In Buddhism, "kirtan" chants are a practice—like meditating, mantras, and mindfulness—to inhabit the present, or in the words of Ram Dass, to "be here now." Krishna Das was a student of Ram Dass in the '60s, and he later met the guru's guru, Neem Karoli Baba, AKA the Maharaj-ji. Krishna Das got big into kirtans and, as a fan of American folk and rock, adapted them for a Western audience. Now, I know what you're thinking: "What is this hippie bullshit? I ain't going to see anyone called 'yoga's rockstar.'" But I implore you: filling up the Crystal Ballroom with ragas and droning, melodic call-and-response chants could be just as transcendental as plunging into the freezing ocean, downward-facing dog, or a chomping a few magic mushrooms. This shit can get real if you let it. So shut your blathering mind up for a moment and dive in. ANDREW R. TONRY
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