This week on the Mindrolling Podcast, Raghu and David explore the intersection of music, spirituality and consciousness.
More spectacular experiences with sacred musicians like Bob Marley, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das. Our hosts describe their enlightening, and at sometimes frightening, encounters with sacred music and chanting. David and Raghu discuss the practice of opening the heart by chanting, where no thinking is necessary.
One Love, One Heart (Opening) – David recalls his time working with Bob Marley and describes the quality of spirit that moved through Bob and his music. Raghu shares his own mindblowing Bob Marley experience.
“Bob Marley was a truly spiritual gentleman. If anyone ever talked of him as being a star he would only admit to being a musician, but all he would say is that he was a messenger of God – one of many. He felt a real responsibility to espouse love and unity in Jamaica, which at the time was a fractured country full of tribal war.” – David Silver
Sacred Music (19:05) – Raghu shares the encounters in India which introduced him to sacred music and would change his relationship to the art form. We hear how friends like Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das dedicated themselves to bringing these traditions to the West.
“For the West, chanting is something that is so beneficial because it’s so easy.” – Raghu Markus
What its All About (31:55) – We take a closer look at what is going on inside when we chant the names of God, even when we don’t know what is being said. Without getting too preachy, David and Raghu talk about what chanting means to them and why this experience is so impactful.
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