In this podcast I comment on what makes for a smooth recording experience! So the last four days have been intense, we have been recording tracks on twelve songs for the upcoming song album Unity Hours IV. With such great local musicians such as Jantien Vandenberg (wind and cello), Adam Rowat (Electric and double bass), Paul Mahony (drums and percussion) and Kavita Neumannova (khol drum and Percussion), we have successfully put down the core instruments on these songs. We also had the help of the Brendan Treacy who gave so much support in everything we needed outside of the recording studio and of course Martin our sound engineer helping things move along so nicely at Malbay Studios. I end with an uplifting kiirtan track from Unity Ours III.
In this podcast I share three unexpected but very poignant experiences touched me deeply: How a horse shared his feelings with me.. how I received a poem of Saskia's at the perfect time... and how my fields recordings of kiirtan team lifted my spirits...click here to see at 8min the Rupapaita kiirtan team at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHsQBgcV5Js
Tonight's podcast is a bit of a catch up on what happened over the weekend with the Kiirtan Academy's second session with Balalkrishna, the Sisters Prout Conference and also whats going to be happening over the next few weeks and months. Theres some exciting new recordings and exciting new courses coming up on Musical Theory, Harmonium, Leadership and Rarhi Kiirtan at the Kiirtan Academy. I end with last night's kiirtan from Dada Danaviira and Balakrishna. The last kiirtan is called 'Womens Rising Kiirtan' by me in honour of the Prout sisters. Check out the New Courses here: www.kiirtanacademy.com
If you love to listen to kiirtan while you are working or quietly when meditating to going through the night when sleeping, then you could listen to Avarta Kiirtan I II and II. With the help of Jayadiip these three albums have been collated and are now on You Tube. As I have said previously they are a fundraiser also so if you are able a donation would be appreciated as all profits go to three different children's social service projects, one in Haiti, one is Afrika and one in Ireland. Heres the YouTube link; https://youtu.be/ZjiP1Ltb5k8
Balakrishna shares with us his experience of the supra aesthetic science of kiirtan. He talks about folk songs from his indigenous Bete language, and how the symbolism relates very much to his relationship with the Unknown Traveller. He says that the blues come from slavery and how it expresses pain but that it is offered to the Highest Entity, and therefore there is also hope, and underlying that, there is joy. So beneath the pain there is also joy. I end with a kiirtan of mine from Avarta Kiirtan II album. Click below for more info https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
At the Kiirtan Academy on Friday night Balakrishna tells the story of how he overcame shyness against all odds. He plays kiirtan with incredible ideation that came about from his many miraculous experiences. I start the podcast with him singing kiirtan and end with Anandii singing kiirtan as Balakrishna jams with her. www.kiirtanacademy.com
Lani lead the Dance of the Rainbow session in honour of Saskia on Sunday for the local community in Mount Shannon. As so many of us have disassociated ourselves from our bodies in this technological world, Lani speaks of how creativity can be expressed through ritual movement and particular music can bring you in touch with different parts of your body, and much more. The kiirtan at the end, called Surrender Kiirtan from Avarta Kiirtan 1 that Saskia sang on, can be purchased here: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c You can find Lanis Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Rainbow-Holistic-Well-Being-Movement/dp/1856355462
It's wonderful to speak to Anandii again as she shares her experiences with being part of the organising committee for the upcoming ProutSisters Retreat July 17 - 18 online. With three speakers from the Navdanya 'Conserving diversity and reclaiming commons' and others, its likely to be a brilliant event. Anandii ends with a beautiful kiirtan she recently composed. Find out more:https://proutsisters.com/
Nkhil Creates Art with the intention of Truth and Service - and his paintings are being Exhibited at La Galleria, Pall Mall until the 14th of July. In this podcast he speaks about integration, simplicity, truth, honesty, falling in love with art, dropping vibrational bombs and his very exciting journey as an artist. He ends with a wonderful kiirtan he wrote during LFT (Local Full time training), yoga lifestyle training. See more here: https://www.royalartsprize.com/?fbclid=IwAR1cQEIp-H1CRNwhYUvpwRzd2DpseRoBp8xPlvcmOvmQvnHaid_ypt8r_fI
Aaron stayed at the farm recently and helped us record the third Avarta Kiirtan album, singing and playing oud and gembri (African bass instrument) on it. He and Saskia sang the vocal harmonies. Then he embarked on a whole new phase in his life by going to work in Sicily as a volunteer in an inspiring social service project for teenagers. He is so inspired that he decided to stay there and work as an LFT (Local Full time volunteer in Ananda Marga) in September. Meanwhile he is also writing beautiful songs and kiirtans. Listen to one here.
Govinda's spiritual/social journey is fascinating - from being a vegetarian at an early age, an engineer, climber, diver, being at the forefront of various service projects, such as the purchase of the jagriti (yoga Centre), "Food For all" (Health food shop), and soup kitchens in London. He is also a practitioner of microvita meditation given personally by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. In this podcast Govinda here recalls the history of Ananda Marga in London region and ends with some beautiful spiritual stories. I end with playing a kiirtan recording of the late Divyamshu, which Govinda loves.
The RAWA Global events (beginning in May 2020 to the present) bring a feeling of connection, of friendship, that we are not alone anywhere in the universe, says Dadao. This inspiration is so much needed these days. He started with encouraging his friends to just use their phones on this FB platform to perform and share all forms of art, dance, music and drama, etc, online in a very supportive environment. The last concert included Carolina Wajnerman, singer/song writer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I end with a short kiirtan that Dadao sang but due to sound issues I cut it short, and added a recording of his kiirtan, we recorded together on my Brazil album in 2011 .
