Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Quotes
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We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

– Alan Watts


Sheva Salaam

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Multimedia

Imagine by John Lennon

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Multimedia

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

On the Radio by Regina Spektor

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Multimedia

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again

Krishna Das: How do we find God?
Maharaj-ji: Serve people.
Krishna Das: How do we raise kundalini?
Maharaj-ji: Feed people.
[If you are feeding one being, you are feeding God. If you serve one person, you are serving God.]
  • Everybody sees a saint in their own way. And that is part of the quality of a saint – they give each person what they want.
  • Saints are awake – in all the three times: the past, present, future. There is no time for a saint. A real saint.
    • They do not accumulate anything because everything is theirs. It all belongs to them already.
    • He is swimming in oneness. He is oneness. He is all beings.
    • There is no way we can know who these beings are until we know ourselves completely.
  • Breaking down the barriers of separateness that you feel. Because there is no separateness other than we experience it. Because we think we are separate from God, separate from ourselves. We don’t know who we are, what we are, where we are.
  • These CD’s are not entertainment. They are yoga, mantra…They are for repetition. The more you repeat them, the deeper it gets…They become a very power presences, a powerful entrances into a deeper space. The more you do it, the more it works. Like any practices, you have to do it.
    • The stuff that mess up is on the gut level. We cannot intellectualize about. That’s why we need to do practice.
  • We can get a real edge on us when we get immersed in these practices because we start to think that we know something that other people don’t know. Suddenly we feel that makes us better than other people. More aware, more present, I am more here now, this is good you know. NO…It doesn’t work like that. The idea is not to become more of something. It is actually to  disappear eventually and become who you really are, which is not somebody who’s about who they are.
  • Allowing the effects of the practice to filter into other parts of your life.
The following is an excerpt from ‘Pilgrim of the Heart‘ audio series by Krishna Das:

“The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. These chants have no meaning other than the experience that we have by doing them. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it’s not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It’s just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing.”

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Quotes
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Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.

– Krishna Das

[Sanka Praksalana parody – performed at the Agama first month graduation ceremony]

I’ve got a kriya,

I’ve got a kriya for you

Sanka is fun to do

It will turn your poo yellow

Drink a cup

Drink a litre or two

Of salty water for you

It will turn your poo yellow

Don’t forget do yoga exercices

Raise your manipura chakra

Release your ashvini mudra

Your ashvini mudra

Another drink

Another drink or two

Soon you’ll do a poo

It’ll turn yellow

Stand in line

You know there is a queue

A queue for the loo

That turn your face yellow

How time, seems to travel so fast

When you’ve been

Been pissing from your ass

One more litre

One salty litre to go

You’ve got to let it flow

3 hours on

No longer got our pride

Anal lub by our side

We turned the bowl yellow

Now you’re done

Only vamana to do

Use a finger or two

Should not be yellow

After all this nothing will taste that nice

So eat your butter

And overcooked white rice

It’s the last thing you want to eat

We know

It’s stodgy yellow

Look how you shine

You’ve done a sanka too

Now that will do!

Music Meditation (Week 1 Day 5)

Posted: March 26, 2010 in Yoga
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  • Music was seen as a science of vibration, the technology of enlightenment, with objective effects; not just entertainment, self expression, subjective
  • Meditation – controlled expansion of conscious
  • A music interval influences us psychically by its vibratory nature. Thus it affects our subconscious and influences our emotions.
  • Be careful with the choice of music – you are giving power to your internal state to an external factor
  • Raga – collection of musical notes, Indian tradition
  • Primary instrument – rudra veena
    • Tune and made for each specific musician according to the lengths of his spine
    • Shaped like a “aum” symble
  • Different instrument resonate with different chakras. i.e. didgeridoo – muladhara
  • Music is no longer considered by musicians as a spiritual practice.
  • Book recommendation:
    • Alain Danielou – Music and the Power of Sound: The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness
    • Thomas Marcotty – The Way Music (How to Conjure with Sound): Rudra Veena: The Theory and Technique of Tantric Music