Sunday, December 25, 2011

2011 12 25 Anthony de Mello Tribute 2

On October 26, 2011 I posted a tribute to Tony, the first ten parts of the Awareness series. You may view that here: 2011 10 26 Anthony de Mello Tribute

Today I close the year with the final five parts of the series. I watched these just a couple of evenings ago, on Christmas Eve, 2011!  The first segment, especially, is very powerful. It seems like both an invitation and a challenge to Awareness, Awakening, Enlightenment. This seems most appropriate as we enter 2012. Are you ready? :-)

These seven videos play for approximately 60 minutes.

Anthony DeMello

Until his sudden death on June 2, 1987, Fr. Tony de Mello was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling near Poona, India. Author of five best selling books, renowned worldwide for his workshops, retreats, and prayer courses, he aimed simply to teach people
how to pray, how to wake up and live.

Most people, he maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one's body, mind, feelings, thoughts, sensations.

1 - Gayatri mantra, Devi the Goddess by Shanti Mayi 6:15

2 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.56a Land Of Love 8:11

3 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.56b Land Of Love 8:11

4 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.56c Land Of Love 8:11

5 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.56d Land Of Love 8:11

6 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.56e Land Of Love 9:57

7 - tryambakam mantra HD (must watch !!!!!)  9:32

Anthony de Mello's Awareness series - all 56 parts! - may be viewed online.

Playlist url:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 12 20 Virtual Kirtan

Happy Winter Solstice (December 21st) !

Today's 61 minute playlist of seven songs includes selections by Western kirtan artists Shanti Mayi (who I am absolutely delighted to have found on YouTube!), Wah!, Deva Premal and Miten, Vicka Rimach, Jaya Lakshmi, and Prema Hara.


1 - Gayatri mantra, Devi the Goddess by Shanti Mayi 6:15

2 - Wah! devi - Om Jaya Ganapataye Namaha 9:55

3 - Chidananda by Deva Premal & Miten 7:53

4 - Sri Krishna Caitanya Prabhu by Vicka Rimach 8:33

5 - Jaya Lakshmi - Om Purnam 6:00
(This is one of my favorite bhajans. I just Love this song!)

6 - Prema Hara 2 [Radhe Radhe Jay Sri Radhe] 14:55

7 - Om Asatoma Sadgamaya 7:25

(If you noticed that all the songs in this playlist are sung by, or at least start out sung by, women, you are Most Observant! :-)

Playlist url

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 12 13 Satsang Jiddu Krishnamurti

Today's Satsang is approximately 70 minutes long and has one main component, a talk given by Jiddu Krishnamurti: "7th Public Talk, Saanen, Switzerland, 22nd July, 1979"

In Total Silence the Mind Comes Upon the Eternal

[Some of the topics addressed in this talk]
Why is there constant strife and seeking?
Are we seeking superficial sensory experience or something timeless that thought has not touched at all?
Can thought with its limitation enquire deeply? Is observation the instrument of thought?
When one observes does the thing being observed undergo change?
Can the mind having understood desire know its value is relative and be free to observe?
Is there a way of living without any control? Is not the controller the movement of thought?
When there is no conflict whatsoever what takes place in the mind?

1 - Gayatri Mantra ( 3 Times )  1:51

2 - Jiddu Krishnamurti: In Total Silence The Mind Comes Upon The Eternal  1:08

3 - Om Asatoma Sat Gamaya 1:51

Playlist url:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2011 12 06 Virtual Kirtan

A virtual kirtan with traditional Indian artists Jagit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Udit Narayan, Shri Vinod Aggarwal, Mahendra Kapoor, Anuradha Paudwal, and Shri Ashwinkumar Pathak.

