Rad Swami Blues

by Brenda Patoine on September 7, 2011


Lit up.

In his book The Journey Home, Radhanath Swami tells the story of standing on the banks of the Ganges and throwing his beloved blues harmonica — his last possession and final vestige of his Western life — into the sacred waters. It was a heart-wrenching moment, but something he felt compelled to do for the very reason that he knew how attached he was to that harm, and his path was one that disavowed material possessions. His days singing the blues were done.

Well, at least they were until last weekend’s Omega’s chant. With a little teasing from Miten and a lot of cajoling from the audience, Swami-Ji took to the stage at the end of Deva Premal’s set to bust out a pretty wailin’ harmony for Miten’s take on the blues classic, “You’ve Got to Move.”

The crowd went wild. And Swami-Ji lit up like a child.

It was one of those moments in kirtan that are completely unexpected and wholly unforgettable. Check it out:

What has been your most unforgettable moment in kirtan so far?


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