Yoga of Kirtan by Steven Rosen
INCLUDES FULL LENGTH COMPILATION KIRTAN CD
Kirtan and yoga are spiritual practices that originated in the mystic East. In fact, kirtan—singing for the Divine—is a form of yoga that engages the heart, evoking emotion and joy. The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting will introduce readers, many for the first time, to this blissful yogic tradition.
Here we learn of kirtan’s history and origins, its different musical forms, and the instruments used in its performance. But, most importantly, in The Yoga of Kirtan we hear the voices of kirtan yogis from ages past. They reach out to us through the hearts and minds of their present-day representatives, such as Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Vaiyasaki Das, Ragani, and David Newman, among others.
Through the insights of these modern-day chanters, we get a peek into the ecstasy of the chanting process. By allowing us to eavesdrop on their intimate conversations with Vaishnava scholar Steven Rosen, they unlock the mysteries of this age-old yogic tradition, helping us to see why chanting is indeed yoga, and how easy and pleasurable it is to perform.
1. Ragani, “Hare Krishna Govinda” (7:16) From the album “Ancient Spirit” (Kirtan Café, Vol. II).
2. Dave Stringer, “Devakinandana Gopala (minor)” (8:27) From the album “Mala.”
3. David Newman, “Sita-Ram” (4:43) From the album “Lotus Feet: A Kirtan Revolution.”
4. Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, “Bhajarangi Hanuman” (6:07) From the album “Calling the Spirits.”
5. Krishna Das, “Jaya Bhagavan” (4:47) A previously unreleased live recording.
6. Dravida Das, “Namaste Sri Radhe” (3:23) From the Temple Bhajan Band.
7. Havi Das, “Nam-Sankirtan” (4:43) From the album “Bhakti: Devotional Chants from India.
8. Keshav Das, “Govinda Jaya Jaya” (4:34) From the album “Barefoot in the Heart.”
9. Jai Uttal, “Radha Rani” (9:18) From the album “Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant.”
10. Karnamrita Dasi, “The Glories of Sri Radha” (4:07) From the album “Dasi: Prayers by Women.”
11. Vaiyasaki Das, “Radhe Radhe Shyam Milade” (12:18) From the album “Transcendence.”
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