June 15, 2014

Krishna Das, Jai Uttal & the Love of Maharaj-ji

Elephant Journal June 13, 2013
By Chris Grosso
“While the legendary Hindu Maharaj-ji passed away before my time, I’ve  been lucky to have had candi […]

November 12, 2013

Fresh Tracks 20

In the introduction to the podcast this week I talk a lot about Ram Das. When I was in my early twenties Be Here Now literally blew the doors of perception ope […]

November 2, 2013

What Is Bhakti Yoga?

Here’s an interesting and informative article about Bhakti Yoga from Teachasana.
Bhakti Yoga Part 1 — What Is It?
by Hari-kirtana das  for Teachas […]

October 29, 2013

The Get Real Set

After what we just went through in the United States with the government shut down, I’m feeling angry — how about you? Being angry is not a pleasant […]

October 22, 2013

Feeding Your Demons Meditation

In this special edition of the podcast we have an excerpt from an interview done by the Mindrolling Podcast with Lama Tsultrim Allione. In the course of the i […]

October 15, 2013

Fresh Tracks 19

The Fresh Tracks sets are some of my favorites. This week’s show features a mix of kirtan artists who are new to the scene, and several from old favorites […]

October 8, 2013

Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band at Bhakti Fest 2013

Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band played a beautifully moving set at Bhakti Fest West this year. Their music was colored by a terrible family tragedy &#82 […]

October 3, 2013

The Beginners Guide to Kirtan & Mantra

Posted on September 11th, 2013 by Thrive in Yoga, by Shannon Sexton
Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God […]

October 1, 2013

Bhakti Fest 2013 Wrap Up — The Year It Rained

Every Bhakti Fest I’ve attended has been special, and each has been unique. Bhakti Fest 2013 was the 5th year celebration, and Mother Nature celebrated wi […]

September 2, 2013

A Conversation With Saul David Raye

I know Saul David Raye through his kirtan sets at festivals, but many more people know him for his Yoga classes — unique because they weave together heart […]

August 21, 2013

The Hanuman Chalisa: Entering the Flow of Grace

The Hanuman Chalisa is a devotional hymn to Hanuman, the Hindu deity who is the central character in the Sanskrit epic The Ramayana. It tells of his strength […]

August 14, 2013

Mantras For A Prosperous Life

Prosperity means different things to different people. For me it encompasses more than money — it’s a fullness of love, family, Spirit, community &a […]

August 7, 2013

A Conversation With GuruGanesha Singh

GuruGanesha Singh is a bright light in the world of devotional chant, and his irrepressible spirit shines through everything he does. He certainly was an intere […]

July 30, 2013

Mantra Alchemy with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas

On Sunday afternoon at Bhakti Fest Midwest, Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas gave a wonderful workshop on Mantra Alchemy, this week we bring it to you as the last […]

July 26, 2013

Bhakti Fest Midwest Wrap-Up

This week we have more from a beautiful summer weekend in Madison, WI with musical selections from local kirtan bands Maashakti Das & Kirtan Path. Enjoy my […]

July 15, 2013

David Newman Live at Bhakti Fest Midwest

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon in Madison, WI. The crowd at Bhakti Fest Midwest was high with the joy of dancing, singing & celebrating together as a […]

July 13, 2013

GuruGanesha Band Live at Bhakti Fest Midwest

The GuruGanesha Band was the breakout for me at this year’s  Bhakti Fest Midwest — and from the comments I heard & read I think it’s tru […]

July 13, 2013

Bhakti Fest Celebrates Five Years of Festivals

Getting ready for the big 5th year Celebration!
By Beth Shaw      LA Yoga
This year, Bhakti Fest will be lighting five candles on its birthday cake. The ins […]

July 10, 2013

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir raise their voices in unison — and perhaps unify their heart rates, too.
by Anna Haensch   NPR News
… But w […]

July 1, 2013

A Conversation With Mike Cohen

I met Mike Cohen a few years ago when he was house sitting in Portland — we had lunch at a local food cart & spent a lovely afternoon together. He has […]

June 25, 2013

Blue Spirit Wheel Live In Corvallis

Here in Corvallis we just had a Solstice weekend jam-packed full of great kirtan. Atlanta-based Blue Spirit Wheel played a Yoga class & a kirtan concert as […]

June 18, 2013

Laughing With Ragani

The delightful Ms. Ragani & I have some history. When I first started singing kirtan, the Yoga teacher used CDs. We chanted to a lot of different artists, I […]

June 11, 2013

Gratitude HD

By Louis Schwartzberg, Moving Art TV. Published Oct 14, 2011.

