Archive for October, 2013

ULE – Metaphysical Disneyland

October 10, 2013

I’m wrapping and packing for the Universal Light Expo in Columbus, which opens Sat. Oct 12 at 9 am, which means most of us vendors are putting our booths together on Friday afternoon. I ordered some gorgeous, antique Remuna bowls (see previous post) and some new cast or turned bowls, which are a bit of a departure for me. the new bowls I found have good quality sound and are in a lower price point for my customers. Finding any bowl of a decent size (5 to 6 inches) that I can retail under $80 is a challenge. Costs are understandable since the price of metals is up. I remember buying my first bowl at ULE from the Tibetan monks. The hall was so noisy I couldn’t even hear the bowl in my hand, but I could feel its vibration move up my arm. I loved it. That was the start. This feels like only the early middle, so who knows what will happen next?! Anyway, come to the Expo yourself, it’s colorful, crazy and loaded with crystals (and some terrific bowls!). Lots of free seminars are available (including one on singing bowls at 5:30 pm on Sat.). The Buddhist monks will be making a sand mandala throughout Sat. and Sun. Good food. Let’s see, how else can I entice you? Did I mention beautiful, wonderful, magical singing bowls? Image 

Remuna Bowls

October 2, 2013

Guess what just arrived? Oh, I kind of gave it away in the title. But no matter, Remuna bowls, are amazing whether you already know the punch line or not. The bowls that arrived are 18th or 19th century and one is even a 17th century bowl (but it’s not giving any historic secrets away).   

What’s so amazing about these bowls? It’s their shape. They’re not straight up and down like a regular thadobadi, nor are they shallow and wide-mouthed like a manipuri. These bowls have a big, belly at the base and then turn inward to be more concave, which amplifies the sound.

I always find these bowls rich with vibration and resonance. Easy to play as well! Of the bowls I have and sell, these consistently have one of the smoothest rims. The shape seems to help beginners too. However, these bowls are well worth the price for novices or connoisseurs. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to play a Remuna, stop by and enjoy trying your hand at one. I’ll be at a couple of expos in the Cleveland area and down at the Columbus Universal Light Expo on Sat., Oct 12 and Sun., Oct 13. I also Skype, so distance doesn’t matter either. 

  Image Three Remuna beauties sitting on a zafu ready to meditate.

ImageRemuna with Sanskrit inscription