Nine videos play for 60 minutes:

1 - Gayatri Mantra - Jagjit Singh 5:33

2 - Om gan ganapataye namaha (ganesha mantra) by Shankar Mahadevan 7:45

3 - Rudra Rudra Maha Rudra - Lord Shiva - Hindi Bhajan by Udit Narayan & Vinod Rathod 7:12

4 - "Radhe Radhe Radhe Govind Radhe" by Shri Vinod Aggarwal 6:41

5 - Ma Vaishno Devi bhajan by Mahendra Kapoor 6:53


7 - Sunderkand - 12( Hanuman Chalisa & aarti ) Sung by Guruji Shri Ashwinkumar Pathak of Jai Shree Ram 6:30

8 - Mara ghat ma birajta Shrinathji 10:01

9 - Mantra "asato ma sad gamaya" (Ravi Shankar & George Harrison) 2:18

Playlist url

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2011 11 28 George Harrison tribute 1971

You may not believe this, but when I started assembling this playlist, I was not consciously aware that George died 10 years ago today; I saw it on the Wikipedia page. Maybe I heard it somewhere, but I don't get TV and seldom listen to radio, so maybe it's an older memory. :-)

Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other Beatles, as well as their Western audience. Harrison embraced Indian culture and Hinduism in the mid-1960s, and helped expand Western awareness of sitar music and of the Hare Krishna movement. With Ravi Shankar he organised a major charity concert with the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.
Click here for more info:

I have so much material on George that it's hard to know where to I started with 1971 because the Concert for Bangladesh was pivotal as one of the first benefit concerts of its magnitude.

Click here for more info: The Concert for Bangladesh
Today's 60-minute playlist is comprised of several songs from the August 1971 Concert to benefit Bangladesh with a November 1971interview on the Dick Cavett show in which George talks about the concert as well as many other things. Ravi Shankar joins the interview for the last few minutes.


1 - Gayatri Mantra - Ravi Shankar and George Harrison 3.31

2 - Bangladesh - Concert for Bangladesh 1971 5:55

3 - Here Comes the Sun - Concert for Bangladesh 1971 3:27

4 - (FULL) George Harrison on the Dick Cavett Show Part 1 (11/23/71) 14:17

5 - George Harrison on the Dick Cavett Show Part 2 (11/23/71) 14:47 (Ravi & Concert for Bangladesh talks starts at 7 minutes)

6 - George Harrison on the Dick Cavett Show Part 3 (11/23/71) 6:24 (Ravi joins the interview at 3:15)

7 - Something - Concert for Bangladesh 1971 3:23
(replaces a song that had been dropped from You Tube)

8 - My Sweet Lord - Concert for Bangladesh 1971 4:31

9 - Asato Ma Sadgamaya, shanti mantra, by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison 3:23

Playlist url:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 11 22

Today's virtual kirtan of eight songs plays for 65 minutes and features selections with Deva Premal and Miten, Dave Stringer, Wah!, Prema Hara, Jaya Lakshmi, Narendra.  EnJOY!

1 - Deva Premal and Miten - Gayatri Mantra 8:02

2 - Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya ~ (1 of 2) 10:03

3 - Dave Stringer ~ Om Namo Bhagavate Nityanandaya ~ (2 of 2) 7:02

4 - Wah! - Hare Ram Krishna (Krishna) 15:03

5 - Sita Ram by Prema Hara at Bhakti Yoga Shala 7:37

6 - "Jai Ambe" Jaya Lakshmi w/ Ankush Vimawala on Tabla 8:12

7 - Jaya Shiva Shankara by Narendra 7:53

8 - Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu 1:08

Playlist url:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma - special post

In August, your Kirtan Community posted a virtual satsang featuring santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

Well, I am not one to let a wonderful gift slip through my fingers without sharing it with others, and this video came across Facebook today. This is just fantastic! Lacking in details as to when and where, it's definitely 38 minutes of "worth watching" video!


