Introduction

My name is Chaitanya das, my other name is Charles Robinson. Chaitanya das is the name given to me by my spiritual teacher, my dear friend, Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda.

I have been dealing with advanced prostate cancer now for almost 15 years. In my blog I want to talk about how being diagnosed with cancer affected me, and how in the years since, I have come to not only understand but experience who I am through meditation and the philosophy behind it. This has also helped me understand my relationship with others, and also my relationship with the Supreme Soul, who is beside not only me, but all living beings, always.

With a diagnosis of advanced cancer comes fear. The fear of pain and suffering. The fear of death and dying. As well as being worried about dying we also worry, and are fearful, for our loved ones we will leave behind. We are attached to many things in this world and every one of these attachments accentuates our fear of leaving this world. But this fear can be overcome.

So from time-to-time in this blog, I’ll try to unpack as best I can some of the many lessons and insights from the Vedic literatures such as the Bhagavad Gita and the great sages of Vedic history that I have come to appreciate by hearing from my spiritual teacher Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda.

During my life one of my interests has been vintage guitars - guitars that were made pre 1940’s. I have undertaken a great deal of research into different makers of vintage American guitars, particularly H.A. Weymann and Son. This is an interesting label and I’d like to share some little known facts about them as well as some other early vintage ‘parlor’ guitars that have come my way.

Thank you and Namaste

(I welcome and encourage comments and questions on all blogs).

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ALL IS RIGHT IN THE GARDEN – For now!

From the age of about 25 I have always had an organic veggie garden no matter where I lived.  Which was no small feat since I moved around a lot when I was younger.  The problem was I would just get it productive and I’d end up moving.  But these last 20 years we have stayed in the one place, paying off our house on an acre and a half block.

With the help of my sons and son-in-law we have managed to landscape and build a pizza oven and elevated garden beds.

I’ve mentioned before how in this world of matter, everything changes.  Everything in this world that has a beginning has an end.  I’m amazed how much a garden changes every day.  For the moment our garden is pumping and I’d just like to share some of todays photos with you.

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THE ALIENS ARE HERE – coming from another world!

There was a movie called “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” from 1956.  The story is such a classic combination of sci-fi and horror that it has been remade several times.

“They come from Another World!”

In that movie, alien life forms were killing and replacing people.  From memory ‘real people’ had to figure out who where the aliens and who weren’t.

The fact is we are all aliens in this world.  We come from a place not of this world, a place where there is no time, a place that does not change.

In this world everything changes.  Time gradually changes everything.  Everything has a use-by-date. Even a rock becomes sand eventually, then that sand becomes dust, and that dust becomes minerals and chemicals that are absorbed by grubs and worms or by plants, which are then eaten by different animals.
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UNCONDITIONAL FRIENDSHIP & KINDNESS – A true story

Most of us live in a series of bubbles.

First of all, we live inside this body.  We are NOT our bodies.  Each of us is a spirit soul residing in a body.  Next, we surround ourselves with family and friends; generally, we limit ourselves to just a few people.

My wife and me with 2 of our grandchildren watching the sun come up over the ocean.

Then we surround ourselves with what we believe are our possessions, our house, our car, our things. But, of course, since at the time of death we cannot take them with us, these are not really ours at all.

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A WEYMANN 12 STRING GUITAR – Extremely Rare!

Any early 20th Century 12 string guitar is very rare, a Weymann 12 string even more so.

Tom Giachero’s Weymann 12 string guitar c.1908-1909

A reader, Tom Giachero, registered this guitar on my WEYMANN INSTRUMENT REGISTER and graciously provided photos for this post.  It is only one of two Weymann 12 String guitars known to exist.  The other one is owned by British 12 string guitarist, Paul Brett (YouTube link to that guitar further into this post).

