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Thursday Night Kirtan at East Village Temple

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February 9th, 2009

 Kirtan gets started. Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

There is a revolution building. It started five hundred years ago and has been slowly leaking into cracks and crevices ever since. It’s slow moving, but very patient. It needs no one to thrive, but a chosen few are given the gift of being able to spread it. This revolution uplifts the heart and makes it dance, makes it sing, makes it laugh. It has the power to transport anyone to the best place ever. A place where there is nothing but love, where every word is a song and every step is a dance. This revolution is kirtan. We take up war against pride, envy, and greed every time we do kirtan and we re-dedicate ourselves to the cause: being loving, gentle, humble more full human beings. Our battle-cry and our armor is the Hare Krsna mantra and we can be heard singing at the top of our lungs. We sing into battle and defeat our opponents with dance, taking over their hearts and holding them captive. We hold onto our prisoners of war and only ask that they help take up our mission and spread kirtan as far and wide as they possibly can. This is As Kindred Spirits, this is our revolution. Our mission was the theme of the kirtan at the East Village Temple Yoga Studio performance. We implored that people look at the revolution that has been getting bigger and bigger and to become a part of it. We negotiated with them, telling them all the good points about it, and in the end, we did the one thing that we knew would capture them fully and bring them whole-heartedly to the cause…we did kirtan.

Happy Kirtan

Acyuta Gopi

Acyuta Gopi is a member of As Kindred Spirits and a powerhouse kirtan leader in her own right. Browse the Downloads page for some of her transforming kirtans.

Gaura Vani Speaks about Kirtan L to R: Acyuta Gopi, Gaura Vani, Ananta Govinda, Janaki Priya, Sri Shyam

Dance L to R: Gaura Vani, Ananta Govinda, Janaki Priya and Sri Shyam

L to R: Ananta Govinda, Janaki Priya and Sri Shyam on Bass Chant, Dance and Be Happy
Vegetarian Feast, the best way to end a night of Kirtan Enjoying the Feast

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