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In Divine Conversation

The purpose of Divine Communication is cultivating healthy relationships and uncovering samskara (latent impressions of past or negative emotions). Through Divine Speech loving relationships can literally heal the world around us.

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In a Divine Conversation there is no need for persuasion just an ability to use one’s power to agree.  The “power to agree” is not blind faith.  The power to agree can be viewed as seeing truth that is relative to one’s understanding, letting it wash over and diving deep into Its True Essence.  The more this is cultivated the faster and more clearly deep understanding takes place in one who is the witness.

The more we speak the more our words can become arbitrary.  The more silence and love we cultivate the more we are using the language of the Divine.  If there is love and purity in our speech our vitality increases and a radiant–lighted energy moves through and around the body, and the more one finds one needs less words to express this Divine Feeling.  This energy is felt by all that come into contact with it, and too adds to the vitality of those receptive to it.  Also felt by all that come into contact with it is hateful speech, and in both parties there is a fast depletion of energy, they grow tiresome and week.  This depletion of energy causes vulnerability to illness, death and a quick tendency for general negative acts.  Divine Speech is nourishing, Divine Silence is Divine Sustenance.

Divine Speech is not only orated.  One who is absorbed in Divine Silence is saying just as much if not more than those with kind and loving speech.  The energy is much more subtle and can travel a greater distance.  When the silence finally breaks in one who is watching their breath and radiating Divine Light of Silence, their words are mindful and powerful.

Sage Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi spent 53 years mostly absorbed in silence. Some of his devotees never heard his voice and still so many teachings and Divine Love was transmitted in Divine Silence. Even though he has left the body a Deep Radiance is still left in his Samadhi and Ashram grounds in and around the sacred mountain Arunachala in Tiruvanamalai, Tamilnadu India

The healing and truth that comes from observing  the purity of silence ironically cannot be summed in words.  To me this is the highest form of communication.  The Language of God cannot possibly be restricted into words.  Yet, human beings continue to place names and definitions on the forms of the Divine.

Some souls have been granted the gift of a singing voice and musical ability.  Deep emotions can be felt even in melody without words if the intentions are pure.  Some instruments are designed to replicate the intonations of the human voice, such as the veena or the violin.  From what we know about the sound vibrations of certain words and the powerful connection of certain seed letters in mantra, the words we use can be and are very powerful.  Therefore as artists and especially singers it is very important the words you use and what you choose to express to others.  The listener is experiencing your story within the fabric of their being.  If you project hate and depravity others will feel that from you and within themselves.  Likewise love, understanding and heartfelt–sincere emotions can move the listener into a state of catharsis and healing.  Some negative–lower level emotions can be expressed and help an individual to realize they are not alone in pain and confusion, yet even still the song must have some sort of an uplifting solution, otherwise the two (listener and artist) are stuck in a cycle of negativity.

Maha Saraswati Devi, Divine Mother aspect of Knowledge, Arts, Music, Dance and Creativity. When we offer our highest form of Celestial Music we are paying homage to the highest aspect of Divine Mother.

The purpose of Divine Communication is cultivating healthy relationships and uncovering samskara (latent impressions of past or negative emotions).  Through Divine Speech loving relationships can literally heal the world around us.  Divine Celestial Music plays a universal role in the advancement toward a liberated society.  The artist, like an Angel, communicates a great deal of inexplicable emotions thus gives a huge contribution to the whole of the human heart.

