21: Confessions of a Spiritual Playboy with Bhagavan Das
In this episode I speak with Bhagavan Das, who became famous in the early 1970s after Ram Dass featured him in the book that started the American yoga boom, Be Here Now.
His fame led to him becoming something of a rockstar in the burgeoning spiritual scene, leading kirtans for thousands of people all over the world, gaining followers and groupies and infamy as a “spiritual playboy”. Recently, Bhagavan Das released an open letter on Facebook acknowledging and apologizing for his mistreatment of women during this time, and is actively engaging in a campaign to open up a dialogue around this issue, in an attempt to right past wrongs and learn from his mistakes. His hashtag for this campaign is #morehearnow, which emphasizes the importance of listening as we move forward on the path toward reconciliation and healing the male/female dynamic in our culture and the world.
Bhagavan’s website: http://www.bhagavandas.com
Outro music: “Nature Boy” by eden ahbez
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Brian James is a yoga teacher, integrative coach, musician and artist currently living in Montréal, Canada with his wife, astrologer Debbie Stapleton and their Boston Terrier, Kingston (RIP Sweetie). He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.
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