Krishna Das shares his experience of years on pilgrimage in India for the film. KD's deep chanting is also heard in abundance. We have been close since 1971 when first with Neem Karoli Baba in India and have spent much sweet time singing the bhajans, sacred songs, we learned there.
Nanda Devi - the highest mountain within India at 25,643 ft. is part of the Kumoan Himalayas. The twin peaked Nanda Devi, the Blissful Goddess, is the legendary home of Parvati. We were breathless.
“Every human being knows the power of music and the power of music to uplift our emotions, our spirits, to expand us, expand our hearts. But what happens when it's combined with devotional practice is repetition. So we repeat a mantra, but we repeat it full of feeling, with rhythm, with melody, with energy, with colors, but the mantra is repeated, and repeated, and then, without our even knowing that it happened, our mind goes into a meditative state. Our mind just, it’s not like it completely disappears, but it chills down because we’re experiencing, expressing and manifesting through our hearts.“ -JAI UTTAL, Grammy nominated musician, and dear friend, Jai appears in our film coming soon!
"Mother Ganga, you embrace the earth, lending it grace and beauty. You are the pathway to heaven." -Valmiki
This passage to the start of the Ganga is beautiful and mystical as portrayed in the film. Click the link in the bio for more about this sacred pathway to heaven.
We met up with this this sadhu on Shivaratri in Varanasi, where nearly one million pilgrims had gathered on the banks of the Ganges. While anyone can dress up like a sadhu, the true ones are skilled yogis, versed in the Vedic scriptures, often read and write sanskrit, and are true renunciates.
They take vows of celibacy, sever family ties, do not stay anywhere more than 3 days, and own nothing more than they can easily carry including a water pot, fire tongs, and a blanket. At night they sleep by a consecrated fire called a dhuni, covering their bodies the next morning with its ash. They are dependent on small alms from householders and spend their lives on a ceaseless pilgrimage through the sacred geography of India.
Friends - Still deep into the creation of this film and we plan on releasing it next year.
More filming in India this past winter gave us wonderful images to weave into the narration.
We are also adapting the film's theme to the healing of a divided world.
Everyone is born a pilgrim in this world on a spiritual journey through life.
Thanks for your patience - the film will be beautiful.