Weekly Series – Dehino Smin/ Loss of A Mother – Yoga on the Dance Floor

February 15, 2015

DEHINO SMIN is track number 8 from the spiritualized EDM album Yoga on the Dance Floor (TGEE Records).The verses are in Sanskrit and the flavor is reggae dub. Reciting 9 out of the 33 core verses from the Bhagavad Gita As It Is translated by the devotional scholar Srila Prabhupada,the heady subject matter is Life, Death and how to reunite ourselves with the Supreme with one’s consciousness intact during the time of transition.I am writing this on Valentine’s Day 2015 on what would have been my dearly departed mother and cultural icon Lee Chamberlin’s 77th year. And it’s a struggle as there is so much to cover.Losing her has been extremely sobering. Being with her during her last hours was poignant and something I will never forget.In bhakti colloquialism,death is called a “disappearance”. Where do they go that person that we loved so dearly,that face we saw so often,the hand we held so tightly? This past week I found myself coming to grips with the fact that death is indeed a reality and that I am walking on the shifting sands of time. Fortunately God is Time. Now if only I could pay Him enough attention. What is not so readily grasped is the moving on of spirit to be housed in another body or if very fortunate,liberation from the cycle of birth and death completely.Lately, the realization I am having is that there are no shortcuts to self realization.I can’t pretend I am something or somewhere I am not and pivotally accepting this body,this vehicle,this yantra I have got is the first step to transcending it precisely because it is so particular. Denial or abuse in the form of repression of one’s physcho physical nature and negation just doesn’t work. This life is full on. I actually have to use it in service of the Supreme because that is where my realization will be found. And “I” can be “you”. As my mother used to say the greatest sin is neglecting one’s God given talents.You have to pass through them without shirking the austerities that go along with the job.

As the embodied soul continually passes in this body from youth to boyhood to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. – BG 2.13.

Of course people die, you say but how do we die? It’s hit me like a ton of bricks:
I AM going to die and it’s going to be very PERSONAL.
I examine myself now.
How prepared am I for that occurrence?
While I certainly have the tools in the form of sound vibration, I’d say not so much really.They say forewarned is forearmed yet it has taken someone so close to me to sound the alarm in my heart and head beyond accepted philosophy.Mother as siksa guru. All the years I imagined I had to fritter away on my meandering garden path to my supposed goals is not that long anymore. Mortality is in sight and it surely is a feeling.This feeling is present with me day and night,unlike before when I was less sober. What do I mean by that? I was drunk on my youth. Intoxicated by the endless possibilities with no real grasp that my time in this form is finite.I will have to get off the bus at the end of the line but what time is the end of the line coming? The key word in this verse is sober or dhira. Sobriety is required so as not to become bewildered by a dramatic change from matter to less matter. How confusing it is having lived comfortably in the same “apartment” for years when the landlord suddenly appears somewhat unannounced telling you have a couple of months to get out.You can’t take anything with you and you have no idea where you are going. What are you going to do with that big mind of yours? I’ve been advised to focus on the Lord regularly and yet I fall short. On the upside my day to day interactions with others has been tempered, making me more mellow,less reluctant to jump to conclusions, more forgiving and also less inclined to put up with time wasting activity.There is a tenderness and a live and let live attitude that comes with maturity.These are improvements and I can only hope that with an open heart there will be more to come.The question remains will it be enough?

Ekayani grew up to be a  recording and performing artist. Dehino Smin is on Amazon for 99 cents http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFDD1FG/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_tpa4ub1Z9W11J

Ekayani grew up to be a recording and performing artist. Dehino Smin is on Amazon for 99 cents http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFDD1FG/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_tpa4ub1Z9W11J

Where Do I Begin and Where Do I Stop?
There are so many ways to unpack this little homage to her. I have so much to say that it can’t be completed here. I can say that outside of her public role, she was a dedicated practitioner of kriya yoga following Paramahamsa Yogananda who first came to the attention of readers in the West though a book called Autobiography of a Yogi. For 26 years she followed this path of meditation assiduously morning and evening.Sometimes I would interrupt her by walking into her room too soon but she was always kind.Covered in a shawl,sitting facing her shrine with her beads she was a quietly aspiring sage.This helped her cultivate a faith and remain calm in the face of many a trying circumstance. She had an acceptance of circumstances of life that so many of us become unhinged by.She had an expectation that all would work out for the best with patience.Acceptance of our personal reality can provide peace.This is what I observed in a woman who was not short on artistic ambition, vision, or determination. She died peacefully although reluctant to let go of the life she knew with tasks she felt she had left incomplete. In the end she had no choice but to leave and this is the irony of life with the push me pull you of the soul in matter. The soul desires more time as its nature is timeless but matter has no more time left to give. This is difficult.

A Synopsis of Sorts

Remembering Lee Chamberlin appeared in The Dramatists Guild Magazine. Written by Roland Tec a person whom she really liked and found support in.

Remembering Lee Chamberlin appeared in The Dramatists Guild Magazine. Written by Roland Tec a person whom she really liked and found support in.

