Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan

A tribute to Murshid.
In the 1990s I visited the Dagar of Hazrat Inayat in the Lodi tombs area of Delhi.  There was a celebration in honour of the saints life with followers from his Dutch community.

I attended kawal music by his beautiful tomb and bought some books from his translated lectures.
Then I later read a biography on his life. In particular the "Mysticism of sound" book affected me.

Being a musician of Indian music I felt close to Murshid as he was a student of the Baroda Gharana of school of classical music.

Murshid was foremost a musician but he also was a seeker of Allah and his mystical journey took him to the west where he sowed the seeds of Sufism.

Later in 2010 approximately I was in Ajmer Rajastan and was able to visit the Mohomed Chisti Mosque, the most famous Sufi temple in India and I listened to Qawal singers there.

Pir Murshid Hazrat Inayat

The sitar player

The Mystic

The sensitive human being 

Divine teacher

The giver of joy

Kawal music in honour of Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan .

Qawwal devotional song in the sufi tradition.

Dama dam Mast Qalander

teen panina pana panee
Jhule lal, Jhule lal , Jhule lal , Jhule lal
Chiku charinah jhule lal

Jhule lal x 3  dama dam mast qalander

History Notes
Jhule Lal was a Sufi mystic from Sind Province.

Jhule Lal / Sayed Mohamid Usman Marwandi
Hindu incarnation of Deva Varuna water god
12th C died Sind family from Baghdad originally
He always wore red hence red robe of the saint.
Dama dam must qalander originally adapted from a Amir Khusro poem or ghazal

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Chamunda Kali Ma - healing mantra

Chamunda is a healing mantra used when making medicine and healing in order to give potency to the cure by evoking Chamunda Kali.

Focus on your breath and say the words with sincerity and full focus.

Chamunda Kali Ma

Classicly the mantra is also said Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche

Om Aim Hreem Kleem Chamundaye Vichche

Shri Ram Jai Ram Bajaan

Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram

One morning I was in India and I was in a country area and a farmer walked past as the Sun was rising about 6am and as he briskly strode along we both greeted each other on the road.

I usually say Namaste as its the common greeting and he said "RAM RAM" in a big powerful voice.
Suddenly the sun became more a fullblown aspect of my consciousness together with the softness of the morning dew the gentle dust on the horizon and the smells of the crops. Something happened when that devotee of Rama the Absolute Being greeted me.  With the sound came an awareness, like an electric shock to my consciousness. The morning, my place in this beautiful universe the blue sky and the brown earth felt like complete perfection and bliss.

Such is the power of sound.


The epic poem The Ramayana is about the life of King Rama and is 24000 verses long. see 1.
It took place in the Hindu Yoga or period of Treta Yuga. see 2.

Valmiki and Ramayana epic

Vishnu the Supreme Being in Vaishna Hindu sects is also incarnated as Buddha and Krishna. see.3

Bibliography and Footnotes

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Neem Keroli Babu and his devotees Krishna Das, Ram Das

Krishna Das sings Mere Guru Dev

Mere Guru Dev lyrics and translation

Monday, 4 June 2018

Shiva mantra as meditation

This mantra is universally sang and prayed in India.

Lord Shiva is the creator and the destroyer.

Shaivite yogis such as Nityananda swami made this mantra the hub of his devotion.

I visited his Ganeshpuri prayer hall in '91 and the vibration was beautiful.
See Nityananda

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Timetable Spring Summer 2017

­­­­­­­­­Wild Lotus Arts Classes    Spring - Summer  
 Teacher; Gerard Menzel    - 0407734479
1. The Forge in 341 Barker st Castlemaine  
2. Carisbrook         
3. Newstead Library complex  
4. Wesley Hill Market    
5. Botanic Gardens Castlemaine  
 For latest updates see; (click classes, timetable)    

Sumie -  Zen brush painting venue 1 (Note the venue number above)
Aikido - workshops building regular class group or private lessons. For kids / Adults . Aikido is a non violent martial art which focuses on the spiritual development of the person as well as martial skills.   Venue to be notified. Proposed start Feb 2017 Kids and adult class
Yoga – Hatha, Bhakti type, mantra, asana, bhajaan includes Bhakti devotionals  Venue 1, 2,
Tai Chi -  the Yang, Wu, Chen, style - Venue  5
Tabla & Indian drumming  Private class  Venue 1 Carisbrook or the Forge. $35 lesson

Healing Massage Shiatsu, Thai, Chinese, $35 per 30 min - Venue 1/2/3
I Ching (Chinese Book of Change) Readings, An ancient form of divination   

             Gerard Menzel


Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns

Chi Qong
& Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns


Acupressure  Shiatsu Healing  
Wesley Hill Mkt
0915 -1330


Shiatsu & Healing @ The Forge
11.30 – 14.30
Booking only

Shiatsu & Healing @ The Forge
11.30 – 14.30
Booking Only

Monthly Kirtan
1stSunday 11.00
Devotional singing
The Forge


Sumi-E Painting


Yoga (Carisbrook)
Start 1835

Tai Chi
Botanic Gdns

Gerard Menzel
Sumie Rooster by Gerard
Terms 4 or 8 weeks @ $15 or $12 con. Per class
Private classes Start @ Single $35    Pairs $50   Trio $60     Four @ $65   Per  Hour
Healing - 30 min  $35 details @
*Concession pensioner healthcare card card please bring on first class   #Single class $18

Gerard Menzel M.Ed has studied Asia arts since the 70’s and teaching in 1985. He has studied and worked in India, China, Japan and the Middle East. The Lotus school began in Adelaide in 1988.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Spring Kirtan October 1

 Kirtan Caravanserai in Spring

Thank you everyone to everyone who has contributed to Kirtan Caravanserai thus far and now it is Spring. Spring heralds joy, new growth and the burgeoning of  new breath and life into this journey.

Where Castlemaine @  The  Forge Yoga 341 Barker st

From the peaceful heart felt chanting to the divine exuberance of soaring ecstacy. Space limited secure your spot come 10.50
First Sunday Monthly 1100 -1330  Cost $5 Chai $2