Yoga and Meditation in a Life Extraordinary with Author Dada Vedaprajinananda

By Jon Kelly

NewsInsideOut.com

Roberts Creek, BC – In an exclusive new interview published to YouTube on January 22, 2016, NewsInsideOut met with yoga and meditation expert author Dada Vedaprajinananda during his tour of the British Columbia Sunshine Coast to discuss his spiritual memoir “From Brooklyn to Benares and Back.” From life in post-World War II New York, through the birth of Rock and Roll and the Vietnam-era draft readers discover compelling social and spiritual forces that culminated in the author’s pursuit of Self-knowledge leading to personal contact with one of the most profound intellectual and spiritual personalities of the twentieth century.

In his summary Futures Studies researcher and Professor Sohail Inayatullah explained how this book teaches “equanimity of mind” offering a “journey in authenticity, in humanity.” Told with characteristic humor and insight, the monk’s tale offers his clear, no-nonsense take on a life extraordinary in pursuit of the yogic goal of merger with Cosmic Consciousness. The title is accessible to beginners and of special value to meditation students, yoga teachers-in-training and spiritual aspirants of all faiths.

Seeming chance encounters with legendary musicians, Presidential family members and heroes of the Space Race populate the pages of this work. However, the most significant impressions are conveyed during his meetings with yogic Acharya’s (Skr: “Teacher by example”) who provide personal instruction in original spiritual practices of humanity’s ancient Sanskrit-speaking ancestors. These techniques emphasize unlocking the gates of consciousness through the recitation of personal mantras formulated to meet the needs of each individual’s character and emotional disposition.

The nature of these instructions and their accompanying lifestyle are further elucidated in “The Chakras and Kundalinii with Dada Vedaprajinananda,” a presentation given by the author in January of this year now streaming on NewsInsideOut Plus and available for rental or purchase. At just under two hours, this talk provides post-graduate-level insight including lucid articulations of the tantric chakra seed sounds and clear descriptions of their accompanying Vrttis (Skr: “Emotions”). Filled with music and fun, this title teaches and entertains in a way that could only be informed by decades of personal practice and instructional leadership given in more than thirty countries throughout the world.

For readers who wish to understand the secrets of spiritual living told in the voice of an expert western practitioner and experiencer, this reporter highly recommends “From Brooklyn to Benares and Back” by Dada Vedaprajinananda, now available through his website or on Amazon.com.

According to his biography, Dada is a monk, meditation and yoga teacher and a singer-songwriter. A native New Yorker, he has lectured, performed and taught in more than thirty countries since the early 1970s. He currently resides in the Ananda Liina Spiritual Community in Urbana, Illinois, where he offers regular instruction and retreats emphasizing men’s spirituality and personal development.

From DadaVeda.com: “This is Dada’s memoir.  It chronicles his life,  from his upbringing in New York right up to the present time. It give an inside glimpse showing how he was attracted to the spiritual path and how he went on to become a world-traveled monk , singer-songwriter and author.

““Many spiritual books try to enthrall with colorful language about the many states of nirvana. Dada’s
text is not like that. His words are even keel, just like the author. They live and teach equanimity of mind.

“One joins him for a journey in authenticity, in humanity. From his early   days watching to in Brooklyn, to his meeting with the famous hippies of the 60s, to his transition to an editor and then to a monk. One flows. We go with Dada to Europe to Japan to Syria and then back to New York. In this journey, this peaceful journey, we share in Dada’s calm approach to giving, to living the right life. And to challenging our comfort zones. If we wish for the Divine to carry us, we need to first let go. Dada’s life has been an example of that. Read his book. And let go. Wade shallow or dive deep, but go in the water and the let the flow carry you to you. “”

Professor Sohail Inayatullah,
Tamkang University, Taiwan, Author of Transcending Boundaries

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Meditation Music: Throat Singing with Matthew Kocel

By Jon Kelly

NewsInsideOut.com

Vancouver, BC – An exclusive new video published to YouTube on November 22, 2015, offers viewers front-row access to meditation music from Matthew Kocel’s Throat Singing performance accompanied by frame drum at Morningstar Transformations. Tuvan throat singing is a UNESCO-recognized cultural tradition where performers tune the resonance of harmonic overtones to generate paraphonic melodies and drones using the human voice.

Website OmShaman.com describes Matthew Kocel as “a throat singer, healer and musical visionary driven by his mission to inspire unity through the universal language of music and sacred sound. The harmonic overtones of his voice –  two, three, or more notes at the same time – vibrate the core of your being with extraordinary sensations, awakening a deep spiritual presence beyond words.”

