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Monday, 19 December 2016

Thank You 2016





Thank you to all the people who I met and shared the way this year. It has been very busy both building and working but also fruitful.

I hope to build up classes in Tai Chi Yoga etc at the Forge and elsewhere, continue to teach Sumie and have an exhibition that's ready to hang.





(cartoon and peom by Leunig) see facebook  ..Leunig

Thank you to everyone who has assisted me and given me support along this years way.




Hope you have a Merry Christmas and new year.


Gerard

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"Oh red rose of love
Your existence gives perfume to this sordid world
Yet aware not are you of the summer breeze
With or without your subtle allure."
(Gerard)

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Yoga for Upper and lower Back, neck





Exercises for lower back stiffness or injury. Easy exercises to free up the Lumber region suitable for beginners. Based on Indian  and Chinese theory of Yoga.






Yoga for upper body neck and shoulders.

Notes
When in the postures breath naturally.
Pay attention to the stress areas in your muscles.
Let go the pain...breath.
Don't over stretch and create more tension.
Relax your mind.
Sit quietly and meditate for some time after the asanas or lay on your back and focus on your breath.

Enjoy the quiet, carry the joy with you and give freely...with love Gerard

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Yoga 30 min. neck and back




Yoga for upper body neck and shoulders.

Notes
When in the postures breath naturally.
Pay attention to the stress areas in your muscles.
Let go the pain...breath.
Don't over stretch and create more tension.
Relax your mind.
Sit quietly and meditate for some time after the asanas or lay on your back and focus on your breath.

Enjoy the quiet, carry the joy with you and give freely...with love Gerard

by Gerard Menzel
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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Padmasambhava and Tibetan Yogis



Guru rimpoche Padma Sambhava
OM AH HUM
PADME GURU SIDDHE HUM

Some years ago I lived in India in Dharamsala before it became a great tourist centre 1982 around and I was studying tabla with guruji Dhasbandu Sharma and taking lectures at the Tibetan library and trying to learn Tibetan language.

It was a great time in my life and many things happened.
I had a little routine going, Tai Chi practice in the Himalayan foothills, Tabla lesson Tibetab Buddhist lecture then Lunch in the Dharamsala upside streets ( usually parathas like an indian style pizza or a veg pancake fritter)

On the off days I would go for a walk in the hills above the tree line almost where I could see Triund mountain, the highest place around. The beautiful mountain pines like old sages talking to me along the rocky tracks.  Often I would drop into an old Tibetan womans shack where she sold sly tibtean jung or barley beer.  Whooo!!!!! that stuff packed a punch and was like jet fuel for the walk.

Later in 2006 after working in Saudi Arabia I took some time to visit Darjeeling again 30 years after I had been there before and I managed to stay at the YHA on the hill for some of the time just like my first visit.  I met the manager who was still the same guy and the place was still as sparse and hadnt had a coat of paint since I was there in '82.

In Sikkim I went to Gangtok and then east and north to the Chinese border for a day then went inland to a few monasterys in particular Pemayangste. Some of the tantric tanka paintings were breathtakingly beautiful.

You have to walk up the mountain to get to Pemayangste but its etheric when you arrive. There is a specia; feeling in the air there that only walkers and dharma bums experience.



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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

kali Durgah Namo Namah




Mantra 
Kali Durga Namo Namah

Kali is the female side of shiva or incarnation.

She destroys and rebuilds so is life and death.
She carries many skulls and weapons to destroy the evil in the self and universe. 

She is worshiped by the Tantric Aghori's (see http://www.drsvoboda.com/about/books/... in Calcutta where her Ghat on the Ganges is.


The city is named after her. Kalikat or (grounds of Kali) and was set up and land bought by the British East India Co. for trading.


In the tradition of yoga some yogis say they can be infused with here spirit and become Kali. The "Ma" Amrita anandamay Ma is one of them. http://www.amritapuri.org/  


 She sings and has special puja where she becomes Kali as it were so her followers believe.



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Kawwal music and the Sufi tradition


The Beloved - (the Divine within and without)

The Beloved is the divine within us all waiting to be revealed as we awaken. In the Sufi tradition it is sung (Gazhal  poetry and song) about danced to,in the whirling Dervishes of Konya Turkey.