Tonight I opened the book Light Comes' at some random page and it opened at page 158 and so I read the quote. It was perfect, so I shared it. At the end I sing one kiirtan from Unity Hours II, called 'The Letter kiirtan' available on all music media platforms.
Jiivan is always a joy to chat with, he really has a way with words, the gift of the gab you could say. So tonight we break some stereotypes people might have about Irish summer, then about how the first open Mic Kiirtan Night went, the new album coming up, the Covid situation in Ireland and much more. I end with the Irish Travelling Kiirtan, available on all music media and the collection at https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
Niitimayii works for Meditation Steps that is in Russian and English, a channel dedicated to revealing the essence of Yoga. She is passionate about Spreading Kiirtan all over the globe, and she is doing it! Listen her inspirational stories and kiirtan,
Didi Ananda Manika was in London from 2005 -the present day, when I was doing a PhD there. She is a very loving, humble and wise person with a very intimate relationship with Baba. We are inspired by her courage, caring nature and devotion in so many ways. In this podcast Didi shares her experiences as a child growing up in a Margii family during the Emergency when Baba was in jail. She also shares how she went for training to become a yogic nun at a very young age. The way she overcame so many challenges such as shyness, is deeply moving. I end with the song Tumi Kathay that we recorded together in London with the RAWA group around 2008.
What can anyone expect visiting the guru for the first time in India? No matter how high my expectations were, what I received exceeded anything I could have imagined. I had three transformational experiences, the last being, placing my first cassette, called Occen into Babas hands. I also want to welcome everyone to our first open Mic Kiirtan Nite on Saturday, at 8pm Irish time. I end by sharing a song from Occen called 'Weak for the Want of You' soon to be available on Spotify and presently available on Innersong.US
Listening to Kiirtan from Congo is awesome!. I first heard it on Online Kiirtan for the Universe FB page. The person behind all this is Ashok, a senior Margii, who writes Kiirtan and promotes it every day. I just found out that they often go to the villages ands record Baba Nam Kevalam kiirtan in traditional tunes and with local instruments. Ashok shares his unique perspective on the value of Kiirtan as well as other devotional gems. Theres also the RAWA group that has recorded over 20 albums. Listen here to one of his recordings from Congo.
The first two Unity Hours albums were written and recorded in London during my PhD years. Unity Hours III, was written and recorded in Aotearoa, NZ and the fourth or Unity Hours IV, will be recorded in Ireland, where I have been for the past three years or more. Tonight I talk a little about the songs in this upcoming album. I end with a demo of 'We are Not Alone"
The launch of Penelope Easten's new book titled The Alexander Technique - Twelve Fundamentals of Integrated Movement is a momentous occasion. It is also the most comprehensive book out there as well as a dream come true for Penelope. Yet it was not easy sailing, it is in fact, the result of a life times work of research, practice and experience in the Alexander Technique. I end the podcast with a gentle kiirtan called 'Gold from my 'Dancing Divinity' album available at www.innersong.com. Click below to find out more about Penelope's new book: https://www.handspringpublishing.com/product/the-alexander-technique/
Abdur was born in Mayanar and had to go to Bangladesh and now is in Ireland. Its been a long journey for him and here Abdur shares a little of his experience in Ireland. He ends by talking about the music he loves especially Lalan Giiti, songs that have a very significant message for him. I have recorded a bit of it here for you and am leaving a link to the song with English subtitles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibQepZpG2ns
Nina is a language teacher and has been volunteering at the farm for about ten days. She talks about her background and her experience at the farm as well as her first experience of kiirtan. She ends by singing a lovely song.
Vinay Speaks about his experiences with Kiirtan, keeping the rhythm in your hands and how devotional associations with the kiirtan tunes has an uplifting effect. He gives the example of one of George Harrisons Kiirtans that he plays and sings the Baba Nam Kevalam mantra to. I end with my rendition of a kiirtan that he played, a golden oldie, from Australia or NZ in the 70s. Click below to join the Kiirtan Academy: https://www.kiirtanacademy.com/sales-pageup9kdkx2
Vinay gives a condensed version of what is Performance Anxiety from a Gestalt Perspective with some examples from his own experience. He also talks about Space Bubbles, and the importance of growing your energetic presence in performance. Vinay shares some wonderful tips on how to create and expand it in performance. He ends with one of his favourite kiirtans. To check out the Kiirtan Academy click below: https://www.kiirtanacademy.com/sales-pageup9kdkx2
Justine is the Director of St Ethelburgas, Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London and an exceptional human being who lives her passion for the divine through dance, meditation and building bridges between people of different cultural backgrounds. Here Justine shares with insight and humour her own background, her experiences as a dancer, corporate banker and a Sufi - and how the ordinary and the ecstatic can come together. I end with a kiirtan called Ananda Sutram from the Dharmacakra album available through my website. www.jyoshnamusic.com. Find out more about Justines' work at St Ethelburgas at: www.https://stethelburgas.org/
Satya is an Engineer and lifelong Yogi, who was previously working in the Military but now in Leadership Coaching roles. With her skills and knowledge she works with people to help them overcome fears and in this way to discover and fulfil their highest purpose in life. She gives some practical examples of her work and also shares some kiirtan experiences especially in Heart Circles, a process instigated by the late Dada Pranakrishna from the USA. This podcast ends with a Kiirtan by Satya called 'Heart Drop Within'.
