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Jyoshna - From Nothingness To Empowerment

Jyoshna - From Nothingness To Empowerment

By Jyoshna La Trobe

From the View Point of a Spiritualist/Kirtan Musician/LBGT/ Co - Parent.
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11/52 - What happens when you say "Im not going to...in front of the guru " - Kapil's story from 1970 when Baba gave kiirtan
11/52 - What happens when you say "Im not going to...in front of the guru " - Kapil's story from 1970 when Baba gave kiirtan
Kapil's stories are quite humorous coming from someone who knew nothing about Baba previously to going to India. Kapil was there in 1970 just after Baba gave Baba Nam kevalam kiirtan. Heres a short excerpt from a casual conversation we had about kiirtan and Kapil's spiritual experiences in those very early days with Baba.Kapil will be coming to the Kiirtan Academy Monthlies to give a talk in the new year so he can give more details then. I leave you with the song 'We are not Alone' from Unity Hours IV. https://jyoshna.bandcamp.com/track/we-are-not-alone
21:34
November 26, 2022
10/52 How to Empower Women and Empower the World
10/52 How to Empower Women and Empower the World
This week has been an incredible week in NZ for women's empowerment. First we had the Topp Twins Tribute Concert on the7th Nov then the Black Ferns win over England at the Rugby Women's World Cup on Saturday. Women are showing themselves as the vanguards of the revolution in all spheres of life, may it roll on! I finish with the song 'Sing a song Holiday' for all of those incredibly hard working women out there. This song is available on the album Unity Hours IV, here: https://jyoshna.bandcamp.com/album/unity-hours-iv
10:15
November 15, 2022
9/52 Kiirtan Day (Divas) and What Does it Mean To Do 'Baba Nam Kevalam' Kiirtan?
9/52 Kiirtan Day (Divas) and What Does it Mean To Do 'Baba Nam Kevalam' Kiirtan?
In this podcast I interview Didi Ananda Arpana on this very significant day of 'Kiirtan Divas'. On October 8th in 1970 Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji gave the universal mantra Baba Nam Kevalam so that everyone could experience bliss and the feeling of being sheltered within the divine.  Didiji shares her experience strengths and hope and then I end with a devotional song from Unity Hours IV and Baba Nam Kevalam. To check out Unity Hours IV, Click here: https://jyoshna.bandcamp.com/album/unity-hours-iv
32:50
October 08, 2022
8/52 Moving from One side of the World to Another or From the City to The Country - Reflections by Jyoshna and Sukhadeva (Sam Teliandis)
8/52 Moving from One side of the World to Another or From the City to The Country - Reflections by Jyoshna and Sukhadeva (Sam Teliandis)
Moving can be an adventure as well as a challenge. I reflect on my move from the northern to the southern hemispheres and Sam Teliandis Sukhadeva from the city of Melbourne to the countryside of Queensland, Australia. I end with a new song/kiirtan in the making.  To check out the new album Unity Hours IV, click here: https://jyoshna.bandcamp.com/album/unity-hours-IV
13:47
October 05, 2022
07/52 Launching Unity Hours IV Album in Ireland - Giving Back to Our Communities
07/52 Launching Unity Hours IV Album in Ireland - Giving Back to Our Communities
The most fulfilling experience from launching the album Unity Hours IV was the opportunity to give back to my community through love and music. In this podcast I give thanks to those who supported me and share some thoughts about the album launch. Giving back to my community is something very important to me. Each of us has been given a gift of Dharma (innate characteristic or spirit) in our lives and to be able to express this, to give ones gift, whatever it may be, is the most soul nourishing experience. I end the podcast with a review and a new track from the album. Click here to check out the new album: https://jyoshna.bandcamp.com/album/unity-hours-iv
11:18
September 11, 2022
6/52 Listen to Jiivan's moment of bliss with Agentha of ABBA and her amazing response. An Interview with Jiivan from Dublin
6/52 Listen to Jiivan's moment of bliss with Agentha of ABBA and her amazing response. An Interview with Jiivan from Dublin
In this interview Jiivan describes his experience of being an ABBA fan, the bliss he felt when he could say 'I love you" to Agnetha and her amazing response at the ABBA Premiere in London. It was the concert that he always wanted to go to, but coudnt and now finally went. We end with an old kiirtan of mine that Jiivan loves to sing, called LFT Kiirtan.  
21:50
July 23, 2022
5/52 The Kiirpa Instrument - A new Invention to make your own music and sound medicine - An Interview with Dayakar from Italy.
5/52 The Kiirpa Instrument - A new Invention to make your own music and sound medicine - An Interview with Dayakar from Italy.
In this podcast, I speak with Dayakar, about his background and the benefits of the kiirpa, an instrument he invented following the mystical instructions of his guru. He speaks about how the kiirpa benefits people musically and medically, especially those with neurological disorders. With this instrument you don't need to know how to read or even to play music to make your own riffs, you just need to hold it close to you and play what makes you feel good, its like a medicine. He ends the podcast with his own kiirpa improvisation. Check it out at https://kiirpa.com/
33:55
June 24, 2022
4/52 Macaronic Singing Bringing Communities Together- An Interview with Bernadette Watson, Co Clare, Ireland
4/52 Macaronic Singing Bringing Communities Together- An Interview with Bernadette Watson, Co Clare, Ireland
In this interview Bernadette talks about her background and the session of macaronic singing at the Mount Shannon Arts Festival recently that was very successful. She also speaks about the Irish Language movement that she is dedicated to. She ends with a macaronic song called One Morning in June, a love song from the 18th century.  
