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!

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

Rumi on chanting the names of God 

All night, a man called “Allah”
Until his lips were bleeding.

Then the Devil said, “Hey ! Mr Gullible !
How come you’ve been calling all night
and never once heard Allah say, “Here, I am” ?
You call out so earnestly and, in reply, what ?
I’ll tell you what. Nothing !

The man suddenly felt empty and abandoned.

Depressed, he threw himself on the ground
and fell into a deep sleep.
In a dream, he met Abraham, who asked,
“Why are you regretting praising Allah ?”

The man said, “ I called and called,

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  "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.

Her Perception 

Her perception
is like
the ocean.

It's glistening
specks of light.

It's listening
to the heart.