Devotional practitioner, author, and musician, Shyamdas specialized in Indian classical Haveli Sangeet music and the mystic poets of North India. His programs combined ecstatic kirtan singing with stories and teachings from the path of devotion. He spoke from his background as a Vedic scholar and Sanskrit translator to share the philosophy of non-dual reality. Shyamdas gave performances and workshops internationally and at venues such as Omega Institute’s Ecstatic Chant, Ananda Ashram, Yogaville, Bhakti Fest, Jivamukti Yoga, etc. and collaborated and performed with Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Durga Das and Mira, and many others.
Shyamdas travelled to India in 1972 to meet Neem Karoli Baba, and then continued to explore the devotional Bhakti lineages of India under the tutelage of His Holiness Goswami Shri Prathameshji, his guru in the Pushti Marg: the Path of Grace. Shyamdas lived in Vraj, the sacred lands of Shri Radha Krishna, for most of his life and has written and translated many books on devotional subjects.
“All forms of Yoga lead us to bhava – the enlightened, inspired state of pure being. Bhava creates in us a direct experience of the unity of all things. This journey of kirtan (sacred chant) introduces the subtle relationship between non-dual vision and loving devotion as the foundation for the yoga experience.”