Welcome to The Jai Dev Show
If you could ask some of the world’s brightest minds and biggest hearts any question… what would it be?
They are people who have concentrated their life-force. They have pointed the energy of their life into a single direction to create something beautiful and uplifting. They are the artists of life, creating and sharing the magic of their craft with their world.
Cactus: Magical vs. Rational Thinking pt. 1
In Part 1 of this 2-part interview, Jai Dev and hip-hop MC Cactus (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) delve into the power and presence of the modern hero’s journey. With sharp wit, charming humor, and penetrating wisdom they unravel what it means to experience a true rite of passage in the modern era.
Cactus, a master storyteller, both in spoken word and music will take you on a journey through early ‘conscious’ hip-hop culture- an epic that begins with a one-way bus ticket from Indiana to San Diego, and winds through many unexpected destinations and encounters some eccentric characters along the way. There’s no doubt this conversation will leave you uplifted, inspired, and thirsty for the spirit of adventure and open to your own creative heart.
Cactus: Magical vs. Rational Thinking pt. 2
In the second half of this interview, Jai Dev and his guest jump back in right where they left off. This installment is equal parts listening party, storytelling montage, and philosophical discussion. It’s amazing what they pack into these last 40 minutes. It features some of the latest music from Cactus’ albums, including a track featuring hip-hop legend Gift of Gab and a song previously unreleased.
Jai Dev and Cactus go deep into their respective creative processes and how they’ve harnessed life-force energy for the sake of fulfilling their mission as creators, teachers, husbands, and fathers. It is a moving, light-hearted, and profound reflection on life and love. Just listening will no doubt elevate your frequency.
Listening Party with Simrit
“One word? Dope!” This episode is all groove! Jai Dev sits down with musical artist, and wife, Simrit Kaur. Together, with the company of Jai Dev Show co-producer, Ross O’Brien, they listen and breakdown some of Simrit’s most powerful recordings- including one that’s yet to be released. It’s an introspective journey into the creative process, personal mastery, and the mystical side of musical performance.
If you know Simrit’s music, you already understand the penetrating and captivating power of her sound. If this is your first introduction, prepare to be swept away into a completely different realm of ethereal radiance and bliss. This is your chance to see the side of an artist’s craft that often goes unrevealed. It’s as precious as it is charming and fun!
Tommy Rosen & Kia Miller: Many Paths, One Destination
In this episode, Jai Dev sits down with internationally renowned yoga teachers Tommy Rosen (Recovery 2.0) and Kia Miller (Radiant Body Yoga, YogaGlo). Their brief but penetrating conversation covers everything from the breaking through of spiritual facades, maintaining an attitude of novelty and freshness decades into a yoga practice, how to find teachers and guides that will serve us well along our life’s journey.
Tommy and Kia‘s charm and insight will make you feel like you’re sitting down with friends you’ve known forever. This lovely interview is an invitation to explore your relationship to your practice, your life, and your heart.
Oz Fritz – The Wizard of Sound
Meet Grammy award-winning sound engineer, Oz Fritz. A wizard of his craft and a mythic character in the music world- Oz possesses a profound mind and a deep soul connection. A true pioneer of the 70s counter-culture, his life and work have been inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, occultist and magician Aleister Crowley, legendary producer Bill Laswell, and a personal/professional relationship with master recording artist Tom Waits- with whom Oz won a Grammy.
Our conversation takes many twists and turns through Oz’s rich life and career. A journey that has taken him all over the world, from Calgary all the way to the rural villages of Northern Africa. Most recently, Oz has been the touring sound engineer on the Simrit Project. Oz has generated palpable magic in his life by exploring the depths of being through the lens of sonic form. You can check out his blog at: http://oz-mix.blogspot.com/
Drupada John MacDonald – The Yogi Astrologer
A lifetime devotee of the renowned Yogi Parmahansa Yogananda, Drupada John MacDonald literally found his life’s purpose in the stars. Three decades into his study and practice of Vedic Astrology, he has formed a firm and beautiful bond with the inner light of wisdom. He speaks with exceptional eloquence and insight into everything from basketball, to the chakra system, to the foundations of unwavering faith.
