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Chandra Media is a small but powerful educational nonprofit with a gigantic mission:

  • Enthuse children’s personal creativity with art and storytelling
  • Promote kindness to animals, protecting wildlife and the environment, and sustainable living
  • Teach meditation, bhakti-yoga, and the art of kirtan
  • Bring live kirtan music to public festivals, schools, retreats, homes, conferences, and more
  • Produce art, music, books, and film that are treasured around the world

We’re a coalition of artists, writers, musicians, and designers, working together to inspire higher consciousness, ecological awareness, and spiritual unity through our music, art and books.

Your support means the world to us!

Founded in 1998, Chandra Media/ Arts of Vaishnava Culture is a registered educational non-profit 501(c)(3).  Sponsorships and donations are tax-deductible. And your employer may match your contribution. Please contact us for more details.

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Projects to Contribute to:

Help us expand our Jaguar’s Story website for children, parents, and teachers.

The website will offer fun activities for children, lesson plans for teachers, and great info and resources for all ages. Become an advocate for the rainforest, “adopt a jaguar” and find sustainably produced rainforest goods and charities worth supporting. Find out why a plant-based diet is the healthiest for you and for the planet, and how you can make a difference for the future of the Amazon.

Next children’s book series by Kosa Ely and Radhe Gendron

We have a delightful picture book series that is underway. But we’re keeping it secret, so if you’re interested in being a sponsor or donor, please contact us.

Online Music, Kirtan, and Bhajan Courses with Bada Haridas and guest artists

After a lifetime of teaching students one-on-one, and traveling internationally to share kirtan, Bada Haridas has agreed to produce a series of video courses. Knowledgeable in both Western and Eastern music, his course will teach both systems and the music theory that links them together.

Other courses he will produce with us are The Art of Kirtan, and Bhajans with Vaishnava Acaryas.

If you would like to be a sponsor or donor, please contact us.

Books

We strive to create books that are thought provoking and bring you closer to both the earth and the heavens.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

—Charles W. Elliot

“. . . if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

—Madeleine L’Engle

The Jaguar’s Story

by Kosa Ely

Illustrated by Radhe Gendron

Journey to the Amazon to meet Inti and Chasca, two jaguar cubs who live in the rainforest with their mama. They spend their days making friends with birds and butterflies, swimming in rock pools, and learning to roar. Everything changes the day sky machines and land machines invade their forest. Afraid for their lives, the cubs escape with their mama under the cloak of night. Now everywhere they travel, surprises and dangers await them. Will they ever find a safe home? The first and only illustrated story book about jaguars, their homeland, and why they are endangered. After the story there’s more adventure. You’ll find eight pages of fun facts about jaguars and rainforest fauna and flora. It’s a seek-and-find game too. See how many reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and flowers you can find in the story.

Wise-Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness

by Pranada Comtois

We all long for boundless love as we long for home. But how can we find our home our meaning and purpose if we don t know our self? Wise-Love is an exploration of the self, or consciousness, guided through the meditative eyes of saints, sages, seers, and mystics. As we embark on the journey to the self, we discover that the self s most charming characteristic part of its eternal, unchanging nature is that it is a lover, a lover who can be satisfied only when ordinary love evolves into wise-love.

The Peaceable Forest

by Kosa Ely

Illustrated by Anna Johansson

“Once,” says the old man to the animals, “a hunter lived in this forest. Your grandparents lived in fear of him. The twang of his bow sent them running. Then something happened to change that forever . . . ” In this ancient parable from India, a forest-dwelling hunter learns that cruelty has consequences and that compassion has rewards. When the hunter meets the wise man Narada, “Do unto others as they would do unto you” takes on a very concrete meaning as the sage leads the hunter on an imagined journey in which the hunter becomes the hunted. When the hunter realizes how his actions affect other living things, he has a change of heart and begins to live in peace with the animals he once pursued. Kosa Ely adapts this traditional Indian tale into an inviting narrative that presents the universal golden rule in a new and appealing way. Anna Johansson’s richly detailed illustrations evoke the animal kingdom and enchanted forests with fine lines and luminous colors. The Peaceable Forest is the ideal picture book for inspiring young readers to respect life in all its forms.

The Prince and the Polestar

Written and Illustrated by Kosa Ely

Prince Dhruva wishes to rule a kingdom far greater than his father’s. His determination takes him to the forest in search of Lord Narayana, who can fulfill all one’s desires. Share in his exciting adventures as he meets animals and sages, performs penances, and gains a greater treasure than he ever imagined.

This famous history of Prince Dhruva is presented for the first time in English for children. Charmingly retold and beautifully illustrated with watercolor paintings, the story is full of inspirational lessons for children the world over.