There’s a bit of work needed to bring this guitar to prime playing condition, which Tom plans to do over time.  Some more photos (click on first image and scroll through):

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The WEYMANN “JIMMIE RODGERS” Special Model 890

and Jimmie Rodgers’ personalized Weymann Guitar

James Charles Rodgers (September 8, 1897 – May 26, 1933) was an American country, blues and folk singer, songwriter and musician in the early 20th century, and became known known as “The Father of Country Music”.

Jimmie Rodgers with his personalized Weymann Guitar

He was a huge star in his day and most likely influenced more artists than any other singer, including Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

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Article about H. A. WEYMANN & SON – from Musical Merchandise magazine, 29 April 1929

When I first bought a H. A. Weymann & Son guitar, there was very little known about the maker. One of the reasons for my site is to bring to light and preserve as much as I can about the Weymann Company.

I’m having a Weymann post blitz at the moment to get as much up about the company and clear out some of my files on the computer.  So, for the Weymann geeks and history nuts out there this post features a magazine article about H. A. Weymann & Son published in 1929.  It tells a lot about the company in 1929, when the Great Depression and the death of the principal driving force behind the company were both looming.  I’m preserving the article here for posterity!

Music Merchandise magazine 29 April 1929 p.38. Thanks to Tom Walsh for finding and sharing this article.

Written in April 1929, in the Musical Merchandise magazine, the entire article reads:

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NEIL RECK’S WEYMANN 870 Guitar

Continuing with featuring another readers’ Weymann guitar, I present this instrument owned by Neil Reck, Weymann aficionado and a collector of Weymann quality guitars. The latest addition to his stable is this Weymann guitar style 870:

Neil Reck’s Weymann 870 Orchestra Guitar

In the words of Neil, it is as “exactly as described in the catalogue and is a powerhouse of a OM guitar.”

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JOHNNY DEPP’S WEYMANN GUITAR

(Weymann ‘F’ Hole Guitars – Styles 30, 648, 748 and possibly others)

Johnny Depp owns a Weymann ‘F’ hole guitar, and he played it briefly in a YouTube clip he made with Paul McCartney in a recording of Paul’s song, My Valentine (YouTube link below with Johnny Depp deaf language signing lyrics to McCartney’s song). When Paul McCartney first saw the guitar, he said “that’s a good-looking guitar, with those F holes there’s something romantic about it.” And that’s true, these vintage Weymann ‘F’ hole guitars have a certain ‘mystique’ about them. They are valued highly by their owners and rarely do they come up for sale.

Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney with Johnny Depp’s Weymann on the set prior to recording ‘My Valentine’

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JUDY FREEMAN’S WEYMANN c.1911 Tailpiece Guitar

H. A. Weymann & Son was a different type of wholesaler because they had a very stable and large retail outlet to augment the production from their workshop. They produced many different designs of guitars, often in small runs, but I suspect they also made guitars to order, or to satisfy the creativity of their crafts people. Consequently, the variety of their guitar styles never ceases to amaze.

I have photos of various Weymann guitars I want to feature in individual posts.  I’m going to start with this guitar owned by a very nice lady,  Judy Freeman, who has given me permission to share photos and information about her guitar.  Whether this is a one-off instrument or a limited run, I guess we’ll only know if another turns up:

Weymann c.1911 Brazilian rosewood guitar

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GOD ALWAYS LOVES US

My eldest son sent me this cartoon:

So sometimes the bigger they are, those with the biggest false egos, the harder they fall. And the harder they fall the happier they become because they  experience, “ I am the most  fallen, the worst. I am the most sinful person and yet God still forgives me.”  They experience how unconditional God’s love for them is.

When I experience how unconditional God’s love is for me, then I know that I have a true friend, an unconditional friend  and protector.  I feel completely secure knowing there is nothing that I can be or do that would make me such that God does not love me.  If I approach God completely naked, not in any way defending myself, or trying to hide my imperfections, then I experience how God’s love for me is perfect, and that I need no other protection, no other friend, no other source of happiness.  This realization is complete self-realization.”     Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda

Namaste  Charles/Chaitanya das