Author Archives: ria

Sikh Music and Tradition

For this post I decided to speak a little bit about Sikh music and tradition, since this has been one of my projects for the last couple of years and it seems that so few people here know anything about what is at the heart of this sizable cultural group. The Sikh Panjabi population inAustraliais huge, but their religion is a mystery to many. Many are also subjected to racial harassment and confused for Islamic terrorists, since the men traditionally show their faith with a long beard and a turban covering their head. So who are these distinctive looking people, what do they believe in and why is music so important to them?

Nada Yoga: sound, soul and yogic experience

Yogah chitta vrtti nirodha‘ — Patañjali According to Patañjali, yoga is that which clarifies the turbulences which alter the mind from its pure (shuddha) state. To put it differently, yoga is a type of practice through which the mind can return to its place of integration and clarity, a state in which one naturally feels…

A Little Light on the Bhakti Movement

I am set alight by the Bhakti movement. What a rich and exciting part of Indian history, of which so little is known in our corner of the world. Yet, it seems to me that understanding the Bhakti culture is essential to understanding the myriad perplexities of Indian religion, as well as the Hindustani relationship…

What Comes from Nothing: Encountering Emptiness in Music.

The concept of Shunya or ‘emptiness’ has kept on popping its evanescent head into my practices recently. I recognise my natural inclination towards the nirguna path: that is, understanding the ultimate reality, or the sacred, as beyond form, beyond grasp, beyond the beyond, ever slipping away to nyaara, the utterly other. There are also silhouettes…

Author Archives: ria

Sikh Music and Tradition

For this post I decided to speak a little bit about Sikh music and tradition, since this has been one of my projects for the last couple of years and it seems that so few people here know anything about what is at the heart of this sizable cultural group. The Sikh Panjabi population inAustraliais huge, but their religion is a mystery to many. Many are also subjected to racial harassment and confused for Islamic terrorists, since the men traditionally show their faith with a long beard and a turban covering their head. So who are these distinctive looking people, what do they believe in and why is music so important to them?

Nada Yoga: sound, soul and yogic experience

Yogah chitta vrtti nirodha‘ — Patañjali According to Patañjali, yoga is that which clarifies the turbulences which alter the mind from its pure (shuddha) state. To put it differently, yoga is a type of practice through which the mind can return to its place of integration and clarity, a state in which one naturally feels…

A Little Light on the Bhakti Movement

I am set alight by the Bhakti movement. What a rich and exciting part of Indian history, of which so little is known in our corner of the world. Yet, it seems to me that understanding the Bhakti culture is essential to understanding the myriad perplexities of Indian religion, as well as the Hindustani relationship…

What Comes from Nothing: Encountering Emptiness in Music.

The concept of Shunya or ‘emptiness’ has kept on popping its evanescent head into my practices recently. I recognise my natural inclination towards the nirguna path: that is, understanding the ultimate reality, or the sacred, as beyond form, beyond grasp, beyond the beyond, ever slipping away to nyaara, the utterly other. There are also silhouettes…