Didi gives some Meditation techniques that Bring out the Best in You and Create Opportunities For Release of Grief, Fostering Growth and Expansion. I end with the Kiirtan "If I would swim the Ocean kiirtan" from Avarta Kiirtan III that Saskia sang on. Click Below for More information. https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
The shraddha ceremony (Yogic Funeral) was performed at Sunrise Farm on Sunday, led by Didi Ananda Prama, with about 50 people participating. Jiivan and I discuss this and he shares his understanding of Saskias passing. The podcast ends with a song or Blessing that Peneleapai sang. Click below to hear the kiirtan that Saskia liked very much called Children's Kiirtan March starts at 19:20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzdQFAW6ac&t=3087ss
Mount Shannon Arts has dedicated this very significant festival to Saskia Byrne as she was a great supporter of the festival, and an artist, singer and dancer herself. This is the 25th anniversary of the the Mount Shannon Arts Festival and it's full of diverse, colourful, and inspiring events. A groups of us are singing there tomorrow by the lake, Check it out at www.mountshannonarts.ie. `
Tonight I reflect on a few blissful experiences singing with Saskia - We did three collaborative musical projects together in s group, over five years. The profits from each album go to different social service projects around the globe for children. Click here to see more about these kiirtan projects: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
Saskia Byrne was a beacon of light in so many peoples lives. Last night so many members of her local cmmunity came together at Adrainas house to honour her and share our love and experiences with her. Tonight a few of us also share our experiences with her, how she forged deep meaningful connections with people and between people. She was a lovely, welcoming person who inspired others through her warmth, kindness, her singing, art and other wonderful qualities. Some of John O'Donohue's poems were read and a few chants were sung: 'Tiny Green Island', 'Ami Tomake Bhalo Basi Baba' (I love you most beloved) and 'Ocean of my dreams'. Our love and support go out to her family, Jano, Tarka, Mum and Afrika at this painful time. We feel so much love and gratitude for the gifts she brought to all of us.
From my Understanding there are Five Primary Ways Baba has contributed to Kiirtan.. including Kiirtan dance or Laliita Marmika created by Parvati.. Then I sing the most popular Birthday song in Prabhat Samgiit no 135. If you want the musical notation just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight I sing Janama Lagane, A Birthday song, less well known, but divine nevertheless. Do you want the musical scores of Janama Lagane (134), Janma Dine (135) and Tumi Jakhan Esechile (903)? I have transcribed these three songs from recordings by Dada Priyashivananda's recordings and had them checked by Madhumita in NZ with the Bengali notation. They are transcribed in western notation with guitar chords as close to the original as possible. So if you would like a copy just email me at: email@example.com. Thanks.
Today is a momentous occasion, one that will not repeat on this earth, the celebration of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijis 100th Birthday. We are all overjoyed and singing kiirtan all over the planet, online and live. The Kiirtan Academy's gift to Baba was a collaborative video called Babas 100th Birthday Kiirtan which is on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYEAiu48Yyk&lc=UgwhBtCPP2YRtO-Biph4AaABAg
Anchal came from a Hindu family in India, and Pauls family are also from India, but he was born in the UK. Anchal and Paul's stories about how they both came to the spiritual path are fascinating, inspiring and informative I end with a song from Prabhat Samgiita called 'Pita Mata Bandhu Sakha', by Anjali and myself.
The Embodiment of Bliss documentary brought back some very poignant reminders of how it was for me, being with Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji (Baba) over 15 years on this planet. It also made me remember what it took to get to where we are today. I end with the song 'Light House on the Cliff' from 'Reign of Love' album.
'When Will I' is a song off 'Longing', and was inspired by the Children's Nursery Rhyme 'Babes in the Woods'. Then I sing the 'Spring' song or Vasanteri Agamane by P.R.Sarkar and relish in the meaningful images of nature reflecting different nuances of devotional love. The image below is a rare and beautiful "Babes in Wood" 1890s edition (found at The Baldwin Library).
I am inspired to ponder the idea of spiritual ecology today and am singing a few original songs from the album 'Longing' that come to mind such as 'Never Doubt You' aka 'Kennedys Bay' and 'Do I Exist' aka 'Is there Moonlight Without Sunshine'
Jenny is new to Sunrise Farm but she is truly at one with the flow of the Irish landscape. Tonight Jenny speaks about some amazing spiritual ecology projects that she has initiated, such as a Seasonal Nature Wheel and Grief Circles. Check them out at www.primitivkollektiv.org and www.atreecalledlife.net. I end with a song from an early album Magnificence, called 'Pillars of Faith.
In this interview we hear how Lydia, who is a trained Teacher from Spain, came and set up Sunrise Kindy. She talks about how the children need the safety and freedom to develop their imagination. Lydia describes the beautiful natural surroundings at Sunrise and different activities she creates for them to explore and express themselves. Lastly she talks about how the profits from Avarta Kiirtan III can aid Sunrise by providing the much needed materials and resources for the new extension and playground. I end with a song by children at Vistara School in Lismore from the album Earths Heart Calling. To purchase the Avarat Kiirtan Collection click here: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
Tonight Dada Gunamuktanandaji speaks about the process of making the film of Babas life, the exhibition as well as the Puja Table Book that goes with it. For Dada and others of the P.R.Sarkar Institute its being four years of blissful and at times challenging work. Everyone is excited to see the new release on the 23rd, 26th and 30th May. Registration for the screenings is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embodiment-of-bliss-tickets-150313536835
The profits from Avarta Kiirtan II is contributing towards fighting malnutrition in Kenya by providing nutritious spirulina, a 'superfood' for children. It has so much protein and is excellent for boosting the immune system and increasing energy levels. By purchasing the Collection you are helping them to recover from disease and malnutrition. Click below to check it out, thank you:https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c.
