Krishna Das – Pilgrim Heart – Ep. 153 – Love Lives Within Us

Explaining love as our true nature, Krishna Das describes the benefit of relationships and accessing our own internal well of love.

Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on April 7th, 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 is nothing wrong with love. The spiritual path is nothing but love. Relationships can really show you where your work has to be done and what work you have to do. Because you will see that they’ll be times when that beautiful romantic relationship looks like and feels like shit and torture. I guarantee it. Sooner or later. It may not last, but you’re going to go through everything in the relationship if you are really in relationship and you’re being honest with yourself and the other person. Relationships are wonderful opportunities to do a lot of work on ourselves.” – Krishna Das

This time on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das divulges:
  • The different versions of The Bhagavad Gita
  • Giving our full concentration to the mantra
  • How to be in the “I am” instead of the “me”
  • Regular practice over time as the path to truth
  • Understanding through practice rather than intellectual concepts
  • Relationships and seeing where our work needs to be done
  • Love as a true and constant nature
  • Calming our minds down with chanting and meditation
  • The way we are in relationship with everything all the time

“When we’re in a romantic relationship, we feel loved in the way we want to be loved, and we think it’s coming from the other person. It isn’t. It’s coming from our hearts…love lives within us as our own true nature. You don’t get love from somebody. You can get affection, but real love doesn’t come and go. It’s always here because it’s reality.” – Krishna Das 

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