Mindrolling – Raghu Markus & David Silver – Ep. 09 – Close Encounters: From Zappa to Muktananda

Close Encounters

On this week’s episode of the Mindrolling Podcast, David and Raghu talk about their close encounters with some incredible individuals over the years in their pursuit of an awakened life.

Show Notes

That Frank Zappa Moment (Opening) David talks about his interview with Frank Zappa and the influences that music had on the culture in the late sixties. Raghu shares his embarrassing experience with Led Zeppelin.

True Transformation (8:40) – On the topic of altering one’s perception of reality during the late sixties, Raghu talks about his father’s transformative experiences with Neem Karoli Baba, LSD and death. This leads our hosts into a conversation about psychedelics and its powerful effects.

Instant Transmission (16:45) – R & D talk about the individuals they encountered, like Swami Muktananda and Neem Karoli, who possessed the ability to transform consciousness in the same way as chemicals like LSD.  They talk about the tradition of Insight Meditation that was brought back with friends like Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein who had their powerful encounters with their own teachers.

“What people used to talk about with Swami Muktananda was this thing called Shakti Pad. He would tap you on the head and have this sudden onrush of Shakti and feel completely transformed.” – David Silver

Evolution of Soul (28:30) – Raghu talks about how much he, Ram Dass and the others took advantage of the teachings and experiences that were available to them during their adventures in India.

“There was a way in which we really wanted a balance. I was still in the radio business when I got back, but it wasn’t front and center anymore. Front and center was really identifying more with soul.” – Raghu Markus  


Listen to stories from young spiritual seekers walking in the footsteps of Ram Dass as they forge their own experiences while on Yatra in the East, this and more on Ep. 228 of the Mindrolling Podcast!

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