This is some of what I know of her. Lee Chamberlin was born February 14, 1938 in New York City,one of two daughters born to Ida Small and Bernando LaPallo. Raised in Harlem, she was educated at Convent School of the Sacred Heart. She graduated from New York University.For acting she studied at NYU, HB Studios and with Uta Hagen. She was a student at La Sorbonne in the late 1950’s where she received honors in French grammar both oral and written. France would be a country that she would return to repeatedly spending extended periods of time to write as she felt the atmosphere most conducive. It was in France that she would pursue her dream of establishing a non profit to nurture playwrights of color. An actress, writer,director and trail blazer she had a thorough respect for the sacred space that theatre is with first hand experience of how hard it was to get a play produced. She had razor sharp insight that I wish I could duplicate for you here in it’s entirety but I cannot. Part of it,however meant that on stage there was no place for false ego,cheap shots,pandering to the audience,undercutting another actor or a poorly constructed storyline starved for dimension.Lee was a story teller and very funny.She loved observing people and had a respect for the personhood of everyone.This really struck me and I think about it a lot. She had empathy and this is what made her such a good actress. One of my favorite childhood past times was watching her do a characterization of a personality she had encountered in her daily life.She would have the accent,the mannerisms,the attitude and “act the person out” in a little skit for me and my brother. Oh what fun. She was brilliant and how we laughed! We were so lucky to have this “in house” entertainment and she had fun with her captive audience. 

One of the first plays I saw at a mere 6 years old 1969. Lee Chamberlin center Do Your Own Thing

One of the first plays I saw at a mere 6 years old 1969. Lee Chamberlin center Do Your Own Thing

My education by her in What Is Theatre began at age 6 when she took me along to see her in “Slaveship” by the late Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones).She told me in 2013 when I inquired about the dialogue of the piece that there wasn’t any.The “play” was really just an outline.There was no script as we would conceive of today. It was up to the actors who had been left a wide berth to improvise and expand upon with the help of director Gil Moses. The year was 1969 and if I recall correctly the show was staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music when it was still a small experimental space but I could be wrong about that. The seats were placed around the stage which became the “ship”.The stage had an upper and lower “deck” built on pillars of wood. There was a “hatch” in the middle of the upper deck with a ladder the actors could climb up and down.The makeup for all the actors was white face,a riff on Greek masks which made the archetypes and dramatic turmoil more pronounced. My mother portrayed a Yoruba priestess who was raped by the slave catchers conveying human cargo. It’s an understatement to say that her character was upset. In spite of the serious nature of the drama, I knew my mother was well. She was “acting” so I wasn’t disturbed. I was fascinated by the stage craft. I was getting my first lesson in lighting design.The lights were extinguished or illuminated based on the action creating a back and forth between the “present” and “past”.The set design placed two actors on an outcropping “in the future” sitting in rocking chairs talking on a front porch. The concepts of time and dimension were created with simplicity and economy. Later I would see her in “The Believers” and “Do Your Own Thing” (1969) the latter being an adaptation of Twelfth Night performed at The Orpheum Theatre on Second Avenue. I would see her play the role of the scorned “Medea” with fury and pain at Penn State and in 1973/4 as the tragic figure of Princess Cordelia in Joe Papps’ production of “King Lear” for his New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theatre.

The Craft Of Acting

Lee played Cordelia opposite James Earl Jones King Lear NYC

Lee played Cordelia opposite James Earl Jones King Lear NYC

For Cordelia, she lay on the floor playing dead in our living room. Could I see her breathing she wanted to know? I asked her how long she had to be dead for.She replied for 20 minutes while James Earl Jones did his soliloquy. No, I couldn’t tell she was breathing. How did she do it?
“You breathe very shallowly from your diaphragm like a singer”. When I saw her performance I was satisfied.She did a great job playing dead and I told her so when I went back stage as she wanted to know.In this way there was a complicity that developed between us. Whenever we would go out to see a play or a ballet, a process of analysis would occur that we enjoyed. We would discuss how effective what we saw was or not and what could have been done to improve the presentation. She was the one who told me I should see everything I could and learn from it; Even a poor performance or staging would be instructive on how not to approach a problem.

Television and Hollywood

The original cast of the Electric Company featured on their Grammy Award winning album. My mother Lee Chamberlin is standing to the left her hair coifed in a huge afro.

The original cast of the Electric Company featured on their Grammy Award winning album. My mother Lee Chamberlin is standing to the left her hair coiffed in a huge afro.

