Dada Nabhaniilananda - The Monk Dude

Dada Nabhaniilananda - The Monk Dude

 Los Altos, California, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

I call my music Spiritual Eco-Folk, in the style of Paul Simon or Cat Stevens. It features poetic lyrics, strong choruses, and melodic guitar. Using songs, multimedia, chanting, stories and meditation I seek to awaken in my audience a higher spiritual awareness and a sense of oneness with all life.

Biography

Dada Nabhaniilananda - yoga monk, meditation instructor, award winning song-writer, musician & author

Dada was born in New Zealand in 1955. During his early life he studied classical music and poetry. At the age of 11 he started composing music for the piano, and his teachers had high hopes of him becoming a concert pianist. However, during his time as a University student he developed a deep interest in Eastern mysticism. In 1975 he left his native land for Australia, and later Nepal and India where he studied the disciplines and philosophy of Yoga and Meditation within sight of the Himalayas, and was ordained as a Yoga Monk of Ananda Marga in 1979.

Dada plays melodic folk rock in the style of Simon & Garfunkel or Cat Stevens. He sings about spiritual experiences and ecological or human rights issues, and derives many of his ideas from myths and legends of different cultures. His early musical influences include folk singers Donovan and Don Mclean, and 70’s bands Yes, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Genesis & Santana. Dada’s immersion in eastern mysticism adds a deeper dimension to his music, giving it a lasting quality.

Dada has been recording and performing since 1984, and has played on every continent save Antarctica. He frequently appears at ecological protests or alternative festivals where his songs and audio-visual presentations about the environment are always well received.

In 1988 he recorded his second album, Warriors of the Rainbow, with guest artist Daevid Allen of Gong and Soft Machine, produced by Harry Williamson, also of Gong. In 1992 he was featured at the Rio Earth Summit where he played with Paul Winter, and a hot Brazilian backing band and performed for an audience of 10,000.

Dada currently lives in the US where he tours occasionally, performing and teaching at Yoga Centres, Festivals and conferences, Universities and New Thought Churches. In 2007 he performed in New York with Premik Tubbs, who has played with Santana, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Whitney Houston and host of other greats.

Dada is currently based in California, where he teaches a course at UC Berkeley in Yogic Meditation: A Technology for Conscious Evolution, writes new songs, and is working on a comic science fiction novel.

Lyrics

Perfect Love

Written By: Dada Nabhaniilananda

A wild bird flies onward through the night crossing lands unknown
And should it pass through all the trials of distant flight
In the end its' instinct brings it home.

What is the reason for this clear romantic sky?
I never dreamed that all my searching might end
in a love so pure it's never going to die.

Whose heart is this that beats just next to mine
That beats just next to mine.

I know now You're the one who's always watching over me
and if I love You, can you blame me, When you're the one who came to set me free.

Whose heart is this that beats just next to mine
That beats just next to mine.

So long in darkness did I walk but love still drew me on
I wandered far within your realm of ancient light listening to the distance for Your song.

I know now that Yours is the perfect love That I've been waiting for
And if I search through all the stars far above
I don't believe I'll find anyone more beautiful than You.

The Love Remains

Written By: Dada Nabhaniilananda

I wrote this song for my big brother Toby who died in 2006

When we were young
Laughing at the sun
Building fantasies upon the sand

I remember who
I always looked up to
You led me to this moment by the hand

But now the rain has come and washed it all away
There came a storm to set you free
You opened up my eyes to feel the love around
That's all that's left of you to me

I always knew
That my memory of you
Held an image far too like me to be true

I tried to follow you
As you passed behind the sun
I could not see, the colours seemed to run

Open up your eyes and feel the love around
There's a way we can be free
There's a way that we can find love again
Across the burning sea

When love wells up to wash away the pain the love remains
And all that I have lost is somehow someone else's gain
And in the end I understand that no-one is to blame
And everything I thought I knew is gone, but the love remains.

Open up your eyes, open up your eyes,
Open up your eyes and feel the love around
There's a way we can be free
There's a way that we can find love again
Across the burning sea

When love wells up to wash away the pain the love remains
And all that I have lost is somehow someone else's gain
And in the end I understand that no-one is to blame
And everything I thought I knew is gone, but the love remains.

Soft Wind, Clear Sky (Is This Love?)

Written By: Dada Nabhaniilananda

Is this love, is this love, is this love,
Floating to me in a dream?
Is this love, is this love,
Filling all my life with meaning?

I thought that You were far away from me,
but tonight I feel no distance,
I see You standing in the tall sky,
as I touch You to reach on high.

Won't You let my heart, my heart stay still,
A sweetness in the near distance,
The words I thought to utter now lie still,
And in my mind just thoughts of You.

Is this love, is this love, is this love,
Flowing through me in a stream?
Is this love, is this love,
Filling all my life with meaning?

Your soft wind takes my heart by storm,
I find a stillness at the center
And pass through worlds I never dreamed of,
I see You come and let the darkness die.

I love to call You in the morning,
A light that's forming in the clear sky
Touches my heart like a soft hand,
And takes my mind to reach on high.

A love more than you can imagine,
Will not hear the voice of reason.
The joy is echoing around me,
And all you'd done, I thought, was smile.

Is this love, is this love, is this love,
Floating to me in a dream?
Is this love, is this love,
Flowing through me in a stream?
Is this love, is this love,
Filling all my life with meaning?
This love, this love,
What is it, what does it mean?

Baba Nam Kevalam

Hou Yi Shot the Suns

Written By: Dada Nabhaniilananda

The painting Hou Yi Shot the Suns depicts a hero from Chinese mythology. Long ago when the world was oppressed by the heat of nine suns Hou Yi climbed a mountain and shot down eight of the nine suns with his great bow, and saved the world.

Stone stares at my face, two paces to the left, two right
Though stone meets my outstretched hand,
this is where my heart must flame again.

Here I sit before my cell wall,
seeing far off faces, in far off places,
painting secret dreams of times to come

On the mountain peak he dared,
straining in the burning air,
Firing arrows, flaming hair,
suns a'falling everywhere
Hou Yi shot the suns, shot the suns.

Freedom, how they loved their freedom
Crying for Salvation
But now it’s lost again

For Freedom cries the heart
For Freedom cries the heart
For Freedom, all across the world

I still see a sea of faces
Shining with a new hope
Of freedom
Filling all Tiananmen that day.

A thousand hands in protest raised
A thousand stars that briefly blazed
Do you remember anyone
Who marched there in that scarlet sun?
Hou Yi shot the suns, shot the suns

Hou Yi, Hou Yi, Hou Yi, Hou Yi
Hou Yi shot the suns, shot the suns

Freedom, how they loved their freedom
How they cherished freedom
All across the world

For Freedom cries the heart
For Freedom cries the heart
For Freedom, all across the world

Discography

LP length CD releases:

The Fire Dragon Suite (1985)
Anandakiirtan 3 (1988)
Warriors of the Rainbow (1990)
The Return of the Magic (2002)
Flight of Love (2009)
The Love Remains (due for release 2013)

Set List

First half - Set 1 (35 minutes)
Shiva Giiti
Love is Everywhere
Perfect Love
Winds of Change
Pemulwuy the Rainbow Warrior
The Return of the Magic

Second half - Set 2 (35 minutes)
Shanti
Ocean of Tears
Warriors of the Rainbow
No Distance
Soft Wind, Clear Sky
Kiirtan
Meditation