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March 2020 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE READ.

Due to the spread of Covid-19 virus. Shelter in place order is in effect. Many if not all kirtan events are cancelled. Please check with the VENUE for safety before travelling to the event.

I will update online kitan events that utilize video conference.

Many Online / streaming event here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/166399253494846/

Please stay home and be safe.

People who enjoy or are curious about kirtan and South Asian spritual music are all welcome.

Singers and musicians who help enhance kirtans and South Asian Spritual music experience are also welcome to post their events here. Please message me related events and I will post them in event section.

Kirtan or qawwali to me are types of sound meditation. You participating and experiencing kirtan or qawwali events is our goal.

Our focus is personal spritual experience and non-religious.

If you would like to read about Bhakti movement's origin and development in South Asia please read:

https://www.livemint.com/Sundayapp/0irwa2rMY1lUJKtPEtX4sO/A-brief-history-of-the-Bhakti-movement.html

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhakti_movement#:~:text=The%20Bhakti%20movement%20originated%20in,century%20Bengal%20and%20northern%20India.

Upcoming events (5)

Free Spirit Festival

Bhakti SF

Feast, dance, sing and learn! 🍕 😋 🎶 🎷 This is the main community night at the Bhakti Center and it features live mantra meditation followed by an interactive workshop on yoga philosophy. There is awesome, mind-blowing vegan food every week!! These events take place on Sundays (rain or shine) at Bhakti SF, 1227 Folsom St, San Francisco. Bring an empty stomach and a happy spirit, and some musical instruments for a blissful evening. All welcome! When: Every Sunday 5pm Where: 1227 Folsom Street, San Francisco Cost: $7 at the door ($10 after 5:30 PM) www.bhaktisf.com

Thursday Night Kirtan

Bhakti SF

streaming link https://zoom.us/j/4422197930?pwd=NUs1YXluWVVoS2VuSFFSTVNMcjExUT09 Sing, move, dance! Mantra meditation or "kirtan" is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences this type of meditation differently. You can think of it as a sing-along. You can sing, or dance, or just observe. Mantra chanting is easy and it can yield great benefits for physical and mental health. This night includes a wonderful vegan meal cooked with devotion – Daal, rice, salad and dessert. Bhakti Center warmly invites you to experience this wonderful event every Thursday from 6:30 - 8 PM. Donation $10

Sufi Poetry and Music with Anhad Naad (Zoom)

Online event

Sufi Poetry and Music with Anhad Naad (Zoom) Translation of poetry ( lyric) and brief explanation before each song. Saturday, September 26, 7pm - 8:30pm (Pacific) $10 or $20 sliding scale REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE (a zoom link will be provided via confirmation email) register : https://integralyogasf.org/event/kirtan-2 One of the songs we are planning to perform: Man Kunto Maula by Amir Khusro (1253–1325) Lyrics: Shah-E-Mardaan, Shair-E-Yazdaan, Qoowwat-E-Parwardigaar, La Fata illa Ali, La Saif illa Zulfiqaar King of the brave, the Lion of God The Strength of the The Lord, There is no one like Ali, There is no sword like Zulfiqaar Man Kunto Maula Fa haza Ali-un Maula Whomever I am master to, Ali is his Master too. (Abstract Sufi Chants follows) Dara Dil E Dara Dil E Dar E Dani Hum Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray Om Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray Yalali Yalali ala, Yala Ray Tanana Tanana Tanana Tanana Tum Tanana Nana, Tana Nana Ray… Enter into the heart, Enter into the heart, Melt therein, You and me Sing inside in sweet melody. Maula Ali Maula Maula Ali Maula Master is Ali, Master is he Haider-E-Um Qalandaram Mastam Banda-E-Murtaza Ali Hastam Peshwa-E-Tamaam Rindanam K Sag-E-Koh-E-Shair-E-Yazdanam Ali Maula, Maula Ali Maula Maula Ali Maula, Maula Ali Maula A Haidari (Haidar is a title for Imam Ali which means Golden), a mystic drowned in devotion am I Nothing more than a humble servant of Ali-e-Murtaza (Ali the Chosen of God) am I And yet the foremost amongst all mystics am I For a dog laying in the street of my Lord Ali, am I. ----------------------------- Jogi De Naal ( I want to go with Yogi) based on Bulleh Shah's 1680–1757 Heer and Ranjha epic. Excerpt: 1) Makeh gaya gal mukde naheen 2) Pawain so so jummay parrh aeey Going to Makkah is not the ultimate Even if hundreds of prayers are offered 3) Ganga gaya gal mukde naheen 4) Pawain so so gotey khaeey Going to River Ganges is not the ultimate Even if hundreds of cleansing (Baptisms) are done 5) Gaya gaya gal mukde naheen 6) Pawain so so pand parrhaeey Going to Gaya is not the ultimate Even if hundreds of worships are done 7) Bulleh Shah gal taeyon mukdee 8 ) Jadon May nu dilon gawaeey Bulleh Shah the ultimate is When the “I” is removed from the heart 9) Parrh parrh alam fazal hoya 10) Kadee apnay aap nu parrhaya ye naeen [He] Read a lot and became a scholar But [he] never read himself 11) Ja ja warrda mandir maseetey 12) Kadi man apnay which warrya ye naeen [He] goes enters into the temple & mosque But [he] never entered into his own heart 13) Aewaien roz shaitan naal larrdaan 14) Kadee nafs apnay naal larrya ye naeen He fights with the devil every day for nothing He never wrestled with his own ego 15) Bulleh Shah asmani udeeyan pharrda 16) Jayrra ghar baitha onu pharrya ye naeen Bulleh Shah he grabs for heavenly flying things But doesn’t grasp the one who’s sitting at home 17) Ratee jagayn tay shaikh sada wayn 18) Parr raat nu jaagan kutay, tay to utay Religious scholars stay awake at night But dogs stay awake at night, higher than you 19) Ratee bhonkon bass na karday 20) Fayr ja larraa which sutay, tay to utay They don’t cease from barking at night Then they go sleep in yards, higher than you 21) Yaar da buha mool na chhad-dey 22) Pawain maro so so jutay, tay to utay They [dogs] don’t leave the beloved’s doorstep Even if they’re beaten hundreds of times, higher than you 35) Ahdo-n Ahmad naam dharaya 36) Nee may jana Jogi dey naal He changed his name from Ahad (One God) to Ahmad (Prophet Mohammad PBUH) I’m going together with Jogi 37) Koi kissay day naal koi kissay day naal 38) May jogi day naal naal Someone’s with someone else, this one’s with that one I’m together with Jogi 39) Jidoon dee may jogi dee hoyee 40) May which may na reh gayee koi Since I have become Jogi’s I have no “I” left in me 49) Jogi meyrey naal naal 50) May jogi day naal naal 51) Nee may jana jogi day naal Jogi is with me I am with Jogi I’m going together with Jogi

Free Spirit Festival

Bhakti SF

Feast, dance, sing and learn! 🍕 😋 🎶 🎷 This is the main community night at the Bhakti Center and it features live mantra meditation followed by an interactive workshop on yoga philosophy. There is awesome, mind-blowing vegan food every week!! These events take place on Sundays (rain or shine) at Bhakti SF, 1227 Folsom St, San Francisco. Bring an empty stomach and a happy spirit, and some musical instruments for a blissful evening. All welcome! When: Every Sunday 5pm Where: 1227 Folsom Street, San Francisco Cost: $7 at the door ($10 after 5:30 PM) www.bhaktisf.com

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Thursday Night Kirtan

Bhakti SF

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