She gave me insights on what she called “cheap Hollywood tricks” or the techniques used to achieve certain affects when she began her career on television beginning with her multiple roles on CTW “The Electric Company”. She helped me and millions of kids sharpen their minds by helping them to learn how to read and learn punctuation and annunciation as Brenda,Vi, Gladys The Glow Worm or as a shadow annunciator with co- star Morgan Freeman.That show was her first big break and the original cast was stellar. In the span of her 40 plus year career she went onto co – star in movies “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Let’s Do It Again” produced and directed by Sidney Poitier. Madame Zenobia

She made innumerable guest appearances on many television shows including “ROOTS” the ground breaking mini series that finally acknowledged that yes there had been slavery in the U.S.A. and yes it had been brutal. What was more was the underwhelming lack of offers for those actors of color appearing in the mini series. It bothered her deeply and looking back I can see it was a watershed moment for her cementing the importance of creating roles of meaning and substance for actors of color. For many she is remembered as “the best Mom on television” in her role as Pat Baxter on the soap opera “All My Childen” TV mother to the troubled Angie. But Lee being Lee never rested on her laurels. She utilized her time off set to write and write and write. She wrote screenplays,novels,plays,and essays.She was a contributing author to an anthology published in 2009 called “The Face in the Mirror” published by Prometheus Books. She was very proud of being asked to write and contribute to that and would revise and revise multiple times. She would say that writing meant revision. She was always evolving her vision and her growth came through writing and directing. Her own musical “Struttin” (she wrote the book,the lyrics and directed) mounted in the 1980’s won half a dozen AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. But that wasn’t enough for her. It was the stimulation of a thought process with a deep desire and commitment to see things change for the better for “writers of color” and by golly she was going to be a part of that change. She became concerned about the continued negative image of blacks being projected in American media with the concomitant damage that it was causing to self perceptions and perceptions. With all the distortions of being portrayed as thugs, thieves and junkies and knowing that this one dimensional image was serving no one,she wanted to establish a kind of writers colony.She also realized through her own life experience that mounting a play was just too hard. She reasoned if it was challenging for her who had a track record for quality work,how hard must it be for others? She had begun to influence perceptions of what a black person could be (human)and was (human) but she wanted to support other playwrights giving them a safe haven where they could develop their voice. She believed firmly that people and in this I speak of people of color – Must control their own images being projected otherwise they would be forever distorted. It was her next trying experience creating and struggling to mount her one woman show “Objects in the Mirror…Are Closer Than They Seem” that would seal the deal of her determination to establish her non profit Lee Chamberlin’s Playwrights Inn Project, Inc.in 2011.
playwrights_lee_logo In Lee’s Mission Statement she wrote: The Playwrights’ Inn Project develops work of diverse American playwrights, including women and people of color… Writers interpret the impact of external events on the hopes and dreams of individual lives. My vision is to foster development of plays by African-American playwrights that travel beyond reflections on the American “black experience” and reveal a shared humanity when touched by universally common events. The Playwrights’ Inn Project seeks to encourage playwrights to venture outside their comfort zone to challenge notions about artistic capability or scope of subject. The Playwrights’ Inn is poised to create an international platform for traditionally under served playwrights and encourages writers to roam beyond externally imposed limits of subject or preconceived opinion of what is artistically possible…”
This is my humble effort to preserve what she began.

p.s. Lee’s last essay is being published in a new anthology by Simon and Schuster FAITH: Essays from Believers,Agnostics,and Atheists. It comes out Feb. 24th, 2015 Edited by Victoria Zackheim http://books.simonandschuster.com/Faith/Victoria-Zackheim/9781582705026#


Bg 2.13 dehino ’smin yathā dehe kaumāraṁ yauvanaṁ jarā tathā dehāntara-prāptir dhīras tatra na muhyati Word for word: dehinaḥ — of the embodied; asmin — in this; yathā — as; dehe — in the body; kaumāram — boyhood; yauvanam — youth; jarā — old age; tathā — similarly; deha-antara — of transference of the body; prāptiḥ — achievement; dhīraḥ — the sober; tatra — thereupon; na — never; muhyati — is deluded. Translation: As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.

Weekly Series – The Two Brothers About Parama Karuna – Yoga on the Dance Floor

February 1, 2015
The two brothers Nitai on the left and Gauranga on the right,leading the way by dancing and chanting out of dark times

The two brothers Nitai on the left and Gauranga on the right, leading the way dancing and chanting out of dark times

Parama Karuna is taken from two words that mean “topmost” and “mercy” respectively. Parama Karuna appears as Track number 3 from Yoga on the Dance Floor.This is the song that pushes people past their inhibitions during the live shows and certainly in their living rooms. Moving you joyfully,it is right on message.
(Might I add that this is Bhakti Yoga in one of it’s most sublime aspects).

Parama Karuna just seems to have this affect on people!

Parama Karuna just seems to have this affect on people!

The message is to dance and chant our way to self realization in this dark, dark age where one ugly truth uncovered seems to expose ten more. “Bolo! Bolo! Bolo!” means SING! When I ask the audience to sing along with me; Hari! Hari! Hari! we are invoking a sound vibration, a Name, a Sound Incarnation. “Hari” literally means “He who takes away all miseries”.Try singing it sometime when you are alone and nobody is within earshot.This loud singing is the prescribed method for dealing with unsavory circumstances because it purifies the heart. When the heart is purified so is the atmosphere.It also has the effect of creating community because it breaks down enmity between us. It dissolves envy,jealousy and hatred as it immerses us in Krsna’s Internal Energy known as hladini sakti. People talk about sound baths! This is magic.The pahu dui jana or the “two Lords” initiated sankirtana for anyone who’d like to sing or dance along a little over 500 years ago in West Bengal.They don’t get a lot of credit for it though so I thought I’d point that out.The next time you come across an invitation to join a kirtan at a yoga studio remember some history. And remember fun.