Here is the original YouTube link:
Shiv K Sh & Ustad Z U 1

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 11 08

Today's virtual kirtan contains eight videos, plays for 66 minutes, and features traditional Indian artists Suresh Wadkar, Tirupati Thirumala Devastanam Singers, shankar sahney, Mahendra Kapoor & Manhar & Chorus, Hemant Chauhan, and the Mysore Brothers!


1 -Gayatri Mantra - Suresh Wadkar 22:28

2 - Govinda Hari Govinda - Vishnu Bhajan Song - Tirupati Venkateswara Bhajan 10:24
Tirupati Thirumala Devastanam Singers (TTD Singers).

3 - Sai baba bhajan by shankar sahney 7:33

4 - "Ragupati Raghav Raja Ram Patit Pavan Sita Ram"- God Prayer  2:55
Artist: Mahendra Kapoor & Manhar & Chorus

5 - "Hanuman Chalisa" - Lord Hanuman Prayer 9:45

6 - Mysore Brothers Violin virtuosos render the Bhajan of Sri Ganapati Satchidananda Swamiji of Sri Dattapeetam, Mysore 5:13

7 - Gujarati Bhajan - Dhun Machawoh from the album Dhun Machavo featuring Hemant Chauhan, Music by Shailesh Thakur 6:13

8 - Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu 1:08

Playlist url

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Diwali - 10-26-11

[India at night during Diwali - NASA photo]


Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights," is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

Deepavali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits.

UPDATE: 11/26/11

This is an excerpt from a story posted at USA TODAY It seems the Diwali lights may not be quite what they seem! (Still, it's a great graphic!)

On Facebook, some photos too good to believe

"Last week, on Diwali — the Festival of Lights celebrated by Hindus and others — an incredible image began to spread on Facebook purporting to show India from a NASA satellite, with brilliant multicolored lights blanketing the country and viewable from space.

"The image carried the caption: "India at night during Diwali NASA."

"That's apparently all the proof many needed. The image was shared an untold number of times — at one count, it was well over 100,000 — with exultations such as "Amazing!" and "What a cool photo!"
"Just one problem: It wasn't from Diwali. It's not even a real photograph.

"The image, made in 2003, is actually a composite of satellite images of India from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to Chris Elvidge, a physical scientist at NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center.

"The composite of cloud-free satellite images is intended to show population growth over time, Elvidge said. The white lights depict where populations were centered before 1992 and more colored lights were added in subsequent years to show the movement of people.

"The original poster appears to have been a single Facebook user near Hyderabad, whose post has been shared more than 87,000 times."

So....there you have it! :-)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2011 10 26 Anthony de Mello Tribute

Today's 11-video, 68 minute playlist is a Thank You to Phil for introducing me to the wonderful "Awareness" series of Anthony de Mello.

Anthony DeMello

Until his sudden death on June 2, 1987, Fr. Tony de Mello was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling near Poona, India. Author of five best selling books, renowned worldwide for his workshops, retreats, and prayer courses, he aimed simply to teach people
how to pray, how to wake up and live.

Most people, he maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one's body, mind, feelings, thoughts, sensations.

Anthony de Mello's Awareness series - all 56 parts! - may be viewed at:

1 - Gayatri Mantra ( 3 Times )  1:51

2 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.1 on waking up 4:45

3 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 2 will i be of help to you? 6:20

4 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 3 and 4 7:21

5 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 5 on psychology 7:34

6 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 6 and 7 10:11

7 - The sounds of silence: autumn pictures 3:45


8 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 8a masquerade of charity 10:06

9 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt. 8b masquerade of charity 8:26

(Part 9 is not included since it has been blocked on copyright grounds.)

10 - Anthony de Mello - Awareness pt.10 good bad or lucky 3:43

Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer by IndiaJiva 4:22

Playlist url:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 10 19

Today's virtual kirtan is pretty cool! It plays for 62 minutes, features a nice mix of male and female vocalists, and has an international flavor with artists from Germany and Russia!


