Toronto Kirtan Community

Toronto Kirtan Community
Kirtan Forever!

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

ALL known kirtans are posted below on this website's Kirtan Calendar, on the left side above the list of links.

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On Facebook's 'TorontoKirtanCommunity' page: links and information about kirtan and musicians are posted.



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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hridaya Yoga of the Heart New Events

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sat Feb 25: Donna Poulidis & Anwar Khurshid

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sat Feb 18: Toronto's GAURA-SHAKTI Kirtan & Dinner

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"An Evening of Bhakti" -

Saturday, February 18, 2012!

While we have all become
accustomed to seeing
the typical images that
are conjured up when
we think of yoga, it
can be an heart-opening
experience to learn of
bhakti-yoga - the yoga of

We invite you to come and dive into an evening full of
divine chants as you learn more about the ancient
teachings of the yoga of the heart. The premise of
the "Evening of Bhakti" is to hold a spiritually-soaked
event for you. Whether you are completely new to the
concept of bhakti-yoga or a seasoned veteran,
you can expect an incredible evening of chanting,
wisdom, dancing and more, followed by a vegan dinner.

Hosted at beautiful Govinda's Dining Hall in
Toronto's historic Hare Krishna Centre
(243 Avenue Road), we warmly invite your for an
evening that will feed the
mind, body and soul!

Free Admission - Donations Accepted.

Looking forward to meeting you on

Saturday, February 18! See you there! :-)

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