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July 15, 2020

Books I Am Loving

Unusual times such as these give opportunities for things I haven’t take time-out for in recent years: like reading a good book! One I just finished is authored by my good friend and occasional tennis-partner, Gyata, who lives with her beloved in Cazenovia, New York.

It is one of life’s great joys having a tennis partner with whom one can play totally, 100%, without holding back. Gyata is one of those people for me. We first met and played on the Pune ll Resort courts that Osho asked to be built. These courts were a source of great joy (and good exercise!) for many, many people.

I am trying to remember the time when I first learned tennis. It must have been during one of my summer breaks in high school. I do remember considering myself good enough to enter a county tournament in which I got shredded, humbled, and knocked out in the first round to my great embarrassment. This experience was a stepping stone to wanting to improve my game and learn more. So, I took tennis as a PE elective in my sophomore university year. Three of my best friends were also in the course. We had a lot of fun games together, especially in the evenings under the lights after classes. I have many fond memories from this time.

After university, I had a long gap from playing. It wasn’t until I went to Uruguay in 1986 to join Osho that I picked up the game again. The house where Osho was staying in Punte Del Este had a tennis court. I found some decent racquets in the clubhouse and sometimes in the late mornings during our free time, Rafia and I would have a hit. We even persuaded Nirvano and Shunyo to join a few times which was a lot of fun.

When Osho returned to India, I had a partner in Mumbai before Pune ll started. We were evenly matched and this kept me in shape especially as I did weights every other day. And of course, once the courts got built at The Resort, I began playing more regularly. Even on the tours, I would often find courts and partners to play with along the way. I have memories of some great clay court games at Osho RISK in Denmark; Parimal in Germany; and some summer hits in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. On the USA tours, Amlas and I always carried our racquets in the van. There were even times we managed to route ourselves through Cazenovia to have a hit with Gyata, Chuck, and their friends.

Tennis for me will always be a Love Game, as Krishna Prem is fond of calling it. So it was with great joy last week to receive a signed copy of Gyata’s new book, “On The Ball: Doubles Tennis Tactics for Recreational Players”. And I must say, I enjoyed it from start to finish — without leaving the couch! Yes, of course reading about the game it is not quite the same as being physically on the court with friends. But as I read through the pages, I felt an old passion kindled for the great game tennis is. I also felt gratitude for all the joy it has given me in this lifetime. I even got my old racquet down from the shelf. And yep, the strings are still tight. Ready to go. God knows I could use the exercise!

If you are interested in purchasing Gyata’s book, contact her at ontheballbook@gmail.com. Highly-recommended.

“Osho, What is the most important word in our language: Tennis, meditation, chi-chi, mangoes, suntan, women, philosophy, exotic beaches, cricket, instant coffee, or jazz music and skinheads?

“Milarepa, I know you are crazy, but if I answer your question truthfully it will also drive the police commissioner of Pune crazy, because none of these words you are mentioning have any importance.” The Great Pilgrimage: From Here To Here #23

July 5, 2020

For Osho’s birthday celebration at The Ranch in 1982, one of my songs was chosen by the Commune to be sung as Osho sat and celebrated with us in satsang. There were maybe five or six songs all together, and a band of the best musician’s among us was selected to play them. It was something of a bonus that each songwriter got to sing their particular song and also had some choice over its arrangement, accompanying singers, and soloists. I, for one, was fascinated by Toby’s alto flute and asked if he would mind playing on my song. All of the songs were great. Many of them later would become Ranch classics. Some were high-energy and danceable while others, like mine, slow and ballad-like. The strongest thing about the whole experience, though, was a certain realization I had while singing. My song had started and the band was playing along beautifully. I felt relaxed feeling their support. I looked out over a sea of swaying, ecstatic people — his commune — and addressed my heart directly to him from across the hall to where he sat. “In the silence of your presence, you carry me away. In the silence of your presence, you carry me away. Carry me away, carry me away”. The words and music wafted out over the hall. It was all I could do to keep my voice steady and not get emotional. Suddenly the realization dawned on me what a golden opportunity this was, not only for me, but for us as a Commune, to say thank you to him. Not just in words, but through song. To express something from our side: our gratitude for all the inspiration and love he continuously showers. What a gift to express this to Osho! From this moment on, I understood that song is not only a powerful medium for love, but also has an ability to touch and open hearts.

