Check out this great post and video from the Bhakti Beat. Also, a big thank you to all of our fans at Bhaktifest Midwest!
Summer is upon us! Shyamdas has returned from India and is on the road again to bring us the ecstatic chanting and teachings that we’ve missed during the winter months. Feel free to browse our summer events for concerts and teachings in your area. Also, don’t forget to “like” Shyamdas on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the latest news, last-minute events and announcements throughout the year.
Some upcoming events include:
Save the Date!
HUDSON RIVER BHAJAN BOAT
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the first Bhajan Boat of the 2012 season!
This is one of the Hudson Valley Bhakti Yoga Community’s favorite events. Details will be finalized as soon as Shyam Das and other particicpants return from India. This trip generally fills up quickly. If you’d like us to put your name on the list, please e-mail Shyam Das at IAMSHYAM@aol.com. Thank you, and stay tuned for more updates!
The Omega Institute is proud to present the Spring Ecstatic Chant for 2012 from May 4-6 in Rhinebeck, NY.
Celebrate spring with a weekend of inspiring musical prayer. Known in India as kirtan (Sanskrit for “devotional chanting”), the call-and-response, rhythmic quality of these unifying prayers kindles a joyful mood and can lead to profound states of deep meditation. In India, kirtan is accepted as one of the surest paths to enlightenment.
During the weekend, we sing a variety of traditional and new chants in an array of chanting styles, accompanied by contemporary and ancient instruments, including the harmonium and tabla—standards in Indian classical music. The weekend includes an extraordinary late-night Saturday session.
This fifth annual program is a spring version of Omega’s Labor Day weekend Ecstatic Chant, which has enthralled sold-out audiences for many years.
Save $50 on the Labor Day weekend Ecstatic Chant workshop when you attend Spring Ecstatic Chant. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Teachers are subject to change.
Tickets are available HERE.
“Thirty million Americans and countless millions worldwide have taken up a practice that is transforming their lives. Follow filmmaker Suzanne Bryant as she meets with the most prominent Yoga Gurus and teachers in the west and travels to India to explore the power of this ancient practice. Along the way she discovers what YOGA IS.”
Look forward to the premier of the new film featuring interviews with Shyamdas, Krishnadas and many more next week when “Yoga Is” premiers next week!
For more information about the film and filmaker and to request a screening, please visit http://www.yogais.com.
Deva Premal’s new music album, Password, is now available through iTunes and White Swan Musica:
“Mantras are passwords that transform the mundane into the sacred,” says Deva Premal. Password represents a shift in direction for Deva and Miten, with the introduction of Danish producer RajRishi, who brought the cream of Copenhagen’s jazz players into the mix. The result is a substantial, musically refined album with sublime arrangements of ancient mantras, complementing Deva’s soulful vocals.
You can enjoy a short sample of Deva’s work at the following address: http://whiteswanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/shyam-prabhu-mix
Please find below the flyer detailing this year’s exciting odyssey of kirtan, yoga and devotion in the heart of India visiting the cities of Vrindavan, Jatipura and Agra among others led by the renown kirtan artist Shyamdas as well as Vraj Devi and Carla Olla from Love Yoga Center.
The program runs from November 23 – December 8 and includes all daily meals, accommodation, kirtan, yoga classes and more!
We hope to see you later this year!
Shyamdas, an American devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, has been living in India for many years and is a kirtan expert. This article is adapted from the liner notes of the CD Kirtan: Maha Mantra in the Himalayas – Volume One of the India Odyssey Series, due to be released in March 2004 by Karuna Music. Used with permission.
Like most religions, Hindu tradition places great emphasis on the power of God’s name, especially when repeated in chant. The following stories describe how even accidental repetition of the sacred name can lead to enlightenment.