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Secret Asylum

by Ray Russell

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Spinetree 06:08


He (the Mulla Nasrudini) had gone to China, where he gathered a circle of disciples, who he was preparing for enlightenment.Those who became illuminated immediately ceased attending his lectures.A party of his undeveloped followers, desiring more illumination, travelled from Persia to China to continue their studies with him. After their first lecture, he received them. ‘Why Mulla,” one of the asked,“do you lecture on secret words which we (unlike the Chinese) can understand?’

They are namidanam and hichmalumnist! They mean in Persian merely “I Don’t know” and “Nobody knows”.

‘What would you have me do instead – lie my head off?’, asked Nasrudin :
from The Sufis, Idries Shah.

If, as Mailer said, Picasso is medically good for your eyes, then Russell
is medically good for your ears – Charles Shaar Murray

I wish for change and glimpses – Ray Russell


released August 27, 2021

Harry Beckett – trumpet and flugel horn
Gary Windo – tenor sax and flute
Darryl Runswick – bass
Alan Rushton – drums
Ray Russell – electric and acoustic guitars, and piano

All titles written and arranged by Ray Russell.
Recording by Bob Auger – an unassuming poet.
Produced by Ray Russell and Bob Auger.
Cover painting by Ray Russell.
Master tape transfer by Ray Russell.

This album was first released in 1973.


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