All profits from Avarta Kiirtan I album go to help the children at the Children's home in Haiti. Its a miracle to hear about how the children's lives have been transformed by love, music, nutritious food and spirituality. They have come from very challenging backgrounds and circumstances and still have the feeling to look after each other as a family and to feel compassion for others.
The Launch of Avarta Kiirtan Collection is Today and its also the Birthday of Michael Lloyd, a dear friend and producer of many of my music albums. He mixed the latest Avarta Kiirtan III as well. As I have said before, when you buy this Kiirtan collection you are supporting three really amazing social service projects locally and globally. Truly a joyful day and something to celebrate. To check out the New Avarta Kiirtan Collection and the service projects it supports, click below. Thank you. https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagef4j7tl4c
The Avarta Kiirtan Collection of three albums is due to be launched any day- and the beautiful thing is that each sale goes towards three different service Projects - The Children's Home in Haiti, The Spirulina Project in West Africa and the Sunrise Kindy at Ananda Bharatii in County Clare.
Is this subject close to the bone for you? as Being Vegan becomes more and more Prevalent Worldwide. Dave Sheahan has 25 years experience working with people of diverse backgrounds to realise their full potential in terms of health, fitness, diet, sleep, etc.
For those of you who would have liked to have been with us but couldnt, here is the recording of Tinku's shraddha ceremony, lead by Didi Anandaprama. The shraddha ceremony starts at 30 mins. At first there is with kiirtan, then samgaccadvam (Vedas) then meditation (cut out), then Guru Puja followed by the shraddha ceremony. Then there was time for sharing, first by me, then Shivanii and finally Didi Anandaprama ending with kiirtan. Present in the room were: Lydia, Rama Deva, Kavita, Isabel (for a short time), Brigunath, Didi Anandaprama and me. Shivanii Cameron was with us online from Australia.
In this podcast I am honouring my dear friend Sanjay Kumar Mahato (Tinku). It is a great loss to his family, friends, village, and the world. Below is the link to Tinkus Shraddha Ceremony on Sunday the 2nd May at 6.30 Irish time. All welcome!
Meeting ID: 917 2575 7880. Passcode: 446484. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab2gSe3xAd
Unity in Diversity - Being with Tinku, one can really grow in understanding of cultural diversity. Such amazing opportunities are priceless. The Zoom link for Tinkus shraddha (funeral) ceremony online is at 6.30 Irish time. Here it is below:
Shivanii is a wonderful film maker and devotee and today she's sharing some incredible stories particularly about the disadvantaged people of Purulia and how she and Tinku were able to help them. Heres the zoom link for Tinku's Shraddha Ceremony or Funeral tomorrow night 6.30 pm Irish time. Time: May 2, 2021 06:30 PM Dublin https://zoom.us/j/91725757880?pwd=UFlmenZ3d01mZEsxc05kc2gvSWdHdz09
Tonight Madhumita and I talk about our experiences with Tinku, about his knowledge of Rarh, his kindness, broadmindedness and his love of his people and culture. She ends with a beautiful kiirtan of her own. Heres the zoom link to come to Tinku's Shraddha (Ananda Marga Funeral) Ceremony on Sunday night 6.30 pm Irish time. Everyone welcome! https://zoom.us/j/91725757880?pwd=UFlmenZ3d01mZEsxc05kc2gvSWdHdz09
In this podcast Jiivan and I chat about his experiences that prompted feelings of gratitude and about our service projects that have inspired us to create new kiirtan albums. I end with the kiirtan that Jiivan mentioned called 'On the Way to Meetas' on Avarta Kiirtan II.
Gaotamii's new book is called My Little Trail of Crumbs to the Lotus Feet of the Lord.. The Beloved's Beloved. Gaotamii left this world recently and her husband Viveka, sent me this beautiful book. I remember her as someone who was a great inspiration to me and many others with her deep and unswerving devotion. She was also a very kind, honest and welcoming person. I will never forget her devotional zeal and her warm hospitality and her stories reflect that, they are a timeless treasure of a true devotee. I end with a kiirtan from my album Rarhi Dreams, called Moonlight Kiirtan.
This is Podcast no 265, and the first of the last 100 Podcasts, that I am counting down till I finish 100 days from now! I am relieved and excited. In this podcast Christina talks about the Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian Modes, demonstrating each one on the harp and giving the associative emotional and physical responses from her experience and research. This is priceless knowledge, and very applicable to the practice of kiirtan where we can devise a way to choose a particular tune to fit a certain situation and mood.
Heres a short and inspiring except from Christina Tourin's Presentation on Emotion and Modes at the Kiirtan Academy on Friday night. It was incredible, both for its content and its music. Here Christina gives an introduction to modes and demonstrates them on her beautiful harp.
Christina Tourin is someone I greatly admire as she is a woman who is living her dreams, sharing her knowledge, experience, research and her beautiful music. Over the past 28 years she has built up the International Harp Therapy programme that serves people in every continent of the world. Tonight I talk briefly about her amazing, informative and inspirational presentation at the Kiirtan Academy Monthly Satsaung session.
Tonight I speak a little about the books I have here for my three year old daughter from the library and how they reflect the inequality of gender roles in our society. Why is it that way? Having so few female characters in children's books who go on exciting mysterious adventures, that are strong leaders and have high aspirations is an indication of why women in society feel like minorities, and are still treated like second hand citizens. Not only girls need to see role models as leaders but boys too so that we can learn to work together. A bird cannot fly on one wing, so lets support girls empowerment.. its much more fun and progressive.
