A Skeptic Inquires

  • For anyone who has attended a Kirtan or workshop with me, you know that I’m a skeptical observer of the Yoga and Bhakti music scenes I have also been so much a part of. I resist the attempts of many people to turn Yoga into some kind of new religion. The directive of Yoga is to inquire, not to believe, and the emphasis is on experience. My Kirtan events are focused not only on creating an optimum setting where participants can experience the consciousness-transformative aspect of chanting mantras, but on inquiring how it works. This has led me to explore the neuroscience of music and meditation, and to discuss it in workshops and my remarks during my concerts. For anyone interested in making this journey with me, below is a list of recommended reading.

    Why God Won’t Go Away (Andrew Newburg, Eugene D’Aquili, Vince Rouse)

    The Music Instinct (Philip Ball)

    The Brain That Changes Itself (Norman Doidge)

    Incognito (David Eagleman)

    Molecules of Emotion (Candace Pert)

    The Tell Tale Brain (V.S.Ramachandran)

    Connectome (Sebastian Seun)