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. Their band is named after “Kṛpā,” the Divine Grace that opens the heart, quiets the mind, inspires service, and ignites the spiritual path.
Each member has served as a caregiver for Ram Dass, and now they share his teachings through activism, kirtan, workshops, and writings. They are kirtan leaders, story tellers, and multi-instrumentalists contributing their unique gifts to this collective project. To learn more, click on the images above.
Imagine What We Can Do Together:
In the fall of 2018, we—Sitaram Dass, Krishna Prem, and Scott Hari Whitmore— three of Ram Dass’ former caregivers, came together at a Ram Dass Immersion retreat in Ojai, CA. Out of our spiritual connection and deep love for Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji), Siddhi Ma and Hanuman, we began to dream of ways to share the wisdom, profound love, and teachings we’ve received. As a result, Kripa, our kirtan group, was born with a clear mission: To sing with people and share in love with them.
With the support from our greater community, we were able to engage in 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, and it culminated at the grand opening of the Hanuman Temple and mandir in Taos, New Mexico in July.
We see this tour as the start of a beautiful blossoming, and we are committed to engaging in prison outreach and offering either free or donation-based offerings, guaranteeing this practice is free, open, and accessible to any wishing to open their heart.
With support from the Call and Response Foundation, we have a goal to raise a minimum of $15,000 to support our ongoing outreach efforts in 2020. Your tax-deductible donation will support our future outreach programs for incarcerated individuals, those in recovery, and all those seeking deep love, truth, and understanding.
Visit www.kripa.guru to learn more about the tour, hear our story, and to make a tax-deductible donation.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness!