Join me for The Art and Practice of Kirtan Level 2 – Online Course Starts November 25

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From my home temple I’m inviting you to join me in prayer and song, and to dive deeply into the Ocean of Bhakti. Together we will delve into the “Art and Practice of Kirtan”, a timeless gift that has been given to us by the saints and sages of ancient India.

This course includes 8 extended lessons from Jai filled with exclusive new content, as well as six 90 minute live online sessions with Jai. Course begins November 16, 2020,

In addition you will receive weekly homework assignments to deepen your practice as well as the opportunity to join a dedicated small practice group. 

An 8 week level two online kirtan course for those who have either attended kirtan camp in person or taken the online level 1 with Jai. 

Level two is an opportunity to go even deeper on the Bhakti path with Jai. We will explore further the divine personalities whose names permeate our songs, and Jai will teach more complex melodies and chord progressions from his vast repertoire. Jai will also touch on the ancient science of melody, known as Raga. As we sing and share together, we will both expand (zoom out) and magnify (zoom in) our focus on the subtle nuances of the path of love.

All online classes will be recorded and made available within the House of Bhakti Course Platform for those unable to attend. You will have access to the course content for three months.

Anchor yourself on the path of Bhakti Yoga by focusing on some of its main practices (Kirtan, Japa and storytelling), which connect you to the ever present source of love that flows within our hearts and throughout all of creation.

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The experience of Kirtan Camp touched me so much, I repeated it 2 more times!  And after three times in three different locations, my heart still yearns to immerse myself into the bubble of Bhakti Jai, Nubia & team create… much in the same way that Jai talks about the yearning of our human experience to merge with the divine.  Engaging and emotional story telling, wonderful musical support, humble devotion and often times rocking kirtan bliss are a few of the highlights that fill my memories from these experiences.

Since my first round of Kirtan camp in 2002, I have been hosting mantra events on a global scale and owe a huge part of this to Kirtan camp.  I felt supported, inspired and motivated to bring chanting and devotion more deeply into my life and this has had a powerful and long lasting impact on everything I do.

David Lurey, Founder of Find Balance Yoga

Jai’s Kirtan Camp is life changing!  I took the very 1st one back in 2003 and this training fully opened up the path of kirtan and Bhakti for me.  I give the highest recommendation to anyone wanting to dive deeper into kirtan and Bhakti to take this training!!!

Govind Das , Owner, Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica, Ca

Kirtan Camp with Jai was a wonderful experience. It helped me to deepen my Kirtan practice and inspired me to use my own voice to share these beautiful prayers with the world. It is something I cherish and will never forget. Deep bows Jai for all you have done to pave the way for so many!

Marti Nikko

Time and Again…A new song release by Jai Uttal

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‘Time and Again’ is the first release from my upcoming album, ‘Songs of the Mystics’.

Born in the last days of the 15th Century, Mirabai was very different from the children around her. First of all, she was the princess of a wealthy Rajasthani Kingdom. However, when she was quite young, a sadhu passed by and gave her a small statue of Krishna, which she cherished until the day she left this material world. With that simple gift, Mirabai’s life was transformed, as was her heart – no more childish games and no more interest in the luxuries of the palace. She became completely enraptured and devoted to her beautiful Lord, Govinda. 

The details of Mirabai’s life are intertwined with legends, miracles and mystery, but some facts are verified. As she grew, so did her love for Krishna, a love as sensual as it was spiritual. She wrote hundreds of songs describing her stormy, but blissful, relationship with her Beloved. Reviled by her husband and her family, Mirabai finally left the palace and wandered through India as a yogini sadhu, singing her passionate songs of love wherever she went. Finally, as old age began to inhabit her body, she settled in Vrindavan, the holy village where Krishna lived as a youth. Mirabai is revered throughout India as a folk hero and a Bhakti saint. She gave up everything for her mystic lover. Her songs are sung at village gatherings and at the grandest concert halls. She is Bhakti incarnate. 

