"Kirtan Unites"


Estatic kirtan video. At around the 2:30 mark onwards you will see HH Bhakitmarga Swami dive into the crowd and then join other souls chanting the Maha mantra estatically.

Earlier this year my dad and I wento see Maharaj in the hospital after he had hernia surgery and there was a brief discussion about an upcoming program and I liked what he said...."kirtan unites".

As they say...proof is in the pudding...and the pudding is as sweet as Krishna's name!

(written by Indresh)
Ashalata Devi Dasi (ACBSP) (wife of Subhavilasa das) chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra in the Ashtaprahar 2011 24 hour kirtan held in Toronto (Brampton), featuring the Mayapuris, Chakrini dasi, Bada Hari das, Gaura Mani dasi, Ajamil das, Vrndavan das, Hari Bhakti Dey, Ayush Sharma, Amala Kirtan das and many many more.

harer nāma harer nāma
harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva
nāsty eva gatir anyathā

[so references and context makes sense...this article is written by Indresh - Subhavilasa das' son]  

The month of February is Black History Month here in Canada (African-American History Month in the U.S.) About a month ago (Monday, January 17th) was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US and in the kid's school here in Canada they talked about MLK and his contributions. 

This month they made them write short essays for about a dozen African American leaders including Martin Luther King Jr. My daughter's work got posted on the bulletin board this week (she is quite the author and in fact last year she became a published author) and it got me thinking about an essay I wrote about MLK some 25 years or so ago... 

Most blog readers must have at some point or another studied MLK, heard one of his speaches or read his writings. SO I would like to share one quote by Martin Luther King Jr. which really stood out to me...
"I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate -- ultimate reality is beautifully summed up..."

Last month I saw pictures and video of devotees spreading this same Love of God with Harinam at the MLK parada in L.A. They were making the Lord of the Universe accessible to everyone.

So enjoy the following video links of Jaganatha, Baladev and Subhadra along with His devotees participating in the parade on January 17th, 2011 courtesy of ISKON Los Angeles. The first link is actual coverage on ABC.
Radhanath Swami and Gaura Vani appear in this video past the 1/2 way mark
harer nāma harer nāma
harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva
nāsty eva gatir anyathā

(CC Adi 17.21)

In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari.

Check out the incredible list of Kirtaniyas coming to Toronto for 24 hour kirtan! Ashtaprahar 2011 is happening over family day weekend February This is being organized by Munish Bhakri and a group of young devotees.
★★★ Kirtaniyas ★★★

The Mayapuris (Florida, USA)
Ajamil Das & Radha Govinda Kirtan Mandali (Toronto, Canada)
Hari Bhakti Dey (Australia)
Maha Bhagavat Dey (Bombay, India)
Gaura Mani Devi Dasi & Param Das (Vrindavan, India)
Keshav Das (Vrindavan, India)
Vrndavana Das (Vrindavan, India)
Bada Hari Das (Florida, USA)
Rupesh Pandey (Toronto, Canada)
Ayush Sharma (Seattle, USA)
Ramdas Shingdia (DC, USA)
Anish Pillai (Houston, USA)
Krishna Prasad Das (Baltimore, USA)
Gopal Trivedi (Detroit, USA)
Amala Kirtan Das (Dallas, USA)
Keshavacharya Das (New York, USA)
Ashtaprahar 2011. 1st annual 24 hour kirtan is coming to Toronto!
Just heard it will be over the Family day long weekend! February 19th to 20th, 2011...
Check out the excellent video with His Grace Aindra Prabhu's voice.
Below are 2 chanting clips posted on YouTube with my son and my wife.

The kirtan was at a Hindu temple and the main congregation came in around 5pm on Sunday. They were very supportive and when Japa was done in the main temple room not only did everyone participate but all the Japa beads were taken, with sincere hope that they continue on at home. 

A lot of young people wanted beads but even the book table ran out with some youngsters very disappointed. But it shows the "hunger" for the maha-mantra and the attraction where teenagers were more enthused than their parents to take the holy name. 

The other highlight was too see some old faces that used to come to ISKCON regularly and for whatever reason have fallen off. There were also some faces that I did not recognize that said they come irregularly as well. Both groups promised to come more and hopefully they will follow through to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha.

Mutual encouragement came from an unexpected source, an old devotee that we hardly see anymore. He is not as active in devotional service as he wants to be but he was very happy to see my son and daughter, who he has known since they were kids, still serving Srila Prabhupada. He talked about all the "tests" we face and had supportive words for our continued service to Srila Prabhupada. I encouraged him to do the same and later on he took some books from the table as well. When he met my daughter-in-law, Kishori, he told about a Prabhupada memory that even I did not know and my son  does not remember. He told Kishori that when her husband was a kid he was fussing and then Srila Prabhupada gave him his garland and Indresh quieted down. It was a nice and heart warming encounter.