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Jai’s Blog

Jai’s Blog2017-07-15T23:36:37-07:00

Stories and musings from Jai…

High Noon in the Desert – Hare Krishna Hare Rama

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 [...]

Friends in High Places

What a deep relief it was to hear those sounds and smell those smells once again. Bells, chants, heart-rending cries of “Radhe Radhe,” incense, sacred fires, cow dung burning…… I was back in my holy [...]

Thanksgiving

Several years ago I was sitting in the courtyard of my guru’s ashram in a small North Indian village, taking the sun, drinking chai, and watching a family of monkeys dance and fight around a [...]

Jai’s Blog – The Baba in the Stilt House

Ah, India... The land of dreams, exaggerations, unbelievable stories and mythological figures; where the line between the 'spirit' world and the 'real' world is very thin, indeed; where monkeys and elephants are Gods, and cows [...]

Ram

Become my patron on Patreon

My musical Guru, Ali Akbar Khan, used to speak so sweetly about his time in the Rajasthani court, playing for the king who became his patron and benefactor. Khansahib, as we lovingly called him, claimed he would never have become the maestro that he was without having had that patronage. And the same is true for so many of the greatest artists, playwrights, scientists and musicians of history – they all had patrons helping them to achieve their life’s vision.

Well, it’s 2016 and times have changed. The days of royal patronage are long gone. But now, with crowdfunding and other miracles, we’re relearning the art of giving in a new and very modern way. As we rediscover our interconnectedness and interdependence, we find the awareness that we all need to become patrons of each other.

Jai Uttal Kirtan