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Jai’s Blog

Singing From the Heart
(Bhakti Files #2 )

2017-06-26T17:23:27-07:00June 26th, 2017|

When I met my guru, Neem Karoli Baba, in 1971, my life was turned inside out. I was like an asteroid hurtling through space, suddenly pulled back into orbit by the gravitational force of the sun. At first I wasn't interested; I was quite jaded at the ripe old age of 19, having already had [...]

New music video for S.A.M.B.A. filmed in India!!!

2017-07-14T13:08:06-07:00March 18th, 2017|

Dear Friends!!!! I'm so excited to share with you the brand new music video for "S.A.M.B.A. (Shiva's Adoration of Mata Bhavani's Ambrosia)" filmed in Rishikesh, India. It's premiering today in LA Yoga Magazine. Check it out!!! In January, my family, a small group of Bhakti brothers and sisters, and I converged on the banks [...]

Roots, Rock, Rama!

2017-03-18T16:55:09-07:00March 18th, 2017|

The music on this album has been bubbling inside my heart and my soul for many many years. Like a very slow cooking pot of ghee, hundreds of songs have risen to the surface, just to be skimmed away until all that is left is the clarified and very buttery essence of my love, understanding [...]

The Untold Story

2017-03-18T15:54:54-07:00August 31st, 2016|

Friday night Kirtan at San Quentin Prison was a completely mind-blowing experience. I've tried to describe it to several people, but I've found that words have failed me. I've been going into the prison on and off for about three years, along with my Bhakti brother and sister Radhanath Das and Kilimba, and we've [...]

Revisiting “Shiva Station”

2014-06-11T17:59:09-07:00June 11th, 2014|

Time, the conqueror. Time, the liberator. We see it and feel it every day. As a parent, I often find myself simultaneously experiencing two completely dichotomous emotions watching my son grow: a marvel at his new achievements and beautiful independence, and a poignant wistfulness of loss as he leaves his baby years behind. Within myself [...]

A Road With No Maps

2011-09-06T16:19:26-07:00September 6th, 2011|

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 spoke about himself or his lineage, he never gave lectures or discourses. Amazing miracles occurred around Maharjji all the time, [...]

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

2017-03-18T16:45:14-07:00March 31st, 2011|

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 this year? Whew.... My "Down On My Knees" video project; recording and releasing Bhakti Bazaar with Ben Leinbach; recording Queen [...]

Cookies and Tea – A Slight Shift in Perception

2017-06-26T17:02:41-07:00September 23rd, 2010|

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 is union, oneness with the Supreme. But in Bhakti Yoga we don't think about the goal, we only weep, laugh, [...]

Listening to “Bhakti Bazaar”

2010-08-14T15:34:29-07:00August 14th, 2010|

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 tired achey muscles, dreaming of 'love forever'.... I don't usually listen to my own music and when I do, well, [...]