32:42
June 15, 2022
3/52 From Musician to Successful Studio Owner - An interview with Martin O'Malley of Malbay Studio, Milton Malbay, Ireland
3/52 From Musician to Successful Studio Owner - An interview with Martin O'Malley of Malbay Studio, Milton Malbay, Ireland
Most of Unity Hours IV album was recorded in Malbay Studio, except the backing vocals which I recorded with Michael Lloyd in NZ.  Recently I interviewed Martin O'Malley about the background of his studio. It's a wonderful studio in a rural area of Ireland, near to the beach, where we have begun to mix the album. I also share one rough mix of the song "Under Her Spell' a song about my daughter Isabel.    
12:12
June 13, 2022
2/52 The Mount Shannon Arts Festival - a Real Joy of Collaboration and Aesthetics and the 'Tiny Green Island' song.
2/52 The Mount Shannon Arts Festival - a Real Joy of Collaboration and Aesthetics and the 'Tiny Green Island' song.
So much is happening over these two weeks at the Mount Shannon Arts Festival, with the Community Parade and Picnic last weekend, Macaronic Singing, Local and International Films (Wednesdy and Thursday) , Amazing Art and Photography (ongoing), the market (this weekend) and so much more. I end the podcast with two different versions of the song'Tiny Green Island',  by P.R.Sarkar. Version 1 was recorded in the early 90s and version 2 was recorded more recently in Ireland in Irish and English, ending with Baba Nam Kevalam 'Love is all there Is' kiirtan or chant. Come and Enjoy Mount Shannon Festival this weekend see at: www.mountshannnon arts. To know more about Macaronic singing, see: https://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/0324/603788-sen-sochin-sings-a-macaronic-song/
30:08
June 03, 2022
1/52 The First Podcast of My Second Year - Honouring our Ancestry through the 'Bath Mantra' (Pitr Yajina), for Health and Happiness
1/52 The First Podcast of My Second Year - Honouring our Ancestry through the 'Bath Mantra' (Pitr Yajina), for Health and Happiness
In this podcast I talk about Pitr Yajina or Honouring our Ancestors aka the 'Bath Mantra', something which is very beneficial to our health and our happiness. It has immense value personally and collectively by recognising those who have paved the way for human progress. It also reminds us of our spiritual goal in life, that we are coming from Infinite Consciousness and will eventually merge back into Infinite Consciousness, once our work has been completed. I also talk about the upcoming events at the Kiirtan Academy and end with Ananda Sutram Kiirtan.  
18:19
May 23, 2022
365/365 Honouring the Life and Work of Giridhara, the person who touched so many peoples lives with his love and compassion.
365/365 Honouring the Life and Work of Giridhara, the person who touched so many peoples lives with his love and compassion.
Giridhara or Tom Barefoot, was an amazing person, a role model to many of us, through his sadhana (meditation) and service. His work in creating the Srii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar Archives has served all of us around the world for decades, as well his many other social service projects. Giridhara and his wife Acarya Cirasmita, hosted me for over a year in the early 90's as I joined their community to sing songs and kiirtans together at their home in Vermont. This resulted in the 'Touched by the Sea' album recorded with the local Margiis and musicians, at a studio nearby in Montpellier. The love, compassion and friendship Giridhara gave me, will always remain in my heart and so I remain forever grateful.  I end with a new song called Divine Fire and kiirtan.    
59:14
May 06, 2022
364/365. How to Take Risks for a Positive Outcome - Time to Reflect on some Highlights in Aotearoa, NZ
364/365. How to Take Risks for a Positive Outcome - Time to Reflect on some Highlights in Aotearoa, NZ
After a time of reflection I have gathered together some highlights of my stay in Aotearoa, such as what happens when you take risks for something good, feeling gratitude for new and old connections and recording with Michael, ending with a brief description of the new courses we are offering at the Kiirtan Academy.and a new kiirtan called Divine Fire.  
14:11
April 22, 2022
363/365 'I'm Just an Average Cosmic Being' says Dada Vedaprajinanada from the USA.
363/365 'I'm Just an Average Cosmic Being' says Dada Vedaprajinanada from the USA.
Dada Vedaprajinananda shares songs by the Indian composer Prabhat Ranjain Sarkar with a western slant in a new album he has produced from singers around the globe. In his interview he shares his inspirational work and musical experiences. Click the links below to listen to Dadas new albums and podcast:  For the Prabhat Samgiita album and the Songs for Social Change: https://rawamusic.bandcamp.com For Dada's music (and new album too): https://dadaveda.bandcamp.com and also www.dadaveda.com Dada's spiritual podcasts: www.dharmacast.com Prout Podcasts: https://anchor.fm/prout-rev-podcast 
27:53
April 11, 2022
362/365 Simply Caring for Others - An Interview with Dada Vimaleshvaranandaji from Aotearoa, NZ
362/365 Simply Caring for Others - An Interview with Dada Vimaleshvaranandaji from Aotearoa, NZ
Dadaji is very active in various social service projects in Aotearoa NZ. He leads the Feeding Programme, has been involved in promoting the sacred medicinal Neem tree internationally and is also part of the Prout party (Progressive Utilisation Theory), that brings new optimism to the political landscape. This interview took place almost a month ago, before I left NZ, but is still very valid and inspirational.   
25:57
April 04, 2022
361/365 How to Create A Brilliant Album From Scratch - An Interview with Maetreyii Marai Deacon from Japan, living in Australia.
361/365 How to Create A Brilliant Album From Scratch - An Interview with Maetreyii Marai Deacon from Japan, living in Australia.
