A few of the more than 200 audio-books narrated by: Clay Lomakayu on Audible.com
I want to share a few thoughts with you on why and how I narrate. I live the book as I speak it. I enter the spirit of the talker, the speaker. I am an interpreter. I am interpreting through my unique vehicle. I am like the director of a symphony who interprets the great works of Beethoven, Mozart, etc. Just like people can prefer one interpretation over another. So is the case with my interpretation. I take hold of the thread of the music of the spoken word and just let it sing through me. This is a private moment in which I share my swimming in the spoken words of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Valmiki, Poonja Paramahansa Yogananda, Neville Goddard. . . and many more.
I am associating with the wise ones by stepping into there teachings and speaking them to a listener. I am sharing this association with you.
It’s a unified moment of receiving and giving. Speech has a rhythm like music; it can be slow and legato and staccato, smooth or sharp. My intent is in conveying the truth between the lines that is felt by the heart not digested by the mind. But the two can work together as they must. There is no gathering of concepts and ideas. I am touched by them.
In recording it and sharing it ,I am bringing you into my own unique private moment with the wise ones.
Nisargadatta in many of the translations of him, especially I AM That is staccato. He is a very sharp knife slicing up the truth and handing it to us. The translator is a go-between in this. One translator’s sheet of music is different from another. Also, books where there is no dialogue indicated is different than dialogue-driven works. You will hear a difference when you listen to I Am That and the later books I have read, such as Meditations With Nisargadatta Maharaj, another book of Nisargadatta’s edited talks. Much of this has to do with the translation and the way they are presented which creates a different rhythm and an adjustment in speed etc. When the dynamic of Dialogue is predominant, that is the music I enter, that is what determines the movement that drives through the words. The question fuels the answer added to the sages unique style. Nisargadatta, I find it very unique. He is not trying to be “a sage” Just like he is a smoker and died of throat cancer he allows the truth to come through his unique voice. He let’s the absolute move through the unique body of Nisargadatta. He is not trying to project an idea of Nisargadatta because it does not exist.
In the end I am always sharing my personal journey with the book with the one earnest intent to reach out and connect with you the listener.
I don’t expect to be liked by everyone. If I did how could it be true since we are all so different. Often people leave comments telling me how I should read. There is no one way to narrate a book. There are many. And there are many tastes. People have a right to their taste. A book I might have narrated a year ago would come out different if I redid it today. The body changes, the voice changes like the seasons of the year. Soon some of the audiobooks on youtube will be available for download in an audiobook format here. I hope that this serves some of you who prefer this format. I have a couple of hundred titles available on Audible.com. People ask how they can donate, so I have created a donate button below through PayPal. Also, purchasing some of my titles in Audible is much appreciated. But In the end, even before I post a book, I am full and content. I wish you all well during these difficult times hoping that somehow these readings help bring you closer to peace. The mystery in me honors the mystery in you . . . .