“Where two or more are gathered. . ” as the saying goes, something special and Divine always happens. Kirtan happens when two or more – or more – or more! – are gathered, and chanting the Divine Names of God. Chants suchs as “Jai Maa” (Victory to the Divine Mother), “Ram, Ram, Sita Ram” (Male and Female Names of the Divine) and “Om Namah Shivaya” (I bow to the Auspicious One, Shiva) sung full-throatedly by an ecstatic crowd actually brings the Deities into the room with us. IAM committed to this wonderful practice because I have been a spiritual seeker for all of my adult life, or at least since when I first sat down to meditate when I was 20 years old and found myself up on the ceiling looking down on my body. In 2005, I visited the Shiva Sai Mandir Ashram in Penukonda, India and began studying with Swami Kaleshwar (1973-2012). He was an Indian Avatar of the highest order, in the Dattatreya Lineage of Shirdi Sai Baba, Jesus, Babaji, and others. I have played Kirtan across the country and in India, most notably at Bhakti Yoga Shala, Veda Yoga Center, Bhaktifest, and at the Shiva Sai Mandir. I am currently recording my first Kirtan album, “Altar of Grace,” which will be released in early 2019. My personal philosophy can be best summed up as: Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu–God Bless Everyone Everywhere.