Rudra Das was born in Dallas, Texas in the summer of 1971 and grew up in a conservative Christian home. He was first introduced to devotional music as a small boy in a full-gospel church. His family were all musicians, and they recognized that music came very naturally to him from the time he was very small.
At the age of five he began playing the drums in the church services, and from then on was immersed in music singing praises to God. After many deep spiritual experiences as a young boy, Rudra Das eventually grew to lose touch with this spiritual connection as he moved into adulthood. As the pain and loss of the mundane world took the place of the all-encompassing love he once had known in his childhood, his life fell into a hopeless spiral of depression and anguish. In the fall of 2003, as a last hope, Rudra Das accepted an invitation to a Pranayam (Yogic breathing exercise) class. It was during this class, through the breath, that Rudra Das had what he would come to know later as a full kundalini release. This pivotal and profound moment instantly transformed this lost soul into a deep truth seeker, setting the stage for all that was to come. Rudra Das began chanting and mantra (Japa Yoga) work almost immediately thereafter. In 2008, he was fortunate enough to spend nine days in an Ashram with renowned Kirtan leaders Baba Bhagavan Das and Durga Das (aka David Newman). Through them, he was immersed in the grace of Baba Neem Karoli (Maharaji), initiated into this path of Bhakti, and given the name Rudra Das.
In March of 2008, Rudra Das began leading kirtan in the DFW area, and in 2009 released his first album “A Deeper Sense of Surrender”. By 2011, he was leading kirtans nationwide, and took his first pilgrimage to India. In the summer of 2013, he completed his Vedic Astrology certification through the American Academy of Vedic Arts and Science, and completed his advanced course in 2015. Most recently, Rudra Das has become a member of the Association for Spiritual Integrity.
Rudra Das is available for Kirtans, Bhakti Workshops, Vedic Astrology Readings, and Spiritual Counseling.