I was recently interviewed by Nate Hankes on The Humboldt Lighthouse. We had a great conversation that covered all of my favorite topics- Grace, God, the Guru, Ram Dass, psychedelics, Maharajji, suffering, systemic oppression and our complicity with it, spiritual bypass, not holding too tightly to any concept or understanding, mental health, kirtan and Hanuman. I really enjoyed my time with Nate, and I hope you enjoy listening.
March 28, 2018
I was the guest on “The Humboldt Lighthouse” podcast
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- "Sarvatmabhava [the experience of feeling God everywhere] is the blessed reward. When it fills the heart, the fruit of devotion is attained and felt in one's body, consciousness, mind, intelligence, sense of self, and throughout the soul." ~ "It is said when you have total love, you naturally renounce worldly and Vedic desires and become free of expectations." ~ Letters of spiritual counsel from Sri Harirayaji, the great grandson of Vallabhacharya, to his younger brother Sri Gopeswarji. Translated by Shyamdas and Vallabhdas. ~ ~Selected verses from letter 34~Excited to announce a new project, born out of the love of Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba and the blossoming brotherhood of our band members. We will be announcing our Summer tour schedule shortly. Follow us at @kripa.music to learn more and check out who we are and what we're up to :) Ram RamTulsidas says: "The name and the object named, though similar in significance, are allied as master and servant to one another" -Ramcharitmanas, Gita Press. Practice can easily become routine if we allow it. Chanting can be mundane. Puja can become mechanical. It comes down to the quality of our consciousness. At any moment we can drop the veil of ignorance. When we do, God is waiting with a smile. Tulsidas tells us that these names are in fact the Holy One. Not only that, but they are related to the Holy One as master to servant. When we say the name, God has to come. In the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana, there is a point in the Rasa Lila dance where Krishna falls completely under the sway of the Gopis, "Having secured Him as their Darling, and celebrating Him in song, the Gopis sported with Him, their necks encircled by His arms" And Krishna dances with them as a reflection of his own Self, "as an infant would play with its own reflections." But not all Gopis made it to the forest. Some were too attached to the material world. There has to be a willingness to let go of mundane reality to be able to Dance with God. Tulsidas continues, "Install the luminous gem in the shape of the Divine name 'Rama' on the threshold of the tongue at the doorway of your mouth, if you will have light both inside and outside."
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