With a Message that Will Deliver the World

Sankarshan Das is a spiritual teacher/singer-songwriter/visionary spiritually rooted in the ancient Vedic teachings of India and musically rooted in the folk/acoustic music revival of the mid 60's from his days when he performed at Houston's legendary folk music venue, Sand Mountain, the spawning ground of many musical greats.  

After a period of intense meditation/contemplation in the fall of 1968 in Denver, Colorado, he decided to renounce the world and become a holy man in India.  However, on the way to India he realized that if one is going to renounce everything, he has to also renounce renunciation.  Thus he reasoned that staying in the world for making a spiritual revolution is higher than renouncing it. So he opted instead to remain in world for revitalizing our rapidly deteriorating global civilization. For this purpose in December of 1968  he hitchhiked 2,000 miles to San Francisco where he devoted himself full time to writing and singing songs for the deliverance of the world. In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park at the celebrated Polo Fields concert on May 7, 1969 he performed a set between the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane eliciting roars of approval from the audience of thousands and a prediction by the emcee of his becoming widely known.  

Seeking a more peaceful atmosphere after experiencing an increase of violence on the West Coast, he thumbed and strummed, serenading his drivers making them smile, to Austin, Texas in 1970 and became an instant campus sensation with his daily free concerts on the South Mall of the University of Texas by the statue of George Washington. The Daily Texan newspaper published a major article about him called "Minstrel Serenades Students." Two students were interviewed and quoted in the article.  A female student said, “That’s the happiest, most optimistic person I’ve ever heard." And a male student who was sitting beside her said, “Yes. It sort of makes you feel real good.” After his free concert series on the UT campus he moved on to become the house musician at the immensely popular Sattva vegetarian restaurant located one block west of the campus.  

In spite of his increasing popularity, he realized that more important than pursuing name and fame would be sticking with the goal of global respiritualization. Therefore, in 1971 putting his music career aside, he became a disciple of the greatest exponent of India's ancient Vedic teachings, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta  Swami Prabhupada, and embarked upon a four-and-half decade's journey of self-discovery traveling all over the world soaking up wisdom from the world's greatest luminaries/visionaries.   

Now having gained the asset of the highest perfection of knowledge, he has re-entered the music scene to share with the world unique, revolutionary wisdom, which is predicted to bring about the greatest paradigm shift in history.  He brings joy, exuberance, hope, serenity, peace, and enlightened spiritual consciousness to an ever-increasingly turbulent, tormented world.  He now circles the globe twice a year lecturing, singing, and sharing his realizations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He hopes to connect with you on his next tour or through email (sd@turnontheworld.com). 

The Campus Minstrel--The University of Texas at Austin--February 1970

The Campus Minstrel--The University of Texas at Austin--February 1970

Singing at Threadgill's World Headquarters--21 November 2016

Singing at Threadgill's World Headquarters--21 November 2016

Singing in India on the bank of the Sacred Yamuna River---29 October 2015

Singing in India on the bank of the Sacred Yamuna River---29 October 2015

Singing in Riga, Latvia--25 April 2015

Singing in Riga, Latvia--25 April 2015

Lecturing in Vrindavan, India--2 May 2017

Lecturing in Vrindavan, India--2 May 2017

Lecturing in Pune, India--21 April 2017

Lecturing in Pune, India--21 April 2017

Ecstatic Lecture in Riga, Latvia--27 October 2014

Ecstatic Lecture in Riga, Latvia--27 October 2014

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