Maetreyii speaks about her brave move from Japan to the USA to study Psychology and how she uses it in her musical career today. She initiated a new business called Hands on Transformation in support of the National Disabilities Scheme (NDIS). Maetreyii lives in Australia with her family and has recorded her first album called New Beginnings. Her soaring, celestial vocals are unique and her instrumentation fits perfectly around them. I guarantee this album will leave a deep impression on you. In the interview she speaks about some research done on music and plants. I found a reference to the first one following, and the second one was Masaro Emoto's photographic work. It reads "Dr. Singh, head of Botany at Annamalai University in India studied plants reactions to Classical and Rock music. While listening to Classical and Baroque music, the plants grew 72% more leaves and they grew 20% faster. The plants which were exposed to Rock music grew abnormally tall and died in 2 weeks. The plants which were exposed to Classical and Baroque music ended up leaning towards the speakers instead of the light and the closest plants began to wrap themselves around the speakers." For Links Please Click Below, thank you:   Maetreyii's Music Link: https://stanwith.me/MaetreyiiRelaxationMusic For references See at: https://www.quora.com/search?q=research%20on%20the%20effect%20of%20classical%20music%20and%20heavy%20metal%20on%20plants)
28:13
February 15, 2022
360/365 How To Always See the Bright Side of Things - Beautiful Aotearoa!
360/365 How To Always See the Bright Side of Things - Beautiful Aotearoa!
Tonight I reminisce about my stay at Bethells Beach, Aotearoa and some things I am grateful for (even though its not over yet). I end with a beautiful Prabhat Samgiit sung by Didi Ananda Anuprabha and Tiny Green Island in Irish and English sung by the Sunrise Singers.   
19:07
February 15, 2022
359/365 Having the Patience and Determination to Record Your Album - Gunatiita speaks about her new release 'Hoping you Will Come'.
359/365 Having the Patience and Determination to Record Your Album - Gunatiita speaks about her new release 'Hoping you Will Come'.
Gunatiita's new kiirtan album began more than seven years ago and its finally reached its completion. In this podcast she speaks about her background in alternative medicine, her work with wind power, her sustainable land project, and her new kiirtan album. This album was written in Sweden and recorded in Brazil whereas her Swedish song album was recorded in Norway, both newly released on all social media. https://share.amuse.io/album/gunatiita-hoping-you-will-come-kiirtan Listen to Hoping You Will Come - Kiirtan by Gunatiita share.amuse.io Album of Bhajans inspired by PS; https://open.spotify.com/album/5ld1zmp1h26d8wdCbRwTjD?si=wusSJyWeR3mO94-I4e9ajQ Alla Längtar Vi Gerda Dufwa · Album · 2019 · 8 songs. open.spotify.com Both albums are now on SoundCloud; https://soundcloud.com/user300209038?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing Gunatiita Listen to Gunatiita | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create. soundcloud.com Regarding which PS was the inspiration to which bhajan, this is the PS inspiration to each song of the Bhajan album; Alla längtar vi - PS 158, Du är vägen - PS 1017, Idag - PS 105, Stanna hos mig - PS 162, Vandrande Främling - PS 1698, Vem är Du - PS 1025 Vintervisa - PS 99
48:27
January 30, 2022
358/365 How To Save Our Endangered NZ Black Back Gulls - An Interview With Emere McDonald, Auckland, Aotearoa, NZ
358/365 How To Save Our Endangered NZ Black Back Gulls - An Interview With Emere McDonald, Auckland, Aotearoa, NZ
Emere, an animal activist and opera singer, works ceaselessly for PCAP (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Plants). In this podcast she speaks about the black back gulls of Aotearoa that are now endangered due to climate change and over fishing. She goes down every day to Aotea Centre to feed the birds, which in the past were pets. Emere also talks about how artists such as her mother, the renowned NZ painter Jacqueline Fahey have featured sea gulls in their paintings often. She ends with a beautiful waiata or NZ Maori song. If you can help please contact Emere at: https://www.facebook.com/emily.mcdonald.5245
14:33
January 18, 2022
357/365 - How to Truly Live From The Heart - An Interview with Ineke Veerkamp, Australia
357/365 - How to Truly Live From The Heart - An Interview with Ineke Veerkamp, Australia
Ini has faced a major life threatening illness recently and with a little help from her friends has risen above it to inspire us all with her deep heart wisdom and her amazing music. Listen here to her story and download Ini's Affirmation Album Click here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2BL0XZU40Z8EK9j41vJFSN
34:51
January 12, 2022
356/365 A Tribute to Saskia Byrne, Ireland - Setting Her Poem to Music
356/365 A Tribute to Saskia Byrne, Ireland - Setting Her Poem to Music
Six months ago, we lost Saskia, a beautiful creative woman from our community in Mount Shannon, Co Clare, Ireland. Our Community is small so it had a huge impact on all of us. I am in NZ at present so have time to write music. Here I offer a draft of a song, using her poem and my music. 
11:16
January 09, 2022
353/365 Two of the Most Gorgeous New Year Songs Ever Written!
353/365 Two of the Most Gorgeous New Year Songs Ever Written!
'Golden Dawn' or Sonali bhor, and 'New year' or Ek Nutaner songs are the some of the most deeply mystical and empathetic songs ever written. Listen here. 
19:48
January 03, 2022
352/365 How to Stage Exciting Health Cultural Rallies Full of Dance, Music and Drama in Rural Nigerian - An Interview with Dada Daneshanandaji.
352/365 How to Stage Exciting Health Cultural Rallies Full of Dance, Music and Drama in Rural Nigerian - An Interview with Dada Daneshanandaji.
