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? … Continue readingSikh Music and Tradition
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, yogaContinue readingNada Yoga: sound, soul and yogic experience
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,Continue readingA Little Light on the Bhakti Movement
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 theContinue readingWhat Comes from Nothing: Encountering Emptiness in Music.