Shivanii is a very inspiring woman from South Africa now living in Australia. Today she shares some insights into her Indian background, and how to overcome dogma and judgement. She also shares her inspiration gained at the Kiirtan Course about how to include kiirtan in her Women's 8 Step Empowerment Programme. She ends with a kiirtan improvisation with a Middle eastern flavour.
Thanks to all the participants of the Third Kiirtan Academy Course for a wonderful evening of music and satsaung. Here I share briefly what happened on the last night and how each member contributed. At the end I share a kiirtan from the soon to be released Avarta Kiirtan III album. bnk
I talk briefly about all the children's books (for ages 3- 5) that I have gathered together from the library to read to Isabel. I am amazed how approx. 90 percent of these children's books have males as the main characters. This made me reflect on how this might impact on us as young girls and later as women, leading to feeling that we are a minority in society when in reality we are 50 percent or thereabouts in society. This is the 21st century and gender equality is still not reflected in our toddlers books.
Maetreyii says she has little musical experience but still she is creating kiirtan videos on You Tube to share with others her beautiful kiirtans. Listen here to Maetreyii and Anandii's enchanting sounds. Their You Tube Channel is at: https://youtu.be/46orw4iY-sk
I didn't know what to say tonight so I picked a booklet called "Light Comes" by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti and opened it up at this page and read it out. It's one fo the most optimistic, hopeful, quotations I have ever read and I want to share it with you.I end with an old bhajan I wrote years ago and a kiirtan.
I talk briefly about the gratitude I feel for each and everyone who has contributed to the Kiirtan Academy so far. I touch on what are some of the topics that we have covered and hows it all going? I end with 'Consciousness Kiirtan'
I love being co-mother to Isabel, its amazing, its taught me so much about love, but It hasn't all been plain sailing. Tonight I talk about a few things Ive learnt over these past three years. I end with a song with lyrics by my mother Toni La Trobe. Check out the Kiirtan Course here: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagebfstu4s8
Tonight I share a couple fo excerpts of African Kiirtan from 'Online Kiirtan for The Universe' on FB - I love the sound of these two kiirtaniyas. Touhouri Bailley is from the Ivory Coast originally and has an amazing blues voice and guitar style. Eustache Otielli is from the Congo and has an incredible finger picking style and the vocal harmonies are wonderful! Listen here..
Brahmanii speaks about kiirtan as the most brilliant way to get into your most joyful, soulful side. She speaks abut her experience of kiirtan as something into which you can be absorbed, where all sense of judgement falls away so then the "kirtan plays me", not the other way around. Listen to her play violin on the recording of Women Rising Kiirtan.
Vinay has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with us, having practiced Ananda Marga kiirtan and meditation as well as Gestalt therapy well over 40 years. One of the questions I ask him is about how to deal with a common issues among performers and thats, performance anxiety. He makes some very compassionate and practical suggestions. Vinay will be giving a session at the Kiirtan academy Monthly sessions in June. Listen to his enlightening interview here.
Kamala shares with us her experiences doing Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiit for Baba. She also talks about Collective Kiirtan at the Mela and how shifted the energy to an incredibly high vibration, where many healings occurred. Another thought provoking topic, related to recent events and Covid was about social discipline and how to see the bigger picture so that a country or region can stay safe, and have a sense of being united.
I ask the question because you may not have thought about it. I discuss some of the topics that we are going to share with you, our experiences and what you can expect from the Course. As its out third, its also the last of its kind, so would encourage you to just jump in. This Course will give you plenty of food for thought and experiences that you desire in order to really improve and expand your knowledge of kiirtan.
Its so fascinating to study the structure of Rarhi kiirtan (North east India) as it provides a model for anyone who want to adapt a devotional song to kiirtan. They take a devotional song and adapt it to their kiirtans using the traditional rhythms for example. To keep the original melody as well as the rhythms of the songs intact while adapting it to the kiirtan is very important I feel. But theres also scope for improvisation, elaboration and embellishment of the original melody in the kiirtan. I am at the very beginning stages adapting Prabhat Samgiit songs to Kiirtan but its very exciting, and I feel so blessed to have studied Rarhi Kiirtan as its so helpful. I end by singing Vasanteria agamane kiirtan. Check out the kiirtan academy Online Course on April 5th till 11th. Click here: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagebfstu4s8
Tinku has been a great support and inspiration to me over the years. He's the head man of his village, a very warm, generous person, with a great rapport with others. We unravelled the secret supra aesthetics science of Rarhi Kiirtan together, step by step over the years. Through endless hours of observations, interviews, and learning with the masters we enjoyed each others company. Working with him was one of the best collaborative experiences of my life. We also talk about the social service projects he is doing there including supporting those who have had leprosy, living in an ashram near his village. At the end I play a Baul song, from a concert Tinku sent me recently.
After a Transcendental Experience on Mayor Island, Viirabhadra was catapulted into a new way of Being- a Powerful feeling of Sacredness, Respect and Love for Nature, opening up doors of the mind to receive knowledge in different ways and to communicate with all of life. Click here to listen to his music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06pMHe-w88
Mudita talks about the recent rape case in Australian Parliament, not just one incident either. According to news accounts, Australian parliamentary culture has a history of bullying women, just think of Julia Gillard for example. People are out in the streets protesting, saying.. Enough is Enough.. Mudita connects that with her own experiences of sexual abuse in the army. She then talks about the healing work that she does with women, healing the inner child with love and toning, a system of sounding musical tones.. that results in shifts of attention, awareness, and consciousness.