The songs of the Commune, often referred to as “Osho Songs”, all start their journey as a single seed in an individual’s heart. These seeds, when watered with love, sprout from feelings of deep gratitude. Many of the well-known ones — those that the Commune embraces after years of singing them in countless celebrations — become part of the fabric of our Sangha. A handful are perennials: they go on flowering year after year and remain as fresh today as when Osho was in-the-body. Songs such as the Pune l music group classic of Anubhava’s (Peter Makena) “There Is So Much Magnificence”; the Ranch classic “Way of the Heart” (Ruparahi); the Pune ll classics “Ah This” (Abhinandan), “Love Is The Fire” (Miten); “Just Say Yes” (Sudhananda); Home Is Where The Heart Is (Narayani); Om Shanti (Subhan); I Am Touched (Neera); I Just Close My Eyes (Madhuro); This Life Our Celebration (Milarepa); and many many more too numerous to list here — all continue to touch people and open hearts, inspiring thousands around the world to explore the dimensions of love, meditation, and personal growth. I consider myself blessed to have had an opportunity to share them via my events since more than thirty years. I have witnessed, time and time again, their transforming effect on people, how they speak directly to the heart, and how they effortlessly open the door to Osho and silence. Perhaps it is this miracle that has kept me going this long! 

One of the songs I speak of, that needs to be included in this conversation, is one that blossomed in the heart of Danish Pratibha. With a little help from her friend, Bindu (also Dansih), she gave birth to “Nothing Is Said”. I can still remember passing them sitting together in Mariam Canteen during lunch hour in Pune 1988, and calling out to me, “Hey, Mila! We have a new song. Wanna hear?” That same evening, we sang it with the Commune for Osho’s discourse. Now more than thirty years later I can say it remains one of the most-loved of all the “Osho” songs. It is as heartful a tribute to the Master if there ever was one. I will post a link below to Pratibha’s article in Osho News Online where she speaks about how the song came about for her.

In the autumn of 2016 after the USA tour, I started a project teaching myself the professional recording software LogicPro X. Learning as I went along, I began sketching out ideas for seven or eight new songs, all the while doing tutorials to practice and sharpen my recording skills. As it happened, on May 24, 2017, a beloved friend of mine and many, Ma Satya Priya — who ran the Osho Padma Center in New York City and also organized our annual band retreat in Upstate New York — left her body. When I received the news, I dropped everything I had been working on and quickly recorded what I knew to be her favorite Osho song, “Nothing Is Said” with the idea of using it as the soundtrack for a video tribute to her I wanted to make. Three days later, I posted the tribute but lost total interest in recording and going further with my projects. So, I dismantled the studio and never looked back. Alas, COVID-19 came along this March and, after the last of my events of the year canceled, I felt pulled to the studio again. My creatively began flowing effortlessly in this direction and so I set up the studio again and began the process of picking up the thread I had dropped three years earlier. One of the ways to familiarize myself with the technicalities of recording was to go back into tracks like “Nothing Is Said” and use them to practice, polish, remember, and hone my rusty skills. When I had originally posted Satya Priya’s tribute, I had some inquiries about whether the song was available anywhere and, if so, where to find it. So, as the track was becoming more finalized, I wrote Pratibha and asked whether she would mind if I shared it as a free download on my homepage. She very graciously said, “Yes”. In one of her email sentences to me she writes, “I couldn’t claim the song as mine since it was really Osho who sent it”. I know she feels this way, but I still want to acknowledge HER on behalf of myself and the many people I know who are going to be touched by this sharing. I hope you will enjoy the beautiful expression of love and devotion for the Master her song is. 

Speaking of Satya Priya: what a divine coincidence this sharing comes on the second anniversary of Padma NYC our dynamic New York City center that continues and celebrates her legacy of sharing Osho and meditation in the heart of Manhattan. We all felt Priya a lot in last Sunday’s event!

Pritabha shares about the creation of “Nothing Is Said” and her experiences playing music in the Commune: https://www.oshonews.com/2015/05/24/pratibha-music/

For more about Pratibha, visit http://www.pratibha.dk.

For more about Padma NYC, our miracle of a meditation center in the heart of New York City, lovingly facilitated by Meera and Arpana, visit www.padmanyc.com.

“Nothing is said, nothing is heard, and yet the heart starts dancing in tune with the master.” Hari Om Tat Sat – The Divine Sound: That Is the Truth Chapter 27

“I am simply singing my own song. The meaning is not in the words, the meaning is in the silences between the words.” Osho, Om Mani Padme Hum – The Sound of Silence: The Diamond in the Lotus #19

 

June 22, 2020

This meditation was Zoom’d on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 12:15pm EDT. It features special guests Nandin (silver flute), Milind (bansuri), and Sudhananda (acoustic guitar and vocals for the celebration song). I wish to thank and acknowledge all the musicians for gracing this project with their inspired playing.

