Recorded at Neem Karoli Baba’s Temple in Kainchi with Sri Mata-ji’s blessings in October, 2004. Prema, Nina Rao, John, Lila and Ambika Cooper, Sydney and Kevin, Revati Pelan, Kate, Ramananda, Shyama Chapin and Jon Seskevich with Dassima recording. At the beginning is a glimpse of KK.
Aarti is practiced every day, morning and evening, at all the temples in Maharajji’s ashrams.
This is the Aarti practice done at the Mahasamdhi Temple of India’s great saint Neeb Karoli Baba / Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji in Vrindavan, India on the morning of Hanuman Jayanti in 1999.
Aarti is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of fire rituals, or homa. In the traditional aarti ceremony, the flower represents the earth (solidity), the water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with the water element (liquidity), the lamp or candle represents the fire component (heat), the peacock fan conveys the precious quality of air (movement), and the yak-tail fan represents the subtle form of ether (space). The incense represents a purified state of mind, and one’s “intelligence” is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings. Thus, one’s entire existence and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the Lord via the aarti ceremony. (Wikipedia)
Aarti is offered to Maharajji with the Utmost Love and Gratitude.
Hanumanji on his way to the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple in Taos, NM - making a pit stop in Arroyo Seco, NM.
Hanuman Murti destined for the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram & Hanuman Temple in Taos, NM - a rare look at Hanumanji before painting.
Jai Guru Dev!
tvameva mātā ca pitā tvameva
tvameva bandhuśca sakhā tvameva
tvameva vidyā draviṇaṁ tvameva
tvameva sarvaṁ mama devadeva 
You (the Guru) are the mother, you are the father. You are the brother, you are the friend. You are knowledge, you are wealth. You are everything, my lord of lords.
Trevor and Maharajji at “A Night in the Village” 5/11/12 (Taken with instagram)
“When you sing Hari’s name, feel that the Lord is seated in your heart, that every name of the Lord is filled with divine potencies, that the old vicious samskaras (thought and behavior patterns) and vasanas (mental waves) are burnt by the power of the Name, that the mind is filled with purity, that passion and inertia are completely destroyed and that the veil of ignorance is torn down. Meditate on His form and attributes also. Then only will you get maximum benefit from kirtan”
- Swami Sivananda
The documentary on Krishna Das is coming out soon!
World premiere at the Maui Film Festival on June 17, 2012 at 5:30PM.
He is the real Sadhu, who can reveal the form of the Formless to the vision of these eyes;
Who teaches the simple way of attaining Him, that is other than rites or ceremonies;
Who does not make you close the doors, and hold the breath, and renounce the world;
Who makes you perceive the Supreme Spirit wherever the mind attaches itself;
Who teaches you to be still in the midst of all your activities.
Ever immersed in bliss, having no fear in his mind, he keeps the spirit of union in the midst of all enjoyments.
The infinite dwelling of the Infinite Being is everywhere: in earth, water, sky, and air;
Firm as the thunderbolt, the seat of the seeker is established above the void.
He who is within is without: I see Him and none else.
Altar for the divine Guru Sri Neem Karoli Baba, Lord Rama, Mata Sita, Lakshman, and Hanuman - roses in the name of Sri Ram. Kali Baba Temple, IL