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Sarasota Weekly Community Kirtan

Please come and join us as we chant the Divine names – in gratitude for our blessings and in prayer for those in need. Chanting has a way of connecting us to each other and to the Truth that dwells within each of us: pure Divine love. 7pm – 9pm, every Friday at Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.

Our kirtan practice is grounded in Bhakti Yoga, frequently defined as the yoga of devotion. More importantly, perhaps, is the Seva (aka “service”) aspect of Bhakti, where we offer our efforts to help others as a prayer to our chosen Divinity. Ultimately, that’s what these weekly kirtans are about, an opportunity to express gratitude in song and to share our blessings with those in need. These events are free of charge and we will be accepting donations, which are optional, for the benefit of the All Faiths Food Bank, which provides much needed food to the economically challenged people of Sarasota and Desoto counties.

 

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Sarasota Weekly Kirtan at Unity is Back!

I am happy to let you know that our Friday night interfaith kirtan at Unity of Sarasota returned on September 8 and it was a very sweet night spent chanting the Divine names while asking for protection from the approaching Hurricane Irma.  So, on this coming Friday night, September 15, from 7 until 9pm, we will sing in gratitude for avoiding the worst of the storm and will send out blessings to those who haven’t been so lucky.  Please join us as we join our voices in prayer and practice.  Sri Guru Charanam.

Our kirtan practice is grounded in Bhakti Yoga, frequently defined as the yoga of devotion. More importantly, perhaps, is the Seva (aka “service”) aspect of Bhakti, where we offer our efforts to help others as a prayer to our chosen Divinity. Ultimately, that’s what these weekly kirtans are about, an opportunity to express gratitude in song and to share our blessings with those in need. These events are free of charge and we will be accepting donations, which are optional, for the benefit of the All Faiths Food Bank, which provides much needed food to the economically challenged people of Sarasota and Desoto counties.

Please know that the only requirement is a beating heart and a voice! If you don’t wish to sing, come anyway and listen and / or clap along!!! Please note that this is a community effort and we strongly encourage all to consider introducing and leading chants. Musical ability is not required as this is not music but prayer in song. We also encourage chanting that is light hearted, joyous and ecstatic!!! Please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRQKirtan or our website at https://www.srqkirtan.wordpress.com/.

The SRQ Community Kirtan is supported by the funding and mission of the Call and Response Foundation (www.callandresponsefoundation.org). Call and Response collaborates with local grassroots organizers to host affordable weekly kirtan events. The Sarasota kirtan community is vibrant, joyous and growing. Please join us…..and bring your friends. Chant and be happy!!!!

Bhakti in Action!

Holy smokes!!! Great crowd at Unity of SRQ tonight for our weekly kirtan. We created amazing vibrations of sound, devotion and love. Above it all and part of it all, we raised $176.00 for the All Faiths Food Bank!!! Thank you all for your generosity and for sharing your hearts and voices. Thanks as well to Stevananda and Tej for leading beautiful chants and to Hukam for his rock solid drumming and support. I love you all and feel so very blessed for our SRQ kirtan community. And, last but certainly not least, thanks to Jen Canfield and the generous souls who fund the Call & Response Foundation for facilitating the creation of our weekly SRQ kirtan group…..and for paying the rent!!!  Jai Hanuman, Jai Sita Ram!!!

Jai Hanuman!

Very sweet night at Unity of SRQ for our weekly kirtan. We had a number of people who had never been there, including a couple of beautiful high school folks who expressed interest in evangelizing kirtan to their friends! We went deep and raised much needed funds for the All Faiths Food Bank – to help feed the needy kids of Sarasota and Desoto counties. Special thanks to Larry for his solid drumming and to all for singing the names of God with open hearts and lots of soul. I am truly blessed to know and chant with you. Thank you. Jai Ram!!!!

Hanuman

Thank You – Bhakti in Action

Thanks to all who have attended our first three Friday night kirtans at Unity of Sarasota.  So far we have raised almost $200 for the All Faiths Food Bank, which provides much needed food to the economically challenged people of Sarasota and Desoto counties.

Our kirtan practice is grounded in Bhakti Yoga, frequently defined as the yoga of devotion.  More importantly, perhaps, is the Seva (aka “service”) aspect of Bhakti, where we offer our efforts to help others as a prayer to our chosen Divinity.  Ultimately, that’s what these weekly kirtans are about, an opportunity to express gratitude in song and to share our blessings with those in need.

See you on the Path!  Ram Ram.  jb

Thank You

Wow! What an amazing beginning for our weekly kirtan at Unity of Sarasota!! Thanks to all who came out and shared your hearts and voices. It’s so nice to meet people that are new to our chanting community and to sing again with old friends. We also thank you for your generosity – we raised $87 for the All Faiths Food Bank! I am beyond grateful and surely blessed to know each and every one of you. Thank you Unity of Sarasota for your openness in allowing us to utilize such a wonderful space….with perfect acoustics. I hope to see you all again soon. Namaste. Joe

SRQ Weekly Kirtan Starts Friday, January 6 at 7pm @ Garden of the Heart Yoga!!!

Please come out and celebrate the first Call & Response Foundation – sponsored weekly kirtan event in Sarasota.  Joe Bruno will start things off at 7pm and all are encouraged to lead a chant of their own should they wish.  Musical ability is not important as this is not music but prayer set to song.  Hope to see you in the bhav (aka state of bliss).  Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.