Jai’s Blog

Stories and musings from Jai…

A Road With No Maps

I consider my Guru, among other things, to have been a great teacher of Bhakti Yoga. I say 'among other things' because he was impossible to pin down. He hardly ever actually 'taught,' he never [...]

WHY DO WE SING KIRTAN; ONE MORE BOTTOM LINE……

Greetings everyone, I've been wanting to write to you about my last trip to India for quite some time. But life and her many streams of busy-ness seems to always intervene. What's been going on [...]

Cookies and Tea – A Slight Shift in Perception

Bhakti Yoga brings us into the world of mystery, a realm where the dissecting, discerning qualities of the intellect are powerless next to the vast ocean of feelings. For most practitioners, the goal of Yoga [...]

Listening to “Bhakti Bazaar”

A rainy day in Porto da Lua, Bahia, Brasil. Listening to the wind, the ocean, and my soon to be released CD, Bhakti Bazaar, recorded with Ben Leinbach last year. Getting a massage for my [...]

FROM MYTH TO MIRACLE

“Ok, Jai…. Sit down and write something!” “But I’m not a writer, I’m a singer and a musician….” “Well, you’re not playing music or singing right now and you’re bored of reading your mystery novel [...]

High Noon in the Desert – Hare Krishna Hare Rama

Greetings, friends..... Good morning (California time). It looks like spring may finally be breaking through. Has it been a long winter everywhere???? Well, I haven’t ‘blogged’ in a while. (That’s another one of these modern [...]

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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