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Krishna dasKrishna das (born Jeffrey Kagel; May 31, 1947, New York) is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as kirtan (chanting the names of God). In August 1970 Jeffrey traveled to India where he became a devotee of the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba (maharaj-ji, devotee of the Hindu deity Hanuman) who gave him the spiritual initiation and the name Krishna das, which means the servant of Krishna. Krishna das has for many years studied the Buddhist meditation and the Vaishnava practice of bhakti-yoga. He has released fourteen albums since 1996. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where his album Live Ananda (2012) was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. Krishna das's albums contain Hindu bhajans and kirtans of famous mantras, such as Hare Krishna and Om Namah Sivaya. Krishna Das travels extensively, performing concerts and engaged in teaching activities.

Кришна дас (имя при рождении - Джеффри Кагель; родился 31 мая 1947, Нью-Йорк) - американский певец и музыкант, которого называют самым известным западным исполнителем индуистской религиозной музыки в стиле киртан (воспевание имён Бога). В августе 1970 года Джеффри посетил Индию, где обучался у индуистского гуру Ним Кароли Бабы (махарадж-джи, преданного индуистского божества Ханумана), который дал ему духовное посвящение и имя Кришна дас, означающее слуга Кришны. Кришна дас в течение многих лет изучал буддийские медитационные практики и вайшнавскую практику бхакти-йоги. C 1996 года выпустил четырнадцать альбомов. В 2013 году альбом Кришны Даса "Live Ananda" был номинирован на премию Грэмми в категории "Лучший альбом нью-эйдж". Альбомы Кришны Даса содержат индуистские бхаджаны и киртаны известных мантр, таких как Харе Кришна и Ом намах Шивая. Кришна Дас активно путешествует, выступая с концертами и занимаясь преподавательской деятельностью. 

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43763813_10155502096606879_8473083482656997376_n.jpg“In the old days with Maharaj-ji, many times I would stand on the side and look out at the people who were looking at him. They were heavy and dark, and I would see them open up like flowers. It was the most beautiful thing in the world to see. To see them blossom like that in his presence. In that space that was generated around him. When I sing, I get to see the same thing. I see people come in and they bring their whole day with them. Maybe the stock markets’ crashed again, maybe their boss is yelling at them again. They come in and we sit down and start to chant and everybody gets lifted up into that space. It’s the most beautiful thing to see somebody drop their shit and relax and open up. That happens when I go around and sing and talk with people. It’s an incredible blessing to be part of that.” 
- Krishna Das

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42903821_10155481384476879_3643500128192430080_o.jpgMaharaj-ji used to always say, “Ram nam karne se sab pura ho jata.” From repeating these Names, Ram Nam, the Names of God, everything is brought to fullness and completion. The heart is made full, your life is made full, the karmas are completed in full. It’s a ripening process. It’s not required to learn anything. What is required is to train ourselves through these practices to release the negativity, to release the thoughts, the obsessive flow of thinking that just slaughters us all day long. That’s why we’re responding to the call. Because it’s the call to come home, to come back, to come home to ourselves.

Krishna Das

 

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“The thing about being with Maharaj-ji, being in his presence and that love, was that we were relieved of the responsibility of being our cranky old selves. We were allowed to just let go, we didn’t have to be those people that we were.”

– Krishna Das

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1 (3).jpgOnce I was very much in love with a woman. I was telling my Indian father, Mr. Tewari, about it and he was listening very patiently. When I finished he said, ‘My boy, relationships are business. Do your business. Enjoy your business. But love is what lasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Real love is who we are; it’s not between people. It’s not affection, it’s not caring, not attachment. It’s actually who we are. It’s our true nature.
- Krishna Das

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Photo - We’re totally asleep

39976808_10155409027036879_4013285890276196352_n.jpg"We’re totally asleep, living in dreamland all day long, all life long. We’ve completely identified with the clouds and we never see the sky. We might have a feeling it’s there but we never look at it. The clouds are our thoughts, our emotions. The sky is our true nature."

- Krishna Das

 

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39453664_10155397736041879_4422877572468047872_n.jpg"Ram asks Hanuman, 'How do you see me?' Hanuman says, 'When I identify with the body, I serve you completely. When I identify with the soul, then you are the whole, and I am a part. But when I know who I am, you and I are one."

- Krishna Das, paraphrasing Tulsidas' Ramcharitmanas

 

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Neem Karoli Baba"It's all Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba), but sometimes it looks like us and that's just too bad. It looks like that because we're in bodies, we have minds, we have emotions, we see everything through our senses and filter it all through our history. So we look like people to each other, but the puppet master is pulling all the strings...Maharaj-ji is doing everything without doing anything at all."

- Krishna Das

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