“Something Understood” – Faith and the Body (audio)
-presented by Jahnavi Harrison
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.