Dada Daneshananda Fundraises only once a year for his "Every Life Counts' Project for women and babies in the rural areas on Nigeria. His generous sponsor, will match any amount given, so please let's give a little to help those in emergency situations. He speaks with excitement about the Health Cultural Rallies that are very entertaining as well as educational. On the other hand he also says a little about what it's like to see a child die of malnutrition in this area, something we in the west, can hardly imagine. Please give a little at: https://amurt.enthuse.com/cf/everylifecounts 
33:26
December 19, 2021
351/365. When the Rhythm Moves You in the Heart of Africa - An Interview with Didi Ananda Gunamaya and Tapatii from Ghana, West Africa.
351/365. When the Rhythm Moves You in the Heart of Africa - An Interview with Didi Ananda Gunamaya and Tapatii from Ghana, West Africa.
Didi Ananda Gunamaya speaks about how being in Accra, Ghana is not too different from Brasil but how she has greater opportunity for spiritual growth and surrender here. She runs not only a Children's School "Lotus Children's Centre' but also leads mass feeding projects while Tapatii runs a very successful vegetarian cafe in the region and supports Babas quarters. From having to keep vegetarianism a secret, less they be called 'witches' to now being a very popular cafe, its a joy to listen to their stories. Didi and Tapatii sing three kiirtans and they are very contagious, so melodious and with very beautiful rhythms unique to the region. It's such a pleasure to listen and sing along to. Check out Didi's projects at: https://www.facebook.com/lotusaccra, and at http://www.lotuschildrencentre.org/about/. Please consider giving a donation at this difficult time. Thank you.! 
36:52
December 17, 2021
350/365. Life's Transformations from Early Childhood Care to the Memory Cafe and Ageless Grace - An Interview with Puspa from Vermont, USA
350/365. Life's Transformations from Early Childhood Care to the Memory Cafe and Ageless Grace - An Interview with Puspa from Vermont, USA
Puspa shares some wonderful stories about her life and her inspiring projects, including Memory Cafe and Perculator for the Aged.  She speaks about her involvement with Ageless Grace, a Body/Mind and Movement Exercise. Puspa also sings three beautiful songs with original lyrics written to some catchy kiirtan tunes, and ends with a brilliant Baba story. Check out the Memory Cafe website below  https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/
41:36
December 11, 2021
349/365 Being Inspired by A Woman of Many Talents - An Interview with Sarah Spence (Premratna) from Aotearoa, NZ
349/365 Being Inspired by A Woman of Many Talents - An Interview with Sarah Spence (Premratna) from Aotearoa, NZ
Premratna aka Sarah Spence is an amazing woman- she is a classically trained vocalist who loves to sing kiirtan, has trained in many different healing modalities including dream work and Dalian Method for Health and Consciousness, works in IT and Learning, is into astrology and more. Musically she has recorded two solo albums so far and has been a founding member of the women's group called 'Shakti Sacred Music', offering NZ audiences a unique sound singing Devi kiirtan. In this interview we discuss her music, her inspiring podcast on Midlife Transitions and more. Check out her music and podcast via the links below.  www.premratnamusic.net/podcast. www.sarahmarlowespence.com
39:27
December 06, 2021
348/365 Kiirtan from The Feminine- NZ Yoga Day Video Release
348/365 Kiirtan from The Feminine- NZ Yoga Day Video Release
Here it is, the edited video of Kiirtan from the Feminine. On the occasion of NZ Yoga Day some local women decided to get together and share some kiirtan to celebrate NZ Yoga Day 2021. They are, Group 1: Jyoshna LaTrobe (Guitar/singing) , Sarasvati Willis (Flute/Singing), Tonya Wyatt (singing) Emere McDonald (Piano, Singing); Angie Bao; Sarah Spence (Premratna (Guitar/Singing), Emma Skellern (Drum/Singing), Melanie Hight (Guitar/Singing),  Fern Watson (Harmonium/Singing);  Video Editor: by Aston Garratt. You Tube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHr0mwNPKbA
27:03
November 26, 2021
347/365 How to Inspire and Be Inspired by the Feminine on NZ Yoga Day, this Saturday.
347/365 How to Inspire and Be Inspired by the Feminine on NZ Yoga Day, this Saturday.
When I saw the line up for NZ Yoga day I was disappointed to see that there weren't any female kiirtan players. So I set about doing something to change that. I called old friends, from when I was here four years ago, Sarah, Mel and Fern from Shakti band. They were keen to do something and then Sarah contacted Rachel and Emma too and Mel called Angie. There were ten of us in the end who came forward with just a few days to record a kiirtan. Accompanying me were Sarasvati, Emere and Tapasii. The short 5 minute videos have been sent to the editor Aston Garret, in time for Saturday.  The other exciting event is the Open Mic Kiirtan nite which is also happening on Saturday 8 pm Irish time or 9 am Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come and share a kiirtan if they like, in a very supportive environment. At the end I include the audio of the video we made of the song and kiirtan called Dharma. 
10:44
November 26, 2021
346/365 Jiivan MaCarthy Visited COP 26 - 'Climate Change' in Glasgow and Returned with Some Real Good Ideas for Action!
346/365 Jiivan MaCarthy Visited COP 26 - 'Climate Change' in Glasgow and Returned with Some Real Good Ideas for Action!
So the three greatest polluters on our planet are EAT or Energy Agriculture and Transport. Did you know that the temperature only has to increase by  1.5 degrees more and we will be at our tipping point? So what can we do? Jiivan has some great suggestions for the First world countries, who are causing havoc in the Third world countries. In technology alone there is 54 million tons of waste, in one year, hence the need for innovation, and individual responsibility to save our planet for future generations. Listen to Jiivan's repot on COP 26 here.     
