June 5, 2017

The Shanti Mantras

Our set this week is based on one our satsang group loved several weeks ago. The selections are from a group of chants called Shanti Mantras or Peace Mantras, t […]

September 25, 2015

Fresh Tracks 29

I’m back from vacation with a new Fresh Tracks set! This one features some different offerings — an Island-influenced Krishna chant from the Hanumen, an […]

January 13, 2015

Shiva’s Dance of Creation & Destruction

Shiva has always been a difficult deity energy for me to get my mind around. He is both the creator and the destroyer — what’s that about? After doi […]

November 29, 2014

A Thankful Heart

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you know that the kirtan community here in Corvallis started with a group of us singing to CDs — […]

September 19, 2014

Memories of Bhakti Fest West 2014

This week’s podcast is very different from our usual Bhakti Fest wrap-up, and it’s because this year I had a very different experience at the festiv […]

November 19, 2013

OM Shiva

Lord Shiva, “he who is oblivious to the world“, is the most powerful of the Hindu deities. He is known as the destroyer, and is believed to be at t […]

November 5, 2013

Sunday Satsang (Blast From the Past)

This episode begins a new series for the podcast called Blasts From the Past. As mentioned last week, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to put t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

June 20, 2012

Let’s Play Kirtan II

The “Let’s Play Kirtan” sets are designed for those of you who like to sing kirtan & accompany yourself on an instrument. They’re al […]

May 1, 2012

The One For Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up, and this is the first Mother’s Day my Mom won’t be here. The podcast this week honors her. Mom never had an underst […]

February 14, 2012

One For Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day dear hearts! I’m off having a sweet Valentine’s day with my honey, so here is a love-filled set from the New World Kirta […]

January 17, 2012

He Ma Durga

The word Durga means ‘invincible’ in Sanskrit. Durga is an incarnation of the Mother Goddess, and she is extremely powerful. She is also extremely p […]

January 10, 2012

Fresh Tracks 9

Bust my buttons if there isn’t just some mighty fine kirtan out in the world these days. The music this week was so juicy it was difficult to choose just […]

November 27, 2011

Sunday Satsang V

My Thanksgiving cooking/Christmas decorating/shipment unpacking has kind of taken over my life. But things are progressing — I can sit down in my living r […]

June 7, 2011

Gems

You’ve probably noticed the podcast is a day late this week, and if you’ve ever spent several hours loading software under a deadline you have an id […]

 
May 31, 2011

Yo Ganesh — it’s me, pick up!

This week’s set was inspired by several requests for a set to Ganesha. We have one in the back catalog called “Ganesh Is Fresh”, here’s […]

 
May 24, 2011

Just Breathe

“Breathe and stay in the present moment.” It’s so simple, and so difficult to do. Modern life bombards us with seductive distractions, and it […]

 
May 10, 2011

Being With What Is

The essence of life is change … and isn’t that just a big old pain? Joni Mitchell used to sing about it so eloquently, but I’m not about to be […]

 
May 3, 2011

The OMmersion Set

I’ve been missing OMmersion, how about you? I’ve looked at all the videos at the Bhakti Beat (great site, check it out), and I wanted a music set to […]

April 21, 2011

Shantala Brings Kirtan To Oregon Prison

This was an inspiring story by kirtan wallah Benjy Wertheimer of Shantala, who tells of his experience singing kirtan with the inmates of an Oregon prison.
Pris […]

April 19, 2011

Bhakti Fest OMmersion: Sunday

Another beautiful, perfect day in the desert. Sunday was Hanuman’s birthday, and there were so many magical, synchronistic moments.  Here were the stando […]

February 15, 2011

The Love Train!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and so this week’s set was inspired by Love.  There’s the “Radhe Suite” which tells the love story […]

January 25, 2011

Kirtan All Stars

This week I wanted to put together a set of my favorite kirtan chants, and found it was a very hard task indeed!  We just have to have more All Star sets, beca […]

January 4, 2011

The Power Of Intention

The mighty ape Hanuman is featured in the music this week, in honor of his Birthday.  Hanuman is said to represent the untold power that resides within each on […]

November 23, 2010

Sunday Satsang

This week’s set is eminently singable–this I know because our kirtan group sang these chants at our Sunday Satsang this week.  You can use the podc […]

 
November 9, 2010

“Keep Going, Say What You Know”

This summer I happened to catch an entry by Tami Simon on the Sounds True blog.  The entry was titled “Keep Going, Say What You Know”.  It struck […]

 
September 12, 2010

Bye Bye Bhakti Fest

We’re flying out early tomorrow morning, and I’m noticing how very quiet it is … and how full I am. We’ve been bathing in a sea of Love […]

 
August 11, 2010

Who’s That Knocking?

I have been playing some serious hooky–and not just because it’s August, although that’s part of it.  I haven’t been wanting to engage […]

 
August 3, 2010

Bhakti Fest!

New World Kirtan is going to Bhakti Fest–that would be four days of kirtan, yoga and workshops in Joshua Tree, CA September 9-12.
This blows the door off […]

 
June 9, 2010

Singing in the Rain

As much as I complain, I really do love the cool green dampness of the Pacific Northwest. Good thing too, because last week was a record-breaker in the rain de […]

 
June 1, 2010

Rites Of Spring

Springtime in Oregon is a warmer extension of winter, and the rain has been unrelenting this year.  But the garden awaits, and so does the planting a red climb […]

May 26, 2010

Dance of Kali

I’ve heard the goddess Kali described as gentle mother, fierce warrior.  That could also describe my mother … the fiercest warrior in our family. […]

 
May 4, 2010

Mouldy Oldies

Kirtan is by definition old, but the set this week was dictated by my need to sing some kirtan that fit like an old shoe.  These are a few of the songs our k […]

 
April 6, 2010

Spirit Voices

In my spiritual practice of singing kirtan there are vocalists I resonate with–their voices open my heart.  When I hear them sing their glorious songs, s […]

 
March 16, 2010

Kirtan To Snooze With

My goal this week was to create a deeply peaceful set, and I think I succeeded–because while listening to it today I fell asleep!  That wasn’t te […]

January 19, 2010

The Gratitude Shower

This morning I was feeling very “February in Oregon” as I was taking a shower–when I decided I had had enough.  It was time to turn my mood a […]

 
December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday New World Kirtan!

The New World Kirtan podcast is one year old, and it has been downloaded over 73 thousand times!  That number just knocks my socks off.  This podcast started […]

 
November 17, 2009

Getting To Real

One of my all-time favorite books is “The Velveteen Rabbit”, and getting to “real” has been a personal & professional goal.    So […]

 
November 3, 2009

An Observation

My morning routine usually starts with a cup of something hot & the New York Times.  When I started producing the podcast I added kirtan listening to this […]

 
October 27, 2009

Mantras For Precarious Times

Last week I mentioned a new CD I found by Deva Premal called “Mantras for Precarious Times”.  It’s a selection of seven mantras chosen specifical […]

 
October 13, 2009

Dancing In The Street

It’s a great new day–I’ve started a kirtan band and life is good.  The band has two guitar players, several different kinds  of percussion, […]

 
September 21, 2009

Inside

It’s time for me to take a little break, my friends.  It has been an emotional several weeks, and it’s time for me to ground out for awhile on the […]

 
September 1, 2009

Breathe In The Quiet Center

Summer is ending–there are changes coming & I’m feeling pensive.  Change is a constant–in the weather, in our bodies, in life.  As sweet […]