Today a beautiful beloved in India, Shyamdas passed into the world of formless … As we honor the life and passing of Shyamdas on the 21st of Jan 2013… I feel the preciousness and significance of this day ..as it is now 5 months since the passing of my beloved son at the age of 17 on the 21st of August 2012…. a precious day indeed to be writing about Shyamdas, and feeling the full opening of love and devotion in the one heart.
We met Shyamdas on our sacred pilgrimage (Yatra) to India whilst in Vrindavan ( the sacred place of worship of Radha and Krishna , and the ashram of Neem Karoli Baba ) in 2007/2008. It was such a precious meeting with Shyamdas, such love and devotion and the presence of his beloved guru ..Neem karoli Baba … we were blessed to travel throughout Krishna town as it is affectionately know, to sit in Satsang, and to share in sacred chant together. Shyamdas lived in India for nearly 40 years exploring the arts of puja and celebration. A prolific translator and writer, with more than 20 books on bhakti yoga—the yoga of devotion—and sacred chant, divine service, puja, and Vedanta. He originally studied with Neem Karoli Baba and later with His Holiness Goswami Prathameshji.
Shyamdas also studied classical Indian music and specialised in classical dhrupada music of the mystic poets of North India. His numerous CDs include ‘Beloved Chants’ ( which I am listening to and feeling him as I write ). Shyamdas taught and performed internationally, including with Sting, Mike D, Paul Simon, and Madonna, and was a dear friend of Krishna Das, Ram Das, Deva Premal & Miten and others in the Kirtan communities.
Ones life is such a precious thing, to live that life as it was destined however that may be, to the full, is an even more precious thing…. and in the case of Shyamdas a life of devotion to Krishna and his beloved Radhe. His was such an animated personality full of passion, I recall trying to get a still photo of him, he was always in movement, of raptured bliss, passion, devotion, expression. Touched profoundly by his life , his teachers life, and such deep love for having had that beautiful meeting.
Death opens us if we allow it, to that which is more real than what is perceived as the ‘Life of one’… moved to tears.. not by the passing of a life form… as all life changes… but moved to tears by the huge and indescribable love felt, for having been touched by this beautiful life in form… for having been graced by the presence of love itself… however that shows up, form, formless, all of life.
Forever now with his beloved Radhe, Krishna and his Guru Neem Karoli Baba ….. Radhe radhe radhe!!! Jai Shri Krishna!!!! Blessings.. Namaste.. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti … Yantra-ji ♥