Part I- Viirabhadra was lead to Aotearoa to revive sacred knowledge of plants and animals of this native land. He started his work teaching Yoga, became a Homeopath and then embarked on this even more subtle creative journey. His art and music reflect his deep love, respect and intuitive understanding of many of its inherent healing qualities. Click the link below to listen to his beautiful music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAZ3dFYeKeU
The Ten Don'ts of Kiirtan are a reminder of things that we DO want in Kiirtan, like an ecstatic flow, spiritual ideation, continuous harmonious sound, and sublime melodies. Listen here and send your voice message. I end with the Kiirtan called 'Finally' from the album Era Dynamic available on my website firstname.lastname@example.org
Liilavati is sharing her life experiences and wisdom on this day before her birthday. Having had an amazing life amongst the stars, she also speaks about the hard times as well. Having suffered from depression she says "kiirtan just lifts me.... we do have to have those conversations about the hard stuff" and being a meditator she says, "We have to have something that we can turn to" and there are many more jewels in this podcast.....I end with a song I wrote called Lily and the Moon recorded in the 90's, with lyrics that reflect Liilavati's words.
240-241/365 The live launch of "Avarta Kiirtan III" has been a long time coming. But last night we pulled it off giving all of our hearts, minds and soul's into it. We were six musicians, one videographer, one sound man, one baby sitter, one speaker, two as our audience and everyone working together to make it happen. The online audience was from all over the globe, and much support was received for our new educational projects at Sunrise. Thank you very much for all your very generous donations. The names of the Kiirtans in order are: 1. Kiirtan from a Dream. 2. If I Would Swim the Ocean Kiirtan. 3. She Ain't Heavy Kiirtan. 4. Vaasanteri Agamane Kiirtan. 5. I love you Baba Kiirtan. 6 Neko Kiirtan. 7.Kiirtan for Meditation - Glorious Kiirtan.
Heres a very brief recap of our Kiirtan Academy session last night, making kiirtan from some diviine Prabhat Samgiit songs. And remember to come to our the Online Kiirtan Concert tomorrow night! all welcome! Click below for the link on my facebook event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/129911842381925
Kiirtan is a subtle science and there's a depth of musical thought, intuition and science that goes into creating a successful sequence. This is something we are doing now as we prepare for the Kiirtan concert on Saturday and the launch of Avarta Kiirtan III at Sunrise. I hope you get something out of this podcast and come to join us on Saturday.
This Saturday Night, we are having a Kiirtan Concert and live album launch for our new educational service projects at Sunrise. We are all getting involved to make this happen. We would love your support and your participation. In this podcast Aaron speaks about his musical instruments and we play a kiirtan that is included in the new kiirtan album. All welcome!
Aaron is nearby Sunrise Farm, Ireland yet his musical passions are far from local. He plays the Middle eastern Oud and African Bembri, as well as guitar. He also shares a love of kiirtan and tells of his experience when, one day, like the flick of a switch he could feel so much bliss. This also transformed his performance of the other music he plays such as Somali songs on his You Tube Channel. Click below to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8bocuiMwmya_c-VWothuQ
Inga is a brilliant classically trained violinist, yet in her free time she listens only to Kiirtan. She talks about her musical background, her tough musical training and her innovative approach to violin in the entertainment industry. During lockdown she has set up her own studio for live streaming as well her own academy called Strings Academy Online. She gains inspiration from her favourite Kiirtan artists. I end with a track from Avarta Kiirtan II where she plays violin. You can find out more about her work at: https://strings-academy-online.business.site/ and FB @ingamarcel. Her Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ingamarcel/videos
How many times have you been saved by your HP? Personally I can't remember how many. Thats my point. Most of us don't remember often enough to connect with our HP. But when we do, its magical how it works in creating joy in our lives.
Mignon Mukti is from South Africa. Her life and songs have been about the struggle of all people's to gain equality. But this album is about bringing people together to experience kindness and unity. Check out this beautiful album on Bandcamp and spotify. https://mignonmukti.bandcamp.com/
Liilamaya shares his extensive knowledge of herbs and the social and health benefits of alcohol free cocktails. He shares some innovative and delicious non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, such as Cosmopolitan (Cosmo), Margarita (Marga Sita), Pina Colada, and Momet- Um- Tea to stimulate our appetites. I then end with a kiirtan he requested called 'Children's Kiirtan March' from my 'Live in Brasil' album.
Anjali is a brilliant singer/songwriter from the US. We have been friends for many years and collaborators since 2005. Here I answer Anjali's questions about my background, music and what inspired me to instigate the kiirtan Academy. I end with a recording of 'Snow Leopard' as its one song that she quotes from.
Balakrishna is from the Bete tribe in Ivory Coast, a place that is renowned for its music-.culture. He infuses his kiirtan with his musical roots and his unique relationship with his guru. This interview is full of gems - he talks about having a conversation with the Beloved in kiirtan. The wisdom he shares is priceless. He ends with a beautiful kiirtan with a soulful blues feel to it.
Delicious to eat, simple to make and healthy for our bodies, what more could you want in a birthday meal.? It was Didi's birthday today so everyone contributed something to the meal including good vibes. Maetrii and Ramadevas recipe was both creative and traditional, so I asked them to share it with you. Here Metrii gives us the recipe. I end with a kiirtan that I feel goes with what Maetri said about food and love... Sweet Longing Kiirtan from Unity Hours III. To check it out click below.https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/launch-page-111o46ugj
Tonight Didi talks about three wonderful recipes using Chick Pea Flour as the main ingredient. They are simple and fast to make yet very tasty and nutritious. I end with her favourite kiirtan called Kiirtan for Dad.
on Saturday I could really feel the effects of ekadashi, I was feeling quite down, and it wasn't until I went to the Kiirtan Academy and had some beautiful satsaung and kiirtan that I noticed that those feelings ahd completely gone. The Net Course is on March 15th so if you feel that your kiirtan isnt what you want it to be, then come and enjoy this transformational experience. I end with a devotional song called The First Time. To find out more about the Kiirtan academy course check this out: https://youtu.be/tVhSKBTeuCk
Our musical session at the farm yesterday was a real expression of diversity in musical collaboration or diversity in unity. Listen here to the kiirtan we came up with, to create a joyful and loving atmosphere.
