Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.

Via Tanya Lee Markul
on Feb 18, 2012
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The Koan: Zuigan Calls Himself “Master” goes something like this…

Every day Zuigan used to call out to himself, “Master?” He would respond, “Yes?” He would then ask himself, “Are you awake?” and would answer “Yes.” He would then ask, “Are you really awake? Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.”
A man sat in DC metro during rush hour and started to play the violin. He played six Bach pieces for 45 minutes on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Who stopped to notice it was Joshua Bell, one of the most known violinists?

Stop and hear the music. Are you awake? Are you really awake?            Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.

Read more about Gene Weingarten’s story in The Washington Post: here.


About Tanya Lee Markul

Luring the magic of what is natural back into our daily lives, Tanya Markul is a freer of creativity, of inner beauty + power, and an enthusiastic igniter of the wild spirit! She re-writing the wild flower sutras, and offers a refreshing & badass view on spirituality, wellness & authentic living. Sensitivity is her tree trunk, flower stem, and nucleus. It is her belly, and her heart. Tanya is an artist of life, a faery of trees, a wanderer of the dark, a writer of heart, a misfit yogini, and an Urban Priestess apprentice. She believes in the power of your personal weird, quirky, magic, and that only path toward inner freedom & light, is through the dark — eyes closed, heart open. Tanya is the creator of The Urban Howl, Yoga Write Now & Waking Wild. Join her free forum for monthly yoga & writing practices here. Join her free forum for 30 days of exercise for 30 days here. Join her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & get her free weekly & quirky newsletter here.


10 Responses to “Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.”

  1. Love this Tanya! We all could wake up a little more.

  2. Katherine says:

    I think maybe people just don't like Bach that much anymore. :o)

  3. karlsaliter says:

    I'm sorry, what? I was asleep.
    Nice idea, putting these two together, Tanya.
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  4. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Thank you lovely. 🙂

  5. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    You could be right about that! 😉

  6. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    LOL – thanks Karl. 🙂

  7. Andréa Balt says:

    Beautiful story. I'd heard it before but never with Bach in the background. Thanks!

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  10. Eric says:

    One person recognizes him, but her comment was very sweet (and he probably made like, $.77 in change 🙂