Monday, July 25, 2011

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Tribute

Welcome! Today's tribute to Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, an influential Indian Yoga teacher, healer and scholar, plays for a total of 75 minutes.

This introduction to the playlist is pretty wordy today, but it's all pretty cool, so here goes.........

As many things seem to these days, this playlist was inspired by a quote I saw recently on Facebook: "Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God." ~ Krishnamacharya

While the Kirtan Community site is mostly about Bhakti Yoga/Kirtan, we honor all yoga traditions. Loving the quote, I researched Krishnamacharya and this playlist is the result. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed compiling it!

There are two parts to today's tribute; the first part is about 45 minutes with Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya performing beautifully and amazingly flexible yoga routines. Especially, watch for the children who practice with him in Part 3!

The second part, following the short Interlude, appears to be a ceremony with, and honoring, his student Indra Devi in 1988.


Because The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are such an integral part of the presentation in the Krishnamacharya yoga video series and are texts he devoutely studied during his lifetime, here are links to two translations online, both available on the website of Sacred Texts which contains an amazing collection of sacred texts from around the world and across the ages.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Threads of Union, Translation by BonGiovanni

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Charles Johnston [1912]

There is also a nice biography of Krishnacharya on wikipedia.

And a bio of Indra Devi (Latvian: Eiženija Petersone (Indra Devi); May 12, 1899 – April 25, 2002),[1] born as Eugenie Peterson in Riga, Livonia, was an early disciple of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, and herself became a renowned yoga teacher.

1 - Gayatri Mantra 6:50

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2 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 1 of 6 (8:24)

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was 50 when this film was made and is arguably the most influential yogi in establishing what yoga has become today. His students include Pattabhi Jois the founder of Asthanga yoga, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi, and his son Desikachar.

Most of todays leading yogis have studied under one or more of Krishnamacharya students. Krishnamacharya was born in 1888 in a remote Indian village and lived to be over 100 years old until his death in 1989. He is known as not only as a most influential yoga teacher, but a scholar, and a healer. Krishnamacharya was known to be able to voluntarily stop his visible heart beat/ pulse for over two minutes, probably by drastically reducing venous return to the heart.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanajali spoken In Sanskrit by Kausthub Desikachar. This CD can be purchased at the Krishnamachuraya Yoga Mandiram

(Part 1 comment by a viewer: You should know that the first 7? and a half minutes are not Krisnamacarya, but his student, BKS Iyengar, who was then about 20 years old. The last minute or so is Krisnamacarya.)

3 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 2 of 6 (9:35)

4 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 3of 6 (9:44)

5 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 4 of 6 (2:40)

6 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 5 of 6 (9:30)

7 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 6 of 6 (5:48)

8 - Calming sound of water and crickets (2:30)

Program Part Two


10 - INDRA DEVI WITH KRISHNAMACHARYA 1988 MADRAS ª PARTE 2 (4:45) (no audio first 35 seconds, other soundless breaks too)




14 - Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer  (4:22)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 07 18

Welcome to this week's virtual kirtan gathering! Today's 62 minute playlist features Bend, Oregon's own Julie Southwell playing violin with Jai Uttal! Enjoy!

1 - The Gayatri Mantra - Music for a peaceful Planet by IndiaJiva 4:44

2 - Dave Stringer & C.c. White ~ Om Namah Shivaya ~ (1 of 2) 10:10

3 - Dave Stringer & C.c. White ~ Om Namah Shivaya ~ (2 of 2) 6:51

4 - Jai Jai Ma - Jai Uttal w/ Ankush Vimawala - Tabla, Julie Southwell - Violin, Lolo Woods - Backup 12:16

5 - "Radhe Govinda" - Jaya Lakshmi w/ Ankush Vimawala on Tabla 9:40

6 - Radhe Shyam - Krishna Das 10:00


8 - Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu by Deva Premal & Miten 1:43
Live at London Concert 13/07/2008

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Satsang 2011 07 12 with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Welcome to this 60-minute satsang featuring Sri Sri Ravi Shankar!

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.

In 1982, Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the center-piece of the Art of Living courses.

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1 - Gurudev Satsang - Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo (9:19)

2 - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar @ University of California, Berkeley (9:14)
"Uplifting Spirit through Education" - A talk by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
3 - JGD-Value of Singing (5:13)

4 - Radhe Radhe Govinda Radhe (6:42)
5 - Gurudev singing Jai Jai Radha Raman Hari Bol (3:36)

6 - Mind is a great factor in energy levels: Sri Sri Ravishankar (6:30)
7 - Consciousness vs Matter - a talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Jan 26th, 2011. Bangalore.(6:24)
8 - Believe that divinity is with you, nothing can harm you: Sri Sri Ravi (4:42)

9 - tryambakam mantra HD (9:32)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kirtan Playlist 2011 07 05

Welcome to Kirtan Community! Today's virtual gathering of eight songs features traditional Indian artists, and plays for 71 minutes.


1 - Ganesha Pancharatna Sthothram by M.S.Subbulakshmi 4:48

2 - Om Purnam Performed by Badahari Das 4:55

(Parts 3, 4, and 5 are videos from a longer concert with Shri Vinod Aggarwal. There are two additional parts to the Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha gathering, but Part 4 went blank at the 4-minutes mark and Part 5 was completely blank so they are not included in this playlist.)
3 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 1 14:34

4 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 2 12:22

5 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 3 12:20

6 - Lord Hanuman Bhajan - "Aaj Mangalvaar Hai" 9:05

7 - SITA RAMA Performed by Badahari Das 3:38

8 - Kanakadhara Stotram (to alleviate suffering & grant boons) Music by the Bombay Sisters 9:58

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