Up until just three years ago, after spending time as a gardener, an artist, singer in choirs, and yoga instructor, Latika found her self pouring out beautiful kiirtans. Listen to her tell her story. She ends with a gorgeous kiirtan that she wrote.
During COVID Acarya Chirainjivii has "no time to bake bread" as he's in the medical profession yet he still takes the time to nurture his, and others, spiritual and musical growth doing Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita. He ends with singing a beautiful kiirtan by Bhagavan Das and himself.
Dada Danaviira is from the Phillippines and his love of kiirtan makes it a joy to listen to. His rock and reggae guitar influences mixed with his own style and plenty of devotion make his kiirtan very danceable and rich. Here we are talking about his musical background, his service programmes and his wonderful Baba dreams. He ends with a song and kiirtan that he wrote after his Baba dream.
Jiivan and I discuss what its like to see new buds springing up after a long cold winter, the joy of it all. We share a love of music and we discuss the new music video on Youtube of the Unity Hours II double album launch in December as well as the new Kiirtan Academy Course coming up on March 15th and much more. Check out the new Kiirtan Academy Course click this link: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/sales-pagebfstu4s8 .To purchase "Unity Hours III" double albums at a great discount click this link: https://jyoshnaad5185.clickfunnels.com/launch-page-111o46ugj . For the Youtube music video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEf2irqrN8I&t=959s
Emere McDonald and dedicated groups of people from Auckland, are serving the hungry every Sunday by collecting fruit and vegies kindly donated by the stall holders at Avondale market, for more than six years. They then distribute it to those who need it around Auckland. This project is lead by Dada Vimaleshvarananda or Dada V as he is called, some very committed Ananda Margiis and people in the community who go every Sunday afternoon to participate in the service project. I end with a recording of Tiny Green Island in Irish and English.
This is the day that Shrii P.R.Sarkar was poisoned in 1973 by the jail doctor. After more than 5 years of fasting in protest of his poisoning he came out of jail victorious. He stopped fasting only after all charges were dropped and he could again resume his missionary work. He had been imprisoned on false charges by Indhira Gandhi, during emergency rule. Today we celebrate by feeding hungry people, replacing the poison by giving nutritious food to others in need.
When Vimukti tells us about her last few days, how lovely its been and how terrible, you realise just how vulnerable animal lives are. Ultimately its about the survival and ecological balance of our planet- and its mostly down to human beings to change that. The department of Ananda Marga called PCAPL plays a huge part in her life (Prevention of Cruelty To Animals and Plants (managed by women)) Listen here to Vimukti's stories. for info about the Kiirtan Academy click the link below, thanks https://jyoshnaad5185-app.clickfunnels.com/pages/45844740/editor_v2?optin=true
As part of the Kiirtan Academy meetings I like to include some current research. Today I was fortunate enough to look into various sacred song, drum and dance traditions around the world, such as New Zealand Maori and Qwwalli music as well as Rarhi Kiirtan. I end with a song 'If not for You' written on Sunrise Farm a few years ago. Click on the link below to see Rarhi Kiirtan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TPdZOCa_4E&t=1033s
Lydia gives us more amazing recipes for very delicious vegan, gluten free dishes - Sweet and Savoury Tofu and Banofee Pie. I end with a Baba Nam Kevalam kiirtan called 'I want to Leave the Past Behind' from the album Crimson Dawn, sung by Tapasii and I and distributed on Innersong.us.
In this second part Dadaji talks more about the feminine perspective in Prabhat Samgiit as expressed through the nouns P. R. Sarkar uses to symbolise devotional expression, for example through the word balaka (see sculpture). He gives a very meaningful Baba story to illustrate this point. He says that the expression of love is everywhere in these songs - in fact its inescapable, so if you really want to learn about love, go to Prabhat Samgiit. I end with Dada Priyashivananda's recording of song no 9 Andharer Sei Hatasha. The photo is of the Balaka Chattar in Bangladesh courtesy of Wikipedia.
At the Launch of Episode 14 'At the Threshold of a New Era' Dadaji is here talking about how he felt the necessity to translate Prabhat Samgiit songs into English and their lyrical and melodic depth, richness and diversity. He also talks about a song written on Sur Das (a poet from the Agra Kiirtan gharana) and songs written from a feminine perspective in Prabhat Samgiit. I end this part with a Prabhat Samgiit sung by Prahla'd Nassim and I, called 'Dont you Know Lord How much I love you', or Tomay kata bhalo basi (no 221).
For Ini, Playing Music was Firstly an Unconscious Mechanism of Survival - That Developed Into a Life Long Love of Song, Affirmations and Mantra. In this podcast Ini tells us more about her background and keep us up to date with her original Musical that is going to be staged in Sept this year. Ini then sings us her beautiful 'Earth Mother' chant. I end with a song and kiirtan called 'When Will I' from my album 'Longing' recorded in Sydney many years ago with Ini singing deep resonant harmonies. You can find Ini on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ineke.veerkamp.
