The Shyamdas Foundation was graciously invited to Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, CA last month to share Shyamdas’ books and CDs, his newly released Inner Goddess audio CD, and our foundation’s tree project with Bhakti Fest’s devoted crowds. As guests of kirtan record label Mantralogy in their center stage tent, we were able to fully soak in the bhava of this great event. The Bhakti Fest organizers went so far as to dedicate the festival to Shyamdas this year:
DJ Drez opened with a remix of Wandering with Shyam, featuring clips of Shyamdas from his audio book CD Lover’s Life. MC Yogi began his set with a heartfelt shout out to Shyamdas, encouraging the audience to get to know his works and sweetly describing a beam of bhakti light that burst forth when Shyamdas left his body, carrying his inspired devotional mood and insights even wider out into the world. True to this vision, Shyamdas’ many other friends, including presenters Radhanath Swami, Adam Bauer, Mark Whitwell, Jai Uttal, Deva Premal and Miten, Prema Hara (Kamaniya and Keshavacharya), Karnamrita, DJ Drez and others all had Shyamdas on their hearts and minds as they shared their devotional insights with the throngs of desert dwelling bhakti seekers.
In a main stage address to the crowd on Friday night, Bhakti Fest founder Sridhar and emcee Shiva Baum invoked Shyamdas along with all the other great teachers that have illuminated the bhakti path before us. They encouraged everyone to tune into the beautiful live CD of Shyamdas’ peak performance at Bhakti Fest Midwest 2012 (Hari Lila) [reviewed here by LA Yoga magazine] as well as the newly released audio book Inner Goddess, in which Shyamdas reads from his book by the same title. Both CDs are produced by and available at Mantralogy. We look forward to sharing more of Shyamdas’ publications and Foundation projects at upcoming Bhakti Fest events. Until then, “Be in the Bhava!”