Saturday, 17 February 2007

Pear shaped

The recordings at the February kirtan went a bit pear shaped... but we're still putting them up here, albeit in shorter versions. The talks though are of good quality and we hope you'll enjoy them.

The February Kirtan

Dr Kenneth Valpey (Krishna Kshetra Dasa) gave great talks during our February kirtan. He is a scholar of Vaishnava theology and a fabulous musician and kirtan chanter. He has been chanting kirtans for over 35 years and so knows the subject very well, from both experience and study. At the last kirtan he talked illustriously on the topic of yoga and bhakti, from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra and Narada Bhakti Sutra. These talks are divided into three sections: Talk 1. Talk 2. Talk 3.

Then we have the invocation by Meru, and also her kirtan: om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. This is a very old and famous mantra within the Vedic tradition.

Rasasthali chanted, Gopala Jaya Jaya, and here is also a great kirtan she sang at another instance (a little bonus since the recording didn't go that well this time).

Unfortunately though, Krishna Kshetra Dasa's kirtan had the worst sound on the recording, so we can't listen to it at all... However, we've uploaded an older recording so that you at least can hear his beautiful chanting. This kirtan is a famous chant: Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram Patita Pavana Sita Ram, Sita Rama Jaya Sita Rama, Sita Rama Jaya Sita Rama, together with the Hare Krishna mantra.

Thursday, 1 February 2007


Here are two fabulous little kirtans from October: