Jai Shri Krishna! To all who stopped by our table to talk and reminisce about Shyamdas, to inquire about our mission and projects, and to peruse Shyamdas’ bhakti publications, thank you! It was a true pleasure to meet and share satsang with you all. As usual, many attendees at Bhaktifest were remembering their ecstatic meetings with Shyamdas and the power of his voice and presence, and expressed the longing to learn more of his life and legacy.
Our deep thanks to Sridhar, Amy, Mark, Samantha and the rest of the Bhaktifest production crew for allowing us to attend and represent the Foundation, and to Narayan, Vitthaldas, Madhu, Amit, and Yoga Now Chicago for the inspiration and support getting there. I was invited up to the main stage on multiple occasions to speak, read from Shyamdas’ books and invite everyone to our upcoming Kirtan Retreat at Ananda Ashram.
Bhaktifest Midwest artist David Newman (Durga Das), whom we are thrilled to have sing for us on Sunday afternoon at our Ananda retreat this fall, spoke lovingly of Shyamdas during his beautiful acoustic bhakti workshop, which was one of the highlights of the weekend in my book!
Saul David Raye, a dear friend and frequent guest at Shyamdas’ residence in Braj, eloquently offered his gratitude and admiration for Shyamdas during his absolutely ecstatic mainstage performance.
Govind Das, a true bhakta and loving host of our Bhakti Yoga Shala event last week, remembered Shyamdas sweetly at Bhaktifest Midwest and continues to support the Shyamdas Foundation and our future trajectory.
Nina Rao, who delighted all as usual at Bhaktifest with her Hanuman Chalisa workshops and kirtans, offered us her invaluable advice for the planning of the Foundation’s upcoming kirtan festival and will join us there, September 25-27 at Ananda Ashram…Hope you can all be there too!
Until then, jai ho, and stay in the bhava!