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Faith and the Body

The birth of her nephew prompts Jahnavi Harrison to explore what she calls 'the adventure of embodiment', looking at how physical activities can lead to a state of transcendence.

The birth of her nephew prompts musician Jahnavi Harrison to explore what she calls "the adventure of embodiment". She looks at how physical activities, both ritual and everyday, can lead to a state of transcendence.

Jahnavi explains how yoga teaches the practitioner to see the body as a temple dedicated to the glory of God; how pilgrimage, by engaging the body in repetitive movement, makes an internal journey of prayer and sacrifice easier instead of just sitting in an armchair thinking about it; and how physical work can become a spiritual blessing.

Readings include the wisdom of Saint Teresa of Avila and the Bhagavad Gita. The music includes tracks from George Harrison, Thomas Newman and the Monteverdi Choir.

Presenter: Jahnavi Harrison
Producer: Jonathan Mayo
A TBI production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Aug 2018 23:30

Music Played

  • Ziggy Marley

    Welcome To The World

    • Wild And Free.
    • V2 Records Benelux.
  • MC Yogi

    Breathe Deep (feat. East Forest)

    • Ritual Mystical.
    • MC Yogi.
  • George Harrison

    Living In the Material World

    • Living In The Material World.
    • Universal.
  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Congaudeant Catholici (Codex Calixtinus)

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir.
    • Choral Recital: Pilgrimage To Santiago.
    • SDG.
  • The Peasall Sisters

    In The Highways

    • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition).
    • The Island Def Jam Music Group.


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Publisher: Penguin Classics 


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Publisher: Penguin Classics


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Publisher: Penguin Classics


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Publisher: Cosimo Classics


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Publisher: Martino Fine Books


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Publisher: Poetry Chaikhana


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