Sankirtana is made up of two words; “Kirtana” (singing) and “san” (together) in a group like “sanga” and is participated in outdoors so all living entities can hear. The EAR is the means of liberation with the tongue working to deliver. So to sum it all up,Gaura Nitai descended to transform our planet by transforming hearts and minds irrespective of caste, creed or national origin via Transcendental sound vibration (Sabda Brahma)that is not of this world. DeliveranceofJaghaiMahaiThey were,and are, acutely aware of all the social ills that confront us and pain us so.This approach is a call to cast off struggle in the way we are habituated to struggle.It has the power to melt hearts of stone,(pasana) getting right to the heart of our matters.  It is an SOS on a heavenly level turn up the bass, bring up the treble.(You get a prize if you caught that reference).

What Have You Got to Lose? Try a transformational process wrought through the power of the sound that is so easy even a child can do it. This particular song was written by one Locana dasa Thakur who lived in Bengal (India) during a time that corresponds to the Renaissance in the west (1523 – 1589).The song originally appears from his body of work called Dhamali with the full title being Sri Sri Gaura Nityanander Daya which means “the mercy of Sri Sri (the beautiful and the beautiful Gaura (Golden Lord)and Nityananda (Eternally Liberated and Transcendentally Blissful Lord). I created a new melody and adapted the title.Tom Glide composed a completely new musical composition just suitable for our taste for nightclubs,street parties and so forth. Here is an clip from our debut at the Knitting Factory NYC.

The Lyrics

Here are the complete original lyrics in Bengali along with the beautiful explanation of the song and it’s mood by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896 – 1977) who does a wonderful job explaining the scope and depth of meaning. Prabhupada is one in a very long line of sacred teachers known as “acharyas”,those who teach by example in the Gaudiya school of bhakti yoga (devotional union or relationship) to the Supreme Person, Krsna. Born during the time of colonial rule of India by Britain,his language is in the correct English idiom of the day. Let’s give it a try! 
Here we go:

The process is to sing and dance to  the Maha (Great) mantra. That's easy!

The process is to sing and dance to the Maha (Great) mantra. That’s easy!

Sri Sri Gaura-Nityanander Daya
(The Mercy of Sri Gaura and Nityananda) from Dhamali 

by Locana dasa Thakura

parama karuna, pahu dui jana,
nitai gauracandra
saba avatara- sara siromani,
kevala ananda-kanda

bhajo bhajo bhai, caitanya nitai,
sudrdha biswasa kori’
visaya chariya, se rase majiya,
mukhe bolo hari hari

dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai,
emona doyala data
pasu pakhi jhure, pasana vidare,
suni’jara guna-gatha

samsare majiya, rohili poriya,
se pade nahilo asa
apana karama, bhunjaye samana,
kahoye locana-dasa

The Meaning (Purport)
This is a song by Locana dasa Thakura. Pahu means “Lord”,and dui jana means “two”. Locana das Thakur declares that the two Lords – Nitai Gauracandra – Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya are very merciful. (parama karuna). Saba avatara- sara- siromani. Avatara means “incarnation” and saba means “all”. They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that prosecuting Their way of self realization is simply joyful. (kevala-ananda-kanda), for they introduced chanting and dancing.There are many incarnations such a Lord Rama or even Krsna , who taught Bhagavad – gita which requires knowledge and understanding. But Lord Caitanya and Nityananda  introduced a process that is simply joyful – simply chanting and dancing.

Rama breaking bow posterTherefore Locana dasa requests everyone bhaja bhaja bhai,caitanya nitai  ” My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya with conviction and faith”. 

Don’t think that the chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal.It will. It is the assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore one must chant with firm faith and conviction. (vivasa kori’ ). But what is this process? The process is visaya chadiya, , se rase majiya. If one wants to be Krsna (God)  conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement with sense gratification. That’s the only restriction. If one gives up sense gratification, it is sure he will reach the desired goal. Mukhe bala hari hari: One simply has to chant “Hare Krsna! Hari! HarI!” without any motive for sense gratification.

EKAYANI’s Note: At this point allow me to explain what is meant by the terms “sense gratification”. That would mean meat eating,sex outside of a committed bond. intoxication and gambling. While I don’t know to many gamblers, the idea is to reduce the fever of material attachment and get closer to our real identity as spirit soul. Certain indulgences hinder progress while a spiritually healthy lifestyle promotes advancement. This means at least embarking on the path to show mercy to the animals which includes no animal slaughter for eating their flesh, promiscuity or perhaps sexual exploitation is a terminology easier to understand. Sexual exploitation or impersonal dealings in ones sexual activity. No intoxication can be a hard pill to swallow especially for newcomers to the path of yoga but consider that the material body is already a kind of obsfucation for the soul. Cloudy thinking, addiction and health problems it can induce are like smoke covering our consciousness, covering more acute perception. The substitute drug of choice if I can draw a crude comparison,is the actual chanting of the maha mantra which can get you higher than you every could  without any adverse side effects or expenses. It’s free.  And finally gambling which can undermine a persons sense of making an honest living by promoting fast earnings and get rich quick schemes to the detriment of society at large. I am sure you can think of an example pretty easily given the current state of financial affairs of governments across the planet. Now back to the purport. (And I really like this part).

