I am 

I'm not white, black, red, or yellow. You're not white, black, red or yellow. These terms were made to divide us. Let's be unified and share our beautiful features with each other. I play music and love it, but I'm not a musician. It's what I do not what I am. It's my offering to share and beautify the worlds. Not to divide me from those who identify differently. I'm just me. The observer that science has yet to find. And so are you. heart emoticon

Reflecting on the Shabda Concert Last Friday 

At last Friday's Shabda, I had a really nice time.  My old friend Radha came out to play with us as he's been doing every month for a while now.  He brought his mridunga, and Indian drum, kanjira, also an Indian drum, and the cajon (wooden box drum) that I made for him.  He sounded really good.  I wanted to say some words to honor him, but forgot until people were also into the post Shabda chatting.  Next time.

My girlfriend Lara also came with me and played the cello.  Her sound is like a low pitched female…Read more

What is Shabda? (2) 

It's similar to kirtan, kozen rufu, or the sounds of a forest.  It's an ancient human practice, with the words removed, with the walls removed. Anyone can experience this, regardless of belief, caste etc.  It's available, in all of its magnificent honesty, and rawness.  There is a deep deep connection here...

what is shabda? 

What is shabda?  What's it mean?  What's this all about?

The story begins a couple years ago.  Several years after immersing in this chant practice, singing interpretations of chants of asia, africa, and elsewhere, I found myself one night supporting a woman who leads chants.  We were gathering with some friend's in soho, manhattan.  After leading about an hour of sanskrit singing as usual, she asked everyone to hum the melody.  No words, just the gorgeous sound of everyone singing together in unison, and…Read more

Repetition Is 

Repetition is
the heartbeat,
as it supports the body,

the rising, and setting
of the sun,

the structure of

Because wood is
a frequency,

different from
metal, or stone,

only possible with

Repetition is
a walk on your feet.

It's what brings
you there,

whether in song,
or in bed.

It carries energy.

It is energy.

It is health,
and comfort.

Now, it's again

Sweet dreams!Read more

Osho Quotes on Laughter 

 Laughter is spiritual health. And laughter is very unburdening. While you laugh, you can put your mind aside very easily. For a man who cannot laugh the doors of the buddha are closed. To me, laughter is one of the greatest values. No religion has ever thought about it. They have always been insisting on seriousness, and because of their insistence the whole world is psychologically sick.

Everybody knows from his own experience that after laughter, good laughter, a belly laugh, you almost feel that you…Read more

Jiddu Krishnamurti : Love alone can transform insanity, confusion 

Questioner: What do you mean by love?

Jiddu Krishnamurti : Love is the unknowable. It can be realized only when the known is understood and transcended. Only when the mind is free of the known, then only there will be love. So, we must approach love negatively and not positively.

What is love to most of us? With us, when we love, in it there is possessiveness, dominance, or subservience. From this possession arises jealousy and fear of loss, and we legalize this possessive instinct. From possessiveness…Read more


  "Since things neither exist nor do not exist, are neither real nor unreal, are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting - one might as well burst out laughing."
~ Tibetan Nyingmapa Master - Longchenpa Rabjampa - C14th ~

A Break 

As our experiences and beleifs
continually change thorughout our lives,
it can be easy to forget
the nectar in the center.
But we find ways...
We find ways to to feel again...
to experience again.

Painting, watching, listening,
writing, singing, smelling,
tasting, warming, cooling,
hugging, kissing, loving,

Whatever works.
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