According to one source, the “more deep sounding style of throat singing is known as Kargyraa (in Cyrillic: Каргыраа). Kargyraa has a deep, almost growling sound to it and is technically related to Tibetan Buddhist chant and has some similarities with vocal fry and the way Popeye’s cartoon voice was created. It uses both the vocal and the vestibular folds (also known as “false vocal chords”) simultaneously, creating two connected sources of sound.

“By constricting the larynx,” that source goes on to say, “The vestibular folds can be brought together (adducted) and, under certain conditions, vibrate. It can produce an undertone exactly half the frequency of the fundamental produced by the vocal folds. Therefore, for each second vibration of the vocal folds, the vestibular fold completes a whole vibration cycle. While the larynx generates such rich sound, the mouth cavity may be shaped, just like in the manipulation of vowels, to select some particular harmonics, resulting in a sound that may be perceived as having different pitches simultaneously.”

Earlier NewsInsideOut.com coverage of this artist included a video that encouraged audiences to breathe deeply while they imagined “receiving a hug from Mother Earth.”

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Meditation Music: Matthew Kocel performs breathwork with conch and singing bowl

By Jon Kelly

NewsInsideOut.com

Vancouver, BC – An exclusive new video published to YouTube on November 8, 2015, offers viewers front-row access to meditation music from Matthew Kocel’s Sunday performance on conch and crystal singing bowl at Morningstar Transformations. Featuring narration by Emotional Alchemist Laurie Morningstar, this video encourages audiences to breathe deeply while they imagine “receiving a hug from Mother Earth.”

Website OmShaman.com describes Matthew Kocel as “a throat singer, healer and musical visionary driven by his mission to inspire unity through the universal language of music and sacred sound. The harmonic overtones of his voice –  two, three, or more notes at the same time – vibrate the core of your being with extraordinary sensations, awakening a deep spiritual presence beyond words.”

According to one source, a conch or shell trumpet is fashioned from the shell of a large sea snail by cutting at hole in the shell’s spire at its apex. In South Asian spiritual traditions, the conch appears in the iconography of Visnu and is famously performed as the Panchajanya (defined as “control over the five elements/five lower chakras) by Krishna on the battlefield of the Mahabharata War.

In the tradition of the Vedic people who occupied the Indus River Valley Visnu is stationed in the role of Chief Administrator, Operator or Controller of the creation. Personal control of the gateways of consciousness located within the human body is achieved through practice of intensive spiritual disciplines including meditation, according to Yoga. Under these conditions, the Cosmic potential within the human body is said to operate, ascending within a subtle meridian that follows the spine with resultant expressions of higher consciousness and optimized functionality.

This ascent of the Kundalini is accompanied by subtle inner sounds, described below in the testimony of a yogic monk who was witness to his guru’s demonstration of occult kundalini-raising powers.

He touched his stick to my muladhara chakra and gave the order, “Get up! Get up energy!” Suddenly I felt something in my muladhara cakra and felt uneasy. Without removing his stick, Baba explained to everyone about the cakra. I heard what Baba was saying, but as though I was far away.

Then after a few minutes, Baba said, “Cakra, dance!” Then he asked “Do you hear any sound?” “Yes, Baba, I hear the sound of crickets.” He pushed the stick a little.

Then he moved the stick up to my svadhistana cakra. Baba explained to everyone about this cakra. Then He said, “Now dance!” I started to feel very uneasy and strange. I wanted to leave the room, but I could not. Baba asked me, “What sound do you hear?” I said, “The sound of ankle bells.” Baba explained that this was the sound of Lord Krsna, which all the gopis enjoyed.

Then He moved the stick up to my navel (manipura cakra). He explained about this to everyone. Then he said, “Now dance!” I felt as if my stomach would burst. I started to feel suffocation. “What sound do you hear?” “Baba, I hear the sound of a sweet flute.” Baba explained that was the flute of Krsna. It was an intoxicating sound.

Then Baba asked one Margii, “Do you hear this sound, too?” He answered, “Yes, Baba.” Baba explained, “This man is very developed, so his body has special capacity to hear the internal sound of another person’s cakras.”

Then Baba moved His stick up to my heart, the Anahata cakra. My body started trembling, but Baba seemed to be controlling it. Baba explained about the many propensities of this cakra. Then He said, “Now dance!” Then I felt as though I was floating in the ocean. Baba asked “What sound do you hear?” I replied that I was hearing the sound of the ocean. Baba said, “Yes, the sound of a strong wind, the hssss! of a storm.

Baba moved His stick up to my vishuddha cakra, and explained that it has 16 propensities. He said that many ideas and thoughts are created here. “Now dance!” I told Baba I was hearing the sound of Onm. It was very sweet, very calming and quiet. I felt all my nerves and body start to collapse. I lost consciousness and fell backwards.

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