The meditation is one hour long. It is done with eyes closed. Sit comfortably and relax. The music, quotes from Osho, humming, and gaps of silence are there to support letting go into silence as deeply as possible. The stages are as follows:

1.bell to start
2. a short silence
3. the first music track
4. fifteen minutes of silent sitting
5. Osho quote in Hindi
6. a bell signals the Humming Stage(ten minutes) *this stage requires participation. Hum quietly to oneself with lips and teeth together.
7. fifteen minutes of silent sitting
8. Osho quote in English
9. the second music track
10. a short silence
11. three bells at the end

The celebration song, “Into Your Hands”, is inspired by a Pune l music group song by Anubhava a.k.a. Peter Makena. The video edited by Sudhananda can be listened to and viewed on the One Sky Music Youtube channel. Please visit https://youtu.be/R8BG50Ok9xE.

For more about Nandin, visit: www.nandinmusic.com.

For more about Sudhananda, visit: https://sudhananda.com.

For more about Milind, visit https://milinddate.com.

This is a free sharing to be enjoyed by all. However, please consider a contribution of any amount you feel appropriate to support the music and events like this to continue. Visit the “Contribute” button on the top right margin of this page. Thank you.

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June 3, 2020

Beloveds Friends,

This year’s Europe and USA band events scheduled for July through October have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 uncertainty. Keeping in mind that “this too shall pass”, we will be watching how things unfold and re-access the situation later this year and see what is possible in 2021. So stay tuned! In the meantime, please enjoy Morning Satsang with One Sky Music. The next one is scheduled for Sunday, June 21 at 12:15 EDT.

 

May 27, 2020

This meditation was Zoom’d on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 12:15pm EST. It features special guests Milind Date (bansuri) and Sudhananda (acoustic guitar). I wish to thank and acknowledge the musicians for gracing this project with their inspired playing.

The meditation is one hour long. It is done with eyes closed. Sit comfortably and relax. The music, quotes from Osho, humming, and gaps of silence are there to support letting go into silence as deeply as possible. The stages are as follows:

1.bell to start
2. a short silence
3. the first music track
4. fifteen minutes of silent sitting
5. Osho quote in Hindi
6. a bell signals the Humming Stage(ten minutes) *this stage requires participation. Hum quietly to oneself with lips and teeth together.
7. fifteen minutes of silent sitting
8. Osho quote in English
9. the second music track
10. a short silence
11. three bells at the end

For those interested in the beautiful song of Sudhananda’s we sang at the end, “Come Come Yet Again Come”, please visit https://sudhananda.com/garden-of-mystic-lovers.

For information about Milind, visit https://milinddate.com.

This is a free sharing to be enjoyed by all. However, please consider a contribution of any amount to support the music and events like this to continue.

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May 6, 2020

This Morning Satsang Meditation was Zoom’d on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 12noon EST. It features special guests Chandira (piano) and Milind Date (bansuri). The meditation is one hour long and done with eyes closed. Allow yourself to sit comfortably and relax. The music, quotes from Osho, humming, and gaps of silence are all to support letting go into silence as deeply as possible. The stages are as follows:

1.bell to start

2. a short silence

3. the first music track

4. fifteen minutes of silent sitting

5. Osho quote in Hindi

6. a bell signals the Humming Stage(ten minutes) *this stage requires participation. Hum quietly to oneself with lips and teeth together.

7. fifteen minutes of silent sitting

8. Osho quote in English

9. the second music track

10. a short silence

11. three bells signal the end

Enjoy the meditation!

This is a free sharing to be enjoyed by all. However, please consider a contribution of any amount to support the music and events like this to continue.

Name:
Email:
January 30, 2020

Enjoy this recent article published in Osho News Online: https://www.oshonews.com/2020/01/30/oshofest-nepal-2020/

January 1, 2020

As I ready my color palette and brushes for the blank canvas in front of me titled Year 2020, I want to wish everyone all the best for the adventure that lies ahead. Transitioning today’s milestone, I am reminded of a poem by the wandering Taoist monk, Han Shan:

I climb the road to Cold Mountain, the road to Cold Mountain that never ends.
The valleys are long and strewn with stones; the streams broad and banked with thick grass.
The moss is slippery, though no rain has fallen. Pines sigh, but it is not the wind.
Who can break from the snares of the world and sit with me among the white clouds?

A thousand clouds, ten thousand streams.
Here I live, an idle man,
Roaming green peaks by day,
Back to sleep by cliffs at night.
One by one, springs and autumns go,
Free of heat and dust, my mind.
Sweet to know there’s nothing I need,
Silent as the autumn river’s flood.