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As some of you may know, Alice Coltrane was a legendary pianist, composer,
spiritual leader, and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and
infuential saxophonist in the history of jazz. In 1967, four years after meeting
John, he died of liver cancer, leaving Alice a widow with four small children.
Bereft of her soul mate, Alice sufered sleepless nights and severe weight loss.
At her worst, she weighed only 95 pounds. She had hallucinations in which trees
spoke, various beings existed on astral planes, and the sounds of “a planetary
ether” spun through her brain, knocking her into a frightening
unconsciousness.

The critical event of this period was not that Alice fell into the nadir of
her existence, but rather that she experienced tapas, a vital period of trial.
These tapas (a Sanskrit term she used to describe her sufering) helped prepare
Alice for the spiritual ally she found in Swami Satchidananda, an Indian guru,
with whom Alice made her frst trip to India. On her second trip there, Alice had
a revelation instructing her to abandon the secular life and become a spiritual
teacher in the Hindu tradition - so she moved out West - eventually
opening the Shanti Anantam Ashram on 47 acres she'd bought in Agoura Hills,
California.

Music was the foundation of Alice's spiritual practice. From the mid
1980's to mid 1990's, Alice Coltrane self-released four brilliant cassette
albums. These cassettes contained a music she invented, inspired by the gospel
music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian
devotional music of her religious practice,

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