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|Chanting with Krishna Das he pews at the Church of St. Gentle folk, s miling and politely allowing one another to take choice seats near the makeshift stage, |
unhurriedly poured around the benches.
Ms. Nina Rao, master organizer, vocalist, and Krishna Das's indispensable
assistant, calmly assigned an abundance of volunteers their individual tasks.
There was joyful excitement in the air.
This special event, on an unseasonably warm, rainy, late November evening,
drew a broad range of attendees from children to baby boomers, with parents and
friends in tow.
The multiethnic group included people of all faiths, Christians, Jews,
Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, and even Atheists, who
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I sat next to a couple originally from Russia. Their friend from a
neighboring yoga studio invited them. Chant sheets were provided with mantras
clearly printed for guests like my pewmates, who have never done this
Krishna Das (lead singer, Jeff Kagel, who described himself as "Jewish, on my
parent's side") appeared in his casual red plaid shirt. Sitting crosslegged in
front of his harmonium, he clarified the process for those who were not familiar
with the call and response form of Bhakti Yoga: "Basically, I will sing a line
and then you will repeat something that you think you have heard that will sound
something like what I just did and it will be alright. Don't worry about it" His
relaxed attitude put everyone at ease.
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He also mentioned that, technically, the art of Kirtan (chanting the names of
God as mantras) was not a performance but a musical expression of devotion to
love "So, keep singing, even if your voice is a bit out of tune," he encouraged