We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness
Whether it's spirituality, music, health, education, science or some other facet of society, it's clear that yoga and the
I first met Ram Dass at the Lama Foundation in the mountains of Northern New Mexico when I was fourteen, and our paths have intertwined ever since.
I would like some help. I lack a religion or even a spiritual practice, so I turn to music, most often Krishna Das. I don't have the slightest clue what he's singing about --- the Hindu names of God, mostly --- but I take comfort in the comfort he's found in his guru, Neem Karoli Baba.
Back in 2000 when my dear friend Sabine Chaloupy took me to see her guru Amma in New York City, let's just say I that was ready to pooh-pooh the whole thing. Hugging? Really...? Are you serious? Whatever....
Every autumn, as soon as the leaves begin to turn, I'm there in my imagination and, fortunately, often physically.
Krishna Das: 'I Feel Like I'm the Same Jerk I Always Was, But I Don't Think About Myself as Much as I Used to.'
It's the usual story: an angel with a dirty face. Just like you. Just like me. Only here the contrasts are all in High Def.
Although Sharon Salzberg's quiet, contemplative teachings appear to be in strong contrast with Krishna Das' kirtan, which often generates ecstatic dancing and emotions, both help harness the mind and focus one's awareness.
"How good it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in harmony." That was the huge banner hanging on the back wall of the church. Picture it: friendly people eager for a group experience of divine love. I wasn't feeling it.
There was no Krishna Das in 1968. There was only my contemporary, an equally miserable rock-and-roll kid named Jeffrey Kagel. Luckily, Kagel met Ram Das, just back from his first trip to India.