Pilgrim Heart with Krishna Das

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The Krishna Das Pilgrim Heart Hour features Krishna Das’ no-nonsense take on everyday struggles for finding balance on the spiritual path. Through the honesty, humility and humor of his own personal experiences, he points to the possibility of navigating life’s trials with a true inner yearning for truth. His own practice of kirtan or chant is the well stone of his ability to share from his spiritual heart. As KD says, “Love is a disease - we catch it from those who have it.”

  • 1 hour 20 minutes
    Ep. 157 – Unconditional Love and Acceptance

    This week on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das discusses freeing ourselves from abuse, finding support, embracing unconditional love, understanding our parents, and using psychedelics for positive karma.

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    This week on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das holds a talk on:

    • Freeing ourselves from abusive situations
    • Finding love and support from people in similar circumstances
    • Loving from our soul and being unconditional
    • Letting other people be themselves
    • Understanding our parents as their own people with their own issues
    • Having an appreciation for being alive
    • Creating boundaries when necessary
    • All the negativity that can come from hatred and anger
    • Working on our own reactivity
    • Psychedelics as a pathway to unconditional love
    • Making positive karmas for ourselves and doing our practices

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on May 12th, 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

    “When you love one person unconditionally, you love all beings unconditionally. There is no middle ground. Unconditional love is the state of oneness — the non-dual state of all one, as Maharaj-ji used to say, all one, sub-ek.” – Krishna Das


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    30 May 2024, 9:30 pm
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Ep. 156 – Doing Our Spiritual Work

    Offering wisdom on the challenging yet necessary work of spiritual practice, Krishna Das explains working through difficulty and finding answers in ourselves.

    This time on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das offers wisdom on:

    • Dealing with family issues
    • Untying emotional knots through practice
    • Doing spiritual work and cleaning our hearts
    • Releasing the programming from our past
    • Treating others well and making positive karma
    • Chanting, mantra repetition, and serving others for deeper consciousness
    • Continual growth in spiritual practice
    • Being present, being with the sound of the name
    • Experiencing the space around our thoughts
    • Finding answers within ourselves
    • The roots of depression and anger

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on May 5th, 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

    “Removing the energy out of the traumatic experiences and experiences that formed us is a big job. It’s a really big thing. Don’t think of it as a waste of time. It’s our spiritual work. We’re cleaning our hearts of anger, betrayal, hurt, damage, grief, and shame, all the stuff that we’ve learned and absorbed as children in our families and in life.” – Krishna Das



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    17 May 2024, 9:44 pm
  • 57 minutes 46 seconds
    Ep. 155 – Dealing with Reality

    In a talk on dealing with reality, Krishna Das discusses aging gracefully and being in the present moment.

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    On this episode of the Pilgrim Heart podcast, Krishna Das responds to questions on:

    • Krishna Das’ letter to K.K. Sah
    • Meeting the Dalai Lama
    • The oneness of Ram and Krishna
    • The 84 mahasiddhas
    • Growing old and dealing with reality
    • A Maharaj-ji ghost story
    • Lust and hungers of the mind and body
    • Healthy relationships and looking beyond sex
    • What disrupts a spiritual journey

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on April 28th, 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

    “One has to deal with reality. The problem is that we live in such fantasy worlds and such dream worlds. So much of our daily life is occupied with getting stuff, holding onto stuff, taking care of stuff, throwing stuff away, getting more stuff. We’re so busy that we don’t get a chance just to be here.” – Krishna Das


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    27 April 2024, 12:32 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Ep. 153 – All Paths Lead To The One

    Taking refuge in the chant, Krishna Das highlights that all paths and manifestations of God lead us to the one.

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    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on April 21st, 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

    This episode of Pilgrim Heart features chants and wisdom from Krishna Das on:

    • Siddhi Ma’s lessons on grace
    • The many manifestations of God
    • Changing fate with the Hanuman Chalisa
    • The pent up emotions and programming that influence our perception of reality
    • Jesus, Hindu deities, and how all paths lead to the One
    • The dharma of prayer and repetition of the name
    • Buddhism and the idea of practice rather than belief
    • How to be in the present and take refuge in the name of God
    • Grace as our true nature
    • Recognizing the imminence of death

    “Maharaj-ji said, he would point to us, he said ‘all one’. All paths lead to the same goal, the same place. That’s what I believe. So I feel completely at ease repeating any of the names of God. I am an all-inclusive repeater. It doesn’t matter to me; I like Hanuman, but I feel very close to Jesus also. For me, it’s not a problem because I believe they are all the names of that One.” – Krishna Das

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    10 April 2024, 4:28 pm
  • 1 hour 9 seconds
    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

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    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

    “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

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    28 March 2024, 6:21 pm
  • 47 minutes 12 seconds
    Ep. 152 – Using Our Will

    Speaking about overcoming self-doubt, Krishna Das speaks about ways we can mindfully and constructively use our own will.

