Jai’s Blog

Roots, Rock, Rama!

March 18th, 2017|

The music on this album has been bubbling inside my heart and my soul for many many years. Like a very slow cooking pot of ghee, hundreds of songs have risen to the surface, just to be skimmed away until all that is left is the clarified and very buttery essence of my love, understanding [...]

The Untold Story

August 31st, 2016|

Friday night Kirtan at San Quentin Prison was a completely mind-blowing experience. I've tried to describe it to several people, but I've found that words have failed me. I've been going into the prison on and off for about three years, along with my Bhakti brother and sister Radhanath Das and Kilimba, and we've [...]

Revisiting “Shiva Station”

June 11th, 2014|

Time, the conqueror. Time, the liberator. We see it and feel it every day. As a parent, I often find myself simultaneously experiencing two completely dichotomous emotions watching my son grow: a marvel at his new achievements and beautiful independence, and a poignant wistfulness of loss as he leaves his baby years behind. Within myself [...]

A Windy Day In Albuquerque (rambling thoughts on the long airplane ride to Brazil)

December 14th, 2011|

Walking to the Pancha Karma house one morning early last month, the winds were blowing wildly as a sudden, unexpected storm descended upon Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dry leaves were slapping my face and branches and twigs were crashing against the doors and walls of the neighboring homes. Already in a reflective state from the Ayurvedic [...]

A Road With No Maps

September 6th, 2011|

I consider my Guru, among other things, to have been a great teacher of Bhakti Yoga. I say 'among other things' because he was impossible to pin down. He hardly ever actually 'taught,' he never spoke about himself or his lineage, he never gave lectures or discourses. Amazing miracles occurred around Maharjji all the time, [...]

WHY DO WE SING KIRTAN; ONE MORE BOTTOM LINE……

March 31st, 2011|

Greetings everyone, I've been wanting to write to you about my last trip to India for quite some time. But life and her many streams of busy-ness seems to always intervene. What's been going on this year? Whew.... My "Down On My Knees" video project; recording and releasing Bhakti Bazaar with Ben Leinbach; recording Queen [...]

Cookies and Tea – A Slight Shift in Perception

September 23rd, 2010|

Bhakti Yoga brings us into the world of mystery, a realm where the dissecting, discerning qualities of the intellect are powerless next to the vast ocean of feelings. For most practitioners, the goal of Yoga is union, oneness with the Supreme. But in Bhakti Yoga we don't think about the goal, we only weep, laugh, [...]

Listening to “Bhakti Bazaar”

August 14th, 2010|

A rainy day in Porto da Lua, Bahia, Brasil. Listening to the wind, the ocean, and my soon to be released CD, Bhakti Bazaar, recorded with Ben Leinbach last year. Getting a massage for my tired achey muscles, dreaming of 'love forever'.... I don't usually listen to my own music and when I do, well, [...]

FROM MYTH TO MIRACLE

May 17th, 2010|

“Ok, Jai…. Sit down and write something!” “But I’m not a writer, I’m a singer and a musician….” “Well, you’re not playing music or singing right now and you’re bored of reading your mystery novel and too awake for a nap……” “But I have nothing to write about….” “Just sit down and see what happens…..” [...]

High Noon in the Desert – Hare Krishna Hare Rama

April 21st, 2010|

Greetings, friends..... Good morning (California time). It looks like spring may finally be breaking through. Has it been a long winter everywhere???? Well, I haven’t ‘blogged’ in a while. (That’s another one of these modern words, like ‘googled.’) Somehow, between parenting, working, and practicing music, many other important things on my daily ‘to-do’ list seem [...]