UNKLE's sublime twist on Moby's " God Moving Over the Face of the Waters". I probably played this in the car driving home in the morning after a long New Year's Eve & Day of partying in order to tune out. Nowadays, it is more a glimpse of SAMADHI after yoga practice or an exuberant kirtan.
I was reading the NY Times in the car on the way to JFK last Friday & was intrigued by this review of the movie " First Winter ".
"When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands them with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record, their utopian commune is breached by anxiety and their idyllic harmony begins to lose its tune.
As time wears on and the food supply dwindles, power struggles, jealousy, and desire threaten the group's ability to work together in order to survive.
In this extraordinary debut feature, filmmaker Benjamin Dickinson explores the fundamental instincts of human nature that arise when perseverance and beliefs are not only tested, but taken to their limits. Nuanced, authentic performances escalate with heightened emotion, while ethereal landscapes intimate that the poetic world of First Winter exists in an undefined time and space, perhaps not so far apart from our own."
--Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival
Kirtan is congregational " call & response " , chanting with musical accompaniment. It is not meant to be a " performance " or " sing - along ". It is meant to glorify God & chant His names. Kirtan involves BHAKTI , which in turn involves SURRENDER , a concept or process which overly analytical / egotistical personalities will find difficulty in relating & succumbing to.Sravanam kirtanam.
Today was the celebration of the annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra AKA The Festival of the Chariots in Venice Beach.This vdo was taken last year but it captures the bhava & bhakti that always flows during the event . It was special for me as I got to drive Maharaj to & from the yatra. Very auspiciously , the temperature outside rose to 108 degrees as we sped through the 101 Freeway.Nitai Gauranga !
Jaya & thanks to Susan von Seggern for the warm email re Bhakti Fest 2012. Much appreciate your visits to the blog & all the love. Here's a video of Bhakta Ayush Prabhu from 2010 with Gauravani , the Mayapuris & more all blissed out in bhav , chanting the Maha Mantra. Hari Hari !
I have posted this video before but on the heels of the previous post regarding Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu , it deserves a re-feature. The Sri Siksastakam is composed of 8 verses in which the mission , the Sankirtan movement & precepts of Sri Krishna Chaitanya are revealed. " Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam "
A day in the life of bhaktin & yogini Lila Padma Devi Dasi AKA Loren Russo. I am loving the Beatles soundtrack & the portions of the video featuring artik & devotion at New Dwarka Dham Los Angeles.Jaya & Haribol !