“For anyone who has ever thumbed the smooth knobs on a string of meditation beads. For anyone who has tried to meditate and sat both painfully aware of time, and yet found seconds strangely spacious. For anyone who has ever sat in a mindfulness class and pondered the perplexing instruction to ‘hear the sound of the room without trying to listen.’ Bien speaks volumes.
Bien doesn’t turn away from suffering—his own, or that of the world. Rather, facing the cries of the mind, and the cries from the shanty town, staring down mortality, grounds us to what is essential.
In the tradition of medieval South Asian poet, Kabir, Bien blends imagery across multiple spiritual traditions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, celebrating them although wry of dogma, while hunkering down always to the simplest kernel of truth within and perhaps beyond them all. He describes the union of the mystic by borrowing images from scripture, and insinuates a yogic union in which the singer becomes the song and the seeker merges with the sought.”
– Jessica Torrens, Prism International
“Your voice calls the soul to join the silence and keep it there, in abandon. Your words bring warm shivers to a mind suddenly startled in the headlights of God. You write like a fool of words, playing in inextricable ways with the possibilities of the Other sense, the full one, the secret one…in that unknown place, where you, disguised as a human, use a body of flesh and fire.”
– Michele Cassou, Painter and Spiritual Teacher (“…offering the heart a beautiful garden for its dance.” – Jack Kornfield)
“Jeff is in touch with the source…we work for that all of our life and most of the time not even get a momentary glimpse of it. He is somewhere we are all destined to reach… In my humble opinion his words neither come from his mind nor his heart — mind forgets, heart stops — his words come from his soul; universal, timeless and eternal.”
– Mercan Dede, Composer and Spiritual Practitioner, Istanbul
“Very fine and spiritually guided.” – David Broza, Songwriter and Activist, Israel • “One can catch overtones of the Hebrew prophets… [his] poetry crackles with prophetic energy.” – Canadian Literature • “Poetry of pure sentience and godlike laughter. The mysticism of the source is here.” – A. F. Moritz, Poet and Scholar • “The exquisite text springs from a master’s heart… a truly profound collection of spiritual elation.” – Erich Kory, Cellist (Leonard Bernstein, Andre Previn) • “You are a mystic poet, my friend, but you will be remembered as a prophet.” – Dan Clost, Columnist and Author • “His gift lights up the entire world.” – Simon Greene, (poet, translator of Céline and Claude Simon) • “You will be recognized some day for the great spiritual figure you are. You have much to teach others who have travelled along similar paths, but not with the depth and courage of yourself, not only the freedom to be, but the freedom to suffer.” – Chris Marks, Spiritual Seeker and Poet • “It takes us right to the heart of spirituality…” – Julie Miller CJMQ radio Sherbrooke, Quebec • “…very moving (Spirit Mix) – music that inspires, guides, and consoles us.” – Brenda V. CJTR (Saskatchewan)