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on March 31st, 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

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    In this episode, Krishna Das discusses :

    • The desires we identify with
    • Being inspired through Maharaj-ji’s picture
    • The story of seeing Maharaj-ji as a giant
    • Using our will in a constructive way
    • Looking within to see what’s holding us back
    • Repetition of the name to purify our thoughts
    • A mystical story about K.K Sah’s father and Maharaj-ji
    • Continuing to come back when you notice you are gone


    “Look at yourself, and try to figure out why you can’t do what you want to do. What’s holding you back? You have to solve that problem, you have to deal with those issues. Maybe it’s self-loathing, maybe it’s self doubt, maybe it’s all kinds of things, programs that are running that we’re not aware of. That’s why the repetition of the name is such a good practice.“ – Krishna Das

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    12 March 2024, 5:10 pm
  • 1 hour 17 minutes
    Ep. 151 – Engaging with Practice

    Speaking upon the chaos of the mind, Krishna Das encourages us to steady ourselves through engagement in our practice.

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on March 24th, 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

    This week on Pilgrim Heart, learn about : 

    • The benefit of mantra in Hindi
    • Having an awareness of what we are chanting
    • Freeing ourselves from addictions
    • Krishna Das’ own struggles with addiction
    • Doing the best we can with the life we were given
    • Engaging our minds and hearts in our practice
    • Comparing Hanuman to The Holy Spirit
    • Opening the heart after a heartbreak
    • Developing a relationship with Maharaj-ji without meeting him
    • Attachment and freedom from attachment as God’s will
    • Serving Hanuman and giving up our material desires

    When we sing it out loud, it helps us pay attention. It’s harder to pay attention only mentally because thought is very wispy, it blows around really quickly. But, when you’re singing out loud, and breathing and making noise, and hearing it with your ears, all that helps you pay attention.” – Krishna Das 

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    14 February 2024, 10:35 pm
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Ep. 150 – Advice from Maharaj-ji

    In a dharma talk on alleviating suffering, Krishna Das offers up wisdom from Maharaj-ji for all of our hungry hearts.

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    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on March 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

    This time on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das talks about: 

    • His first experience with chanting in India
    • The path of desireless action
    • Stories of K.C. Tewari and Maharaj-ji
    • Going through a dark night of the soul
    • Inherent goodness within us all
    • Finding peace within during times of anguish and uncertainty
    • Love and miracles experienced in Maharaj-ji’s presence
    • How to ask things of Maharaj-ji
    • Dedicating our practice to all beings that are suffering
    • The Hungry Hearts Chalisa

    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.

    For more on Krishna Das events, music, and other offerings visit: KrishnaDas.com

    “Maharaj-ji used to say all the time, ‘if you want to put fresh milk in a cup you have to wash it first otherwise the milk will turn sour’. So, this path is a path of cleaning the cup of our own hearts to hold the nectar of love.” – Krishna Das 

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    14 February 2024, 3:03 pm
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
    Ep. 149 – Anchoring the Heart Through Practice

    After a chant to Ma Durga, Krishna Das answers questions about global suffering and anchoring our hearts through regular practice.

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on March 10th, 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

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     This time on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das talks about: 

    • Praying to Hanuman for the removal of obstacles
    • Keeping an open and available heart for all people
    • The mythology of Shiva
    • Stories of K.K Sah
    • The beauty of Lila (divine play)
    • Maharaj-Ji as a manifestation of love
    • Escaping from the habit loop
    • The suffering that comes from trying to control our experiences
    • Letting all things in life come and go
    • Planting seeds through regular practice

    “One has to allow all kinds of experiences to come and go, without being destroyed by them. You only get that strength from spiritual practice and from coming into contact with the beings who have conquered suffering, overcame all suffering. Read about those beings, get to know those beings. How did they do it? How did they see the world?” – Krishna Das



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    17 January 2024, 2:13 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Ep. 148 – Chanting for Peace

    Chanting and praying for peace, Krishna Das explains how doing inner work can benefit the outer world.

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on March 3rd, 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

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    In this Episode, we listen to Krishna Das chant and discuss: 

    • The war going on in Ukraine
    • Social action through chanting and prayer
    • Interconnectedness and being part of a whole
    • How chanting can help our jumbled minds and neuroticism
    • Following your heart
    • Maharaj-ji’s acid story
    • Bringing your mind to one point
    • How to be good to ourselves
    • The disruption of the pandemic
    • How inner peace creates outer peace

    “We’re all interconnected. There’s no separate people we just think were separate and that’s why we are suffering. Every chant is about peace. Every chant is about love. You have to let yourself feel it. If you don’t let yourself feel it, how is somebody else going to feel it? Find that peace in you and then anyone you meet will feel it.” – Krishna Das

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    18 November 2023, 1:34 am
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    Ep. 147 – You Can't Escape Your Karmas

    Anchored by the subject of Karma, Krishna Das explains the ways we can accept the present moment and live with an open heart.

    Today’s episode originally aired on Krisha Das’ “Hanging Out In the Heart Space” online satsang on February 24th, 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

    This time on Pilgrim Heart, Krishna Das chants and gives guidance on: 

    • Finding time for practice
    • Receiving messages through dreams
    • Being where we are and accepting our karmas
    • Surrendering to the will of the guru
    • Generating kindness instead of greed
    • What to do when we lose our faith in humanity
    • Recognizing the light and darkness within us all
    • Releasing thoughts, emotions, and negativity during practice
    • Insights from time with Maharaj-ji

    Krishna Das suggests reading the book Love Everyone to learn more about experiences with Maharaj-ji

    “The higher states, the more subtle states of consciousness, can’t be created from your own personal will. But, through service to others and repetition of the name and purification of the heart, those states will arrive and arise when you are ready.” – Krishna Das

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    3 November 2023, 1:08 pm
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