Toronto Kirtan Community

Toronto Kirtan Community
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~ Connecting & Creating Community for Kirtan Lovers in Toronto and Beyond ~

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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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Deepak Kumar comes to London Nov 26 - 27



Saturday, Nov. 26th 7:30pm

Join acclaimed musician and singer, Deepak Kumar, for an evening of classical Indian bhajans (devotional songs) and kirtan (call & response chanting). Through melodies infused with deep emotion and infinite spirit, Deepak transports his audience to the ancient land of Mother India.
His natural charisma and serene allure, combined with his glorious voice and supreme musicality, guarantee a memorable experience for each listener.
$20 in advance $25 at the door


Sat-Sun, Nov. 26-27th 10am-Noon
Learn the fundamentals of the classical Indian music system (raga) as well as devotional songs, chanting and the philosophy and awareness of singing in correct tone. Deepak guides students in meditative vocal exercises exploring raga and compositions.
This program is excellent for anyone in the vocal arts or who uses their voice professionally. Even if you are not a vocalist, this workshop is very meditative, giving peace and satisfaction for the mind and soul, helping you to discover and enjoy the beauty of your own voice. For students of all levels.
$35 each or $60 for both

Private vocal & harmonium lessons are also available. Please enquire.


(between Clarence & Wellington; across from Central Library)

Deepak Kumar is an acclaimed classical singer & composer from Rajasthan, India

whose repertoire consists of ghazals, bhajans, kirtan and film songs. He is accomplished on harmonium, tamboura, guitar and keyboard.
Deepak has been thrilling audiences since the age of 5, and has performed in prestigious venues across India & North America, appealing to both Eastern & Western audiences.
Deepak is on the faculty of the East-West School of Music at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY and teaches vocal and instrumental music to students in the New York and Philadelphia areas.

FOR TICKETS: Call Heather at 519 – 719 – 5803 or email

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