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Being present, awake, open…

—Joan Tollifson

“Spiritual practice (the pathless path from here to here) boils down to something very simple.

Being present, awake, open.

Resting in the simplicity of what is.

Being what we cannot not be: the happening of this moment, just as it is.

This is the end of grasping and seeking, the end of resisting and avoiding, the end of trying to fix myself and be somebody else, the end of trying to figure it all out or get the right conceptual map nailed down.

This is not knowing anything and not needing to know.”

We hope you’re enjoying your Summer! ~CMK

 

Andrés Segovia – The Variety of Tone and Harmonic Possibilities [DVD/FILM]

Segovia_guitarThis DVD is a celebration of one of the truly unique achievements in the history of Western music: the extraordinary quest of Andrés Segovia.

The Andalusian par excellence, who, in his youth, fell in love with the melancholy voices of the Spanish guitar, taught himself the instrument, revolutionized the technique and succeeded in winning acceptance for it on the international concert platform, worldwide.

 

Andrés Segovia at Los Olivos

Fritz Kreisler once said that the two greatest performing musicians of the twentieth century were Pablo Casals and Andrés Segovia. He had two prime reasons:

  • First, their extraordinary artistic spirits.
  • Second, that both elevated their chosen instrument to unprecedented levels on the international concert platform.

 

“My life has been an ascending line, slowly, but ascending line. It came, everything came, but I was not to be distracted, not to answer another call. In that consists the miracle of my will, in persisting in the road I had taken. The rest was in the mysterious stars of my firmament.”

~Andrés Segovia

 

In Western classical music, the achievement of Andrés Segovia is unique. As a boy in Granada, he was captivated by the variety of tone colors and the wealth of harmonic possibilities of the Spanish guitar and he saw a future for it that nobody had previously even dreamed of. On those seemingly slender beginnings, he set out on a remarkable quest.

Playing the music written by Fernando Sor and Francisco Tarrega in the nineteenth century and adding the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach, he began to build, not only a career for himself, but to lay the foundations of modern guitar technique and the present-day international popularity of the Spanish guitar as a serious musical instrument, an instrument capable of musical expression at the very highest level.

Within twenty years, Andrés Segovia had taught himself the instrument, revolutionized the technique and won acceptance for it on the concert platforms of Europe. He spent the next fifty years giving concerts in almost every part of the world and was at various times a resident of Spain, The United States, Switzerland and Argentina.

At the age of 75, he returned to his native Andalusia with his young wife, Emilita, to build a new home, Los Olivos, on the Costa del Sol as close as he could to Granada where he spent his childhood.

Segovia at Los Olivos is made in the relaxed atmosphere of his new home and in Jaen and Granada where he spent his formative years.

The idea is very simple: to give a great man an opportunity to look back on sixty years of concert life and one of the most astonishing contributions to Western music made by any performing musician in the last hundred years.

 

 

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Andres Segovia(1893-1987)

“Among God’s creations, two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes in order not to be separated from the man.”

 

The Song of the Guitar

Andrés Segovia had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of Western music. He gave his first concert in Granada in 1909 at the age of 16 and his last in Miami 78 years later only a few weeks before he died, on the 2nd June 1987, at the age of 94.

His achievement is unique in the history of Western music, a fact acknowledged many years ago by Fritz Kreisler among others.

As an instrumentalist, Segovia did for the guitar what Casals did for the cello, but he did it with an instrument that had never been taken seriously as a concert instrument. Within his own lifetime, Segovia taught himself the instrument, revolutionized the technique and elevated a folk instrument to the highest levels of the international concert platform. As a musician, he has come to be recognized as one of the most refined and profound of his time.

THE SONG OF THE GUITAR is a tribute to the maestro by Christopher Nupen, who knew him well for more than twenty-five years. It is shot in the Palaces of the Alhambra and in Granada, where Segovia spent his childhood and where, as he says in the film, he opened his eyes to beauty and the Lord put the seed of music in his soul. He often described the Alhambra as the Leitmotif of his life. And so the setting is as legitimate as it is glorious.

As a teenager, Segovia often played to his friends in the Alhambra until the early hours of the morning and he returned there regularly to perform at the Granada Festival.

 

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The Alhambra is one of the architectural wonders of the world and its visual splendors formed an ideal setting to film the grand master playing works associated with his extraordinary career.

Between the pieces Segovia’s voice is heard, out of vision, recalling his childhood and the spirit in which he set out on his extraordinary quest.

 

 

DVD Extra features

  • New personal introductions by Christopher Nupen
  • Music only option
  • New improved restored image quality
  • Extensive 24-page booklet with photos
  • Allegro Molto: an Allegro Films compilation

 

www.allegrofilms.com

No Longer Required [Poetical Writings]

by Mandi Solk

 

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NO LONGER REQUIRED

 

I might go blind : for I no longer need my eyes to see.

I find both beauty or squalor, but none touches Me.

I may turn deaf : for I no longer need my ears to hear

all of the talking, no more interests Me.

And of this body?

It no longer matters, be it housed in robes or cast out in tatters

Gone the ‘looked for pleasures’ or grievous pains,

After passing through the valley of Death,

Just the Self remains.

 

 

 

10 Sayings on the Essence of Non Duality by RUPERT SPIRA

 

Truth is silent but, when met with questions about its true nature, is compelled to speak. The sayings in The Ashes of Love were taken from conversations with friends over a three-year period. I am deeply grateful to these friends who, through the intensity of their interest and their great love of truth, have called these words out of Being into existence. ~Rupert Spira

 

  • From the viewpoint of the earth, the sun comes and goes, whereas it is, in fact, always present. Likewise, from the viewpoint of the body and mind, our essential nature of pure Awareness comes and goes, but, in its own experience of itself, it is ever-present.

 

  • All experience is illuminated, or made knowable, by the light of pure Knowing. This Knowing pervades all thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions, irrespective of their particular characteristics. We are this transparent, unchanging Knowing.

 

  • Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun.

 

  • To invest one’s identity and security in something that appears, moves, changes and disappears is the cause of unhappiness.

 

  • The separate self is not an entity; it is an activity: the activity of thinking and feeling that our essential nature of pure Awareness shares the limits and the destiny of the body and mind.

 

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  • Just as a screen is intimately one with all images and, at the same time, free of them, so our true nature of luminous, empty Knowing is one with all experiences and yet, at the same time, inherently free of them.

 

  • We are the open, empty, allowing presence of Awareness, in which the objects of the body, mind and world appear and disappear, with which they are known and, ultimately, out of which they are made. Just notice that and be that, knowingly.

 

  • When everything that can be let go of is let go of, what remains is what we desire above all else.

 

  • In ignorance, I am something; in understanding, I am nothing; in love, I am everything.

 

  • Our self – luminous, empty Awareness – knows no resistance and is, therefore, Peace itself; it seeks nothing and is, thus, happiness itself; it is intimately one with all appearances and is, as such, pure love.

 

*Download a .pdf sample to read the Foreword, Introduction by Rupert and the first ten pages of aphorisms (which the above was culled from).

 

 

About the author

rupert_2014From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began studying and practicing the teachings of classical Advaita Vedanta under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India, which he continued for the next for twenty years.

During this time he immersed himself in the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Atmanada Krishnamenon, Jean Klein, and the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA

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