We Are Lucky! 

Dekha ore bhai,tri- bhuvane nai. Locana dasa Thakur says, “My dear brother, you just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda because Their merciful qualities are so great that they make even birds and beasts cry (in ecstasy) what to speak of human beings”. So the process is to regularly sing the maha mantra while dancing in a group setting. Are You Ready to Party? Can you think of ways to bring this song to your group marches?

“Bolo! Bolo! Bolo! Hari! Hari! Hari!”

Ekayani grew up to be a singer. Her album Yoga on the Dance Floor is available on all fine digital sites Now! http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-On-The-Dancefloor-Ekayani/dp/B00MFDCRFG

Ekayani grew up to be a singer. Her album Yoga on the Dance Floor is available on all fine digital sites Now! http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-On-The-Dancefloor-Ekayani/dp/B00MFDCRFG

New here? This post is part of a ten week series on the inner and outer meanings of the songs from Ekayani’s Yoga on the Dance Floor out on the UK imprint TGEE Records. The first post in this series is called;The Inner Meaning of Gaura Pahu. p.s. This post is for Kim.

p.p.s. Parama Karuna is available for 99 cents on Amazon . I appreciate your support because I’d really like make another album.Thank you very much.

41 Stations + Farm Trip 2015 Blessings of a New Year!

January 9, 2015

Happy New Year to you in 2015! It’s been a long road to get here with the various troubles that plague the world in the form of so many versions of disrespectful dealings with each other,the ultimate one being the violence we perpetrate on each other.The root of this violence that seems to spiral out of control is animal slaughter whose karmic payback is the senseless killings in human society.The Universe mirrors back to us what we do to the innocent creatures. In 2014 I found myself contemplating many, many images of humans being led away like cattle, murdered like cattle, put behind bars like livestock and thought am I part of a small minority that sees this? That is why it was a great joy for me to lead a small party on a weekend retreat to Gita Nagari Farm or the “yoga farm” as it is affectionately known where solutions are being discovered! The only slaughter free and cruelty free dairy in the United States nestled in Juanita County in the Susquehanna Valley it was a perfect place to show my guests a living breathing model of ahimsa or non violence in action while experiencing the sweet atmosphere it produces. We also explored “alternative” methods of energy production. Guests enjoyed three square vegetarian meals a day and managed to justify all the eating (me included!) with visits to the dairy barn, oxen training,helping out with the gift shop project, taking photos, taking a yoga class in the yoga studio on the grounds, observing the peacocks, playing with the cats on the property, meeting the billy goats, visiting the cows at milking time and learning about the biodigester that turns cow manure into FRACK FREE gas to cook and heat with.

A full moon hangs in the sky on an evening walk with one of the residents of the farm a miss kitty.

A full moon hangs in the sky on an evening walk with one of the residents of the farm a miss kitty.

The creed of the Gita Nagari Farm is stated here:
“GitaNagari shall set the example that neither God nor the living being nor Nature is in any way antagonistic toward one another, but that all of them exist in harmony as a complete whole unit. When Gita Nagari will attempt to harmonize such sweet relation between man and God, Man and the world and the world and God, at such an auspicious time only, the United Nations effort to establish peace in the world will be successful or the dream of a casteless society all over the world will be realised in practice. There is no other practical solution of the scientific basis of universal brotherhood or of universal religion without understanding this simple truth of the fatherhood of Godhead, motherhood of Nature, and childhood of all living entities.” (Conception of Gita Nagari by Srila Prabhupada)
41 Radio Stations play Money to Burn
Woah!!!  41 stations are playing this timely track and I’d say 2015 is starting off extremely well! My deep thanks to a man that loves what he does so much he has created an outlet for music that spans the globe! During this week of January 5, 2015 BoddhiSattva’s Ancestral Soul Mix of Money to Burn is being played on 41 stations, heard by thousands due to the grace of DJ Greg G. Countries include the UK, South Africa, France, Argentina, Italy,Spain,Greece,USA, Brazil, and Romania with a daily schedule of airplay on FM stations and podcasts. Money To Burn indicates a gentler way of life where we cultivate the time to get to know ourselves better inside and out and become self satisfied after a day of meaningful activity that leaves us peaceful inflicting no harm or sorrow. In conclusion, visiting this farm, a loving environment where life is simple revolving around the cows,dedicated to their care brought together the yearnings for a better life expressed in the track for the world. In return the cows give milk, butter, cheese, yoghurt and manure that is used to repel insects, enrich and fertilize the earth, cool dwellings in summer and warm them in winter. It is truly a perfect design in the appropriate landscapes. And thanks Erik. We LOVE your photos!

DJ Boddhi Satva's Congloses roots serve his remix well.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-to-burn-boddhi-satvas/id941943860 The favorite its being released as a single.