30:27
November 19, 2021
345/365 How it really feels to be incarcerated for seven years on false charges - an interview with Narada Muni from Australia
345/365 How it really feels to be incarcerated for seven years on false charges - an interview with Narada Muni from Australia
Narada Muni is an extraordinary person with a wealth of spiritual knowledge gained from experience, firm determination, courage and surrender. In the first half of the interview Narada talks the situation that lead to him being incarcerated at 18 years of age. He talks candidly about his experiences in jail, all the way through to when he was released. In the second half, Narada Muni talks about his spiritual journey, and a myriad of Baba stories that will amaze and inspire you. Narada Munis book Bombs Bliss and Baba is available on Amazon at:https://www.amazon.com/Bombs-Bliss-Baba-Spiritual-Autobiography/dp/0994402740
52:10
November 16, 2021
344/365 How the Gifts of Sisterhood can Inspire Further Collaboration
344/365 How the Gifts of Sisterhood can Inspire Further Collaboration
Tonight I share my experiences with my amazing sisters who came to help me get my stuff together, working as a team. It made me reflect on the power of collaboration even in so called solitary activities like meditation. I then share a demo of a new song/bhajan and kiirtan.  
14:49
November 14, 2021
343/365 How to see love in each and every interaction - an Interview with Hiranmaya from Brasil
343/365 How to see love in each and every interaction - an Interview with Hiranmaya from Brasil
Hiranmaya Henryque Cunha is a young man with a mission. He seeks to share his experiences and to work collaboratively with other musicians.  He's studying Music Therapy, connecting with others in RAWA (Renaissance Artists and Writers Association) Brasil, and experiencing the bliss from  the songs that he's inspired to write since COVID. He says that morality, firm determination and surrender are what brought him the spiritual path. Click here to listen to more music:Rawa Braisl yt recordings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrFmPWbDMP-LkRMV8Ehyn5A/videos. Hiranmaya's personal page is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/henryquemc/featured
29:32
November 09, 2021
342/365 How to Stun an Audience with Songs Written with the Ink of the Heart - Sutapa from Brazil
342/365 How to Stun an Audience with Songs Written with the Ink of the Heart - Sutapa from Brazil
Sutapa shares her spiritual journey here with poignant humour: how she was so determined to get initiation, her astounding spiritual dreams, how she overcame her complexes in public; how she got the inspiration to sing online every day during the pandemic and much more. She ends with a mesmerising kiirtan from Prabhat Samgiit.
48:24
November 04, 2021
341/365 Gender fluidity, racial and ethnic diversity, so why not more diversity? Respect our voices, respect our choices...
341/365 Gender fluidity, racial and ethnic diversity, so why not more diversity? Respect our voices, respect our choices...
I rarely talk politics, its not my area of expertise, but tonight I want to express something about diversity, it being a natural, expression of identity that cant be denied. I end with a song that I wrote today, a draft only, called 'Respect'. 
08:17
October 29, 2021
340/365 A School with a Loving Heart in the Sunshine - An interview with Didi Ananda Gaori in Laos
340/365 A School with a Loving Heart in the Sunshine - An interview with Didi Ananda Gaori in Laos
 Didi Ananda Gaorii has been a worker in Ananda Marga for over 40 years and today she shares her experiences about her background, how she survived in India during the Emergency, and the work she does as a Didi, including her school in Laos, called Sunshine Schhol which has around 400 students. Didiji also speaks about the aesthetics of art and music, as well as her experiences writing bhajans poetry and making a Kiirtan album. She intersperses her talk with singing her bhajans, like 'the Sweetest Word,'  and 'I love you Forever' and then ends with a beautiful Baba story. Here is the link to Didis free Kiirtan CD: Conversations  and Bhajans: I'm just a little child http://onlyhisname.com/page3.html; Didi's Poetry books "On a Boat of Loneliness", "The Cosmic Artist" and "Dream Weaver" are @ http://onlyhisname.com/page2.html. To donate to Didi's Sunshine School, click here: https://donorbox.org/give-quality-education-to-lao-children. To write to didi and find out more about Sunshine School Click here: https://www.sunshinelaos.com/                     So you have 5 links to add to the podcast text: 1. Donation campaign   2. School website     3. Poetry Blog     4.  Kiirtan 'Conversations' and Bhajans "I'm just a little child" CD downloads    6.  
54:28
October 25, 2021
339/365 How to Live, Sing and Cry with Genuine Love and Gratitude - An interview with Sam Telianidis aka Sukhadeva from Melbourne
339/365 How to Live, Sing and Cry with Genuine Love and Gratitude - An interview with Sam Telianidis aka Sukhadeva from Melbourne
Sukhadeva is wildly passionate about living life with sincerity, with the touch of the divine. In this podcast he talks about how he got onto the yogic path and the transformative experiences he has had. Sukhadeva sings a short kiirtan. I end with a song called 'Lift Her Higher,' which is dedicated to Suzanne Nelson, Sukhadeva's his mother-in-law, who has just been admitted to hospital. 
35:06
October 20, 2021
338/365 The Magic of Being in the Flow: From Punk to DJ'ing to Kiirtan - An Interview with DJ Anirvan Deva from Aotearoa, New Zealand
338/365 The Magic of Being in the Flow: From Punk to DJ'ing to Kiirtan - An Interview with DJ Anirvan Deva from Aotearoa, New Zealand
Anirvan Deva's music is a genuine revolution of the heart. To get there, he went through being in a punk band, to DJ'ing, to breaking down, to kiirtan and meditation to Dj'ing again but in a new style. The sequence of events that happened transformed his life completely. He created a unique style of blended world music, deep beats and bass, sound textures, mantra and the spoken word, a kind of emotional story telling. With this he sends inspiration to his live and online audience. Anirvan shares some kiirtan stories and a remix at the end. Listen to his weekly session at Base FM here: https://basefm.co.nz/show/beneath-the-surface/ - Wed 2-4 NZ TIME how to listen in worldwide..Check out his music at: https://anirvandeva.wordpress.com/home and on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/anirvandeva/baba-nam-kevalam-sojha-ad-remix-01?in=anirvandeva/sets/multicultural-downtempo.    
