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Kirtan opens the heart and stills the mind. It is the yoga practice of ecstatic chanting. Through repeating the Divine Names in Sanskrit, the mind is cleared of worry, doubt, fear and all limiting concepts. The joy of peace and infinite love is given to the practitioner, and transmitted through the world by chanting. This is the practice of bhakti yoga or the yoga of devotion. - contributed by Pat Sandford

“Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

“Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world—a world where all the logic of our minds, all the condition and learning are left outside. And in this mystery, we create a temple inside of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, a place of just being.” —Jai Uttal

"Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It's an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it's a way of being present in the moment." -- Krishna Das

"You start doing chanting as technique. You start to sing ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.’ You start thinking it means, Honorable Ram, Hail Ram, Hail Hail Ram. Then after an hour you stop thinking about all of that and you are just singing it. You are realizing the aesthetic of the music and how beautiful it is. Then after a while it starts to go deeper until your heart is just singing, it’s singing from inside you. Then there’s a point where true bhakti starts- where dualism ends and you become like the chant. You are in a space where it’s not emotional anymore. It’s moved into the deeper, intuitive quality of love. Touching that love leaves you with trust in the method and trust in where the method takes you—trust in the Beloved and trust in how you get there." –Ram Dass

"If we know anything about a path at all, it's only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow. So, in the same way that they wish for us, we wish that all beings everywhere, including ourselves, be safe, be happy, have good health, and enough to eat. And may we all live at ease of heart with whatever comes to us in life."
- Kirtan closing prayer by Krishna Das

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Bhakti Retreat with Devamrita Swami and Badahari Dasa

Location: Sugar ridge retreat centre
Time Friday June 24 2011 06:00 PM till Sunday June 26 2011 06:00 PM


Break away from the city life for a nice weekend with a world renowned monk, mouth watering cuisines and enthusiastic yogis. Join us this summer for a weekend Yoga retreat with Devamrita Swami, a monk for over 40 years who has travelled to almost every continent inspiring people to embrace a lifestyle of yoga and meditation. Away from the city in the arms of nature surrounded by mystical mantra chanting by a special Bhakti Yogi – Badahari Dasa who has perfected the art of Mantra meditation through decades of practice.

Find yourself welcomed by a young and enthusiastic team of volunteers, delicious vegan treats and sound vibrations to soothe the soul. This is your chance to ask questions, enjoy dynamic spiritual presentation and go deeper in the journey of self realisation.

Schedule (to be finalized).

Freshly cooked vegan Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served for all our guests :
Friday Night : Arrival dinner at 6.30 PM, Workshop 1 Bhakti – the art of eternal love and last session is interactive Meditation
Saturday : Awaken for group meditation, Workshop 2 Exploring the loving potency, Interactive musical meditation, Workshop 3 The fire of desire
Sunday : Awaken for group meditation, Bhakti yoga – the topmost rung of yoga ladder, Soothing meditative chants, farewell and exchanging realisations

Please let us know if you will require us to arrange transport for you.

Devamrita Swami is a monk in the renounced order of life with profound spiritual practices that go back 40 years. In 1972, Devamrita Swami graduated from Yale University. At this time he came in contact with the ancient teachings of the east. He discovered that the knowledge presented in these books was the beginning of his real education. His attraction to this transcendental information was immediate and the effect profound. Ever since Devamrita Swami travels around the world constantly to fulfill invitations by prestigious universities like Columbia University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Cardiff University, University of Toronto, Rotman School of business, York, Indian institute of technology and many other Universities around the world.

He is the founder of Institute of sustainability, an advisor on Spiritual Economics to the Russian chamber of commerce and the author of several books. This is his fourth annual tour of Toronto. In the past three years he has addressed over thousands of people on topics as diverse as yoga, environmentalism, vegetarianism, spiritual economics etc.

Currently based out of New Zealand, he is the author of several books like Searching for Vedic India, Perfect Escape, Beyond the barriers of limited science and Spiritual Greed. His strategic guidance has proved invaluable to students and professionals seeking to balance their spiritual and professional life. Main stops on his global circuit are Australia, New Zealand, the USA, South Africa, Russia, India, Argentina, Chile, the UK, Scandinavia, and Central Europe.

Badahari Dasa, a Bhakti Yogi, Kirtan master and a musician for over 35 years who has performed at several spiritual concerts in every continent.He has a degree in music and has released several music albums and trained many budding artists on classical Kirtan music and instruments.He will enchant you with his deep and devotional voice blended to the expert play of fingers on an ancient instruments 'The Harmonium'. Accompanying him will be a group of expert musician yogis on eastern instruments like the hand cymbals and Mridanga-drum.Witness the transformation within as Badahari dasa explains the power of the mantras he will sing. A not to miss experience for all spiritual enthusiasts.

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