Others have praised Dah’s poetry long and passionately. My life’s work is about getting these themes into the world as articulately as possible: That all life is sacred, and that we are the architects of our universe, each a microcosm within a macrocosm full of mysteries, challenges, and triumphs. I approached Dah to publish this work because I believe it exemplifies these themes, takes them to new levels, and is simply a joy to read. I had to have his work in my library. On that note, here’s a little something about Dah.
I love this story:
When Dah was 11, he upset his neighborhood parish Catholic Church for refusing to call the priest Father, citing some careful research he’d done to explain his position. The priest told him he was possessed by the devil, and had no right to interpret the word of God. Dah left Catholicism, and has been willfully interpreting the words of God ever since.
Some years later, Dah was drafted into the U.S. Army—during the Vietnam era. Within a couple of years, spiritual depletion led to exploration of yoga, meditation, and similar paths of inquiry. First-hand experience with the power of existence and the responsibility of selfhood (heightened by the interactions within that era of the early 1970s) encouraged a dedicated lifetime of passionate soul searching.
Absolutely spiritual in its transcendental approach, this work is at once a rejection of dogma and a call to connectedness. Following the heritage of Walden’s whisper of meditative appreciation and rugged individuality, these pieces celebrate the natural world around us, and call us to pay attention.
I also love this story: In 2003, Dah did not think of himself as a writer, though he wrote passionately and often. As an artist, his expression at that time was primarily photography. Swami Sita approached Dah at a yoga teacher training in Grass Valley, California, and with very little previous contact she asked if she could do a reading for him. She told him this: Writing is your gift.
So, with pleasure, I present to you this first book-form package of Dah’s many gifts. In Forbidden Language is a collection gathered for you, to open your mind and your heart with cathartic language and thought-provoking juxtapositions. Revel in the celebratory and unapologetic tone, and be inspired to appreciate the sensual wonders of being alive.
In Forbidden Language is a work of love and a Song of Songs for the modern age. It is my privilege to help bring this beautiful collection of writings into the world. I hope you find it inspiring and enjoyable.
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