43:36
October 15, 2021
337/365 The Most Magical day of the Year for Kiirtaniyas- October 8th, the 51st Anniversary of 'Baba Nam Kevalam' Kiirtan
337/365 The Most Magical day of the Year for Kiirtaniyas- October 8th, the 51st Anniversary of 'Baba Nam Kevalam' Kiirtan
Today I honour and celebrate this immensely special day 'Kiirtan Divas', when 51 years ago in 1970, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji gave the siddha 'empowered' mantra 'Baba Nam Kevalam'. I share five poignant kiirtans written over the past 5 decades, each one with a short story behind. Check out the Kiirtan Academy Video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We-Et-S62-8&t=737s
19:01
October 08, 2021
336/365 The Longing to Expand after Beef and Boysenberries in Tasmania - An interview with Tonya Wyatt (Tapasii) in Aotearoa NZ
336/365 The Longing to Expand after Beef and Boysenberries in Tasmania - An interview with Tonya Wyatt (Tapasii) in Aotearoa NZ
Tonya or Tapasii as I know her, is an educator and environmental scientist. She speaks about her longing to expand her life while growing up in Tasmania and her longing to become vegetarian and a yogii. These days she inspires youth to get to know and love their environment, to widen their perspectives and include indigenous knowledge, drawing on Maori mythology for example.  I end with a kiirtan written in lockdown and recorded with Nina (drums), Sucitra and Liilavati in Waihi. Heres the link for my music video called 'Anything' in which Tapasii is sitting meditating. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK0CEMVJUeM
27:27
October 07, 2021
335/365 "The Baby" of the universal family, - Manasvinii from Portugal speaks about Kiirtan and being a volunteer or LFT (Local Full Time worker).
335/365 "The Baby" of the universal family, - Manasvinii from Portugal speaks about Kiirtan and being a volunteer or LFT (Local Full Time worker).
Manasvinii is one of the new generation of kiirtaniyas. She started off with two kiirtans and now she knows so many and is composing her own. She's dedicated a year or more to working as a volunteer or  LFT (Local Full time worker for Ananda Marga) service projects and kiirtan is her passion. She plays her own kiirtan at the end, with her rich melodious alto voice.  
21:49
October 01, 2021
334/365 Saving Thousands of Children's and Mothers Lives in Nigeria - Dada Daneshanandaji speaks about Service Projects and His Recent Favourite Musicians
334/365 Saving Thousands of Children's and Mothers Lives in Nigeria - Dada Daneshanandaji speaks about Service Projects and His Recent Favourite Musicians
Dada Daneshanandaji has experienced the most heart wrenching births and deaths in Nigeria, yet he is full of hope and love for the African villagers where he works in reproductive health and emergency obstetric services. He has set up community owned and community Managed projects in these villages. In this podcast he speaks about his work, and also about his favourite musicians at present including Little Simz and Darren Hayman. I end the podcast with a Congo Kiirtan.     
27:26
September 27, 2021
333/365 Personal Insights Into a Music Producer's Role and a New Sitcom called 'Heaven' - Speaking to Michael Loyd from Kapiti, Aotearoa
333/365 Personal Insights Into a Music Producer's Role and a New Sitcom called 'Heaven' - Speaking to Michael Loyd from Kapiti, Aotearoa
I have been friends with Michael and Sarah Lloyd since the nineties. We have done many recording projects together. Today Michael is working on a new album with Chris Banks (Ex Deep Obsession). In this podcast he is sharing his insights into the producers role as he navigates new musical arenas due to covid. He also speaks about his own new sitcom called 'Heaven', something of a radical tragic comedy. He ends with a demo of a song from Chris's new album, called 'Wherever You Are' that features Mike Garson (David Bowies pianist), guitarists Adam Fox and Dave Colquhoun (Bohemian Rhapsody film guitarist). 
41:37
September 17, 2021
332/365 How to Express the Power of Spiritual Music, Maori waiata 'song' and karakia 'prayer' - with Nina Mayhara from Waihi, Aotearoa
332/365 How to Express the Power of Spiritual Music, Maori waiata 'song' and karakia 'prayer' - with Nina Mayhara from Waihi, Aotearoa
In this podcast Nina talks about her songwriting, her Maori 'way of being' and her collaborative experiences with people including making a CD in support of Karagahake Gorge to keep it free from mining. She covers themes such as the sacredness of the land in her songs, and describes her experience of the power of karakia. Nina shares a relevant song called 'Piece a Paper' at the end. 
24:48
September 12, 2021
331/365 Olympics Day At River School, the Food Coop, Music and more Updates from Kamala Alister in Maleny, Australia
331/365 Olympics Day At River School, the Food Coop, Music and more Updates from Kamala Alister in Maleny, Australia
In this podcast, Kamala gives us an update on what happening at the River School in Maleny, their Olympics Day for example as well as their long standing connection with the aboriginal peoples' music culture at the school. She is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the very successful Food Coop in Maleny. As a musicians she is making progress in marketing her music globally while still pondering how to harness present day opportunities to highlight new artists and new material.  
20:28
September 10, 2021
330/365 My Summary of How its Been it Quarantine over these Fourteen days - speaking from Aotearoa, NZ.