Though scorned by the presiding culture of 16th century India, Mira’s passionate devotion to her Lord, and her complete disregard for social mores, became a clarion call to the poor and marginalized masses, and to all women. She was, indeed, a mystic Revolutionary!

‘Songs of the Mystics’ will include reimagining of songs and poems by many of the Bhakti saints, but we thought it appropriate to start with one of Mirabai’s songs. Her message and mood are timeless and resonate even today in the hearts of all. 

The Hindi verse, ‘Meera Kahe Prabhu Giridhara Nagara, Hey Govinda Hey Gopala’, calls out: ‘Oh Lord of Mira, Govinda, Gopala, lifter of the mountain’. One might paraphrase this as: ‘Oh my Beloved, please lift this insurmountable mountain of suffering and separation, that I may be yours forever!’

‘Time and Again’ was composed by Jai Uttal and Nubia Teixeira, based on a song of the 16th century Indian Bhakti poetess, Mirabai.  

 

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My musical Guru, Ali Akbar Khan, used to speak so sweetly about his time in the Rajasthani court, playing for the king who became his patron and benefactor. Khansahib, as we lovingly called him, claimed he would never have become the maestro that he was without having had that patronage. And the same is true for so many of the greatest artists, playwrights, scientists and musicians of history – they all had patrons helping them to achieve their life’s vision.

Well, times have changed. The days of royal patronage are long gone. But now, with crowdfunding and other miracles, we’re relearning the art of giving in a new and very modern way. As we rediscover our interconnectedness and interdependence, we find the awareness that we all need to become patrons of each other.

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New Album: Roots, Rock, Rama!

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Celebration, meditation, dance of the devas, love song to the universe . . . Jai Uttal’s new album Roots, Rock, Rama! is all of that and more.

The whole world’s myriad musical colors coruscate like a bejeweled shawl tossed from the shoulders of a goddess on this landmark two-CD recording. It manages to pack a lifetime’s spiritual and musical quest into seventy-eight minutes of glorious music from an innovator whose work transcends any category or genre designation. READ MORE >>

Buy a CD, Plant a Tree! We are partnering with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every CD purchased.

Jai rocks Rama as the most talented, multi-instrumentalist, soulful kirtan artist of our time. Steeped in the roots of Bhakti, Jai’s global sound is universal sonic tonic. Roots Rock Rama is the sound of JOY!

Shiva Rea, International Yoga Teacher

“WOW!!! Amazing!!! Just bursting with music and creativity!!! Really wonderful… The whole palette of devotional colors. Tower of Power goes to Ganga!!! Beautiful and Too Sweet.”

Krishna Das, Kirtan Artist

Wow, in my humble opinion, is definitely your best yet, and that’s really saying something! It has such a feel to it – it’s one whole, complete, ecstatic, colorful statement from the first to the last note. I can’t wait to play it again! It made me feel so good. the arrangements, the horns, the SOUND, everything! This is one whole, complete, ecstatic, colorful statement from the first note to the last. For me, this record is up there with Sgt. Peppers, Revolver, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Freewheelin’, Hejira, Songs in the Key of Life, Love and Theft, Nashville Skyline, After the Goldrush, Bringing it All Back Home, and Highway 61 Revisited.”

Miten, Kirtan Artist

My good friend, the late jazz trumpet wizard Don Cherry might have coined the term “world music” but with the release of his latest work of genius, Roots, Rock, Rama, maestro Jai Uttal, joyfully reveals to us what world music really sounds like—music that defies rigid categorization because it is just too far reaching—too cosmic to be contained. RRR is modern and traditional, spiritual and sexy –it simply cannot be limited to one narrow commercial category. It reaches across all genres—Reggae, Rock, Soul, lyrical Bossa nova, percussive Samba, R&B, Jazz, Bollywood, Kirtan, Country, Folk, Classical Indian and beyond.

Sharon Gannon, Founder Jivamukti Yoga

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