.

I’ve experienced this many times with devotional music. If you can believe it, I was a member of a gospel choir in college! Those songs, like these, are expressions of pure happiness and love.

Readjusting ourselves to life after all the wedding excitement has taken a little while to process. Between that and some hormone issues, I was feeling pretty down on Saturday. But we hadn’t been to bhajans in a couple weeks, so I put on my sari and we went. I’m so glad that we did. I left feeling light and free and full of joy.

Is there anything in the world better than music?

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About Ambaa Choate

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.