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Stream of Bhakti
50 minutes | May 10, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 32: Integrity in Bhakti
Nitai discusses with guest Bhaktimarga Swami about the great warrior/sage Bhishma. Bhishma always fought for a higher cause than himself, never seeking his own glory. Even though he was the most powerful warrior of his time, he was slain on the battlefield. Still, he spent his last breath speaking of dharma and spiritual perfection. The integrity of his spiritual life remained intact until his last moment. He is a hero in the Bhakti tradition to this day.
67 minutes | May 8, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 31: We are back...with some changes
We’re Back! We’ve been busy since our last episode remodelling Stream of Bhakti. Nitai and Ani discuss the changes and where you will find us live from now on. Today’s episode recaps our voyage through the Bhagavatam thus far, focusing especially on the questions put forward by this great Bhakti text. Although an ancient book, it remains relevant and transformational to this day.
58 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 30: How Yoga Changes our Objectives
Nitai and Ani talk about the art of reading ancient texts while applying the wisdom in practical life today, and how different understandings lead to different outcomes.
60 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 29: Lean Into Bhakti
Nitai and Kala talk about how a Bhakti yogi deals with life’s turmoils, internal vs external renunciation, how to become the most gentle, and the story of the touchstone.
57 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 28: Prayers of Queen Kunti
In honour of Women's History Month, we invited Kala and Manjari to do this episode going through the prayers of Queen Kunti. Our two guest hosts provided valuable insight into the female experience of Bhakti both in the pages of the Bhagavatam and the present day. They discussed how mothers are the first Gurus, who are some female heroes in the Bhakti movement and Kunti's address to Krishna in the mood of poetic kinship.
69 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 27: The Story of Queen Kunti
Nitai and Ani are joined by Kala and Krishna Prana to introduce one of the greatest women in Bhakti, Queen Kunti. We will be discussing her powerful meditations over the next few weeks with the women from the Kirtan Vancouver team who will help us unpack the Queen’s greatness as a Bhakti yogi.
62 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 26: The Sword Falls
Nitai and Ani discuss how suffering awakens compassion in the heart of a Bhakti yogi, the importance of the Bhakti practices, and Arjuna‘s decision about the life of Ashvatthama.
60 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 25: Divine Engineering 101
Nitai and Ani continue to discuss the tragedy of Ashvatthama, how life’s difficulties are engineered to reveal our inner qualities, how our relationship with divinity can be appreciated and perceived, and why we resonate when we see Bhakti qualities in others. And don’t miss Ani’s touching memories of his daughter Vidya’s birth.
60 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 24: Stories from the Mahabharata
Nitai and Ani discuss the life of Ashvatthama, the death of his father, his friendship with Arjuna, and how Bhakti was displayed even in the lives of warriors.
60 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 23: The Power of Inner Development
Nitai and Ani talk about how we respond to our outer environment based on our inner environment, what happens when we neglect our spiritual development, how the mind and senses are like a train, and the challenge of understanding the Vedic worldview from a modern perspective.
60 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 22: When Life Corners Us
Nitai and Ani discuss the lives of ancient warriors, the importance of learning from even the worst kinds of situations, and setting our auto-pilot for difficult times.
63 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 21: It’s Easier to Love Someone than No One
Nitai and Ani discuss the freedom found in pure chanting, the power of association, and how Bhakti heightens our propensity to love.
60 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Stream of Bhakti Episode 20: Keeping Body and Soul Together
Nitai and Ani talk about Narada’s ashtanga yoga journey and his personal encounter with divinity in the forests of the Himalayas. They discuss the difference between personal wants and personal needs, how to soften the heart through renunciation, and why we sometimes cry in kirtan.
66 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 19: Stages of Love
Nitai and Ani talk about the inner journey of yoga, how love really is like a rose, how the Vedic culture turns charity on its head, sustained Bhakti vs sporadic Bhakti, and how Bhakti is more than just a hashtag.
67 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 18: How to Become Fearless
Nitai and Ani talk about the four Bhakti ashrams, how yoga is intentional dependence on Divinity, the need for spiritual vulnerability, how Bhakti looks different from other yoga paths, and why the origin of life is important for yoga.
58 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 17: Excavating the Heart
Nitai and Ani talk about genuine risk taking in spiritual life, the power of the Sanskrit language, and living in harmony with the natural world.
61 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 16: Spiritual Transformation
Nitai and Ani talk about guru relationships, the search for community, stages of spiritual development, the perceptive powers of Bhakti yogis, and Ani’s story about a Vancouver Island wolf.
57 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 15: Artificial Intelligence or the Soul?
Nitai and Ani discuss past lives, fulfilling the soul’s desires, what is not destroyed by time, accumulating spiritual wealth, how we never die, and a few words about cold showers.
80 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 14: The Power of Sacred Space
In this episode, Nitai and Ani talk about sacred space in Bhakti, how to do yoga without trying, and how personality can change the world. And don’t miss Nitai’s pilgrimage story and how Krishna lifts a mountain.
63 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
Stream of Bhakti Episode 13: Becoming Attracted To Bhakti
Wondering what life is like in a Bhakti ashram? Ani and Nitai reflect on their ashram experiences and how Bhakti spreads from one person to another. And don’t miss the past lives part too!
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