Kripa was born out of the love of Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba, Siddhi Ma, and Hanuman and inspired by their central teachings of “Love, Service, Remembrance, and Truth.” They are deeply committed to the wide accessibility of Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga, and they have partnered with the Call and Response Foundation to offer affordable, donation-based offerings and prison outreach.
As the Director of Outreach and Development for the Call and Response Foundation, Scott works to bring the power of chanting to places where it is needed most, including prisons and recovery centers. He is an experienced kirtan leader and has had the honor to accompany Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Devadas and many wonderful others.
Sitaram Dass has recorded several albums and often travels to share kirtan and workshops. He is also a social worker and regularly writes about the intersection of spirituality and social justice. To learn more and explore his music and writings, go to www.sitaramdass.com.
Krishna Prem is a kirtan wallah, community organizer, and a lover of exploring music and sound. His popular chant "SitaRam" was recently featured in the Netflix documentary, Ram Dass: Going Home. He resides in Portland Oregon, studying music and sharing community.
Carl is a sound artist, vocal fx engineer and music producer in various sonic territories. He has toured globally with artists such as Bruno Mars, Carlinhos Brown, and Mary J Blige. For the past 4 years, he has worked as Beyonce’s Vocal FX engineer developing her studio fx seamlessly into a live sound environment. His passion lies in the discovery of sound itself, which has led him on a universal sonic journey in pursuit of the intersection of harmony, love and truth.
Three of the four members has served as caregivers for Ram Dass, and now they share the Dharma through activism, kirtan, workshops, teachings and writings. They are kirtan leaders, story tellers, multi-instrumentalists, recording artists, and touring musicians contributing their unique gifts to this collective project.
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In the Spring of 2019, we embarked on a 3-week west coast kirtan tour ranging from Portland, OR to San Diego, CA. The entire tour was done on a donation-basis, honoring our deep commitment to ensure the wide accessibility of kirtan and Bhakti Yoga. In honor of this commitment, we also made a mental health wellness center and two maximum-security prisons- Oregon State Correctional Institution and San Quentin State Prison- as stops on our tour.
On October 25th, Kripa and the Call and Response Foundation visited San Quentin State Prison for the second time this year along with the wonderful Lily Cushman. It was an honor to be able to there in heartfelt devotional practice. And, due to your generous donations, we were able to give give a harmonium, a set of kartals, and two drums for the men at San Quentin. They were elated to receive them, and two of the guys said, "You know, we heard this may happen, but we didn't take it seriously because so many people have made unkept promises over the years."
But the guys at San Quentin still need help. They have requested info on Sanskrit pronunciation, basic kirtan instruction, and greater access to the Sacred Teachings of Bhakti Yoga. Beyond this, your donation will help us to help bring these opportunities to other facilities. All funds collected will be used to help further our prison outreach. This includes bringing instruments to more facilities, leading kirtans and chant workshops with inmates, providing travel stipends to support our presenters, and enrichment and meditation materials for inmates with the Little Bit of Mantras and mala beads.
Thank you so much for your support. Please take a moment to repost and share with your friends. Every dollar helps make these practices more accessible to a population who is largely dependent on this type of direct service. Please support the offering of this practice from which we have benefited so greatly to those who are yearning for the simple opportunity to learn and transform.
In Sincere Gratitude,