Q & A w/ Kirtan Artists


TGY asks our next Kirtan leader or someone from our community that attends “Why do you chant?” Read their answers & please come to their Kirtan to support more chanting in our community!

Q & A 

The Grateful Yogi: Why do you chant?

Govind-Das of Govind-Das & Radha: I chant because it brings me closer to my guru, Neem Karoli Baba. It is a way for me to offer my gratitude to him for the channel of Grace that he has opened up in my life. A reality that I never new possible. When we are touched by something profound in life, what do we want to do: Praise! Kirtan is a doorway to the dimension of the Soul, the essence of our being. And it truly gives us permission to celebrate life. My favorite thing about kirtan is that we can come together as a group and not know anyone else in the room and within a short period of time we are all smiling and dancing and singing in wild ecstasy together as if we’ve all been best friends forever. KIrtan has a way of breaking down walls that don’t serve us, untangles knots and tight spots within our being and lights a divine fire that helps to transform the impurities within our own hearts. To put it simply I absolutely LOVE kirtan!!!!

Vijay Krsna of Kirtaniyas: Chanting for me is my Dharma, my Karma, my fulfillment and sustenance. I find it the most powerful way to express my self, my deepest self whose inherent nature calls for Bhakti/Love. When the desire for chanting the Names of the Eternal Beloveds – Sri Radha Krsna becomes my only desire, i’ll be in the place in my life that i’ve been searching for. Chanting can bestow any desire… so i chant to chant some more.

Jim Gelcer: The seed of devotional chant was planted in me when I was eight years old and invited to be part of a children’s chorus on a recording session for the Canadian orchestral rock band Lighthouse. The song was called simply “The Chant” and we were repeating the Buddhist mantra “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.” Many years later my Guru watered the seed by asking me to follow the path. Things came full circle when my debut recording was produced by one of the co-writers of “The Chant”. I am so blessed to be on this path combining my two loves, music and yoga, and sharing with others the incredible power of chant — the power to uplift, heal, and transform.

Nicole: Chanting connects me to a place of pure love. It opens my heart in a beautiful way where I feel so connected to my higher self and yet so free at the same time. I discovered my voice through this practice, and it has opened me up to a whole new expression of who I really am. When I close my eyes and sing from my heart it takes me away to a different place. There is a real power in it which is beyond understanding. The whole point is to move away from the mind and into the heart.

Sarab Deva: I chant first and foremost as a way to connect to the divine aspects within me. It is through that connection that I can be reminded of where I come from, who I am and of what my soul ‘purpose’ for existing on this earthly plane is. And as part of that ‘purpose’ I chant and use my voice to help to develop, evolve and to heal others because through this I am developing, evolving and healing myself. It is my intention to empower people, to give them the tools to connect to that divinity within themselves. Also to remind them where they come from, who they are, and what their soul purpose is and that they are far more powerful than they realize.

Jeanne Frost: I heard someone describe chanting as “Ecstasy for the Soul”.  How perfect.  How do you explain to someone who’s never been to a kirtan, how it makes you feel?  It’s sound, it’s compassion, it’s vibration, it’s a lullaby, it’s an entire symphony in your heart,  it’s love……..it’s music.  Music in any form is therapeutic, and even if you don’t know the words, or can’t sing a note, there’s no judgement, it’s just pure love.  Even if you can’t dance, there’s something about the rhythm that just makes you want to get up and dance.  There is so much to be thankful for, and it’s  just a beautiful  way  of expressing that gratitude.

Nov. 19-20 Jim Beckwith

Nov. 24 Sharetan

Dec. 7 Ashley & Special Guest

Dec. 14 -15 Girish

Dec. 16th The Daily Love: Enter The Heart Tour

Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Ceremony

Jan. 4 Ashley & Special Guest

Jan 31-Feb. 2 Saul David Raye

Feb. 21-23 Denise Kaufman

March 9 TBA

March 28-30 Govind-Das & Radha

May 23 TBA