The love poem strives to come to terms with the feelings toward the divine and also the form or the divine in human form, our lover.

Historically Amir Khusro sis said to have blended the traditions of the Arab,Persians,Turks, Moghuls, and and Hindu poetic traditions to come up with the gazhal. 
see ; Amir-Khusrau 

I first was introduced to these love poems when I played with an Indian singer Mr Mike Panelli (Manek Panvelliwallah) with the Indian music society Adelaide 'Rasik Ranjanee'. In India Urdu language is used and the poets compose cuplets. The poets would have a segment each monthly meeting. 

There are differing definitions of the gazhal and also the spelling (gazal, ghazal) etc... here is one source from Iran where the famous poets Rumi and Hafez made their mark.

"In the 12th century the ḡazal is present in the dīvān of nearly all poets, whether they were poets of the court, such as Anwarī, Ḵāqānī and Jamāl-al-Dīn Eṣfahānī, or mystics such as Farīd-al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār (d. ca. 618/1221, q.v.), who developed the antinomian motives introduced by Sanāʾī. Jalāl-al-Dīn Rūmī (d. 672/1273) gave new dimensions to the ḡazal using it for the expression of mystical rapture as well as for homiletic teachings. The abundance of his imagery exceeded the conventional boundaries. Rūmī’s ḡazals have a quite unique position within the development of the form. The most outspoken poet of the antinomian ḡazal was Faḵr-al-Dīn ʿErāqī (d. 688/1289, q.v.), who seems to have actually lived the life of a qalandar.*1
The rise of the ḡazal to the dominant position in Persian lyrical poetry reached its zenith in Shiraz during the lifetimes of the two undisputed masters of the genre, Saʿdī (d. ca. 692/1293) and Ḥāfeẓ (d. ca. 792/1390). The former is often named as the poet who finally established the technical ḡazal as the standard form. He collected his poems in more than one volume, an example followed by a few later poets, notably Amīr Ḵosrow Dehlavī (d. 725/1325, q.v.) and ʿAbd-al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d. 898/1492). Blending artfully the profane and the mystical strains which had been developed by earlier poets, Saʿdī excelled in the elegant formulation of the con ventional motives. Numerous lines from his ḡazals have reached proverbial status in the Persian language. " 
see http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/gazal-1-history
*1 note a Qalander is a roving spiritual seeker



Anecdate
In the 1990's I saw Nuzrat Fateh Ali Khan (above) at Womad and one year the Pakistani community had a private concert after the WOMAD show at a small hall in the southern suburbs of 'adelaide.
The whole community was there families and all. It was an electric evening of Qawwal and the viewers listerners showered gifts of $ bills on Nuzrat and his party all night. I arrived back home in the early morning riding on a wave of sufi light.



Some years ago in the early 80's and later 90's I was in Delhi and decided to visit the Lodi Tombs area of the city.

Unknown to me this area is heavily Islamic being the site of the famous tomb and mosque of Nizamuddin Aulia a famous Sufi saint of the 13C where Hazarat Inayat Khan's Dhagar is also located. see Nizamuddin Mosque info
There I listened to talks and met people of the Dhagar Inayat and his Dutch followers. Daily there were chants or qawwal singing either in the Dhagar or at Nuzamuddin mosque next door. 

I learnt of the Chisti order see Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer and the Sufi tradition of devotion to the "beloved" 
This took me on a wide ranging journey unbeknownst to me at the time. Since then I have lived in Oman, Saudi Arabia, visited Istanbul Turkey, and the Chisti Khwaja mosque in Rajastan as well as Kashmir, and Aggra a number of times.



Notes

Hazrat Inayat Khan in the picture , bless him.



Qawwal devotional song in the sufi tradition.

Dama dam Mast Qalander


 Intro 
teen panina pana panee
Jhule lal, Jhule lal , Jhule lal , Jhule lal 
Chiku charinah jhule lal

Jhule lal x 3  dama dam mast qalander

History Notes 
Jhule Lal was a Sufi mystic from Sind Province.


Jhule Lal / Sayed Mohamid Usman Marwandi 
Hindu incarnation of Deva Varuna water god 
12th C died Sind family from Baghdad originally
He always wore red hence red robe of the saint.
Dama dam must qalander originally adapted from a Amir Khusro poem or ghazal

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