Ep 5

The Gayatri Mantra

Deva Premal is a German singer best known for introducing Sanskrit mantras into the mainstream, her millions of fans include the singer Cher, The Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle.

In this Wyse Women episode (available this full moon,  April 7th ) Deva shares her wisdom with me about the day her father left his body and the beautiful mantra that she sang to him as they said goodbye. Incidentally it was the same mantra he sang to her while she was in her mothers womb. She talks in detail about what kind of man her Dad was too. Plus of course Deva answers my three quick fire questions as well; her most influential male mentor, her favourite words of wisdom and her favourite song.

Please note that the world was a very different place when we originally recorded this interview in January, so this podcast does include an update with Deva about coronavirus.

Show Notes

In this updated podcast you will learn:
  • How Deva feels about the coronavirus 
  • How beneficial sound healing can be for our immune systems
  • How Deva responds when I sing the Gayatri Mantra to her while washing my hands (!!!)
In this main podcast you will learn:
  • What the Gayatri Mantra means
  • About the extraordinary character of Deva’s father
  • How Deva felt as a child growing up with parents who weren’t conventional
  • How Deva felt when her father left his body and how she feels now without his physical presence
  • Deva also sings The Gayatri Mantra at the beginning and the end of this podcast too
My stand-out quote/s from this podcast

There are so many benefits to it [chanting.] It has a calming effect on our nervous system, and when we are calm that is good for the immune system, and just to sing and breathe and charge ourselves with oxygen is so important with this virus that effects our lungs. – Deva Premal

Deva_Premal
Beautiful music, beautiful
The Dalai Lama
My favourite CD to do yoga to is Deva Premal’s 'The Essence.' As a matter of fact I drive my teacher crazy because it’s the only one I want to listen to!”
Cher
As you listen the sacred space that lies beyond the mind emerges naturally and effortlessly. Pure magic
Eckhart Tolle

The Carer

If you have ever cared for someone you love through an illness and felt lonely, isolated and lost, you will be especially interested in this episode of Wyse Women.

It features Tiggy Walker who is married to the BBC Radio 2 Presenter Johnnie Walker. In 2003 and just a few months into their marriage, Johnny became seriously ill with cancer and Tiggy gave up everything to care for him. Then ten years later the roles reversed when Tiggy became ill with cancer and Johnny had to care for her.

In this podcast (which contains strong language) Tiggy shares her wisdom about what she learned about being a carer from both perspectives.

Further Reading ...

If you enjoyed Tiggy’s episode, click on the links below to find out more about her song, book and inspirational woman choices. 

To find out more about Carers UK, the charity that Tiggy talks about in this podcast, you can also click the button below.