Krishna Das – Pilgrim Heart – Ep. 146 – Shortcuts and Dead Ends

In this episode of Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das explores the importance of patience and how, when it comes to spiritual practice, shortcuts will only lead us to dead ends.

Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on February 17th, 2022. Be sure to subscribe to Krishna Das on Youtube to get new episodes of “Hanging Out In the Heart Space”, fresh music from KD and more: Krishna Das Music

“There’s no shortcuts. Every shortcut, while it might seem it’s getting you in the right direction, is a dead end, ultimately. One has to transform one’s self through personal effort. And yet, the irony is that our efforts can only go so far. We can only cup our hands, we can’t make it rain. Luckily, it’s raining all the time. So all we have to do is cup our hands and they will fill with water.” – Krishna Das

In this episode of Pilgrim Heart: 

  • Krishna Das does a variety of chants, including one to his guru, Maharaj-ji
  • He offers wisdom to his audience, including how to deal with stress in times of great difficulty, how reincarnation works, and why it can be difficult to be authentic and kind
  • Krishna Das explores the importance of patience and how, when it comes to spiritual practice, shortcuts will only lead us to dead ends
  • He offers further advice on dealing with difficult family members, facing suicidal feelings, and confronting humiliating thoughts
About Krishna Das:

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Grammy nominee, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time. His album ‘Live Ananda’ (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.

KD spent the late ’60s traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass, and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him to Ram Dass’ own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as Maharaj-ji.

Krishna Das now travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life, of Maharaji-ji, of his life on the Path and discusses bringing chanting into our lives through retreats and workshops. To date, KD has released 15 well-received albums, most recently Trust in the Heart released in October 2017.

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Listen to more from Krishna Das: 
Bring back the wandering mind in Episode 126 of Pilgrim Heart: Come Home to the Chant
Learn about Transforming Negative Karmas with David Nichtern and Krishna Das
Hear about the power of mantra repetition in Ep. 70 of Pilgrim Heart

Tune into Episode 108 of Pilgrim Heart to hear Krishna Das do A Chant to Neem Karoli Baba
Learn more about the ways that Peace Comes From Practice in Episode 102 of the Pilgrim Heart Podcast
Tune into Ep. 89 of Metta Hour featuring Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg to learn about finding direction