OF THE AWAKE /CD
BY TURIYA NADA
WHITE SWAN RECORDS
Turiya Nada, better known as Nandhi,
once lived in south India as an ascetic
and a devout follower of the Siddhar sage
Ayya. From his guru, Nandhi learned
mystical mantras that reverberated with
energy, leaving him with a heightened
sense of awareness and joy. Many years
later, he was instructed to share these
mantras around the world. After settling
down in Los Angeles, Nandhi produced
albums containing these chants. Arakara
is his fourth project to date.
Unlike his previous albums, Arakara was
created specifically with the trance dance
crowd in mind. Using live recordings of
mantras sung by Nandhi during ritual
pujas, co-producers Howard Lipp and
EdWing Sankey worked their magic by
layering percussion, keyboards, guitar,
harp, bass, flute, cello, and vocal tracks
on top of the traditional chants. Additional credit goes to Winston Raval, Rob
Kholer, Jeronimo Sexton, and Ena Vie for
their stellar musical contributions.
The resulting sound inspires the listener
to move ecstatically in “Vel Vel Muruga”,
dance passionately in “Siva Siva Arakara”, and sing blissfully in “Aum Sakti”...
and when it's all over, to sit quietly and
meditate on the experience. Give Arakara
the attention it deserves and it will awaken the inner fire in your soul.
Reviewed by Joni Yung, who spends most of her waking
hours searching for new music for her podcast, Yoga Chat
with the Accidental Yogist. YOGACHATSHOW.COM
POLISHING THE MIRROR:
HOW TO LIVE FROM YOUR
SPIRITUAL HEART /BOOK
BY RAM DASS
Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from
Your Spiritual Heart is a seeker's guide
to heart-centered living, or Bhakti Yoga.
Whether you are just beginning your
spiritual inquiry, seeking a deeper more
meaningful way to live, or a long-time
seeker, Polishing The Mirror is a trusted
companion for whatever we may face on
our journey through life.
Ram Dass shares the simple yet powerfully transformative wisdom that he has
come to embody after six decades of life
on the spiritual path. Ram Dass has personally faced and overcome many of the
challenges and difficulties that we, too,
may face on the road of life: the loss of
career, the loss of identity that comes with
it, the loss of loved ones, a health crisis (in
the near-fatal stoke that he suffered), and
even a crisis of faith after his stroke. Yet
through it all, Ram Dass reminds us how
to come back to a place of heart-centered
Polishing the Mirror is a message to us
from our future, reminding us that there
is suffering in life, but there is also a path
that leads us inward to a place that is free
from suffering— it is the spiritual heart
that all traditions talk about, and it is
available to ALL of us.
Reviewed by Michael Thomas, who currently writes
the Money Matters Column for Find Bliss Magazine. He
assists individuals and families with their financial and estate planning needs and provides personal and business
coaching. Michael also teaches yoga and meditation.
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ENTANGLED IN DARKNESS:
SEEKING THE LIGHT /BOOK
BY DEBORAH KING
New York Times bestselling author and
spiritual leader Deborah King is serving
up fresh knowledge with her new book,
Entangled in Darkness: Seeking the Light.
The battle between good and evil—
lightness and dark—is broken down for us.
King follows up with the best ways to
avoid negativity and darkness, how to successfully rid ourselves of it, and how to
take proactive steps into the light.
King states that the most powerful human
emotions are fear and love. “The basic energy of the universe is unconditional love,
and it is the strongest force there is…its capacity for healing supersedes the physical
laws of nature…it is in fact the stuff that
miracles are made of.”
King discusses the importance of physical
as well as mental care, the importance of
surrounding ourselves with positive people, and avoiding negativity, which is ever-present in “energy vampires.”
If you’re wondering what the secret to happiness is, King has figured that out, too.
“Don’t think about yourself. Just help others.” Be grateful every day, and be mindful
of your own mental state.
Deborah King is an experienced healer
who gave up a successful life of law to educate and heal those seeking the light. To
learn more about King or how to be well,
you can listen to her weekly radio show at
Reviewed by Tiffany Tomaszewski.
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