What is The Sloppy Bhakti?
The Sloppy Bhakti is about finding your own form of spirituality and making your life your practice. Our contributors share a taste for adventure, kirtan, live music, festivals, mindfulness, nature and the exploration of the inner and outer planes of existence. Join us as we journey through life and uncover the divine connection and grace in everything.
Why Sloppy Bhakti?
Ganesh Das and Mangala Devi (Kainchi Dham, India)
When esteemed spiritual teacher Ram Dass was sitting in, giving some spot lectures at Chogyam Trungpa’s mainly Buddhist school, Naropa University, there was a quirky dichotomy that came to fruition. The more streamlined, hardcore Buddhists, who were more knowledge-based and focused on emptiness, jokingly ragged on Ram Dass and his satsang (group of spiritual seekers) for being “ooeey, gooey hippies,” or a bunch of “Sloppy Bhatkis.” These Bhatki Yogis were using the path of dualism to merge with the One by singing and dancing, telling stories of their guru, laughing, crying and deeply feeling. Instead of trying to get behind their emotions, they were completely getting into them, experiencing them as fully as they could.
Who are The Sloppy Bhaktis?
Ganesh Das (James Braymiller)
After a plethora of synchronistic and transcendent experiences gave him a taste that there was something out there beyond what typical Western society prescribed, he began research into finding out exactly what the conscious experience was all about. His inquiries into ancient Eastern wisdom bodies such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism, pierced his veil of reality further, leading him to the Bhakti infused satsang of Ram Dass and Neem Karoli Baba. His path recently brought him on a journey to India to visit holy sites, deepen his sadhana and learn from great contemporary spiritual teachers. Never straying far from his roots, you will see him falling into a loving flow with electronic music at transformational festivals, hiking mountains, singing kirtan, and writing; fusing his personal Western path with Eastern dharmas to truly encapsulate what it means to be a Sloppy Bhatki.
Meditation is a flow, life is flow, and it all just keeps on spinning. A professional Hula Hooper and Fire Performer, her path has a unique and visceral karmic course. It was through the meditative processes and one-pointedness of flow arts that she was able to tap into the universal flow of all things, and gain insight into the reality of existence. Her energetic and vibrant approach to spirituality and the world is encompassed in her passion for the divine feminine, and can be seen in her unbridled connection to both the natural world and her compassion for the humans around her. This, alongside her propensity for outdoor adventures and flow arts, keeps her completely in the essence of what it means to be a Sloppy Bhatki.