In the winter of 1968, Krishna Das met Ram Dass, who had just returned from his first trip to India. After living and traveling with Ram Dass in the U.S., and hearing Ram Dass' many stories about Maharaj-ji, Krishna Das traveled to India, where he was blessed to meet and stay with this extraordinary guru.
While living in India for almost three years, Krishna Das' heart was especially drawn to the practice of Bhakti Yoga—the yoga of devotion. Fanning the flames of his inner longing, Maharaj-ji led him deeper and deeper into the practice of kirtan—chanting the Names of God. As an appointed pujari (priest) for the Durga temple in Maharaj-ji's ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, Krishna Das immersed himself in the worship of the Divine Goddess.
Krishna Das spent as much time as possible with Maharaj-ji over the years in India, opening himself to the flow of Grace and purifying his heart. Early in 1973, he was asked by Maharaj-ji to return to America.
"At what would turn out to be my last darshan of Maharaj-ji's physical body, I was petrified with fear about returning to the U.S. after so many years. I hadn't worn a pair of jeans or shoes for such a long time that I couldn't imagine what it would be like. I didn't want to ask Maharaj-ji what I should do in America, but all of a sudden I blurted out in anguish, 'Maharaj-ji!' How can I serve you in America?'
"He looked at me with mock disgust and said, 'What is this? If you ask how you should serve then it is no longer service. Do what you want.' I couldn't believe my ears. How could doing what I wanted to do be of service to him? I didn't have that kind of faith. I just sat there, stunned. Then after a minute or so he looked over at me, smiling sweetly, and asked, 'So, how will you serve me?'
"My mind was blank. It was time for me to leave for Delhi, to catch the plane back to the States. He was looking at me and laughing. I bent down and touched his feet for the last time and when I looked up he, he was beaming at me, "So, how will you serve me in America?" I felt like I was moving in a dream. I floated across the courtyard and bowed to him one more time from a distance. As I did, the words came to me, 'I will sing to you in America.'"
Soon afterwards, during the full moon in September, Neem Karoli Baba left his body. Now he had to be found within. The chanting, the meditation, the puja and all the wonderful time spent with Maharaj-ji turned out to be seeds that he himself had planted in my heart... seeds that would keep growing and blossom by his Grace.
Over the years Krishna Das has made numerous pilgrimages throughout India, meeting teachers and saints of many spiritual traditions on his quest to open and purify his heart. Living in jungles, in ashrams, and in holy places throughout India, he has had an opportunity to absorb the ancient truths that have been held by the Indian culture for thousands of years. He has studied Buddhist meditation practices with Anagarika Munindra and S.N. Goenka, and has been initiated into Tibetan Buddhist practices by lamas from various lineages.
Krishna Das has been chanting on a regular basis in yoga centers all over the world. He has taught with Ram Dass and sung for many saints and yogis here and in India.
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My wonder-filled wife went in for MRI test related to her pancreatic cancer today and asked me to give her"Chants of a Lifetime" CD to listen to as mental focus, to help not think about cancer> The tech. played it for her piped into MRI machine , she cried tears of bliss and joy, never more calm! An aside we were both raised Catholic and embrace all who bow to Creator in peace. We both were suprised and deeply moved with #3 Mahamantra (Pahari Wala) when it so smoothly moves into "Amazing Grace" WOW! Also I am a drum circle drummer and love the background drumming on this CD.
Healing comes in many forms, KD is one powerful form,
Peace onto all,
Michael Vietnam Vet almost at peace
wonderful voice and a lovely way of singing the bajans.Can listen the whole day and meditate on Lord Krsna.Very inspiring and relaxing.My sincere greatfullness and respect to such a great person who can propogreat peace through his singing.Wish couid meet such a great person. My sincere regards to him and his group. Pray to Lord Krsha to help him to keep up the good work
krishnadas is the king of kirtan. he sends me into a sea of bliss.
I had the most incredible and dynamic kirtan experience with Krishna Das in a church in LA! I will always remember this moment! Om Shanti
awsome he is one of the few Beautifull men in this world his music and voice touches my soul
when i am listen i got peace in my heart
He is the most wonderful person, His music touches my soul.I am still trying to find the CD,which He sang with Ms.Asi.
musicas mandadas pelos espiritos de lus para acalmar e alegrar as nocas vidas
I think he's wonderful. I enjoy his music so much
Wonderful....His voice touches a primal part of my soul. Thanks
Divine, blissful music.Uplifts you to another level. Wonder when you will come to Australia
we need you in trinidad and tobago, we love your songs.
He is GREAT. I think he is the greatest Bhakti Yogi of our time. Am always filled with bliss whenever i listen to his songs. May SRI HANUMAN bless him abundantly for the good work he is doing. HARI OM TAT SAT!!!
I have been trying to get Krishna Das to have a concert in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for 2012 and is still waithing for his conversation.
krishna das music brings tears to my eyes ... with his beautiful voice. his music awakens the spiritual side of me to a point that i feel like dancing.
we love his music it is so beautiful.we live in south africa can we get his music here.
roshika and prajith
Just love him!
I downloaded flow of grace as recently and iam wondering if I can get the harmonium chords for some of your chants sent to me! Thank you Hari bol! Katrina
Amazing voice strong and calming
The best! I love your music..
it is a great cd i love it and play it in all my yoga classes
this kind of music gives me space inside I will say that the this group Krsna Das is realy a gift to the human
i love ma durga its very peaceful and relaxing.it makes me cry thinking about life we all must be thanking god for life everyday.i enjoy all krishna dass songs. zeena.
i love all his songs its very inspirational . it give u a peace of mind every time ihear it make me cry some time i get up and dance ie njoy
puro ágape,abençoado e encantador ,toca profundamente a alma.
Could you tell in which cd is the music OM NAMA SHIVAYA
i really find peace in me when i hear his music.
Could you tell in which cd is the music OM NAMA SHIVAYA, i heard it is in HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD in the shiva puja and chants , is it true? Because i want to have it but did not find it at U tube. Thanks a lot! and good day
Krishna das music makes me feel the presence of God
Krishna Das is one of the most precious jewels our existence has been blessed with! Upon hearing him, i truly want to sing along, dance and praise God..
An astonishing voice. I really love to listen to Krishna Das.
I am a huge fan of Krishna das and love chanting to his music and can feel my vibration rising,namaste Krishna with love and light Jeni Cousins www.soulworkwithjeni.com
I am reading Chants of a Lifetime and finding his book fascinating
I cannot start my day without KD's chants. My world is a better and more joyful place to live because of this truly Holy Man.
heard him tonight at a yoga class and loved his music,sound
His music makes my heart fly up with love and bliss!
I love him and listen everyday krishna das ki jay.I am going to feed people!!!!!!
Krishna Das Touches me into the center of my Being and brings me out into Life's Fullness
He simply rules, and i'm terribly sorry for those who dont know him
His chanting and singing feel my heart and soul with light.
He has a unique and hypnotic singing voice which pierces through the shell of the body to open the heart to love and compassion
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