Dec
03

Latest Book Publication: “Shri Harirayaji’s Shiksha Patra: 41 Letters of Spiritual Counsel”

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Shri Harirayaji (1590-1711) composed this series of Sanskrit letters sometime in the 17th century and mailed them to his younger brother, Gopeshwarji. When his wife suddenly passed away, Shri Gopeshwarji was plunged into grief and became unable to focus his mind on his Beloved’s worship. As he reviewed and wholeheartedly embraced the teachings found in Harirayaji’s letters, Gopeshwarji’s grief was sundered. He decided to compose a commentary on his brother’s Sanskrit letters in the vernacular Brajbhasha—a mystic, poetic language still spoken today in Braj and considered to be Lord Krishna’s own mother tongue. The 41 Letters cover a vast array of spiritual subjects, but recurring themes are how to live a devotional lifestyle that will transform our lives and consciousness towards God, how to live the lila of life, the play of reality with consciousness, and also how to make the necessary adjustments to the various situations that arise in the course of the embodied soul’s personal journey.

This English edition of the Shikshapatra is the fruit of Shyamdasji’s lifelong engagement with sacred literature and is the last fully completed translation he has left us with. It includes the most extensive and personal introduction of any of his books. Your purchase of this volume is a full contribution to the Shyamdas Foundation established by his family. The Foundation aims to preserve the legacy of Shyamdasji’s life and works through charitable donations in India and sacred music, literature, and environmental projects dear to his heart.

This and other sacred texts translated by Shyamdas are available now at sacredwoods.net

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Jul
28

2nd Annual NYC Bhajan Boat

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Jul
11

Shyamdas at Bhaktifest Midwest

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Check out this great post and video from the Bhakti Beat. Also, a big thank you to all of our fans at Bhaktifest Midwest!

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Apr
26

Summer 2012 event schedule now available!

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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:

April 28 – An Evening with Shyamdas – Ananda Ashram, Monroe, NY
April 29 – The Joy of Service and Desireless Action – Om Factory NYC, New York, NY
May 4 – Spring Ecstatic Chant – Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
May 11 – Satsang and Kirtan with Sadhu Maharaja – Yoga Mandali, Saratoga
Springs, NY
May 12 – Sacred Conversation and Bhajan – Euphoria Yoga, Woodstock, NY
May 17 – A Taste of Vrindavan: Stories and Kirtan – Yogamaya NYC, New York, NY

 

We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks!
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“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.

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Sep
24

Welcome

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Welcome to the Shyamdas website! Enjoy a magical mystery tour through this kirtan singer’s music, inspirations, travels, and more. Devotional practitioner, translator, author, speaker and musician, Shyamdas (1953-2013) has brought India’s ancient Vedic literature and medieval devotional renaissance to life in the West. An accomplished practitioner-scholar and guide to the 16th century philosopher Vallabhacharya’s Pushtimarga tradition, Shyamdas published more than 15 books on Bhakti Yoga and the Path of Grace.

After being called to India in a dream encounter with the famous Vrindavan saint Neem Karoli Baba, in 1972 Shyamdas travelled to India and took up residence in the sacred city of Vrindavan. Soon thereafter he began to receive bhakti teachings from his guru of the grace filled path, Shri Prathameshji.

Shyamdasji’s was truly addicted to satsang—association with fellow truth seekers. He regularly led kirtan and satsang programs at yoga studios and retreat centers in America, Canada, and Europe. Of late he was a central figure in the burgeoning kirtan festival movement, headlining at events like Omega Institute’s Ecstatic Chant Weekends and the regional Bhakti Fests.

Shyamdasji’s love and commitment to the sacred region of Braj and its inhabitants inspired him to dedicate his time, resources, and connections to various charitable works, including environmental cleanup efforts in Braj, cow protection, architectural restorations, direct support to schools, musicians, and temples, and of course, feeding people. The Shyamdas Foundation established in his honor supports charitable works, devotional projects and musical studies, in the spirit of Shyamdasji’s amazing life and legacy.

Shyamdasji’s overflowing good mood and ability to relate to every individual and situation with bh?va (divine, good mood) made him an instant best friend to so many. His profound contributions live on in their hearts, and in his audio and written publications.

“Jai Shri Krishna…What a lila! To my entire family as well as to my circle of satsang friends and teachers: it was an honor to have been a part of it. Know that the soul is eternal and plays onwards, always reaching for the Beloved.”
—from the Last Will and Testament of Shyamdas

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Quotes

Without hearing the Lord’s glories, how can bhava remain firm in the heart? Bhava is perfected through the mind and heart, so until these are detached from activities related to the physical body, it will not be possible to experience Shri Krishna’s divine form. Shri Mahaprabhuji has explained what happens when the mind lusts after samsara and the mundane: “Know that Hari will never enter the heart of a person whose body is overcome with worldly desires.” — Shri Gopeshwarji, Shiksha Patra 40.7