A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences and f […]

June 11, 2013

Dave Stringer Live at Shakti Fest 2013

I’ve heard Dave Stringer perform live numerous times, and several things continue to impress me —  his energy (off the charts), his sharp wit,  […]

June 10, 2013

Kirtaniyas featuring MC Yogi — Nitai Gauranga

This video, filmed at the Holi Festival of Colors in Utah and out less than a week has been watched almost nine thousand times on YouTube. I must admit I accou […]

June 7, 2013

Is Meditation Important?

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar  The New Indian Express
Meditation is important for every human being. Meditation fulfils the natural tendency of human beings to look […]

June 4, 2013

Shakti Fest 2013 Wrap-Up

After a festival like Shakti Fest, returning to the world takes a while. Always I feel as though the cells in my body have been shaken up & put back togeth […]

May 15, 2013

A Conversation With Donna De Lory

Donna De Lory loves to dance — on stage she is a whirling dervish, literally dancing through her entire set. Her harmonium is on a stand, so she never has […]

May 7, 2013

Shakti Fest 2013 Sampler

At long last, it’s here. The time when those of us who hear Joshua Tree calling throughout the winter can pack our bags and go to the desert to reconnect […]

May 1, 2013

A Conversation With Larisa Stow

The first time I saw Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe perform at Bhakti Fest my eyebrows were about singed off with the energy. Larisa’s unique blend of man […]

April 23, 2013

The One That’s All Deva Premal and Miten

Years ago I was doing Yoga to a CD by Shiva Rea, and the background music caught my attention. It was the the purity of the voice — who was the artist and […]

April 16, 2013

Calling Out To Hungry Hearts — Words & Music by Krishna Das

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Krishna Das. As a singer I appreciate the deep resonance of his voice — it’s an amazing instrument. But […]

April 10, 2013

C.C.White LIVE at the Denver Chant Fest

This week’s set brings us back to the magic of the Denver Chant Fest. C.C. White was the picture of grace & beauty that night — she had just lost se […]

April 2, 2013

Fresh Tracks 18

The Fresh Tracks sets are my opportunity to introduce you to new kirtan artists, and new offerings from established kirtan artists. This week’s set has a […]

March 23, 2013

Dr. Manoj Chalam On the Deities

Last month at the Denver Chant Fest, Dr. Manoj Chalam and his wife Jyothi captivated a roomful of attendees with their lecture on  the symbolism of Hindu &amp […]

March 19, 2013

He Ma Durga

Durga. She is one powerful goddess. Later this week I’ll be posting the talk on the deities given by Dr. Manoj Chalam last month at the Denver Chant Fest […]

March 12, 2013

ChantLanta! Peace, Love and Kirtan in the South

Atlanta had it’s very own kirtan festival last weekend! The ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival has been bringing the Bhav to the South for four years, and […]

March 5, 2013

Jai Uttal LIVE at the Denver Chant Fest

Listening to this podcast took me right back to the magic of the Denver Chant Fest. I recorded a lot of great material — C.C. White rocked the house, the […]

February 19, 2013

Dave Stringer LIVE at the Denver Chant Fest

Dave Stringer’s set on Friday night opened the Denver Chant Fest, and is the first of the live podcasts I’ll be posting from last weekend. Live sou […]

February 12, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal, Part II

In Part 2 of our conversation, Jai Uttal & I chat about why he loves to do kirtan with children, and a surprise … why he found it so difficult to sing […]

February 5, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks with Govindas & Radha

Govindas & Radha are a husband and wife team who lead kirtan concerts, Bhakti Yoga workshops & transformative retreats throughout the world. They also o […]

January 30, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Dave Stringer

Dave Stringer has been a big supporter of the New World Kirtan podcast almost from the beginning of the show. He invited me to my first live kirtan in Portland, […]

January 24, 2013

New World Kirtan Talks With Jai Uttal Part 1

I’ve always admired Jai Uttal as a musician, and he was pure pleasure to interview for the Denver Chant Fest. Here is Part 1 of our conversation.

Podcast […]

January 15, 2013

Nataraj, the Dancing Shiva

Nataraj is the dancing form of Lord Shiva. Usually you see this depicted in bronze as the god Shiva dancing in a circle of flames with his foot crushing a demon […]

January 8, 2013

Fresh Tracks 17

I’ve been looking forward to this one! It’s the first set of the New Year, my birthday, and also the start of a new phase for New World Kirtan. Afte […]