Clare Boland has been a social Worker most of her adult life. Here she shares some of her experiences, strengths and realisations on how to deal with some very difficult situations in life. These gems will inspire you deeply. She ends by singing with her husband Tom Boland called "You are higher than the Mountain Peaks, a kiirtan by Vimal.
Didi's wish is that everyone shall be free from hunger, especially on this very special day in Ireland. Didi loves to feed people and in this podcast she shares some of her amazing experiences with the children at the Ananda Marga Children's Home in Haiti. She also talks about the Spirulina Project in West Africa that feeds hundreds of malnourished children every day. Theres a short but beautiful kiirtan by the children in the Home before I end with 'Women's Rising Kiirtan' on this auspicious day.
Sometimes its goals that seem most important, but then an inner transformation can take place that changes your mind. This is what I pondered after watching the Nepali movie 'Karma', with Tsering Dolkar, Mithila Sharma and Jampa Kalsang. I end with a song called 'My Release'
Didiji went from renovating the jagriti, to weeding the garden, to planting spring bulbs, then to planting 1000s of plants (each tagged mind you) in Babas flower garden, full of rare plant species native to Croatia, that now attract so many pollinators, butterflies, bees as well as birds and insects.. She has created not just an amazing garden (and complete natural food chain) but a Garden of Love and Life. To donate to Babas garden click on the link below. below. https://www.facebook.com/didi.anandaarpana
Dadaji talks about the Feeling Gratitude for the Real Human Experience of Being So Close to Birth and Death every day and working together with such wonderful people. He also talks about his musical 'food' that creates empathy and understanding between people, opening up ways of respecting other people's different cultural expressions. To find out more click the link below: try this https://www.facebook.com/AMURT-West-Africa-225669570895951
Radha shares many beautiful stories and fascinating experiences, both as a devotee, and a homeopath in India, Ghana and elsewhere. She shares her knowledge, experiences and deep insights into the present situation. I was also delighted when she gave some remedies for musicians too. I end with a new kiirtan that I plan to record soon. To find out more about Radhas' homeopathic projects in Ghana please click on the link below. Thankyou. Ghana Homeopathy Project - www.ghanahomeopathyproject.org
Tonight Dada Abhidevananda Avadhuta talks about many fascinating topics: the meaning of 'Avadhuta'; his film 'At the Threshold of a New Era'; learning Bengali language through translating Prabhat Samgiit; and uncovering the devotional female perspective in these songs. He also shares some amazing Baba stories. I end with the song 'Manus Sabai Apan', (PS no. 1090) 'Everyone is Family' a neo humanism song, included in Episode 13 of his film. Click below to see Episode 13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ft4l4SnxY0
Tonight I talk briefly about a kiirtan I wrote n the 70s' and how young players are discovering it and giving it new life, while for some of us, it represents a time in our lives long ago. Yet some of us who have been on the spiritual path for a long time are also discovering new things about ourselves and the world. I see us all as being on the same path, just at different points.
Tonight I speak with Madhumita, musician and naturopath, about homeoprophylaxis, something that many of us have not heard of. She speaks about the fascinating work done with homeoprophylaxis in Cuba and Brazil. To read more about this research click on the link: https://youtu.be/oyPvftE7Xh8. I end with a kiirtan that the Kiirtan Academy members are collaborating on. I call it January winter Kiirtan, as it came to me a few days ago on a cold January morning.
Kavita talks about the beauty and complexity of the Rarhi (North east India) khol drum tradition and its spiritual significance for the Rarhi drummer. She also talks about the role of women in Rarhi kiirtan and how she was inspired to perform. She ends by playing and saying the bols of the first ever khol pattern that she learnt.
The theme of todays podcast, is the three 'C's. Collaboration in a musical sense, connection in a very sacred sense and choice in a health sense. I end I sing the Wedding kiirtan that I played at Anandii and Aloka Devas wedding last night. Congratulations my dears! May you have many happy years together.
Tonights Kiirtan Academy Session was all about the Kiirtan rhythms -With the khol drum patterns demonstrated by Kavita and cymbals patterns by Latika. I end with a track called 'Going Out Theme' from the Film 'Stars in Her Eyes' produced by Athina Tsoulis, where the traditional khol bols have been adapted to western music. The Photo is of my kiirtan teacher, Sri Jagaranda Master Khol Player, Purulia, India
Tonight I interview Didi Ananda Acira, who is one of the guiding forces behind 'Online Kiirtan for the Universe' that has been connecting kiirtan players and appreciators all over the globe for over a year. I just want to show my appreciation for the service you have done for all of us who have gained so much connection, support and inspiration from this online kiirtan platform, I end with the song called 'miracle of my life'.
Dada Abhidevananda and team have published episode 13 of 'On the Threshold of a New Era', P.R.Sarkars life and work. Its available on You Tube - This episode focuses on Neo Humanism, love and respect for all beings, acknowledging the Oneness of Creation. Then I talk about the first 2021 Kiirtan Academy this Friday. Its going to be exciting as we explore the khol drum, cymbals and singing, how they interact and collaborate with each other to create a rich textured sound in kiirtan. Click the links below to see Episode 13. https://youtu.be/_ft4l4SnxY0
Tonight Didi Ananda Prama speaks about attracting what we want into our lives with the power of our positive thought and avoiding the opposite. She also shares her goals for this year, something very special to celebrate the 100th anniversary of P. R. Sarkar's birth.
A few friends at Sunrise were happy to share their goals for this year.. Listen to Jayadiip, Lidia, Ramadeva, Didi Ananda Prama and Kavita share their thoughts, I end with a couple of kiirtans from Sounds of Silence.