~ Connecting & Creating Community for Kirtan Lovers in Toronto and Beyond ~
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
ALL known kirtans are posted below, on the left side, on this website's Kirtan Calendar.
“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."
After a half year of hard work, much love and attention to detail from the Hridaya Community––Mangala Anshumati and our dedicated Karma Yogis––we are very happy to announce that our new space, Geologic: Gifts from the Earth Gallery ~ Boutique, is now open!
Located in the heart of the Queen West district, just east of Spadina, Geologic offers beautiful Artist Jewellery, Crystals, Gemstones, Fossils, Telescopes, Fine Art, Spiritual Treasures and more. Both the interior design of this space and the unique items found within are a celebration of nature’s beauty, and the human arts inspired by the wonder and awe of the universe.
Like Gifts from the Earth, Geologic also helps to support Hridaya Yoga and the Teachings of Yogini Mangala Anshumati. It is a perfect gathering space for our urban friends to enjoy events with Mangala Anshumati and the Hridaya Satsang, such as Kirtans, meditations, classes and education programs, and a place to offer service to the greater community through Karma Yoga projects.
We invite you to come by, say hello and feel free to spread the word to your friends.