330/365 My Summary of How its Been it Quarantine over these Fourteen days - speaking from Aotearoa, NZ.
Thanks to the wonderful hotel workers here in QIF I shall emerge tomorrow from this time in quarantine with plenty to be thankful for as well as a few reservations. Some close strangers and some bird friends kept me company particularly one bird i named Jennifer Livingston Seagull. I end with a kiirtan that came to me here in QIF. 
12:22
September 03, 2021
329/365 How the spiritual philosophy of Brahma Cakra or 'Cycle of Creation' impacted my life and inspired me to write music for it.
329/365 How the spiritual philosophy of Brahma Cakra or 'Cycle of Creation' impacted my life and inspired me to write music for it.
The music to Chapter 1 of Ananda Sutram by Shrii Shrii Anandumurti was composed in NZ last time I was here and now I embark on Chapt 2, this most amazing book that changed my life...
31:56
August 31, 2021
328/365 Whats it like in Quarantine? - The Benefits and the Challenges and How to Overcome Them
328/365 Whats it like in Quarantine? - The Benefits and the Challenges and How to Overcome Them
Its been five days now in Quarantine and tonight I share some of the benefits and the challenges. Uniting against Covid is a common theme for people and for me the word 'unity' is very significant. I decide to challenge myself and see if its possible to create some open communication with others. I end with the song'The First Time' from the album Unity Hours II. 
12:12
August 25, 2021
327/365 How You Can Create New Kiirtans Even if you think You Can't - An Interview with Didi Ananda Arpana from Croatia
327/365 How You Can Create New Kiirtans Even if you think You Can't - An Interview with Didi Ananda Arpana from Croatia
In this podcast Didi shares her experience of how it happened that she wrote six new kiirtans one afternoon. Though it was amazing and beautiful, it wasn't really something of the blue, it was a life long process of discovery, love and inspiration. You listen to the draft recording here on Didis facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/didi.anandaarpana/posts/3951546094968357
23:25
August 24, 2021
326/365 Travelling to NZ with Gratitude for Recent Experiences in Ireland
326/365 Travelling to NZ with Gratitude for Recent Experiences in Ireland
I am in quarantine right now in Auckland hotel, having travelled from Ireland to NZ recently. I am noticing the utmost seriousness of NZ workers in their treatment of people coming into the country. My attitude is to follow the system until this period of isolation is over and I can be free again. In this podcast I share some recent experiences in Ireland that I am grateful for and some connections between Waterford in Ireland and NZ. The song 'Earths Heart Calling' is from the Children's CD I did with Vistara School children in Lismore, Australia. The Photo is the view from my hotel room in Auckland. 
11:16
August 22, 2021
325/354 How to Write Songs on Women's Empowerment- Tonights session at the Kiirtan Academy
325/354 How to Write Songs on Women's Empowerment- Tonights session at the Kiirtan Academy
Tonight we discussed and shared some songs that empowered and inspired us as women and there was a huge diversity of songs: one in Hebrew, two in Maori, one in Latin, one in Bengali, and in English. It was brilliant. In this podcast I share some stories and songs that I have read about in P.R.Sarkar's books.  One about a great Tantric woman called Bhaeravii, one about mermaids and one about Lily and the Moon.   
24:53
August 14, 2021
324/365 - Feeling Huge gratitude for Your Happy Birthday Wishes
324/365 - Feeling Huge gratitude for Your Happy Birthday Wishes
Thank you to everyone who shared their warm wishes on my birthday a few days ago, it means the world to me. I end with a Birthday song by P.R.Sarkar, no 132, one I adore. Photo is by Jiivan.
06:26
August 13, 2021
323/365 How its still possible to be learning about recording forty years onwards...
323/365 How its still possible to be learning about recording forty years onwards...
We have been recording and its been going well, but theres always more to learn in every new situation, so I have discovered. I end with a kiirtan from an album I made with children from Vistara school a few years ago, the album is called Earth's Heart Calling and is available from Vistara school in Lismore, Australia. Click here for more info: https://www.vistara.nsw.edu.au/  
12:08
August 09, 2021
321/365 (Edited) How to have a Smooth Recording Experience- Unity Hours IV
321/365 (Edited) How to have a Smooth Recording Experience- Unity Hours IV
In this podcast I comment on what makes for a smooth recording experience! So the last four days have been intense, we have been recording tracks on twelve songs for the upcoming song album Unity Hours IV. With such great local musicians Jantien Vandenberg (wind and cello), Adam Rowat (Electric and double bass), Paul Mahony (drums and percussion) and Kavita Neumannova (khol drum and Percussion), we have successfully put down the core instruments on these songs. We also had the help of the  Brendan Treacy who gave so much support in everything we needed outside of the recording studio and of course Martin our sound engineer helping things move along so nicely at Malbay Studios. I end with an uplifting kiirtan track from Unity Ours III.
08:12
August 06, 2021
322/365 - How an Atmosphere of Love, Spiritual Closeness and Creativity can Inspire Us - The Cultural Night at Ananda Putta Bhumi
322/365 - How an Atmosphere of Love, Spiritual Closeness and Creativity can Inspire Us - The Cultural Night at Ananda Putta Bhumi
A Most Uplifting Time was had at the Ananda Marga Yoga/Meditation retreat at Ananda Putta Bhumi in Poland a few days ago. About 150 people gathered from all over Europe, to have spiritual satsaung and to do collective kiirtan and meditation together after two years. In the evening we had devotional and cultural presentations and in this podcast I interview Yashoda from Lithuania who sang Sutartinės, ancient form of folk songs followed by Arpan Kumar singing a beautiful, poignant song in Gaelic. 
