Krishna Das joins Nikki to share how developing the ability to let go through spiritual practices, like chanting mantra, can angle us back towards love and the vast silence of being.
Nikki Walton welcomes kirtan wallah and host of the Pilgrim Heart Podcast, Krishna Das, to New Growth. Expressing that Krishna Das’ music and chanting have been the soundtrack and steady baseline rhythm to her year in 2020, Nikki lays out the blueprint for the conversation as one focused on sharing the practice of chanting–the methodology, the benefits, and the reasoning–with people who may be unfamiliar. Of course, there is something for every level of inquiry, as Krishna Das and Nikki dive into topics of spiritual practice, the silence of being, suffering, letting go, finding your true self, mantra, the Names of God, India, and Neem Karoli Baba, Maharajji.
Reading from St. John of the Cross, Krishna Das permeates the scene with the deep recognition of the reality of the silence that is cradling all form, all existence. This silence is not simply an absence of noise or an absence of thought; it’s the vast, all-encompassing presence in which we live. Through this lens, Nikki and Krishna Das explore the process of cultivating inner-silence through chanting practice to become more fully in tune with the heart, and the infinite, boundless present moment.
Touching on a theme from Krishna Das’ book, Chants of a Lifetime, Nikki shares the wisdom that when we are repeating or singing mantras, that we are chanting from the space of love, to the space of love. Warning not to get too caught in revelation or understanding, Krishna Das further boils down mantra practice to it’s base, which is simply; chanting and letting go. Developing this ability to let go helps diminish fear, building strength, confidence, and connection.