Nâm Celebrations & Music Gatherings
Since ancient times, in various cultures and traditions around the globe, human beings have used music and the human voice as powerful instruments for the purpose of Well-Being. During these extraordinary interactive concerts The Peace Singer, accompanied by a group of musicians, shares transcending songs and universal chants & mantra's that are directed at opening up to our 'Transcendental Nature'. At certain passages all who are present are invited to participate in the communal chanting. The wave that is produced by all the voices together, creates a strong communal Resonance and lifts the experience beyond the daily, limited ‘I-orientation’, directing us to what is generally referred to as ‘The Natural State’.
Participating in these events invokes a harmonising effect on how we experience daily life. Often this experience is described as tranquillity, inner peace, joy, harmony and contentment. Since everthing is connected in an unknowable Totality, in which everything resonates with everything else, this effect will spread outwards to the world around us. Participating in these Music Gatherings is therefore a compassionate act of contributing to the harmonisation and general Well-Being of the whole world, which reflects back on us individually. This is meant when it is said in Buddhism that the Bodhisattva is striving for happines for all beings, since striving for indivdual happines in a Oneness is an illusion.
The chants that are used during the Nâm Celebration (Music Gathering) have no connection to a particular culture or religion. They could be considered as universal; they merely activate that which is similar in all us human beings: Our Transcendental Nature. The Gaterhings with The Peace Singer are therefore open to people from all cultures and backgrounds. They have been visited by a variety of people, Westeners, Easteners, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists, Native Americans, Atheists, Evangelists, young and old.
Alexander Gustav has his roots in modern popmusic as well as in Eastern devotional music. After a profound change in his life as a succesful popmusician, like in the same way happened to for example Cat Stevens and George Harrison, he discovered a deeper meaning to Life and the transformational qualities of music and sound. For the purpose of conducting communal chant sessions with large groups of people, in a similar way like for example Krishna Das, he received extensive guidance and inspiration from Yoginâm Abbahjí.
Often accompanied by a string instrument, the typical 'Peace Singer style 'is to guide the chanting group from a slow and meditative pace to full speed celebration. Most of the songs that are performed in between the chants are inspired by books and texts from Abbahjí. These inspired performances are often said to establish a deep connection with all those present.