12:11
August 03, 2021
320/365 Three Beautiful and Experiences that will Move you!
320/365 Three Beautiful and Experiences that will Move you!
In this podcast I share three unexpected but very poignant experiences touched me deeply: How a horse shared his feelings with me.. how I received a poem of Saskia's at the perfect time... and how my fields recordings of kiirtan team lifted my spirits...click here to see at 8min the Rupapaita kiirtan team at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHsQBgcV5Js
05:55
July 24, 2021
319/365 Some Excellent News and Excellent Kiirtan
319/365 Some Excellent News and Excellent Kiirtan
Tonight's podcast is a bit of a catch up on what happened over the weekend with the Kiirtan Academy's second session with Balalkrishna, the Sisters Prout Conference and also whats going to be happening over the next few weeks and months. Theres some exciting new recordings and exciting new courses coming up on Musical Theory, Harmonium, Leadership and Rarhi Kiirtan at the Kiirtan Academy. I end with last night's kiirtan from Dada Danaviira and Balakrishna. The last kiirtan is called 'Womens Rising Kiirtan' by me in honour of the Prout sisters. Check out the New Courses here: www.kiirtanacademy.com 
13:32
July 18, 2021
318/365 Your best companion to sleep peacefully, dance ecstatically or meditate deeply - Listening to Avarta Kiirtan I, II and III on You Tube
318/365 Your best companion to sleep peacefully, dance ecstatically or meditate deeply - Listening to Avarta Kiirtan I, II and III on You Tube
If you love to listen to kiirtan while you are working or quietly when meditating to going through the night when sleeping, then you could listen to Avarta Kiirtan I II and II. With the help of Jayadiip these three albums have been collated and are now on You Tube. As I have said previously they are a fundraiser also so if you are able a donation would be appreciated as all profits go to three different children's social service projects, one in Haiti, one is Afrika and one in Ireland. Heres the YouTube link; https://youtu.be/ZjiP1Ltb5k8 
16:34
July 14, 2021
317/365 Part 2 - Blues Kiirtan by Balakrishna from Ivory Coast/Boston
317/365 Part 2 - Blues Kiirtan by Balakrishna from Ivory Coast/Boston
Balakrishna shares with us his experience of the supra aesthetic science of kiirtan. He talks about folk songs from his indigenous Bete language, and how the symbolism relates very much to his relationship with the Unknown Traveller.  He says that the blues come from slavery and how it expresses pain but that it is offered to the Highest Entity, and therefore there is also hope, and underlying that, there is joy. So beneath the pain there is also joy. I end with a kiirtan of mine from Avarta Kiirtan II album. Click below for more info  https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
16:11
July 12, 2021
316/365 Part 1 - How to Overcome Shyness - An extraordinary story...an extraordinary life - with Balakrishna from Ivory Coast/Boston
316/365 Part 1 - How to Overcome Shyness - An extraordinary story...an extraordinary life - with Balakrishna from Ivory Coast/Boston
At the Kiirtan Academy on Friday night Balakrishna tells the story of how he overcame shyness against all odds. He plays kiirtan with incredible ideation that came about from his many miraculous experiences. I start the podcast with him singing kiirtan and end with Anandii singing kiirtan as Balakrishna jams with her. www.kiirtanacademy.com  
20:15
July 11, 2021
315/365 Dancing the Rainbow through Movement - An interview with Lani O'Hanlon, from Ireland
315/365 Dancing the Rainbow through Movement - An interview with Lani O'Hanlon, from Ireland
Lani lead the Dance of the Rainbow session in honour of Saskia on Sunday for the local community in Mount Shannon. As so many of us have disassociated ourselves from our bodies in this technological world, Lani speaks of how creativity can be expressed through ritual movement and particular music can bring you in touch with different parts of your body, and much more. The kiirtan at the end, called Surrender Kiirtan from Avarta Kiirtan 1 that Saskia sang on, can be purchased here: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c You can find Lanis Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Rainbow-Holistic-Well-Being-Movement/dp/1856355462
40:09
July 08, 2021
314/365 Being inspired by the process of helping organise the Sisters Prout Convention - with Anandii, kiirtaniya in Brazil.
314/365 Being inspired by the process of helping organise the Sisters Prout Convention - with Anandii, kiirtaniya in Brazil.
It's wonderful to speak to Anandii again as she shares her experiences with being part of the organising committee for the upcoming ProutSisters Retreat July 17 - 18 online. With three speakers from the Navdanya 'Conserving diversity and reclaiming commons' and others, its likely to be a brilliant event. Anandii ends with a beautiful kiirtan she recently composed. Find out more:https://proutsisters.com/
19:15
July 07, 2021
313/365 Huge Congratulations Nikhil! Whose paintings are shortlisted in the Royal Art Prize Competition in London - Nikhil Nathan Kirsch, UK
313/365 Huge Congratulations Nikhil! Whose paintings are shortlisted in the Royal Art Prize Competition in London - Nikhil Nathan Kirsch, UK
Nkhil Creates Art with the intention of Truth and Service -  and his paintings are being Exhibited at La Galleria, Pall Mall until the 14th of July.  In this podcast he speaks about integration, simplicity, truth, honesty, falling in love with art, dropping vibrational bombs and his very exciting journey as an artist. He ends with a wonderful kiirtan he wrote during LFT (Local Full time training), yoga lifestyle training. See more here: https://www.royalartsprize.com/?fbclid=IwAR1cQEIp-H1CRNwhYUvpwRzd2DpseRoBp8xPlvcmOvmQvnHaid_ypt8r_fI 
45:12
July 06, 2021