At the center of the ashram is the sacred image of Murali Krishna, whose names together mean, “With the sounds coming from his flute, he is the divinity who draws us to himself.”
Many yogis and scholars have contemplated this divine call to love. The female practitioners known as the Vraja Gopikas were considered to be some of the greatest of all yogis … transfixed in the highest states of samadhi by the enchanting sounds of Krishna’s flute.
This experience blends ancient Sanskrit poetry and literature with the mellifluous sounds of classical Indian bansuri bamboo flute. Combined with sweet and serene kirtan, you will find yourself with a better understanding of the call of the Divine — and elevated into meditation.
Historically, Love Call of the Divine was conducted as a ceremony on the full moon. This event is scheduled to fall on the full moon to enhance its powerful benefits and meditative effects.
Come rejoice in these beautiful, love-filled melodies, complemented by relevant passages from the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, and Bhagavata Puraṇa to illuminate the love call of the Divine.
Offered as 4 satsangs and 6 workshops (subject to change)
Graham M. Schweig, PhD, E-RYT 500, is a practitioner of meditation and heart-centered yoga for more than 45 years. He leads workshops, seminars, and lectures on yoga and religion in the United States and Europe.
Graham holds a doctorate from Harvard University in comparative religion with a specialization in sacred Sanskrit yoga literature. He is a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University and a distinguished teaching and research fellow at the Graduate Theological Union.
Over the past eight years, Graham has been invited by the Smithsonian Institution to deliver more than three dozen lectures on religion and yoga at its museums in Washington, DC.
Among his more than 100 publications, his translation of the Bhagavad Gita has been used in yoga teacher trainings nationwide. His translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is forthcoming, as well as his book The Yoga of Love.
Eric Fraser is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and music therapist. A senior disciple of a living master of Indian classical music Pandit Gopal Roy, he has trained intensively by traditional methods since 2003.
Eric’s bansuri flute playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music. A Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music and founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, Eric has studied and performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn, and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall.
Premananda Vilasa Das has been a student of the Bhagavad Gita for over a decade, as well as a practitioner of Bhakti yoga and devotional chanting since 2009. Premananda Vilasa taught yoga in the Charlottesville and DC areas while finishing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Virginia. He is a curator at the National Museum of American History in DC. He studies under and works alongside Dr. Graham Schweig by hosting a Krishna Bhakti philosophy and theology podcast with him on a regular basis.
Krishna Kanta Dasi has been a student and practitioner of Bhakti Yoga since 1986. Thirty years ago she was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage, which has the heartfelt chanting and singing of Sanskrit mantras at its core. As the wife of Graham M. Schweig, Krishna Kanta assists him with the research and content editing of his books, and designing yoga workshops. Krishna Kanta is also a mother, an artist, and runs an online, international, spiritual sisterhood dedicated to inspiring women, from which five award-winning publications have emerged. Krishna Kanta’s own poems have been nominated for Pushcart prizes and she is also editor of the first poetry collection by contemporary women of the Bhakti yoga tradition.
The Song of the Flute: Veṇu Gīta | Panel
The calling of the heart in Yoga practice and its place in samādhi | Graham Schweig
Raga and Rasa: The Nectar of Devotion and Emotion | Eric Fraser
God is Calling All of Us: Murali Krishna | Panel
The “Gītā” of Bhagavad Gītā as the love song of the divine | Graham Schweig
Raga Singing and Nada Yoga (part 1) | Eric Fraser
Joining the Eternal Dance of Divine Love: Rāsa Līlā (Full Moon) | Panel
The deeper dimensions of Bhakti and its place in Ashtanga Yoga | Graham Schweig
Raga Singing and Nada Yoga (part 2) | Eric Fraser
Intense Longing for the Divine: Gopī Gīta | Panel