If you should wish to have an orated Conversation with the Divine, Mantra is a high Path.  Through the Sanskrit Prayana (Oration of Sanskrit Mantra) we pull on the sacred thread of the Divine.  The Divine Source is awakened within us, and through this link of mantra It comes alive.  The energy field created by correct mantra oration is likewise energizing, replenishing, stimulating and fueled by the Divine Language of God.  Correct pronunciation of Sanskrit Mantra is key because the structure of vibrational quality is very specific in bringing about the fructification and benefits of the Divine Oration.  For this it is important to have close contact with an authentic source of instruction found within an authentic Guru.  Peoples all over the world pray to the Divine Source using our many varieties of human language and if spoken with purity our voice is heard and reflected back at us.  Thus, a Divine Relationship is born.  If we Divinize our conversations in daily situations just as we hold so dearly the purity in our prayers then our entire life is a waking relationship “In Divine Conversation.”  Mantra is not only in the form of Sanskrit.  Daily affirmations in any language supports one’s focus and one’s pure desire for a more positive and uplifting life.  The Divine is not an external source It’s found within, and when we give ourselves clear affirmations we are guiding ourselves with a map toward the Divine within as in the Sankalpa (instructions of how benefits and blessings are dispersed during a puja or prayer ceremony).  Whether with words, Mantra, or in Divine Silence, our conversations grant tangible feelings of grace known as bhava.  Imagine a world of Divine Conversation and the sustainability and sustenance it would create.  Nay, do not just imagine it, practice it.  In reality it is easier said than done.  Divine Conversation takes a steadiness and control of breath (pranayama), will power, and a cultivation of good health and wealth (artha).  All these practices are the essence of cultivation of bhava or Divine Feelings.

Finally, nature (Divine Mother Earth) is in communication at all times.  The plants, trees, animals, birds, even the mountains and sky are all offering their communication and energy transmission.  The trees and plants communicate with you and release their love and understanding in the form of breathable air, clean ecosystem, foods and nourishment, and even more subtle forms.  When one beholds a beautiful river or mountainous place there is a deep healing and peace that overwhelms one’s heart.  The memories become encapsulated in the heart for the rest of our lives, and some may even draw upon these memories in times of stress in order to bring themselves back to that state of being.  As human beings, our responsibility of the communication with Divine Mother Earth is honor, understanding and respect.

Sitting inside a waterfall in remote mountains of Andhra Pradesh, a sacred pond called "Vishnu Kund" Ancient Rishis were said to have meditated here and one can hear their mantras bouncing off the mountain as the water trickles down.

Mother Earth is so graciously giving over everything we need in order to survive and if we are destroy Her or desecrate Her, then we are not honoring that Divine Relationship.  Indigenous Peoples of the Earth that are in tune with Her cycles and patterns have a great deal to teach the modern human, to help the modern human come back home to the Divine Relationship and oneness with the Earth.

On the Sacred Mountain Arunachala in Tirvanamalai Tamilnadu India

In a desperate world full of suffering and chaos, it is our duty to develop these higher understandings and this level of mindfulness.  Sometimes efforts toward peace or a healed–regenerative world can feel quite hopeless.  It is in these moments when our Divine Love and Divine Communication needs to be even more steadfast, for what else have we to offer?  What will our human legacy leave behind?  What will save humanity from destroying each other and the world?  It starts with our communication, our understanding, our mindfulness.  To Divinize one’s communication is a massive first step toward these higher goals.  I pray with all of my being we reach this destination as a global force of Loving Kindness in Divine Conversation with one another…

Divine Communication in Silence with Grandpa Don

Tyagaraja New Release “As Is” Aug 25th 2012

Tyagaraja hosts and amazing event to release his highly anticipated EP, “As Is”. FREE EP with purchase of a ticket to the show!

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Click this link to download and stream Tyagaraja\’s new ep As Is

Front cover of As Is EP commemorating a page out of Tyagaraja's journals that were lost and then returned after 1 full year. Now the journals will be infinitely remembered.

Excerpts from the Lost and Found (Part 2)

More random writings from my song books that were lost in the mouth of Free Press Summer Fest for a whole year and were recently returned to me in June… It feels so good to have them back. It was like missing a family member.

