Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha

Tandava was introduced by the great yogi, Shiva. Tandava comes from the word tandu which means “to jump”. It is a vigorous dance for men with physico-psychospiritual benefits. This dance is only perform by men because it is not physically suited for them and stimulates male hormones, e.g. related to growth of facial hair. Tandava combines the subtle aspects of spirituality and vitality. Courage, fearlessness and will-power are its benefits. Tandava also exercises the brain physically and improves memory.

The dancer holds a knife or torch in the right hand, symbolizing the forces of life and goodness, and a skull or snake in the left hand, symbolizing the forces of death and darkness. The exercise symbolizes the fight between the two forces of life and death.

The Dance Dancers, ready! Stand on the toes, arms stretched out to the sides.

1 – 2 – 3, Jump! The feet kick the back of the trunk while jumping up, land on the toes in squatting position.

Ta’, ta’, dhin, ta’ Bring the knees to the chest while jumping up, stand erect.

Ta’, ta’, dhin, ta’ Stand on the left leg, jump up and swing the right leg sideways to the left.

Ta’, ta’, dhin, ta’ After the right leg comes down, land on the right leg, jump up on the right leg and swing the left leg sideways to the right. Start increasing the speed. 
p>Ta’, ta’, dhin, dhin After the left leg comes down, land on the left leg, jump up on the left leg and swing the right leg sideways to the left.

Ta’, ta’, dhin, dhin’ After the right leg comes down, land on the right leg, jump up on the right leg and swing the left leg sideways to the right. Increase the speed.

Dhin, dhin, dhin, dhin After the left leg comes down, land on the left leg, jump up on the left leg and swing the right leg sideways to the left.

Dhin, dhin, dhin, dhin After the right leg comes down, land on the right leg, jump up on the right leg and swing the left leg sideways to the right. Increase the speed.

Ba’ba’ Na’m Kevalam … Continue swinging the right leg to the left. Continue the rhythmic jumping from one side to the other, maintaining a constant speed and chanting, Ba’ba’ Na’m Kevalam (Only the name of Infinite Consciousness).

Ba’ba’ Na’m Kevalam … Continue swinging the left leg to the right. Continue the rhythmic jumping from one side to the other, chanting, Ba’ba’ Na’m Kevalam (Only the name of Infinite Consciousness).

Dancers, halt! Stop in standing position.

Final pose… Jump and bring the knees to the chest into a squatting position.

Come down and stand up, perfectly straight with arms outstretched! 

Tandava gives a feeling of beautiful clarity and inner peace. By transmuting negative vibration, it helps to overcome the worst internal enemies – fear and death. Tandava strengthens the anahata cakra (fourth chakra/psychic centre of the human body and mind) and energizes all the body systems, giving health and longevity. Collective tandava is very exciting! When the set of tandava is finished, kiirtan is danced with singing/chanting for a short period of time to relax, and both dancers and chanters can do a few minutes of collective meditation.

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