Instrumental rock with East Indian influences
Kalidas is a musician, writer and certified natural health specialist. His journey has taken him all over the globe. Kalidas was born in India where he lived in a small village for the first five years of his life. After coming to the United States and graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.A., he felt a longing for a more simple life. He revisited India, moved to the Southwest and began studying Eastern mysticism in spiritual communities, mainly Hindu and Buddhist. The next eleven years helped him reconnect with the basic principles of Sanatan Dharma and recreate a sense of balance that he had lost. Based on his own life experiences, Kalidas feels that if we learn to curb our attachment to modern technology and return to the simple laws of nature, we will be able to live more fulfilling lives. Currently Kali is using his music to promote peaceful alternatives to war.
About the album "Love over Guns":
Love over guns, a dream, a concept I've had for some time now. In a world of violence, in a world of separation, in a world of illusion, there is truth nonetheless. The truth is that we are all made of the same substance. We all want true love whether we know it or not.
Love is not the illusion we see on the billboard or on the TV screen. No, love is much deeper than that. Of course there are different degrees and stages of the evolution of love. On the most basic level, an aspect of love is not wanting to kill others, but there is a lot more to it than just that. On a deeper, more profound level, love is wanting the best for others in all aspects of being-physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
In Hinduism, love is tied to ahimsa or nonviolence. Ahimsa means not harming others in thought, word and deed. So even if you THINK negatively of someone, you are not coming from a place of love even if you are not physically harming them. That is why it is important to train your mind to overcome the negativities of the world of separation.
This music is a tool to help me promote the message of ahimsa. I played all these songs early at dawn everyday of my stay in Albuquerque, NM. While there were some good things that happened to me during my stay, there were also some hard things.
On my very first day in the city, my hip gave out and I could barely walk for weeks. I fell insanely in love with a girl, who did not feel the same way about me. An old friend of mine smashed my guitar, threw tea in my face and pushed me into a corner ready to fight me. My neighbor downstairs threatened to shoot me in the face. A homeless girl called me a terrorist from Pakistan and said she would contact the FBI about me even though she never even met me before.
I am not going to lie to you and say it was easy for me to deal with it all. It was not. There were times I was angry and pissed off about it. I remember one time I got really frustrated with one of my classmates, and it took me days to process it. Holding on to anger is an instinctual response, but a part of me knew I would have to rise above it. Even if you don't feel you are getting the respect that you think you deserve, you have to rise above it. Otherwise it will hurt you in the long run.
Looking around at the world is not always inspiring. There is a lot of violence and negativity. Perhaps our world is doomed to warfare and division, but I think the test is for us to see if we can rise above the mentality of retaliation and stay in love in spite of whatever may happen. So what do you choose: love or fear? It is for you to decide every moment of every day.
One of my favorite songs on the CD is "Walk Away into Love". Although it was initially about unrequited love, it became much more than that. It came about in the midst of dealing with these challenging circumstances. It was about me deciding not to be angry with their actions but instead to see the future as a brighter place to walk away into. If could only let go of the negativity, I could make room for all the light on the road ahead. Hsu Yun, a famous Zen master, said, "There is limitless light on the road ahead."