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Why Do We Sing Kirtan?
( Bhakti Files #10)

Last June, Nubia, Ezra and I went to the Himalayan foothills in India to our Guru’s ashram to spend a little time with our Indian mother. it was an amazing trip on many levels, but [...]

What is Kirtan?
(Bhakti Files #9)

Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space -- digging into the heart's deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence. Kirtan is singing over and over the many [...]

Who was really leading whom?
(Bhakti Files #8)

“Of all the human-built places Shan had experienced in the extraordinary lands of Tibet none moved him more than the simple wooden cells he sometimes discovered in the country's remote regions, in the few structures [...]

Thank You
(Bhakti Files #7)

One day several years ago, I found myself sitting in the courtyard of my guru's ashram in a small North Indian village, taking the sun, drinking chai, and watching a family of monkeys dance around [...]

Message from Rama to Sita
(Bhakti Files #6)

Message from Rama to his wife, Sita, to be delivered by Hanuman, the Son of the Wind, while Sita was being held captive of the demon king, Ravana (from the 'Sri Ramacharitamanasa' of Tulsi Das): [...]

Ram

Become my patron on Patreon

My musical Guru, Ali Akbar Khan, used to speak so sweetly about his time in the Rajasthani court, playing for the king who became his patron and benefactor. Khansahib, as we lovingly called him, claimed he would never have become the maestro that he was without having had that patronage. And the same is true for so many of the greatest artists, playwrights, scientists and musicians of history – they all had patrons helping them to achieve their life’s vision.

Well, it’s 2016 and times have changed. The days of royal patronage are long gone. But now, with crowdfunding and other miracles, we’re relearning the art of giving in a new and very modern way. As we rediscover our interconnectedness and interdependence, we find the awareness that we all need to become patrons of each other.

Jai Uttal Kirtan