His life story is an illuminating roadmap for those wishing to harmonize with the deeper essence of all things. You can find more information about him and the Ananda community here: https://www.expandinglight.org/teachers/drupada-mcdonald.php
Infinite Quality – Vaughn Benjamin Tribute
SPECIAL EPISODE: Much more than a reggae artist, Vaughn Benjamin was a Rasta King, a prophetic lyricist, and a talent beyond description. He recorded over 70 albums, most famously with the iconic reggae band, Midnite, and later as Akae Beka. I sat down with three friends who knew Vaughn well and worked very closely with him musically and otherwise: Kenyatta Itola, Ryan Ishence Willard, and Sista Kat. Simrit also drops in and shares her experiences with Vaughn’s transcendent music and presence. Find some of his music on Spotify here.
Lei’Ohu Ryder – Living Spirit of Aloha
From her first words, Lei’Ohu Ryder will wrap you in the embrace of her loving presence. She embodies the deep wisdom of a grandmother and the joy of a giggling child. To listen to her teachings and hear her enchanting stories is to receive the infinite blessings of unconditional Love- the living spirit of Aloha. You’ve never heard anything quite like this… mystical tales of ancient scrolls, the grace of divine beings, and the infectious laughter of those living solely by laws of their heart. Check out her non-profit, Aloha in Action here.
The Prosperity Force – Essential Dharma #1
Jai delivers an illuminating discourse on the essence of Prosperity. He uses penetrating wisdom to pry apart the context of our lives, expanding the mundane into the miraculous and giving us a steady target at which to aim our wealth of life-energy.
It’s practical, it’s powerful, and just a nugget of this stuff is enough to uplift the energy of your day and help you prioritize the things that matter most.
A Thousand Midnights – The Spiritual Force of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Recorded live from a sold out workshop in Berkely, CA on MLK Day 2020. You’ve never heard a tribute to Dr. King quite like this… It’s an honest and authentic honoring of the man, his mission, and his legacy that continues to unfold before us today.
It’s a powerful transmission. Underneath the surface, something much more subtle is being communicated. There might not be words for whatever that thing is, but trust me, you can feel it.
The Simrit Story
The human behind an otherworldly sound. Simrit, stepping into her vulnerability, opens up the vault of her origin story as a Greek orphan, and shares with the world how she became the musician, artist, and woman that she is today. An emotional tribute to the power of perseverance, grit, passion, artistry, and love. If her music has yet to find its way into your heart, her humility, grace, and strength certainly will.
Tommy Rosen: Recovery 2.0
The marvelous and magnetic Tommy Rosen- there’s no one in the world quite like him. His energy and enthusiasm for life are contagious. The founder of the revolutionary program to heal addiction, Recovery 2.0, he is a man that has plumbed to the depths of humanity and come up with a heart full of gold. His inspiring story of overcoming the painful cycle of addiction is a testament to the capacity of the human spirit. If his powerful wisdom doesn’t uplift you, his infectious personality certainly will.
COVID-19, Ayurveda & Immunity with Dr. John Douillard
When it comes to living with great health in the modern world, Dr. John Douillard is one of our world’s great minds. I’ve been a fan of his work for well over a decade. Not only is he a great clinician, author, and teacher…he walks his talk. In this episode, we discuss the current Coronavirus pandemic and some practical strategies for keeping our immunity strong and mind calm. Lots of important tips in here!
Dr. Douillard is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com and is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 books, and is a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show. Visit his website at http://www.lifespa.com
The Extraordinary Life of Rob Greenfield
The L.A. Times called him “Different”; UPROXX described him as “the best kind of crazy”…and Fox TV said he was “the world’s foremost dumpster diver!”
I’m not quite sure how to describe Rob Greenfield, but here’s a start: If you were religious you might say he’s ‘doing the lord’s work’. If you are an environmentalist, you would likely call him a hero. No matter what kind of a human being you are, after listening to this episode I bet you’ll agree that he is a truly inspiring brother with a huge heart, a big mission, and possesses the creative brilliance that can cause actual change.
