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Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold Hardcover – February 15, 2010
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About the Author
Krishna Das returned to the United States and, as he continued chanting, developed his signature style, fusing traditional kirtan structure with Western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. He travels the world, leading call-and-response kirtans and sharing this deep, experiential practice with thousands of people.
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Full-Disclosure - Last month I interviewed Krishna Das for our Inspire Nation Show.
Krishna Das, KD for short, is one of the most inspiring people I've met, because he's had to work through the muck and the mire, and he's made it through...AND dedicated his life to others through his Guru, his work, and his music. His is not an easy tale, as you'll see, but there are powerful lessons for all of us through his struggles.
And the music he's both through by connecting to something greater than himself, is beyond special. If you've ever heard music at a yoga class, or attended a kiertan, then you've been influenced by his work. There's a reason he's called the 'Rock Star' of Yoga by the Grammy Awards.
This is a beautiful book, and if you like his music, you will love the story.
This is Krishna Das' story, his experiences of longing, hope, loss, frustration, love, encouragement - the whole process each of us experiences on our way to opening to our true Self. He shares his raw heart and suffering, his joy and companions, the influences that have led him through his life. And he has shared his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, with such shivering awe and sharpness of vision you can't help falling under Baba's spell yourself.
Krishna Das has keen insights into Reality, and yet he comes off as a regular Joe, struggling as we all struggle, experiencing ups and downs as we all do. I've read hundreds of spiritually edifying books over the last 40 years. I never before read one that led me to greater understanding while giving the sense that he is right where I am, now. It's hard to explain. This book is a triumph of love.
Krishna Das shares in fascinating detail and great candor both his struggles and setbacks as well as the moments of grace and ecstasy. His accounts of Maharaji are mesmerizing and serve as a springboard for conveying many profound truths of the path to God-Realization.
A word of warning to those just looking for a book about chanting by a chant master: this work is more about the spiritual journey and context of one of America's greatest Chantmasters than just a book about chanting. Having said that, Krishna Das exquisitely conveys what went into making him what he is today, which is a result of a life-long pursuit of the path of Bhakti, or Divine Love.
As a wonderful bonus, the book comes with a CD filled with some wonderful chants.
Personally, I could hardly put the book down and consider it a great read for anyone open to Eastern Spirituality and Devotional Chanting!
Krishna Das chronicles his journey through meeting Ram Das in New Hampshire, and then on to India where he found his heart in teacher, Maharaj-ji. He explains the process, the true meaning of a guru, and brings in exquisite poems of Rumi and Kagore as well as others that point us to the heart of the great mystery - Oneness and the ways in which we each find our path to the source of our heart's true desire...reunion.
This is a biographical journey, but also a spiritual teaching for the reader. In addition, for those of you familiar with his moving chants, the CD provides a wonderful backdrop of his musical prayers. I am so moved by this book that I'm taking the rest of the day to read it, and I haven't done that with a book in a long, long time.
If you feel the need for imagery that stills the mind and opens the heart, give yourself the gift of this incredible book!
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Highly recommended if you like kirtan.