Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 

GuruGanesha and Krishan with one of the students of the S811 school in the Bronx, New York.

GuruGanesha and Krishan get the whole room full of kids singing.

One of the students and teachers at the school.

Raphael dances.

Raphael takes the microphone to give GuruGanesha a break.

S 811 School
Bronx, NY
3/16/06


S-811 in the Bronx is a school that provides education and life skills training for kids with special needs so that they can make their way in the world. These kids are mentally or physically disabled in such a way that prevents them from going to regular schools. Kids are bussed in from all over Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan to come to this school because Federal funding is very limited and there are not many schools like this available in the area. We visited last year, and I was very touched by the love and light that poured from these kids. We were scheduled to visit them on Thursday, March 16th, but I got sick and wasn’t able to make it. Fortunately GuruGanesha and Krishan were able to go and had a great time. They shared with me some of the experiences.

GuruGanesha got the kids really chanting and singing with songs like “I am who I am that is that” (from Game of Chants by Guru Singh). The kids loved singing the words “I am, I am.” He did a rap version of “Happiness runs in a circular motion.” Many of the kids sang and clapped exuberantly with the music.

In GuruGanesha’s own words, “These children live in pure love and joy. People refer to them as mentally challenged. But they sang, chanted, danced, and responded to the music with total joy and exuberance, leading me to conclude that they are the only people on the planet who are not mentally challenged.”

In the words of Krishan, “They live with a lot more joy and happiness then most people do.”

One of the kids, Raphael, calls me “Grace”, because last year we gave each of the kids my album which is entitled “Grace.” At the end of the program Raphael took the microphone and said, “Even though Grace was sick, and we missed her very much, we are really happy that GuruGanesha and Krishan came.”

We are on the Celebrate Peace Tour... thank you for tuning in.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Over and Out.

Comments:
Snatam - Very inspiring to see the many facets of your tour! Thanks for sharing. You and your band and everyone that is a part of this tour are doing such great work. May you all be blessed a million times! Thanks for all your hard work!
 
Snatam...We just received the link to your new "Notes from the Road" blog from Sopurkh Singh and it came at the perfect time as I had just finished reading an email from my Mom saying how much she loved your Shanti CD (I had sent her) and that she had decided to buy Grace.

Now I can send her a link so that she can follow news of the band's travels. I will forward the link on to the Portland, OR community so that we can all stay informed and connected to the bands beautiful mission.

We will pray for you and may I personally wish you the best of luck, prosperity, and bliss on your journey. Please have me contacted when you decide on Portland dates so that I can plan to be in town and help any way possible.

Here to Serve,

Himat Singh
Portland, OR
 
Thank you, dear one.
For your spirit and the grace that flows through you so clearly... I just wanted to share a mini miracle I had recently around your music.
I was having a hard time with certain bad habits and negative thoughts a few days ago. Lots of emotion, etc. I felt unclear and just down - like a cloud of darkness was following me everywhere...
I just wanted to go to sleep, but as I was turning off my computer I had a song in my head - I recognized it as Aakan Jor. So I pushed play and immediately a stream of healing tears began to gush out from deep in my soul. I felt my Teacher come and hold me in Her embrace. In Her motherly love, I melted. I felt surrounded and safe. It felt so good to cry - I just cried and cried in Her love.
Often your songs move me to tears. Thank you thank you thank you for your healing light in my life and as a light for so many jivas in this world!
 
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