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One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das

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In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master.

The film features interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee), and many others, as well as a musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) Devadas.

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In spite of your injunction not to post technical difficulties here: The site will not let me view the movie. This has happened in the past. Gmail tells me that the address given is not a viable email address. And, it is difficult to reach someone on the phone.

hatsythompson's picture

Hi, I also have tried unsuccessfully to watch this film several times—what's posted here for viewing seems to be only the trailer and not the full film? I've called a couple of times for an explanation, and find myself still confused about how one accesses "film club" films versus films for which one pays (as I have)with a festival pass. Any explanations from Tricycle staff or other viewer-readers would be greatly appreciated. (Noting the arising of disappointment and frustration.)

Joanna Piacenza's picture

Hi Hatsy,

This film was screened for our Supporting and Sustaining Members as part of the Film Club in November 2013. When the month ended, we moved on to another film! This page is reserved for the trailer, to show potential members what kind of films we usually screen.
I'm sorry for the confusion.

All the best,

lkayrichardson's picture

What about those of us who still want to see it? I was editing a difficult thesis in July and did not have time to watch.

aewhitehouse's picture

If you have Sirius satellite radio, he has his own channel of yoga music (360). Really nice selection!'s picture

So touching and inspirational! thank you

dalic's picture

Awesome movie. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you very much for making it available.

CelticPurl's picture

Blessings to you Krishna Das!

karmicwake's picture

A very honest person. His music is one way to experience the elimination of all limits of love.

rjblaschka's picture

namaste to all. feelings of devotion and gratitude for the blessed beauty and truth of this film.

pkrukowski's picture

Thank you. This film touched me deeply, reminding me that we are here to serve in whatever way is our way. It sounds so simple, and yet the journey is so difficult for most of us, as it was for Krishna Das. What touched me most profoundly was the strength he found to know that he could not share his incredible gift unless he went deep inside and found his connection and source of love, giving from that place. That is the challenge for us all.

pranaji's picture

what a powerful love story! thank you ! :)

Stephanie Ford's picture

When KD said he just sat for hours after his return to India, not being able to recall how long he sat there - that's what happens when you attend KD's kirtans. You are so fully absorbed, you sing, you listen, you feel, time passes...all becomes one. It is pure love. Very powerful. Very special.

dixraile's picture

Wow! What a beautiful and powerful story. Thank you so much!

indigomoonbc's picture

Thank you so much for offering this movie for Nov - I enjoyed it soooo much.....thank you thank you thank you :)

outsicktoday's picture

I was fortunate enough to see him a few years ago in LA and it was amazing. Really beyond words. Mantra practice, Kirtan call it whatever you would like, but it does indeed take people outside of themselves, merging with the infinite.

kantooraanhuis's picture

thank you so much for this, I had the privilege of attending one of his concerts this summer and the film brought the experience back to me. Beautiful!

eemhorse's picture

Wow I did not know who Krishna Das was before this but have heard him in the yoga studio. Thanks for the introduction. What a lovely 72 minutes.

crowgrl2000's picture

wonderful way to begin my day, thank you so much for posting this film of love

wilcuneo's picture

I purchased my first Krishna Das cd in 2001 an loved it ... I have been listening to his music ever since.

Wonderful movie about a unique man thank you so much for making available.

aussielyndsay's picture

I so enjoyed this move.
Thanks so much

gr82brees's picture

I cannot say THANK YOU big enough, deep enough, or wide enough! This was the balm of Gilead for me tonight. Pranams!

Danzen's picture

Thank you Tricycle for bringing us yet another great story of a mans journey through life.

Daisymom's picture

This was truly beautiful! I felt myself chanting and dancing with was illuminating, the highs and lows of a life, who now touches many through his gift. Loved his journey, thank you!

David Gould's picture

Krishna das - from weddings to funerals, his music cuts across spiritual traditions and grabs the souls of people. A beautiful tribute to a man whose kirtan wallah greatness took him to the precipice of sex, drugs and power and he came back with presence, with mindful focus and with vision. A beautiful film.

lac35ster's picture

Music can get into spaces of thought that are beyond words. This is especially powerful when voices are joined together. What struck me was the power of the simple invitation to the audience to join during the performance. it takes the music from the passive realm where most of the time we experience music these days, to the active realm where you become part of the experience. people joining voices and getting to that place where words cease to matter and even pitch or perfection cease to matter is very powerful.

mattbard's picture divine inspiration of pentacostal singers, open hearts and love of baptist choirs, ...long live kirtan !!!! sing on KD..........and a well crafted film, good work. matt

wilnerj's picture

This is a wonderful tribute to Krishna Das. But there was another kirtan wallah also of great importance, Shyamdas who died this past January in a motorcycle accident in Goa. He too was born in the U. S. and found in India his sadhana. He remained there for thirty years traveling throughout the subcontinent, the U.S. and other parts of this world. May he be remembered for his inspiration and prasada (offerings) of song and poetry and narration of his path known as the pushtimarga (path of nourishment actually translated as the path of grace). I have not met either of these two individuals but through their CDs, and videos they both have touched my life.


I bow to the light that emanates from them.

aewhitehouse's picture

Yes, KD's Sirius channel plays lots of Shyamdas.