Saturday, 17 February 2007

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.

2 comments:

Chris said...

I really enjoyed the recording of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya (I listened to it while at work). The only time I had heard that chant before was on one of Krishna Das' CDs. But I liked the live energy that was evident at your kirtan, and Meru has a good voice for it. I look forward to listening to other recordings.

Namah Shivaya,
-Chris

Kirtaniya said...

Thank you for your comment and appreciation, Chris!

Hari Om,

Kirtaniya