Saturday, April 26, 2008
And I'm touched, listening to Miten sing "This our aloneness, this is our time, this is the mountain we all have to climb, this is our destiny, wild and free, we're all holding a master key, to the empty sky".
In my 10 or so years of practicing meditation, I found the Beloved in my life. Wahe Guru! Which means the ecstasy of God, is here and now. Wahe guru! When I hear lyrics and music, that is in praise of this same experience, I feel my heart, and I feel home. Miten sings, "You gave me the greatest gift, you made my heart my home". The love inside me, is greater than any love that I can find outside me. This I found through meditation. Then Miten sings "I was never loved so deeply, never so true, so completely, until I was loved by You".
Thank you to all the spiritual teachers who served this mission before us, and to those that are serving today, and to those that will serve in the future.
The album I am referring to is called "Songs for the Inner Lover" by Miten with Deva Premal. you can read more about Miten and Deva Premal at www.devapremalmiten.com. You can purchase their albums through Snatam Kaur's record label at www.SpiritVoyage.com
We'll be starting our West Coast Celebrate Peace Tour in Encinitas 6 days from now. Peace come join us.
Peace on earth,
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This is Snatam Kaur's husband, Sopurkh Singh, taking over the mantle of the "Notes from the Road" blog. Snatam Kaur will be jumping in from time to time, to share her experiences, however, I am gladly stepping in to help share the "notes".
The Feb/March 2008 tour was my first full tour with the Celebrate Peace Band. We were a band of six for half of the tour (Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha Singh, myself, Karta Purkh Singh on percussion, mandolin and vocals, Sat Jot Singh on piano, bass and vocals, and Adi Shakti Singh on sound), and then we were also joined by two video journalists (James Connolly and Rachelle Escaravage) who were brought to document the experience by Steve Robertson's Peace Has Begun campaign. Part of my job is Road Manager, and I was anxious about traveling with eight people for three weeks of the tour. Where would we all stay? Would we go over budget? Everyday I prayed in the morning, and I heard the answer: God will provide, there's no need to be anxious, everything is God's will, this is part of the plan.
Sure enough, we had wonderful accommodations all along the way, with many home cooked meals to boot! I'm going to attempt to thank them all here, the Sivanada Ashram, Deva Singh and Kaur, Mahan Kalpa Singh and Ram Rang Kaur, Guru Sahai Singh and Mukta Kaur, Harbhajan Singh and Hardarshan Kaur, Arci and Dulal, Yogaville Ashram, Tracy, Sat Want and Gurujot Kaur (and the Herndon community), Mahan Rishi Singh and Nirbhe Kaur, Benita, Joan and Per, Harimandir Singh and Siri Bandhu Kaur, Navrattan Singh and Gurpreet Kaur, Ray and Sarah, Saribjit Singh and Jaspal Kaur, Surjit Singh and Mary, Vedic City with Guy Harvey and Michael and Shelley, Guru Dev Singh and Sat Kaur, and the Kripalu Yoga Center - to you all - one big thank you!
Here is a picture us Snatam, myself, and GuruGanesha with Shelley and Michael from Iowa:
And thank you God, you were right, you would provide, not only were our basic needs covered, you covered our spiritual needs, and we all grew from the experience. I saw the plan fully unfolding in ways I could have never "managed" as road manager. You covered us when our van caught fire, you covered us when Snatam couldn't sing, you covered us when we needed faith. You taught me how to manage by bowing my head to you.
Thanks to all the peace makers in the world, including Yogi Bhajan, who inspired us to create peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, and peace in our world. Yogi Bhajan taught us to dial-up You directly. He taught us to repeat Your Name, and that we would be radiant from the inside, and it would be beautiful. He taught that by chanting Your Name, we would have compassion for ourselves, and others, and we would be bountiful. He taught us that if we chanted again and again, we would see the true essence of this beauty and bounty: You, and we would be blissful (from Gurmukh's book: Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful - thank you Gurmukh).