They say that in the Kali Yuga – that period in the vast Vedic cycle of ages at which the light of spirit is dimmest in the world: a sort of dark night of the soul on a cosmic scale – the most effective practice for most people is the repetition of the Divine Names. For thousands, Krishna Das’ recordings, kirtans, and workshops have been a doorway into that practice and a compelling taste of the sweetness of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion.
This CD/DVD set is both an overview of the journey so far and an excellent introduction to his work for those who are newly discovering it. The CD is a compilation of choice selections from his first five albums, as well as a new studio recording, “Bhajelo-ji Hanuman,” and a Dub Farm remix of “Baba Hanuman,” from Breath of the Heart. The DVD features Mahavir Michael Drumm’s feature-length documentary, One Life at a Time, a chronicle of Krishna Das’ life and journey that includes extensive live kirtan footage and in-depth interviews with KD, as well as insightful commentary from several friends and colleagues, including Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, John Friend and Ty Burhoe. The DVD also contains full-length videos of four of the live chants that are excerpted in the documentary, with audio playable in Dolby 5.1 or in stereo.
1. Bhajelo-ji Hanuman (13:07)
2. Namah Shivayah (7:15) Pilgrim Heart
3. Ma Durga (9:44) Breath of the Heart
4. Hara Hara Mahadev (4:32) One Track Heart
5. Mountain Hare Krishna (5:17) Pilgrim Heart
6. Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Re-mix) (7:26)
7. Shri Guru Charanam (5:56) Live on Earth
8. Devi Puja (10:13) Live on Earth
9. Mere Guru Dev (5:38) Door of Faith
10. Brindavan Hare Ram (6:12) One Track Heart
Movie: “One Life at a Time”
1. Baba Hanuman
2. Mere Guru Dev
3. Kainchi Hare Krishna
4. Jai Bhagavan
“ONE LIFE AT A TIME” DVD
This DVD, which is bundled with the Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga CD, has been referred to as “worth the price all on it’s own”.
It features the 50-minute documentary ONE LIFE AT A TIME, and also 60 minutes of kirtan recorded March 2003 in Los Angeles with 1000 chanters in attendance!
ONE LIFE AT A TIME was recorded over a year and a half, and features intimate one-on-one interview footage that includes stories and personal revelations from Krishna Das recorded at retreats at Shivananda in The Bahamas, Maui, The Omega Institute, Shivananda in upstate New York, The Self Realization Center in LA, and at KD’s home.
The film traces KD’s own spiritual path, and his relationship with Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba). The film brings Maharaj-ji’s presence front and center through the usage of a variety of film clips of him. The story is further fleshed out through the contributions of Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Ty Burhoe, KD’s daughter Janaki Kagel, and John Friend. A couple of tapings include very personal interaction between KD and Ram Dass. The film also takes us to Rick Rubin’s LA recording studio for up close exploration from the DOOR OF FAITH CD sessions. All creatively woven together, this movie truly opens the heart.
A major bonus is the inclusion of one hour’s worth of kirtan that is also utilized in the movie. The multi-camera footage is a very intimate opportunity for the viewer to “be with” KD in the comfort of their own home. The footage captures the devotion and power of the kirtan, and the 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound gives the viewer the chance to be in the middle of a thousand other chanters—it is an amazing aural experience that enables one to go deep!
The DVD was Produced and Directed By Mahavir Michael Drumm of Music Link Productions