His understanding of both Buddhist and Vedanta thought gave him great insights into the everyday life of India. He was in his mid-sixties and not keen on travel but he was keen to know the average Mumbaikar. The chaiwallah, the hotel cleaning staff, and the taxi drivers were the Indians who interested him the most. He politely refused invitations from the elite of Mumbai, who he would sometimes run into at the club or the satsang.
Then we peeped in on the restoration work underway at the Army and Navy Building opposite. Over lunch, Cohen joked that we should find him a good Indian Yehudi wife for him to settle down with in Bombay. But a dark cloud was looming. This is when he went back to the studio to record new music and undertake new world tours.
My wife and I had relocated from Bombay to Europe in and kept touch with Cohen over email. On his Europe tour of , we had tickets for his show in Prague and we pinged him to ask if he wanted to meet. I received a polite refusal immediately. On performance days, Cohen and his team were very focused and wanted no distractions. Onstage, he said namaste to his friends who come from far—from India.
That was the last time we saw him. Leonard Cohen was the perfect gentleman, a healer, a man with a keen desire to bring unity and peace.
He even created a symbol for this—the Unified Heart—which he would often email in his replies to friends. Leonard Cohen was much more than the poetry and music he is known for. To those of us who had the good fortune to know him, he was the very definition of saint he had once articulated in his daring s novel Beautiful Lovers :. What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility.
It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence…He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock…His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. Early one morning, the king — dressed now in the clothes of a dervish — set out with his new mentor to begin his new life.
They had not travelled far when the dervish suddenly realised that he had forgotten his bowl. The dervish was very distressed and insisted they return to the palace so he could collect his bowl. The king laughed as he realised his mistake.
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Notify me of new posts via email. Blog at WordPress. Non-Duality America. Who Cares? Balsekar The desire for enlightenment once drove an earnest and highly determined individual to spend several years in the company of a spiritual teacher. The master said nothing, but crumpled up the letter and dropped it in the bin. I behold It in a flower, in a stone, in the very air, everywhere. I now know and truly comprehend there is no difference between you and me or anything else.
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I can tell you from direct experience that this is so. A gifted contemporary ceramic artist from the UK and a long-time student of Francis Lucille, Rupert now offers retreats, webinars and other events about nonduality around the world. I found him to be a very generous, kind, sincere, awake, down-to-earth, no-nonsense guy with genuine humility, completely devoted to sharing this simple and profound realization. Product Title Songs of Kabir. In the Path of Love we discover what we are. He has a YouTube channel. Don't get me wrong.
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