DJ Boddhi Satva’s Congloses roots serve his remix well. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-to-burn-boddhi-satvas/id941943860
The favorite its being released as a single.


Food Drive Sunday plus my Health Side Holiday Tips

November 29, 2014

It would mean a lot to me if you came out to the Yoga and Food drive this Sunday November 30th at JivaMukti Yoga School conducted by yogini Ximena Milagros Savitch. It’s the season of giving and this is the second annual drive for the Bowery Rescue Mission. Vegan items are welcome that are canned or boxed. You can drop off items too at the school located at 841 Broadway . I’d also like to introduce you to my health side too and for your holiday stress. Didn’t know I was a health nut?

Money to Burn #1 in the Top 30 Countdown!

November 23, 2014

Well isn’t his a nice surprise! Happy Thanksgiving Indeed!

This live version of “Money To Burn” debuts at #1! Recorded on 11/21/14 on “Rew and Who?” EKAYANI sat down (cuz she is tall!!) to talk with hostess Rew Starr about the track and shared some family history.

Single Spawns A Single Boddhi Sattva’s Ancestral Remix

November 23, 2014
DJ Boddhi Satva's Congloses roots serve his remix well.  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-to-burn-boddhi-satvas/id941943860 The favorite its being released as a single.

DJ Boddhi Satva’s Congloses roots serve his remix well. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-to-burn-boddhi-satvas/id941943860
The favorite its being released as a single.

DJ Boddhi Sattva’s Ancestral Soul Remix of EKAYANI’S Money to Burn is traveling the EDM Afro Dance circuit rapidly because it’s a cool whirling, swirling, percussive joy to hear. I just wanted you to know you better get it here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/money-to-burn-boddhi-satvas/id941943860

– Ekayani

4 Fall Releases? Ekayani is One Lucky Soul Singer

November 19, 2014

1283886751_thanksgiving-cornucopiaWhen a new acquaintance asked me how I was doing and what was new when I was out at a soiree last night I explained. As his jaw dropped as I related my extraordinary good fortune I decided that this would be a good time to toot my horn as loudly as I can here on WordPress and give thanks to this bountiful musical harvest I am sharing with you all this Fall 2014. You see last Monday November 10th the Money to Burn Remixes came out which more or less followed on the heels of my late summer release “Yoga on The Dance Floor”. This week of November 17, I have two more releases coming out on Thursday and Friday.
Are you with me? That makes four releases in the span of two months. Who does this happen to? Anyone out there that wants to drop some statistics on me go ahead but I am pretty sure this is extraordinary occurrence for a singer. Now to the fruits.
Smooth Winter Soul Nu Soul Nu Jazz Slow Jams

Ekayani's Gaura Pahu appears to soothe your soul Get it on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smooth-winter-soul-2014-tgee/id938852671

Ekayani’s Gaura Pahu appears to soothe your soul Get it on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smooth-winter-soul-2014-tgee/id938852671

It’s been my feeling for a long time that I do soul music. I have wanted to make that known but have kept my thoughts to myself.TGEE Records must be some kind of a heart reader since soul man Narrottama Dasa Thakur’s,the 15th Century saint and ascetics words to my new fashioned melody “Gaura Pahu” appears on Smooth Winter Soul.It’s an album filled with love songs surprisingly dedicated to… the self. Aside from Nu Soul ballads of love for a cherished object of affection that you have come to expect (Thank you Luther Van Dross, The Spinners) many of the tunes talk about self transformational love with a gaze turned inward declaring a determination to improve. Is yoga having an effect on soul music too? This transatlantic swim in a pool of state side and across the pond crooners delivering raw emotion is a joy.Smooth Winter Soul is available on iTunes.

Hey Dee Jays! Get these tracks on Beatport! http://www.beatport.com/release/money-to-burn-the-remixes/1412714

Hey Dee Jays! Get these tracks on Beatport! http://www.beatport.com/release/money-to-burn-the-remixes/1412714

Out on BeatPort! Money to Burn (The Remixes)5 DJ’s

Money To Burn (The Remixes) EP is as a friend said “totally rad that people are digging your music so much they want to make their own versions of it!” Indeed. Yes I am “psyched”! Those totally rad people would be Boddhi Satva,12Shades,Tom Glide,Jedsa and Lust and Domy Dee. Included is the original version I co wrote with Mike McHugh.
Allow me to wax poetic with a couple of mini profiles
Soul Sacrifice Bubble Dub – Break it Down for Me

From whence the title Bubble Dub came. Ekayani's famed skirt made out of Buble Wrap. Shot by Roberto Serrini at EVR.

From whence the title Bubble Dub came. Ekayani’s famed skirt made out of Bubble Wrap. Shot by Roberto Serrini at EVR.

Let’s Do This! Soul Sacrifice Bubble Dub commences with an industrial beat by which I mean strong and relentless. Followed by a solid percussive layer followed by another layer upon which my voice enters Break it down for me!” says the man and I say Yeah let’s discuss this on the dance floor!