These books of mine disappeared for a full year click on the picture to read all about it

It is All there Is

A wish is a question for the heart.  Your dreams dance and play then they fall apart.  Splinters and fragments fall one by one like needles in a pin cushion.  I touch each one with my eyes.  The visual is so striking and so telling.  In this planned chaos I retrieve every last fragment.  I study them individually long enough to witness their death and birth.  Pieces become whole and somewhere you loose sight of whether any of it was different or were they all pieces of the same whole?  I am the anger that is the love that is the impatient that is the trusting that is the laughter that is the endless wondering of the how and when?  Our Creation gives us no boundaries, there is no gage for how big of a breath you can take.  Wondrous, wondrous the glowing of the throbbing dream.  We grow and change with its formless mass.  Constantly swallowing time constantly elapsing into forever.  A small role in the great forever, causing forever to appear everywhere.  And now I know-I don’t have to just believe.  The breath I take, a prayer, ever dawn and dusk, the rise and fall of my belly, every cosmos, the opening and closing of my eye lids.  Every Dream… a lasting one… For It is All there Is

Meditating in the Sacred Vishnu Kund in the Garudadri Hills of Southern India, it was said that the ancient Rishis mediated in the Shakti Pitha (Seat of Energy)

One Aspect of Breathing

We start with an offering one glance to the Light within Lights.  Our souls breathe it in through the power of the Divine.  We speak in a constant prayer of a universal code: So Hum.

We move and play from the birth of a seeded toe and words formed from an ancient mouth give the offerings.  And we breathe life they breathed in… Every God and Goddess every energy formed and unformed and unmoved be the Light of all Lights, and I breathe It in.  How fortunate am I just happy breathing?

So much power can be held in the Light within Lights when I breath It in my body’s form will disappear.  I breath It in, I breath It in, the merging Light of which my soul ascends… Ohm.

We will end with every once of Love within Love.  We all breath It in there is no need to have control, guided by Light, guided by Light, the search for Truth will only lead to the Divine…

Hanumanji Arthi (waving of the flames) in a random side street in the outskirts of Delhi

The Shepherd and the Sheep

The destiny of the shepherd is no far greater than that of the sheep.  Without the two there is not one.  Their feet graze the same path, their hearts beat rhythmic blood.  To lead is to listen.  To lead is to bare witness.  To lead is to feel safe at home.  To lead is not to be above, and to be lead is not bellow.  Especially once the two enter God’s Channel.  Then we are all lead by God only.  Therefor to lead is not to pull or force–but to open and show–and to be lead is not to follow, yet simply to open the eyes and become inspired to walk on one’s own accord.  Can the shepherd ever become a sheep?  The moment the shepherd can witness the inspiration glowing in the face of the lead–the shepherd will have the realization that it is by God’s Grace only this transformation is made possible–that it has been one of an inward movement outward as opposed to outward in.  In this the Shepherd has understood a teaching and now the roles are reversed… the Shepherd learning from the Sheep

Live for the Glory of God.

Make every activity an act of God and we will all become Shepherds.

Meditating on a rock in the middle of the Sacred River Ganga in Rishikesh India

Excerpts from the Lost and Found

Here are a few poems and prose dedicated the return of my lost journals. These humble writings and musings would have been lost within the empty cell of my mind had they not made their way back to me after one full year of being missing. I simply flipped through at random and selected the 3 pieces below. This will be an ongoing series so stay tuned…

Two of my most prized Journals. The two books are full of writings from India, and my travels across the globe.

A Love that’s Hard to Come By

I curl up in the bed beside you and feel the warmth of your deep sleep.  For a long time I have dreamed of this dream I now live.  The comfort of your waking arms pulling me close is precisely what my heart dreams for them to do.  You are my embrace, you are my Queen.  Not a single pair of eyes have seen a fairytale like this.  The chance of our meeting and the passion that exists thereafter is truly hard to come by.

Tyagaraja and Gunjen in a taxi South Bombay

Going Home (this prose was turned into a song that was written in the Mic booth during recording sessions of “Open Book.”)

