A short explanation of Khaita: “Khaita” is Harmony in the Space:
Kha = space / sky. Ta = harmony / melody.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu talks about the importance of singing and dancing
You are moving, dancing, but I am dancing inside. I know how we should move with melody. So then I’m looking and I’m singing. If it doesn’t correspond I’m thinking ‘Oh this does not correspond, this does not correspond’. Sometimes then I say ‘Oh, we repeat.’ Maybe then it corresponds more. But in any case many people are learning, particularly when we are starting to do the Gordro group. When we were starting this Gordro in the second group at the beginning even we were dancing Gordro most people were not moving with the melody. But now most people everywhere know how we should follow all Gordros. Why? Because we did it many times everywhere. So this is very good. Because this is also part of the practice. Many people think ‘Oh this is only dance, not practice’. This is really practice. Because we are Dzogchen practitioners.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s words on Tibetan Modern Dances in Tenerife, February 2013:
Milarepa said “any movement you do is Yantra”, just like you are doing Yantra Yoga or doing meditation, some exercise. Milarepa said “there is no difference” because depend you, what you do everything, dealing with. Even if you are only jumping, but if you are jumping with presence, relaxed, then it become useful.
If you are interested of teachings Sutra, teachings Tantra, teachings Dzogchen, Anuyoga, everything is coming from Tibet. When I was in Tenerife last year, then I am listening some of this Tibetan music, songs, etc… and I discovered how they are singing, they are communicating happiness, a sort of feeling, and situation, which kind of difficulties they have they are bringing in the melody, this is how we do in Dzogchen Teaching.
We try to understand which is the real situation, we do our best, for that reason I am thinking …oh, it is necessary, we should learn songs and listening well Tibetan songs.
What do you need to do when you are dancing?…when you are dancing…coordinate, must being present. That means you are being present, otherwise you couldn’t dance, but if you are present when you are dancing you relax also, even jumping, not necessary charging ..no, you jump relaxed, then it become also good for you, no?
It helps. Dancing, relaxing, being present, knowing that…this is practice, no? This is practice. No? How is it?