Wild Moon Bhaktas at Sacred Waters in Jordan, MN

“We are the mirror and the face in the mirror.  / We are tasting eternity.  /  We are pain and what cures pain. / And the sweet cool water in a jar of rain.”   –  Rumi

On October 5, 2019, the Wild Moon Bhaktas were invited to lead a kirtan event at Patti Roberts’s Sacred Waters yoga and spiritual center in Jordan, MN.  It was a delight!  Here we are:

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Wild Moon Bhaktas at Big River Yoga

On July 13, 2019, the band played at one of our favorite places, Big River Yoga, in Minneapolis.  This is a lovely center just a couple blocks from the Mississippi River.  Here are a couple of photos from the event.

   

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5th Annual Great Mother Chant

On May 11th, 2019, the Wild Moon Bhaktas’ 6 person big band and Kirtan Path played three hours of chants to the Divine Feminine at Tula Yoga in St. Paul.  We donate a portion of the proceeds to environmental causes, in honor of our Mother Earth!  Here are some images from the event, and the flyer.

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The Sacred Chants of Yogananda, January 2019

We performed our  second annual Sacred Chants of Yogananda event, with the Wild Moon Bhaktas and Rev. Alan Pritz at Weyerhauser Chapel at the Macalester Campus in St. Paul.  It is a beautiful room and we filled it with the music of the great Paramahansa Yogananda!  Many Americans have been touched by his teachings, and a number of them came out to sing his deeply devotional chants.

“Night and day, night and day, I look for Thee night and day.  Door of my heart, open wide I keep for Thee.”  – Yogananda

 

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Rumi Celebration, 2018

Our 20th annual night of music, chanting, poetry and sacred dance in honor of Sufism’s greatest poet, Jelaluddin Rumi.  With the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Hakim Bushnell of Light Upon Light Sufi Center and Rev. Ted Tollefson.  Over a hundred people came to Tula Yoga in St. Paul for the event, which features an open mic.  People come up and recite their favorite Rumi poem while the Wild Moon Bhaktas’ provide background music.  Pictured is the band, and Ted Tollefson providing an introduction to the evening.

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Andrea Sullivan performs with the Wild Moon Bhaktas

Andrea Sullivan will by performing with the group periodically. Andrea brings years of experience as a performing musician and kirtan and chanting lover. She sings, plays the harp and violin. Join us in welcoming Andrea to the group!

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Why Not Wake Up? Our Second CD Release

We are happy to announce the release of our second CD! Lovingly created over four years! Includes some of our favorite chants, Om Mani Padme Hum, La Illaha, Durgayai, Rama Bolo, and Why Not Wake Up? We recorded with expert world beat engineer Greg Shutte at Bathtub Shrine Studio. Guests artists included Barbara Meyer and Kitty Newton on vocals, Greg Shutte on percussion, Peter Schimke on keyboards and Blair Krivanek on guitar. And of course, the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Gary Waryan, tablas, David Ballman, vocals, tambura and percussion, Christine Larson, vocals and violin and David Schmit, vocals, guitars and accordion.

Back cover of the CD
Inside CD Sleeve
Inside CD Sleeve
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Communal Chanting with the Wild Moon Bhaktas

We keep on keepin’ on! The Wild Moon Bhaktas have played well over 100 chanting, kirtan & spiritual music events in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Here is a portion of a poem by Kabir, the 15th century Indian luminary of the Bhakti-Yoga movement:

Throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in who, you, are. 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 satified desire.

The Wild Moon Bhaktas with special guest Will Kemperman, playing at Tula Yoga in 2018
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Our 9th Year!

October 2018 will mark our 9th year leading chanting and kirtan events in Minnesota.  We look forward to another year of communal chanting, sacred music, joy, spiritual awareness and deepening consciousness.  Join us for one of our events.  Here is the flyer for our next event, Saturday, September 8th at Big River Yoga in Minneapolis.

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2018 Great Mother Chant

Our 4th Annual Great Mother Chant – three hours of chanting in honor of the Divine Feminine  – was held May 12, 2018 at Tula Yoga in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Chanting leaders  Colleen Buckman – Kalyani and Temple of Light joined the Wild Moon Bhaktas for this special evening of communal chanting and music.  We chanted nothing but chants to the Great Mother Power!   Thanks to Tula Yoga for hosting the event! As part of the event, a donation to Friends of the Mississippi was made to support their environmental work.  Here are some pictures from the evening.

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