Recent Interview and Upcoming Retreat

Recent Interview and Upcoming Retreat

Just yesterday I was on Shankara Das’s new show, “Eartheart Radio,” on KSKQ out of Southern Oregon, where we discussed the path of Love. Every week he showcases a different saint, and this week he highlighted Neem Karoli Baba. Pretty cool idea for a radio show if you ask me!

In other news, I’ll be joining my guru brothers in Kripa to co-lead a retreat in New Hampshire for the first weekend in October. More details here.

From the retreat website:

You’re invited to join the Call and Response Foundation for the Third Semi-Annual Chant in Service Retreat at Camp Huckins located on the shores of beautiful Lake Ossipee in Freedom, New Hampshire.

The retreat will follow in the words of “Love. Serve. Remember.” As the title suggests, this will be a retreat focused on opening and serving the heart through both chanting and service (Seva). Over the weekend, we will have daily lakeside kirtans and dharma talks, morning yoga, cook and serve a meal for the local Dinner Bell (a program that helps those in the community who are trying to make ends meet), with evening fireside kirtans.

A unique aspect of this retreat is its service component: taking the love and compassion that we cultivate and sharing it with others. In this spirit, we will be preparing and serving a meal on Saturday night for the Dinner Bell Program in Ossipee, New Hampshire. The Dinner Bell program helps families and individuals stretch their budget and provide meals for those who are hungry. The Dinner Bell offers an opportunity for people from all walks of life to join together to share a meal as a united community. We will prepare the food at Camp Huckins on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and carpool to the Dinner Bell sites to serve the meals. Then we will return together as a group for dinner and the evening events.

Throughout the weekend we will be exploring the relationship between Bhakti Yoga and Karma Yoga and using the Gopis’ Rasa Lila dance with Krishna and Hanuman’s one-pointed service to Sita and Ram as our guide. We will discuss the deep and intimate inner experience of the devotional mood and the essence of surrender along the spiritual path.

We will also be joined by Keshav Kishor Sharan, a Bhakti Guru of the Nimbarki Vaisnava tradition from Vrindavana India who currently serves at the Braj Mandir of Sri Radha Bhakti in Holbrook, MA. Keshav Sharan comes from a long, multi-generational history of Bhakti Yogis and took his initiation in the Nimbarki Vaisnava tradition at the age of seven. Deeply touched by the teachings, he was leading dharma talks and kirtan in the local temples of Vrindavana by the time he was a teenager. When he came to the United States he began teaching at universities and in people’s homes until 2008 when the land was purchased for the Braj Mandir. He has since been there serving full time.

The essence of the Nimbarki tradition is the cultivation of unconditional love and loving understanding of dualistic non-dualism. Sri Radha Bhakti is a diverse community which serves whole-heartedly without any monetary exchange; they value that the whole world is one family and that service is the freedom of the soul. The community of Sri Radha Bhakti joins together in japa meditation, kirtan, dharma discourses, sharing meals (prasadam), and associating with Bhakti Yoga Practitioners.

To learn more about Bhakti Yoga at Braj Mandir, visit

And to learn more about the retreat and sign up, visit:

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