In this episode I talk to Rob about his life’s story, his incredible activism campaigns, and life during the quarantine. Visit his website at: www.robgreenfield.org
Robert Thurman – Turning The Wheel Of Time
This is a very special episode of our podcast. Bob Thurman is a national treasure. He is one of the world’s greatest Tibetan Buddhist teachers and scholars. In 1962, Tenzin Bob was the first Westerner to be ordained by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the founder of Tibet House with Richard Gere and Philip Glass and was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans. The conversation between Jai Dev and Bob is filled with wonderful teachings, a spirit of joy, and lots of laughter.
This episode is the audio broadcast of our recent online event, Turning The Wheel Of Time. To join the full online retreat with Bob and Jai Dev, visit http://www.
The Plant-Based Food Revolution with Phillip & Danea Horn
Here we meet two stewards of the plant-based food movement. Their story is inspiring and filled with life lessons that at some level apply to all of our journeys. The plant-based food revolution is upon us. It is of great importance, and it is intertwined with the health of our planet and our species.
We are very pleased to introduce you to Phil and Danea Horn, the inspiring founders, and owners of the Burger patch in Sacramento California. The Burger Patch has quickly become one of my favorite vegan or vegetarian places to eat. But this is about so much more than plant-based burgers or the vegan diet. It’s about a vision of kindness: kindness for the body, for the mind, and for the planet.
Ep. 17 | Sunn m’Cheaux – The Gullah Teacha
Ep. 18 | Yogis, Racism & Liberation with Vedya Amrita Bethel
Ep. 19 | Music Of The Mystics Pt. 1 – Tahir Qawwal
If you love a great story, and if you love great music, tune into this. The adventure that is Tahir Qawwal’s life is completely unique and fascinating. You may know him as the leader of the Sufi Qawwali ensemble, Fanna-fi-Allah. Qawwali is a passionate devotional practice in which the fire of divine love (ishq) is ecstatically expressed through the mystical verses of Sufi poets. Tahir is an exceptional musician and singer, and has also just released an incredible new eight-part documentary called ‘Music of the Mystics. In this episode of the podcast, Jai Dev talks to Tahir about his fascinating life, the rich spiritual tradition of Qawwali, and the many stories that bring it all to life. Tahir’s story is part one of this two-part podcast.
Music of the Mystics Film: https://www.samaschoolofmusic.com/music-of-the-mystics
Sama School of Music: https://www.samaschoolofmusic.com
Fanna-Fi-Allah Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/fannafiallah
Ep. 20 | Music Of The Mystics Pt. 2 – Aminah Chishti
Aminah Chishti is a force of nature! She is a close student of the great tabla master, Ustad Dildar Hussein Khan, and as the percussionist for the Sufi Qawwali ensemble, Fanna-fi-Allah, she made history as the first woman initiated into the ancient Qawwali lineage. In this lively conversation, Jai Dev and Aminah discuss her colorful life, filled with enchanting characters, inspiring mentors, and her mystic journeys powered by music and sound. They also discuss the new documentary film, Music of the Mystics, where Aminah’s musical journey is beautifully captured.
Music of the Mystics Film: https://www.samaschoolofmusic.com/music-of-the-mystics
Ep. 21 | Trevor Hall – Journey The Path
This conversation confirmed to me what I had already suspected: Trevor Hall is a genuinely beautiful brother with a big heart and a fellow journeyer on the path. Over the last many years his career as an artist, musician, and songwriter has soared to great success with huge streaming numbers and sold-out tours. In this episode, we get to hear the story behind it all…and an incredible story it is!
From growing up on the coastal shores of South Carolina, to opening a tour for the legendary Reggae band, Steel Pulse (at the age of 17!), to repeatedly traveling to India and immersing himself in her wondrous mysticism. I can say that I enjoyed every moment of this episode. It’s definitely one of my favorites.
Trevor Hall on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/3RMHexittaAZkf8zukkZB8?si=JgY_Jo29RSCqnjv3TxZUeA
Trevor Hall Official Website:https://www.trevorhallmusic.com/