The Warriors have met their match no battle for the timid.  The mountain’s high and the moon is low, my blood is slowly thickened.  A question for my old man, “can you hear their footsteps?”  I wonder if we’ll make it back with a trophy I don’t feel like saving.  I’m sailing out to meet her now riding on a spaceship.   It’s the bluest sky I’ve ever seen, now I know that She’s my maker.  Going Home…  The palaces awaiting me are filled with all of the undead.  They’ve never lived and always were a homage to my forbears.  Simple men live out their lives no glory for their presence.  A photograph and a broken back is sounding just like heaven.  Is this Heaven?  We’re Going Home…  The calendar says it’s March I swear I have no reference.  I’m out of touch and I’ve lost my head thank God I’ve been de-programmed, you were programmed now you can let it go, and Go Back Home…  This one’s for all those I’ve loved I hold you in my heart’s blood.

Sirsasan in Rishikesh

Words from my Teacher’s Mouth (these words are unrecorded and have never been repeated.  It wouldn’t mean anything to anyone to have them disappear other than me.  I’m so glad to have these sweet pieces of truth back in my hands.)

-1,000’s of channels leading to the brain draw in energies of cosmic nature.  Whenever we have Divine attributes and our inner connection to the Divine cosmos, we grow spiritually.  Commotion begins with the end or discarding of spiritual practices.  This is how we loose our inner connection with the eternal Divine Spirit.  We must witness the Cosmic electrical energy working through the heart and creating Samadhi or Shanti in the mind spirit and body.  We make so many constructions and work in the world yet little work is done on the inside.  The nerves send messages to the brain and the body reacts.  If we focus our efforts in daily meditation to send our love and energy to our selves and to all of the world we are sending energy in the same way our bodies do.  This energy will be felt by all that cross your path and by all of creation.  This inner work is work worth giving the effort.

-A teacher is a noble post, a pillar in society.  A pure teacher is always thinking about the elevation of the student.  A Mother is always thinking about the care of Her children.  The Love of Radha is in all Love.  A bird Mother feeding her babies from her own mouth… a River Mother is with love and responsibility taking care and nurturing all along the banks of the river.  Like this, Love needs no language.  Love is felt in the heart by all beings.  Give love with every action.

Tyagaraja on tour with Amma Sri Karunamayi 2008

Click this link to read a piece called Dealing with Loss, written a week after my Journals were thought to be lost forever

Click this link to read Summer Fest a Day of Mourning, written 3 months before getting my journals back. I never lost hope

The Test of the Card of the Fool (Prose piece)

The certainty is that life will carry on and we have no choice but to carry on with it.

Card of the Fool representing supreme unexpected God Consciousness. Note how the colors make a huge impression of the meaning of this card. The Fool has all his chakras on his coat fully awakened.

The Test of the Card of the Fool

With the orange glow of the setting sun we start our nightly journey into the city of Mumbai.  With no way of knowing which path will unfold how can anyone make accurate decisions in life?  In the face of lost time and history I constantly stare.  Like a reflection in water my past swims behind me… Will it become a reflection of the spinning wheel?  Or will the ever new blossom of the unexpected illuminate my destiny?  The Card of the Fool!  Everything you thought your life to be; it will be not.  As in our last meeting I am a wander in a lost space and time.  The rattling of the south bound train is an image of my own intellect.  My creative ideas smashing heavily against the steel and rugged ground of my heart.  If this train had wings it would take flight in the direction of this unfolded destiny.  How foolish it feels to search for something that continues to elude me—time and time again it comes within my so called grasp, only to slip through the fingertips of the Fool.  The Fool is shining with illustrious Jewels sparkling in their brilliant manner.  He dances on the top of the mountain with his satchel of secrets wrapped in a bag hanging from a stick.  The Brilliant Yellow Light of Undying Consciousness blazes from behind his figure aiding in our inability to understand the intangible.  Without continuing this Labor of Sorrow and Confusion—what is there left to do?  What is there left to trust in?  The assurance that my heart is rhythmically beating?  The Sun will soon set and darkness carry us into a new dawn?  The certainty is that life will carry on and we have no choice but to carry on with it.  What we choose to believe or not believe is not the decider of our fate.  Our fate exists even without the personification of our ideas.  For I have had a great many and still I am ever tested by the Card of the Fool…

Cave temple in Pune India, click pic to read more about our tour in India