Wild Moon Bhaktas at Spirit United Church

Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Spirit United Church is a welcoming and open-minded congregation in Minneapolis who invited the Wild Moon Bhaktas to lead their service We led a couple of chants and then told the story of Tibet’s great yogi, Milarepa, a moving tale about the power of perseverance and practice on the spiritual path. Here we are at the church, with our good friend, Will Kemperman sitting for Gary Waryan who was away. Thanks to Ron, Karen, Ellen and Joan for helping make it happen!

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A poem by Rumi: The Clear Bead at the Center

The Wild Moon Bhaktas at First Unitarian Society, July, 2015

The Wild Moon Bhaktas at First Unitarian Society, July, 2015

“The Clear Bead at the Center
changes everything
There are no edges to my loving now.

I’ve heard it said, there’s a window
that opens from one mind to another.
But if there is no wall
there is no window,
And if there is no window,
there is no need for a latch

There are no edges to my loving now.
The clear bead at the center
changes everything. – Rumi, translation by Bly & Coleman

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Wild Moon Bhaktas at River Garden Yoga Center, St. Paul

We are happy to be bringing our music to River Garden Yoga. Lots of friends, yogis, various seekers and new faces were there. Our guest percussionist Will Kemperman joined us, and he took these two photos, of the band and Christine. Here is a photo of him, too. River Garden is located in an old, historic building on West 7th in St. Paul and has good vibes!

Here are a couple lines from the great Bhakti poet, Kabir (15th century, India; version by R. Bly): “If you don’t break your ropes while you are still alive, Do you think ghosts will do it for you after? If you make love with the Divine now, In the next life, you will have the face of satisfied desire.”

Wild Moon Bhaktas at River Garden Yoga, July 2015

Wild Moon Bhaktas at River Garden Yoga, July 2015

Christine Larson

Christine Larson

Will Kemperman

Will Kemperman

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St. Valentine’s with the Wild Moon Bhaktas

An evening of chanting, Sufi love poetry and music. The poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, and Kabir reveal cosmic expressions of love that both expand the heart and boggle the rational mind. Check out the flyerBigRiverValentinesFLyerFeb2015PDF

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New Year’s Kirtan 2014

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A spirited night – New Year’s Kirtan with the Wild Moon Bhaktas – pictured here, and Blue Spirit Wheel from Atlanta and the Twin Cities’ own Kirtan Path, with the Sons of Shiva providing some late night chanting. A wonderfully attended event. Outside, it was cold. Inside, dancing, and singing to the Great Spirit! Thanks to our good friend Pascale LaPointe and her team for putting on another memorable evening.

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Christine Larson on violin performs with the Wild Moon Bhaktas

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We have been fortunate to be playing with Christine Larson, violinist. Music has been in Christine’s life since early childhood. By age 10 she was pursuing classical training on violin, eventually playing with symphony orchestras and classical ensembles. She also branched out – with her instrument and her voice – to folk music and beyond. Christine brings her two decades of practice in meditation, yoga, and earth-based spirituality to her music – you can hear it!

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Flyer Art of the Wild Moon Bhaktas

We work to get the word out about our chanting and kirtan programs. Here is some of our flyer art. Click to open the PDF. WMBFirstUnitaJune-July2014FlyerPDFWMBFlyerBigRiverYogaMay2014 PDF

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October 2014 Events with the Wild Moon Bhaktas and Friends

The Wild Moon Bhaktas continue their music, chanting and kirtan. New material, new talent, new and older locations where we hold our programs. Here are a couple of images from Living Waters Café / Center for Harmonious Living. Special guests included Christine Larson, violin and Will Kemperman, percussion. 100_0843100_0847

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Rehearsal February 2014

It is February, and it is cold outside. We are drinking tea and rehearsing for an upcoming chanting and kirtan event at First Unitarian Society. WMBRehearsalFeb2014

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New players

WMBsLailaAp2014IMG_2052We are fortunate to be playing with some talented new musicians and vocalists. Barbara Meyer, songstress, roots-music woman and band-leader has been performing with us regularly for a couple of years now. You can hear her vocals on our ‘From the Ganges to the Mississippi’ CD. Yea, Barbara! We look forward to continuing this creative relationship! We have also played with flautist Leila Vera Om, who brings her talents and great sense of fun to the group. We look forward to playing with her again, too! Finally, Christine Larson, violin has also shared her talents with us, most recently at our May 10th event at Big River Yoga in Minneapolis, and again, May 31st, at the First Unitarian Society. We hope to see you there!

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