Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time, with over 300,000 records sold. KD’s 2012 musical release ‘Live Ananda’ has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. This album captures the depth and spirit of the group of chanters on a 3 -day retreat in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Krishna Das accompanied by tabla, khol mridanga, bass, violin, flute, and cymbals, blends the musical and spiritual tradition of the east with the voice of the west to create this rendition of call-and-response chanting that lead us into Ananda – Happiness and our true state of Being.
Krishna Das and Ram Dass are longtime friends, and each year KD leads evening Kirtan at the Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat on Maui. Chanting (Kirtan) is a part of the path of Devotional Yoga: “The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. These chants have no meaning other than the experience that we have by doing them. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it’s not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It’s just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing.”
We are excited to announce that KD has released a new online offering, Live Workshop Downloads. In order to share Krishna Das’ teaching with a larger audience, audio recordings of KD’s workshops from all around the world are now available. The workshops vary in topic as they revolve around questions from participants.
Krishna Das brings a lifetime of experience on the path into an intimate workshop setting. These workshops offer Krishna Das’ unique, down-to-earth understanding of the many challenges we face on the spiritual path: the buildup of fear, anxiety, stress, judgment and negative emotions. Whether you are just starting a spiritual practice, or are a lifelong practitioner, Krishna Das offers great insight into the journey of walking through life with an open heart. Recorded from all over the world, these workshops revolve around questions from participants. They often include discussion about life and the spiritual path, stories about Krishna Das’ Guru, Maharaj-ji, readings from spiritual traditions, and how to use practice to develop awareness of the obstacles around our innate sense of well-being.
Watch a video below of a workshop where KD talks about how he first heard chanting in India and how he started chanting himself. Recorded in Bridgehampton, NY Sep 2010.
“If we know anything about a path at all, it’s only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow. So, in the same way that they wish for us, we wish that all beings everywhere, including ourselves, be safe, be happy, have good health, and enough to eat. And may we all live at ease of heart with whatever comes to us in life.”
- Kirtan closing prayer by KD