FAQs about me

 

Myself

1. How come you are a kind of pop musician when you are a monk?

2. How come you aren’t more serious? Your blog doesn’t seem like what I’d expect from a Yoga monk.

3. Why did you decide to become a monk?

4. How do you earn your money

Myself

1. How come you are a kind of pop musician when you are a monk?

I was a musician long before I was a monk, and I actually gave up music to become a monk. But a couple of years after completing my training, I was given the duty of supervising the music department of our mission in Australasia, and by degrees I developed a way to use music to express my spiritual ideas and feelings. I find that it is a great way to inspire people about spirituality. You might like to think of my songs as philosophy lectures set to music!

2. How come you aren’t more serious? Your blog doesn’t seem like what I’d expect from a Yoga monk.

Didn’t I tell you? I don’t write that blog. It’s written by a strange alien who occasionally takes over my body.

But seriously, many people have the impression that to be ‘spiritual’ we have to be terribly grave. I think this is a great misconception – in life we seek happiness and laughter and humour are an important part of that.

I write songs about serious issues, and some of my friends complain because I write too many sad songs. Telling jokes helps to compensate for this. So I try to take myself less seriously, and to take my spiritual duty more seriously.

My Guru had something beautiful to say about this:

“I want to see you all laughing. It gives me great pleasure to see you all laughing.”

3. Why did you decide to become a monk?

This could be a multiple choice:

  • a. Because no-one wanted to marry me.
  • b. Because I couldn’t hold down an ordinary job.
  • c. Because I really like the orange hat.
  • d. None of the above.

The correct answer is of course ‘d’ – none of the above. I did not become a monk for any negative reason or because I could not adjust with a more ordinary life.

The real reason I became a monk is this. In 1975 I learned about meditation and the philosophy of Ananda Marga, from a monk like myself. In a remarkably short time I experienced tremendous benefits from this practice, and understood that I’d learned something that could really help me become the kind of person I’d like to be. I felt that the best thing I could do with my life would be to dedicate myself to the propagation of these teachings as a monk of Ananda Marga.

I chose not to marry because this work is so demanding that it would allow me to fulfil the responsibilities of a family man.

4. How do you earn your money?

Money? What money???

As a full time missionary for Ananda Marga, I receive a limited amount of support from our members. But in recent years I’ve survived mainly from the proceeds of my CD and book sales. So please don’t hesitate…

I am also often involved in fund raising for Ananda Marga service work in poorer countries.