Sacred Hindu Dances
from ‘The Tantric Dancer’ by Maya Swati Devi
Dance is an ancient ritual that leads to the roots of Being, a self-healing practice for the benefit of humanity as a whole. From the beginning of time, humanity has known the art of dance. Our ancestors danced to celebrate the harvest and the full moon, to welcome newcomers, to heal, to mark the rites of passage of human seasons, to raise hearts and to say thank you to the Divine. Dance has always functioned as a link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Sometimes dancing can lead to important insights, revelations, and even visions of future or past. One dances for renewal, for recreation and for the pleasure of movement that relaxes and illuminates the Self. In all sacred dance styles, the ultimate goal is to bring participants to higher levels of communion with the Divine. Appropriate understanding of the inner meaning of sacred dance enables dancers to approach the state of divine consciousness through sound, movement, and emotion. Every dance is sacred, in a sense. What makes it so is our intention. We intend to connect with the Divine and bring it to Earth. We can channel the Divine’s healing energy and release the negativity that does not belong to us by transferring it to the ground of the earth.