1. Q: First and foremost, we thank you for taking time to be with us in
this conversation. And we thank you for accepting the invitation to
come and perform in Romania. This is your first time ever to play in
this country. How does it feel to you to come in this land? What is
the first thing that comes in your mind when you hear Romania?
A: The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Romania is the
incredible gymnastics team! The closest I will get to any gymnastics
while I am there are perhaps a few cartwheels which I hope to do
myself in the park. There are three ways I can generally connect with
the people of a city: 1. walking in its streets and parks, 2. eating
some local food, and 3. hearing the sound of people's voices singing
with us in concert. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to come to
Bucharest for the first time, and I am excited to connect in the ways
I know how, and learn something probably new about myself and this
2. Q: Your music has been labelled as "medicine for the soul" or "songs
from divinity" and many other similar nominations. It is obvious that
people associate your music with the spiritual realms, the subtle
energies and inner work. How would you "label" your music ? How do you
see yourself on stage: an artist who performs or a spiritual teacher
who channels energy through singing?
A: My music is first and foremost a way to embody the energy of Mantra.
Mantra means the projection “tra” of the “man” or mind. We can choose positive Mantras, or negative Mantras like; “I am stupid,” “I am worthless,” etc. We utilize positive Mantras that are essentially affirmations of the Divine living within each of us and in all creation; "Sat Naam, truth vibrates within me and within all." When we chant, the pure energy of the Mantra has a very real effect to release stress and bring joy. But in order for Mantra to work it’s helpful if the chanter feels confident to chant, and has a certain faith that the chant can work for them.
My work in the concert is to give people this confidence and faith. With the beautiful music of the band, stories, breath work, singing and dance, we dive in deep in the concert experience, and really as a collective attain this faith in the power of
Mantra through our own self experience. The real test however, is when a person gets home from a concert and back into their daily life. While in the middle of doing the dinner dishes, cleaning the house, or dealing with the stress of work; if one has the faith to turn to Mantra at that time, then truly my job is complete.
My prayer is that the concert experience is a way to plant the seed within us all, that the gift of Mantra is a readily available tool that we can use in our daily life.
3. Q: The world today looks more and more agitated: all kinds of "crisis" emerge in many aspects of life, from migrants, to environment, risks of lethal virus pandemic...in this perspective the world looks like it's on the verge of losing balance. On the other hand, more and more individuals become interested in spirituality, in self discovery and in understanding the human nature by self reflection, inner exploration. It looks like more and more people become interested in meditation, yoga, veganism, environment and all kind of spiritual practices. You travelled constantly in the last years and you must have seen yourself this process of global transformation . How do you see and how do you feel the world? What is your perspective on this matter of "life on Earth today "? Where do you think we are going as a collective?
A: The world today looks more and more agitated: all kinds of "crisis" emerge in many aspects of life, from migrants, to environment, risks of lethal virus pandemic...in this perspective the world looks like it's on the verge of losing balance. On the other hand, more and more individuals become interested in spirituality, in self discovery and in understanding the human nature by self reflection, inner exploration. It looks like more and more people become interested in meditation, yoga, veganism, environment and all kind of spiritual practices. You travelled constantly in the last years and you must have seen yourself this process of global transformation . How do you see and how do you feel the world? What is your perspective on this matter of "life on Earth today "? Where do you think we are going as a collective?
I believe we have what it takes to meet the challenges of our day. It’s the little steps that make the difference. The trick is to not get caught in the drama. It takes just as much energy to live in drama as it does to live in light. So why not choose light? It’s a matter of habit. Spiritual practice is nothing more than creating positive habits; to breath deep, to have positive thoughts, and to believe in your own truth and power. With this effort, day by day, we can create the planet that we want even though it is in an amazing mess! And it’s happening. People are waking up. Here are the key things that I’ve done that have really helped me to meet these times:
1. Consistent daily spiritual practice that includes singing, breathing, yoga and meditation
2. Daily exercise routine that connects me to the earth
3. Vegan and gluten free diet
4. Getting plastic out of my life
5. Eating local organic produce.
6. Taking processed sugars out of my diet (including honey, maple
7. Communicating in a positive and truthful way from a place of self experience and resolve that inspires others. Recently I started posting on social media about getting plastic out of my life, because it’s one solid action that I have been able to do in a large way. People have really responded well, and I am so happy to hear the stories of others who got inspired to get plastic out of their lives as well because of these posts!
4. Q: You announced that your upcoming European tour will be carbon neutral. It's beautiful to see that set a new standard and give a positive example for other artists who go on tours. Can you please detail this information? Do you think we can actually make a significant change in the environment so that our children can also enjoy life on Earth with pristine nature, clean air and pure waters?
A: I strongly believe in the power of Mantra, and the importance of bringing this technology and experience of Mantra to people, but seriously considered ways that I could just stay home instead of flying because of my concern with the effects of flying on the environment. After having numerous discussions with my husband we found a solutiothrough a company called Terrapass (https://www.terrapass.com). Essentially we are offsetting the carbon footprint caused by our flights from country to country. Terra Pass has a number of 3rd party certified projects underway that create renewable energy, with many of these projects destroying green house gases in the process. I am excitedabout all of their projects but especially one that captures green house gases created in landfills and turns them into usable electricity!!! Wow. For example, in 2019, in order to offset our flying for the entire year, we needed to contribute around $400 to carbon offset projects. There are a number of good companies that do this kind of work; make sure they are third party certified. Please read this article to learn some more:
I believe every little step is important, and that together we can all make the difference that will enable us to have a sustainable future. Make the changes where you know you can, and talk about your experience of making these changes from a genuine and positive place, so that others get truly inspired and find ways they can make changes too.
Thank you for your time, dear Snatam and we look forward to hear your soothing music in Bucharest!
Thank you and I look forward to celebrate together in unity and purity of the heart in Bucharest concert. Sat nam!