Welcome to the home of MC Yogi & The Sacred Sound Society. Photo by Heiro
This month’s issue of Spirituality and Health features a in depth feature on MC Yogi and the making of his album “Pilgrimage.”
In what might be the most creative celebration of legendary peace activist Mahatma Gandhi’s 143rd birthday today, MC Yogi has unveiled the new mix and music video for the fan-favorite song, “Be The Change.” The animated video chronicles Gandhi’s life, achievements and empowers viewers to act for justice without using violence.
Equal parts Indian raga and old school hip-hop, “Be The Change” is a labor of love spanning four years of creative collaboration between rapper MC Yogi, musical co-producers Robin Livingston and Niraj Chag and animator Michael Rosen of Samplistic Media. The first incarnation of “Be The Change” was released in anticipation of the 2008 presidential election. Four years later, the song and official video celebrate another crossroads for conscious leadership and peaceful action.
“‘Be The Change’ is my ode to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and a reminder that with great Love and dedication we can change ourselves and in turn, change the world around us.” - MC Yogi
Earlier This Year, Amanda and I recieved a phone call from Michelle Obama’s office, we were invited to become Faith Ambassadors for the LETS MOVE initiative she started to help encourage young people to live a more healthy active lifestyle. As we travel the globe performing and teaching, our mission is to get people moving weather it’s on the yoga mat or on the dancefloor! I hope you’ll join us in this great movement to get America up and going again. Here’s some fun photos from when we taught yoga on the white house lawn. Photos by Eric Tabora.
Wall Textures have always been and continue to be a great source of inspiration for me. The juxtaposition between the grit and the brightly colored paint fading into the Sun Light, speaks volumes to me as an artist. The more something is worn the more soul it seems to have, the more a song is played the more it takes on a life of its own, and in the end All songs fade into silence ear- regardless of genre and style. Every great art form is always in a state of flux, constantly growing evolving and ultimately fading back into the great mystery. When we Remember that everything is passing while simultaneously savoring every drop of the experience, that in my mind is the greatest work of art, a life well lived. Photos by MC Yogi
Street Art conveys the values of a culture. Walking through India I can see the imagination of her people. Artist illuminate and bring the inner world to the surface so society can take benefit. This is why when I was painting and bombing the streets as a graff writer I eventually came to the realization that painting my own name was superficial and didn’t really benefit anyone besides my own ego. I never stopped painting but now I’m more interested in painting and creating something which inspires a greater sense of reverence. Love and respect. Hopefully these photo convey that Love.
Photos by Surendar, MC Yogi, Binsky & Ram
Ganesha remover of obstacles, is the son of Shiva, and is known for gaurding the gate to the great temple. Whenever we experience an obstacle if we are wise we will recognize that it is Ganesh in disguise, and He is appearing because we are close to Shiva. In order to gain access to the Self (ie boundless bliss and unbroken peace) we must literally chop off the limited aspects of our own mind in order to see and be in the presence of that which is shinning in everything. Photos by Surendar