A sadhana with Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv

avi's picture

Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

I went 2 days ago to the concert of Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv. It was in front of an audience of about 50,000 people - the biggest in this world tour. What a great performer, what a great soul, the energies in the stadium were outstanding - on one hand this quantity of loving people together and on the other hand, not a rock concert but something more sublime.

What a great, modest, full of love, and sincere soul. What a great poet. A Zen Buddhist, a student of the Advaita teacher from Bombay, Ramesh Balsekar, a Jewish by birth who was growing up in a christian environment, he is proficient in many spiritual paths which are expressed implicitly in many of his songs interwoven with love and existential loneliness which are his main themes.

I would like to bring a quote from one of his songs (Sisters of Mercy) that I think demonstrate his specialness.

Yes, you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned.
When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

suzame's picture

Music makes the people come together

As Madonna says in one of her songs in the last album: "Music makes the people come together".

Music has a special mighty power that no other medium or art has. It is vibrating and manipulating areas in our body and thus our psyche in a magnificent way, for good and for bad. You notice this power in the Vipassana retreats when Goenka is chanting and consequently certain part after another is vibrating and the consequent mental outcomes.

When the source of the music is spiritually and mentally developed like in the case of Leonard Cohen, the experience is enlightening and transforming.

Note his gaze and his non-blinking eyes in certain songs and the energy created when listening to him then. He seems like in some kind of blissful ecstasy.

suzame | Sun, 09/27/2009 - 06:52
zoya's picture

A great poet and seeker

A great poet and seeker. His teacher Ramesh Balsekar has recently died.

zoya | Wed, 12/02/2009 - 22:04