Wednesday, October 23, 2013

David Lynfield Walsh does O'Parvardigar

David Lynfield Walsh, grandson of painter Lyn Ott, does his rendition of Pete Townshend's O' Parvardigar in mandali hall, Meherabad, India. The chords are identical to Pete's. The voice is better.

David Walsh is a Christian, and does not call himself a follower of Meher Baba. David is a professional guitarist. He has the same inherited eye disease as his grandfather, retinitis pigmentosa. Bhau Kalchuri, upon meeting David Walsh in India, nicknamed him Surdas after the traditional blind Hindu saint, poet and musician.

David has been pointed out by numerous professional musicians as the most accomplished guitarist in the greater Meher Baba family.

This film was shot in India in 2010 by a professional documentary filmmaker, Carolina Rincon, who took advantage of the hauntingly unusual acoustics of mandali hall, the same building where the mast Mohammed lived until his death, and Baba's earliest mandali hall.

The Lord Is His Devotees' Slave 
by Sant Surdas

Whatever is a devotee's
caste, clan, family, or name,
Rama's love for him is the same.

Beggar and king
are one to him.

Say, of what caste could be
Brahma or Shiva?

Rama will never abide
in the egotistic man's heart
therefore his slave, Suradasa,
has abandoned pride.

Rama was born in the Raghu clan
Krishna found his home in Gokula.

Words fail to tell of
the Lord's love
universal, all-embracing;
Dhruva was a Kshatriya,
Prahlada a demon and Vidura the son of a maid:
yet the Lord gave them his supreme love,
Krishna washed the devotees' feet
at the Rajasuya.

The Lord is the slave
of his devotees
age after age.
The tongue can't relate
his countless deeds.

Says Suradasa, the Puranas and Vedas
are witness to these.

            — Surdas

See also O Parvardigar in Italian

1 comment:

  1. Both passionate in its Flamenco moments and ethereal in the vocal delivery, culminating in a stunning performance full of soul, transcending this fine musician's obvious virtuosity - thank you very much indeed! Frankie Paradiso