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Shiva, Amsterdam, hash, dance, trance, and techno music, oneness, and the Baba

excerpted from OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self, by Jack Haas



           A few days into our stay in Amsterdam I wandered into a centrally located coffee shop called The Baba to acquire for myself some of the country’s finest. After procuring a blessedly rolled reefer of black hash and European tobacco, I settled in upon one of the padded benches amongst the traveling crowd, lit up my cone of Shiva, and began to ease into the vibe. And what a vibe it is.

            Having laid to rest the ancient rhythm which I had been carrying in my very DNA up until Dingle, I suddenly found myself open to, and immersed in, the techno, chillout, and lounge music which was thumping through The Baba. In fact I tuned into it and became one with this modern form of music almost instantly, which is an odd thing, because I had never paid much attention to electronica and its variations. I had thought this form of music was simply an ephemeral fad running through the younger generation who wasted itself on ecstasy and other chemical stimulants while gathering like a herd of lost sheep in all-night raves. But I suddenly realized that this was not the case at all. I suddenly understood that techno chill, dance, and trance music were generating the very rhythm of the new vibration- oneness. It became apparent to me that all other contemporary forms of music were caught in the web of duality, and therefore were expressions of duality; the duality of lover and loved, of good guy and bad guy, of loss and gain; all rock and roll, country, folk, blues, jazz, rap, and, yes, even Celtic music, were bound into and expressing duality. But not techno. Oh no. Techno brings with it a whole new paradigm- the paradigm of absolute union.

            I realized then that I had to finish with the old vibration before I could merge with the new. I had to dance duality out of myself like a mad drunkard screaming a final goodbye to his long dead lover. I had to divest myself with violence and anguish from the vibration I had been born into, had grown up with, and of which I had known no alternative until sitting there in The Baba, soaked in the breath of Shiva, with this new rhythm, this new feeling pulsing through every cell and molecule of my soul and body.

            I knew then that a massive consciousness shift was underway, not only for myself, but for all of modern culture, and one of its prominent expressions was the fluid, penetrating, non-dual vibration of electronica.

            As the universe evolves we must all evolve with it. Often this means that the older generation must learn from a younger one. It is in the spirit and openness of youth that new realities emerge most prominently. And therefore it is only by getting rid of all pride of learning and wisdom- neither of which necessarily come with age- that we can look to the younger generations for a clearer vision of the contemporary spirit.


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visionary art, acrylic painting, Lilith, Sophia Goddess, author Jack Haas India



OM, baby! a pilgrimage to the eternal self

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

















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