Dave Russell Kirtan

Dave’s Kirtan Approach

My kirtans fuse musicality, devotion, spiritual learning, and a sense of humor. Chants range from gentle and sweet to totally rocking. Infuse yourself with the powerful healing of group singing of mantras. Let your mind take a backseat to your heart.

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CANCELLED: SUNDAY, APRIL 5: EASTHAMPTON, MA: 7:00 pm (yes, now 7:00 pm!) to 8:30 pm. Sacred Roots Healing, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Suite 246. Chairs and cushions available. $10 to $20 at the door. Credit cards accepted.

MAY (POSTPONED UNTIL ?) EASTHAMPTON, MA: 7:00 pm (yes, 7:00!) to 8:30 pm. Sacred Roots Healing, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Suite 246. Chairs and cushions available. $10 to $20 at the door. Credit cards accepted.

JUNE (WHO KNOWS? ) EASTHAMPTON, MA: 7:00 pm (yes, 7:00!) to 8:30 pm. Sacred Roots Healing, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Suite 246. Chairs and cushions available. $10 to $20 at the door. Credit cards accepted.

Bio

The seed of my spiritual journey goes back to the music of George Harrison whose use of Indian instruments and deeply reflective lyrics (e.g. ‘Within You and Without You’ in 1967) bowled me over. On Harrison’s heels, I received initiation, while in high school, into Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation (TM).

I moved along from TM to be a devotee of Swami Satchidananda in 1971. He was so full of love and wisdom (and humor). I had first seen him when he opened the 1969 Woodstock Music festival leading 400,000 of us chanting ‘Om Shanti Om’. By 1971, I was living in his Integral Yoga Institute ashram where I studied Eastern scriptures, underwent yoga teacher training, and was mentored to lead Friday night kirtans. Satchidananda impacted me hugely through his teachings. Simply being in his presence so many times, I experienced so much love radiating from him. By late 1972, I met Ram Dass who had just returned from India after having had a total life transformation from Harvard professor to a spiritual devotee of Neem Karoli Baba (aka Maharaji)…. (continue reading)

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“Dave Russell offers wonderful insight into the meaning of the kirtan chants and how they affect you on an energetic, spiritual and emotional level. The chants that he uses are beautiful melodies that are both enjoyable to sing and very helpful in opening your heart and feeling peace and joy.” – John Bauman