Archive for the 'Videos' Category

Jul 28 2011

Video: Porcelain Unicorn

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A friend introduced me to this video:

This is the grand prize winner of a film competition dubbed “Tell It Your Way.” The entrants were given freedom of expression with two strict rules- there had to be only six lines of dialogue and the film could only run three minutes or less.

Just a few short minutes — an old man, a flashback, a handful of words… and a porcelain unicorn — yet such a powerful story. I hope you are as moved as I was.

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Jul 25 2011

Slideshow: Poetry & Art

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A friend sent me this link, a narrated slideshow from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art that explores the relationship between poetry and art. My only criticism is that it’s too short. Maybe we can get PBS to produce a whole miniseries on the subject.

Check out the link, give it a moment to load, and click ‘Play.’ I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Jul 19 2011

Video: Laurie Blum – painting the Garden of Paradise

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Laurie Blum from Sahar Sarshar on Vimeo.

Laurie Blum, an American painter and gardener, visited Iran three times from 2003-2005. She was the first person allowed to paint on the grounds of the Garden of Paradise, Hafez’s Tomb, and Sa’adi’s Tomb after the guards fell in love with her work. She has met dignitaries from Iran and has been invited to exhibit at The United Nations, The National Arts Club, and Hafez’ tomb. Her love for Persian Miniatures, Hafez and the Persian language began when she was young and continues today.

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Apr 13 2011

Music & Video: Amir Khusrow Dehlawi Qawwals

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A few qawwals for you — the ecstatic devotional Sufi music of India and Pakistan — composed by Amir Khusrow Dehlawi, the “father of qawwali music.”

The first is performed by the late master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. If you’re not familiar with his music, then you have to give a listen. And if you are familiar with his music, then you know to give a listen…

A translation of the words sung:

You’ve taken away my looks, my identity, by just a glance.
By making me drink the wine of love-potion, You’ve intoxicated me by just a glance;
My fair, delicate wrists with green bangles in them, Have been held tightly by you with just a glance.
I give my life to you, Oh my cloth-dyer, You’ve dyed me in yourself, by just a glance.
I give my whole life to you Oh, Nijam, You’ve made me your bride, by just a glance.


And next, a song of Amir Khusrow Dehlawi performed by Niyaz, with lead singer Azam Ali. Also a must listen…

A translation of the words:

Arise and prepare to rejoice
Let the wine take root in our cups
As would a flower in the soil
Let us become intoxicated with bliss
For till when shall we dwell in sadness
Those drunk with love
Will break this unending wheel of sorrow
For the treasures of the beloved
belong to those celebrating with us.

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Mar 01 2011

Video: I Thought of You, by Ryan Woodward

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I think this is lovely, a dance in sketches…

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Feb 21 2011

Video: Alan Watts and the Unsettling Truth About Life

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A short excerpt of a talk by Alan Watts on music and the purpose of life… with some playful animation to illustrate his points. I really like this one

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Feb 07 2011

Video: The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

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I remember seeing this animated version of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” as a four-year-old child with my mother at the University of Oregon in the early 1970s. In fact, it’s one of my earliest memories.

“The Giving Tree” is simple enough for a child to understand, yet rich enough for an adult to appreciate. The patient, selfless sacrifice of the tree for the boy’s happiness broke my heart as a child, and has haunted me ever since. It taught me early on how a broken heart can be a beautiful thing… and how we should never take for granted the endless gifts of the natural world.

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Dec 28 2010

Video & Music: Satinder Sartaj – Sai

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A friend recently introduced me to this music video by Dr. Satinder Sartaj. Soaring Sufi vocals, uplifting words. And if you pay attention to the video, you realize that he features Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians… a vision of universal spirituality.

I am unable to understand
what name to give
this Player of swirling universes…

I hope you enjoy!

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Nov 11 2010

Video: Shivo Ham! Nirvana Shatakam by Shankara

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It’s been too long since I’ve shared a video with you. This was sent to me by a reader, and I thought I’d pass it along. This is Shankara’s Nirvana Shatakam mantra, sung so sweetly by Uma Mohan. Watch for a few minutes and bring an easy, gliding meditation into your day…


Shankara, Adi Shankara Shankara

India (788 – 820) Timeline
Yoga/Hindu : Advaita/Non-Dualist

The video’s text is in Italian, but here’s an English translation:

I am not mind, not intellect, not ego, not thought.
I am not the ears, the tongue, the nose or the eyes, or what they witness,
I am neither earth nor sky, not air nor light.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I am not the breath of prana, nor its five currents.
I am not the seven elements, nor the five organs,
Nor am I the voice or hands or anything that acts.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I have no hatred or preference, neither greed nor desire nor delusion.
Pride, conflict, jealousy — these have no part of me.
Nothing do I own, nothing do I seek, not even liberation itself.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I know neither virtue nor vice, neither pleasure nor pain.
I know no sacred chants, no holy places, no scriptures, no rituals.
I know neither the taste nor the taster.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I fear not death. I doubt neither my being nor my place.
I have no father or mother; I am unborn.
I have no relatives, no friends. I have no guru and no devotees.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Free from doubt, I am formless.
With knowledge, in knowledge, I am everywhere, beyond perception.
I am always the same. Not free, not trapped — I am .

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Truly, I am Shiva, pure awareness.
Shivo Ham! Shivo Ham!

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Jul 12 2010

Music & Video: Arieb Azhar / Bullah Shah – What’s on the Tongue Must be Said

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The link to this video was recently sent to me, and I immediately wanted to share it with you.

The poetry of Bullah Shah set to a sweet, sleepy groove. Na Raindee Hai… What’s on the Tongue Must be Said…


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Dec 25 2009

Music & Video – Claymation Joy to the World

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I haven’t seen the Claymation Christmas Special on TV for years, but it’s one of my favorites. The Claymation version of Joy to the World is a work of beauty, shifting colors and clay collages…

Merry Christmas!

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Nov 20 2009

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi on Interfaith Dialog

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A wise, thought-provoking interview with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi on Interfaith Dialog from a Jewish perspective. I love Reb Zalman’s gentle, embracing wisdom. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to listen to this interview.

In Exile Together: A Dialogue of Faith (Click the “Watch the Interview” link at the top of the biography notes.)

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Nov 19 2009

Video & Music: Trace Bundy Playing Pachelbel’s Canon

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Something about Pachelbel’s Canon is profoundly healing to the heart. It doesn’t matter if it’s performed in a classical style or in it’s most syrupy New Age version with dolphins in the background — it always works its soothing, healing magic.

Thought you might especially appreciate this unique one-man performance…

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Sep 14 2009

Music & Video – Rabbi Shergill – Bulla Ki Jaana Maen Kaun

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I was introduced to this video by Johnny Mg Kwlmann, a delightful musical rendition of the recently featured poem by Bulleh Shah:

To Me, I Am Not Known

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Sep 07 2009

Music & Video – Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tamacun

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Something to get your toes tapping today. Give a listen!

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Aug 24 2009

Movie – The Drummer

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The son of a Hong Kong gangster has to hide out in the mountains of Taiwan. This bored troublemaker from the city joins a Zen drumming troupe and slowly discovers rhythm and stillness. I just watched the DVD — a wonderful movie. Highly recommended!

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Jul 31 2009

Music & Video – One Love Around the World

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One love, one heart,
Let’s get together
and feel alright…

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