Radha and Krishna’s Pets Calendar

by Bimala Dasi

Encourage your child to learn the months of the year, the days of the week, and the holidays with this wonderful activity and coloring calendar that can be started at any time of the year. Each month features a beautifully drawn picture of Radha and Krishna with their pets. Your child is sure to love Radha’s adorable pet calf, Tungi, and Krishna’s pet dogs, Vyaghra and Bramaraka. Each line drawing is accompanied by a simple caption giving the pet’s name and its meaning. Inspired by the book Sri Sri Radha-Krishna-ganoddesa-dipika, by Srila Rupa Goswami.

Music

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

—Plato

“There is a song reaching the whole earth, wrought from patience, love and prayer. Neither violent nor assertive, it is peace begetting peace, love made manifest. Listen to it with the ear of your heart; let it go deep within. Open to the sound, to the holy words, to the life of which it sings.”

—Katharine Le Mée, The Benedictine Gift to Music

Gaura Sharanam

Whether you prefer your kirtan music for meditation, yoga, dancing, or singing, your desires will be satisfied with Bada Haridas’ new album, Gaura Sharanam.

Easy to sing-along melodies, original tunes and stunning arrangements, the tasteful fusion of musical accompaniment, and the beautiful voices of guest artists, combine to make Gaura Sharanam a new favorite kirtan album. From beginning to end, it’s uplifting and engaging. Truly, anandambudhi vardanam: an ocean of bliss!

Seeking Your Shelter

In an innovative new album, Bada Haridas’ soulful chanting and Murari Krishna’s heart stirring violin uplift and envelop the audience. This multi-layered dance of instruments and singers is masterfully choreographed, offering the listener a full meditation experience.

“Lord Krishna saw the unbroken disk of the full moon glowing with the red effulgence of newly applied vermilion, as if it were the face of the goddess of fortune. He also saw the kumuda lotuses opening in response to the moon’s presence and the forest gently illumined by its rays. Thus the Lord began to play sweetly on His flute, attracting the minds of the beautiful-eyed gopis.” —Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.29.3

Maha Mantra LIVE

Take a spiritual journey to Alachua’s kirtan community for uplifting prayer and mantra meditation as Bada Haridas leads heartfelt choruses and favorite Hare Krishna melodies.

When an entire community comes together for the sole purpose of singing the Divine Names, magic happens. Experience the extraordinary energy of hundreds chanting, dancing, and drumming together.

Sri Nama

This collection of prayers and mantras invoke the presence and blessings of the divine couple through the blissful singing of their holy names.

Lively and fresh, a ‘must have’ album for those who relish melodious kirtan and devotional bliss.

Enjoy a full hour of joyful chanting and meditative bhajans with Bada Haridas, Visvambhar, Purusartha, Anapayini, Jvalamukhi, Komala Kumari, Ekendra, Bali, Jaya Sita, Markandeya, and Krsna Kishore. 12 page songbook included.

Om Purnam

The sacred sounds and lyrics of these songs invoke the very heart of the Supreme Being.

The contemporary arrangements mixed with traditional melodies and instrumentation, along with beautiful singing, bring out the irresistible sweetness of these Sanskrit and Bengali songs.

The contemporary arrangements mixed with traditional melodies and instrumentation, along with beautiful singing, bring out the irresistible sweetness of these Sanskrit and Bengali songs.

This music soothes the heart and inspires the soul.

At times the songs climb and fall, at others they are a peaceful, mesmerizing chant, but always they come directly from the soul.

Bada Haridas is joined by Jahnavi, Karnamrita, Visvambhar, and others to create a wonderful variety of vocals, backed by an eclectic array of instruments from piano and guitar, to dulcimer, dolak and drums.

This album is a fantastic accompaniment to any yoga or personal meditation. 12 page songbook included.

Lalasamayi – Devotional Meditations

Lalasamayi – Devotional Meditations is the intense yearning of the pure soul for reunion with God. Ancient Sanskrit and Bengali songs are beautifully sung and arranged using a combination of classical and contemporary instruments.

These songs have the ability to transport you to a place deep within your soul, where bhakti and the object of bhakti — Sri Krishna, reside. Experience the devotional mood of the goswamis of Vrindavana, of Srimati Tulasi devi, Narottama das Thakura, and others.

His first professional album, Lalsamayi brought Bada Haridas’ beautiful singing and talented compositions to the world. It has remained in demand since its release in 1998.

“Music can minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart.”

—William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“The prime objective of all Initiatory music in the Temples of Antiquity was to bring about physical purification and renewal, mental stimulation and alertness, spiritual exhilaration and Illumination.”

—St. Ambrose (340-397)

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