They’re breaking down the ozone layer to raise up their bottom line

vibey keys here Money to Burn …check that syncopation and stay grounded.
12Shades Money to Burn Remix asks WHY
The inquiry Why? Why? Why? comes to the fore front of an afro tinged remix by 12Shades (United Kingdom). Congas, bass line,guitar,vibes and taunting voices that sound like kids in a school yard as my voice breaks it down for ya in Sanskrit a timeless and soul liberating language.
Isa vasyam Idam sarvam/Yat Kinca Jagatyam Jagat/Tena tyaktena bhunjitaha/Mah gridha kasya svid Dhanam
You nod your head and say:
Oh Oh Oh – because you understand.
BoddhiSattva Ancestral Soul Remix

DJ Boddhi Satva's Congloses roots serve his remix well. The favorite its being released as a single.

DJ Boddhi Satva’s Congolese roots serve his remix well. The favorite from the MTB Remixes is being released as a single.

Swirls, twirls,takes you back to the words in instrumental form subtle, supple and strong. Look out for a Buy Link Friday on my Facebook page.

Ekayani’s Yoga On the Dance Floor the self starter
What can said about this album? It just keeps going. It’s ever fresh. It unites bhakti and the beat. It’s unprecedented. Its a trendsetter. It got four out of five stars in Time Out New York in the Club Section. It’s a cross cultural uniter. My voice is mesmerizing. You get it.

Ekayani grew up to be a singer. Her album Yoga on the Dance Floor is available on all fine digital sites Now!

Ekayani grew up to be a singer. Her album Yoga on the Dance Floor is available on all fine digital sites Now!

My gratitude and thanks to that well of creativity and caring Tom Glide label head of TGEE Records most of all.

EDM Brooklyn Singer Ekayani’s Money To Burn Remixes Burns Up The Dance Floor

November 13, 2014


Brooklyn’s leading musical trendsetter and cultural shape shifter points the way out of an apocalypse with her dance floor anthem “Money to Burn”. EDM fans and the yoga set come together for a tasty track spiked with South East Asian influences and a catchy hook.
For Immediate Release:
Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

TGEE Records’ ground breaking world music artist Ekayani’s “Money to Burn Remixes” EP is now available on ITunes and all digital sites worldwide. Her topical anthem about climate change, and it’s relationship to the economic interests of Wall Street, arrives on the heels of the People’s Climate March. A model by day and singer by night, Ekayani (pronounced A – Kai- Yah- Knee) towers at 6 foot 1 inches with a wild mass of hair that makes her a striking figure. What is more striking is her choice of poems from the 15th and 18th centuries set to 130 BPM, taking the meaning of global dance music to another dimension. TGEE Records assembles an international collective of remixers from the Congo, Italy,France and the United Kingdom to highlight Ekayani’s enchanting voice singing in Bengali and Sanskrit. Versatile, she can also be found accompanying Loren Russo’s weekly Thursday night asana class at the popular JivaMukti Yoga School in downtown New York City off Union Square– inspiring students with low fi versions of her club hits.

“Money to Burn addresses an environment and a culture right near where I live: Wall Street. I wanted to keep the track upbeat while I juxtaposed very relevant concerns about climate change. I added a wisdom text to change our perspective of our environment so we don’t ravage the earth. But we have got to keep dancing.”

On Friday, November 21 Ekayani appears at Brooklyn’s Branded Saloon to discuss and perform her hit “Money to Burn”. Branded Saloon is located at 603 Vanderbilt Avenue in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

Get DJ Boddhi Sattva’s Ancestral Soul Mix at AMAZON now! With his roots in the Congo you are going to dig this cuz it’s awesome!

Ekayani’s Money to Burn Remixes Arrives November 10 on TGEE Records

October 24, 2014

An international cast of REMIXERS has contributed to Ekayani s MONEY TO BURN REMIXES album. It drops 10/10/14 on TGEE Records

An international cast of REMIXERS has contributed to Ekayani
s MONEY TO BURN REMIXES album. It drops 10/10/14 on TGEE Records

New Remixes of Money to Burn the ever relevant dance – able social commentary track by EKAYANI is coming November 10th on TGEE Records(UK) worldwide on a Digital Outlet near YOU!

When we completed Money to Burn (first version) in a matter of days we had the “shock” market crash. My desire to cover this song had been strong for years…How strange is that coincidence? I wanted to add wisdom to the commentary in the lyrics pointing people in the direction of deep wisdom and practical texts so I turned to the Sri Isopanishad. It is in Sanskrit and that’s what you hear me saying in the beginning of the song. The 108th Upanishad is a revelation and is so far away from the impoverishment of consciousness we all struggle with everyday here on at least two levels: Internal and External.


The scene is Wall Street.
The effects Global
From Student Debt to Russian Roulette played with the environment this track manages to keep things #Upbeat. Introduction in Sanskrit the rest in English.
Watch the message with our LOVE and the Love of the Most High.

