When I was telling you about qi gong yesterday, and the beautiful male voice that sent me crying, I didn’t mention that the singer was Krishna Das. I wonder why. He’s an American who met with a guru in India back in the 1970’s and was overwhelmed with the love glowing from him. Soon thereafter, Jeffrey Kagel became Krishna Das. After his guru died, Krishna felt alone and lost in the world, and descended through the realms of depression and drug use.
Eventually the love that is Krishna Das, and is all of us, emerged and greeted the world through the singing of kirtan – call-and-response chanting in Sanskrit that speaks the names of God.
When I got back from Massachusetts, I watched Krishna on YouTube and was transported again deep within my heart. I ordered CDs and a DVD from Amazon and they arrived today. If you would like to experience the Spirit of the man, I’d recommend that you listen to “Sri Argala Stotram / Show Me Love” on YouTube. It’s on one of my new CDs and I played it on our stereo system a few minutes ago. The piece artfully blends the Hindu words with “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner.
Listening to this is not just blissing out. As Krishna’s voice goes deep, I feel the love, not only for Jody, but for all of us. Our struggles, our imperfections, our kindnesses. All worthy of love. I’ve just finished melting again. Lots of tears. And I think of the lyrics:
I want to know what love is
I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is
I know you can show me
Christine was a woman I met before the silent meditation retreat started, and we talked after it was over. She was grasping for what the retreat meant to her, and I was doing the same. I found myself saying, for the first time, “I come to retreats to love people. That’s all.” I’d never been brave enough to tell anyone. And it’s true. When I hear the women’s voices repeat “I want you to show me,” I know that I have a part to play in showing love on Earth. I’m not sure how that will unfold over time, but unfold it shall. A good thing to do in life, I’d say.