An Easter Contemplation From Ricky Gelb

The last time Weekly World Central talked to Ricky Gelb, it wasn't about being Tucson musician Howe Gelb's brother, but about his own music career and starting a business.

Gelb was the frontman for the band Low Max from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, and during his career, he's recorded with the late Vic Chesnutt; Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde; and Isobel Campbell of Belle and Sebastian.

In our last interview, Gelb touched briefly on a time in his life when he turned to spirituality and meditation to help him break from addiction. Today, Gelb is refocusing on what he learned studying transcendental meditation and he wants to work with others as a meditation guide, teaching silent mantra meditation "to help people deeply relax" and ease anxiety. Gelb told The Range this form of meditation is perfect for people in recovery and others who need help "developing self worth."

Gelb asked the Range if we could share some of his meditations, beginning with this one for the Easter holiday.

Want more? visit or e-mail Ricky at He's still in the airport transportation business, and you can always listen to his music at At the end of this post we put up a video of a recording of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah Gelb did on KXCI with Tucson musician Leila Lopez.

Jesus, Buddha & Self Realization:

Disciples asked Jesus: "Tell us what our end will be" Jesus said: If you havent found the beginning why ask about the end? For where the beginning is, the end is also. Blessed are those who stand at the beginning, for they will know the end, and they will not taste death.

The sages, yogis & spiritually awakened have been telling us this in their own words for thousands of years. Go within and find the light (meaning awareness). Find the still bliss and quell the mind and in transcendence you will come to know unknowing.

An anonymous christian monk in the 1400's wrote about the cloud of unknowing and contemplative prayer came from this. Where you would have a cloud of forgetfulness below you and a cloud of unknowing above to unite with the creator. Focus on the I AM God within the soul, the fragment of God within and the essence of life.

As the Buddha said, do not believe what anyone tells you, even me, go within and find the truth, it will get revealed, more will be revealed in the stillness.