Wall Street Money to Burn + Sri Isopanishad – Yoga on the Dance Floor

October 13, 2014

The Sri Isopanishad is a devotional text, the 108th Upanishad revealing the Supreme Person or  the wizard behind the curtain. Mantra One is the Sanskrit verse I selected to open the track “Money to Burn”    co – write with Michael Warren McHugh that has spawned into 6 versions.  When I decided to cover this song, I wanted to expose the root of the problems we are living due to a stupendous financial meltdown occurring on Wall Street affecting millions. I should mention I live in New York City.


Anyone will tell you that this crash isn’t the first one America has been through nor is it likely to be the last without a shift in vision. Who really owns everything anyway? Do any of us speeding through life to our graves own anything? Are we grateful for what we have? I wanted to perform a kind of cultural therapy on the dance floor and so with a superb musical arrangement I added the following:

Mantra One
īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam
īśa—by the Lord; āvāsyam—controlled; idam—this; sarvam—all; yat kiñca—whatever; jagatyām—within the universe; jagat—all that is animate or inanimate; tena—by Him; tyaktena—set-apart quota; bhuñjīthāḥ—you should accept; mā—do not; gṛdhaḥ—endeavor to gain; kasya svit—of anyone else; dhanam—the wealth.
Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.

But I would be remiss at this point to not introduce more of the Sri Isopanishad as it provides a bigger picture of the peace formula. A formula that consists of each one of us remembering where we came from or who are parents are. This is practicality and gratitude couched in what could be called mysticism but at this point in time it seems to me that this perspective is common sense. Without knowing the person attached to creation what’s to make you stop and consider the consequences of your actions? As a child I show love and appreciation to my parents who give me shelter and food by not trashing the place where I live  out of respect and when I mature out of pure love.

Hey Dee Jays! Get these tracks on Beatport! http://www.beatport.com/release/money-to-burn-the-remixes/1412714

Hey Dee Jays! Get these tracks on Beatport! http://www.beatport.com/release/money-to-burn-the-remixes/1412714

Consider the invocation from the same text

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate
oṁ—the Complete Whole; pūrṇam—perfectly complete; adaḥ—that; pūrṇam—perfectly complete; idam—this phenomenal world; pūrṇāt—from the all-perfect; pūrṇam—complete unit; udacyate—is produced; pūrṇasya—of the Complete Whole; pūrṇam—completely, all; ādāya—having been taken away; pūrṇam—the complete balance; eva—even; avaśiṣyate—is remaining.
The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance.
The Complete Whole, or the Supreme Absolute Truth, is the complete Personality of Godhead. Realization of impersonal Brahman or of Paramātmā, the Supersoul, is incomplete realization of the Absolute Complete. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1]. Realization of impersonal Brahman is realization of His sat feature, or His aspect of eternity, and Paramātmā realization is realization of His sat and cit features, His aspects of eternity and knowledge. But realization of the Personality of Godhead is realization of all the transcendental features-sat, cit and ānanda, bliss. When one realizes the Supreme Person, he realizes these aspects of the Absolute Truth in their completeness. Vigraha means “form.” Thus the Complete Whole is not formless. If He were formless, or if He were less than His creation in any other way, He could not be complete. The Complete Whole must contain everything both within and beyond our experience; otherwise He cannot be complete.
The Complete Whole, the Personality of Godhead, has immense potencies, all of which are as complete as He is. Thus this phenomenal world is also complete in itself. The twenty-four elements of which this material universe is a temporary manifestation are arranged to produce everything necessary for the maintenance and subsistence of this universe. No other unit in the universe need make an extraneous effort to try to maintain the universe. The universe functions on its own time scale, which is fixed by the energy of the Complete Whole, and when that schedule is completed, this temporary manifestation will be annihilated by the complete arrangement of the Complete Whole.
All facilities are given to the small complete units (namely the living beings) to enable them to realize the Complete Whole. All forms of incompleteness are experienced due to incomplete knowledge of the Complete Whole. The human form of life is a complete manifestation of the consciousness of the living being, and it is obtained after evolving through 8,400,000 species of life in the cycle of birth and death. If in this human life of full consciousness the living entity does not realize his completeness in relation to the Complete Whole, he loses the chance to realize his completeness and is again put into the evolutionary cycle by the law of material nature.
Because we do not know that there is a complete arrangement in nature for our maintenance, we make efforts to utilize the resources of nature to create a so-called complete life of sense enjoyment. Because the living entity cannot enjoy the life of the senses without being dovetailed with the Complete Whole, the misleading life of sense enjoyment is illusion. The hand of a body is a complete unit only as long as it is attached to the complete body. When the hand is severed from the body, it may appear like a hand, but it actually has none of the potencies of a hand. Similarly, living beings are part and parcel of the Complete Whole, and if they are severed from the Complete Whole, the illusory representation of completeness cannot fully satisfy them.
The completeness of human life can be realized only when one engages in the service of the Complete Whole. All services in this world-whether social, political, communal, international or even interplanetary-will remain incomplete until they are dovetailed with the Complete Whole. When everything is dovetailed with the Complete Whole, the attached parts and parcels also become complete in themselves.


Ekayani is on TGEE Records (UK)

Ekayani is on TGEE Records (UK)


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