1 - Gayatri Mantra V2 3:31

2 - Ganesha Sharanam by Narendra [in Germany] 7:39

3 - Shantala -"Purnamadah" 6:11

4 - OM Namah Shivaya - Krishna Das (Extended Version_HQ Audio) 9:55

5 - wah! - bolo ram 10:00

6 - HARE KRISHNA (by- JaiMa James & Friends) 10:18

7 - He Govinda He Gopal__Vicka Rimach [Moscow ISKON kirtan singer] 10:35

8 - MC Yogi - Shanti (Peace Out) 3:49

Playlist url

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2011 10 12 Satsang with Mooji

Today's Satsang is with Mooji. It includes two wonderful programs and plays for approximately 65 minutes.


Anthony Paul Moo-Young, known as Mooji, was born on 29 January 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and he is presently living in Brixton, London.

Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned advaita master, or Papaji, as his followers call him.

In late November 1993, Mooji travelled to Indira Nagar in Lucknow to meet Papaji. It was to be an auspicious and profoundly significant experience on his spiritual journey. He felt it to be his good fortune; he had met a living Buddha, a fully enlightened master. He gradually came to recognise that Papaji was his Guru. Mooji stayed with Papaji for several months.

Gayatri Mantra (27 Repetitions)  9:14

Satsang Part 1
Wake Up from this Hypnosis (1/3) ~ Mooji 10:42

Wake Up from this Hypnosis (2/3) ~ Mooji 9:51

Wake Up from this Hypnosis (3/3) ~ Mooji 10:17

Rainstorm Rain Drops Relaxation 2:02

Satsang Part 2
FULLY FEARLESS [1/2] ~ Mooji 14:42

FULLY FEARLESS [2/2] ~ Mooji 15:26

asatoma sadgamaya by Lata Mangeshkar 2:01

Playlist url:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 10 03

Traditional Indian artists make up today's virtual kirtan of ten songs that play for 68 minutes.


1 - Anup Jalota - Maiya Mori Main Nahin Maakhan-Part1(must watch) 9:00

2 - Anup Jalota - Maiya Mori Main Nahin Makhan - Part2(must watch) 7:15

3 - Hanuman bhajan - Kumar Vishu 4:06

4 - Durga Chalisa 8:35

5 - Hanuman Chalisa (New) by Udit Narayan 7:07

6 - Om Jai Jagdish Hare ( Golden voice of Lata Mangeshkar )(must listen) 4:27

7 - Jai Mata Di - Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu - Maa Durga Mantra sung by Ram Shankar 9:10

8 - Krishna Govind Govind, Gopal Nandlal by Shri Vinod Aggarwal 5:25


10 - Shiva Mahamrityunjaya Mantra by shri Ashwinkumar Pathak 4:30

Playlist url:

Monday, September 26, 2011

M S Subbulakshmi Tribute

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Tamil: மதுரை சண்முகவடிவு சுப்புலட்சுமி, Madhurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi, 16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004), also known as M.S., was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia's highest civilian award, in 1974 with the citation reading "Exacting purists acknowledge Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi as the leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Karnataka tradition of South India."

A Humble Tool of God

Finally, what does M.S. have to say about her own music? I am including a beautiful piece of M.S.'s acceptance speech on August 31, 1974, while receiving the Ramon Magasaysay Award, in Manila. Smt. Subbulakshmi spoke of Indian music as being 'oriented solely to the end of devine communion'.She added: "If I have done something in this respect, it is entirely due to the Grace of the Almighty who has chosen my humble self as a tool".

Today's tribute is comprised of eight videos and plays for approximately 65 minutes.


1 - Hanuman Chalisa by M.S.Subbulakshmi 9:55

2 - M S Subbulakshmi::Bhaja Govindam (w. Eng. subtitles) 11:00

3 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri. M.S. Subbalakshmi- Part 1(Poorva Peethika) 6:46

4 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri. M.S. Subbalakshmi- Part 2-2 (Sahasranaamam) 8:38

5 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri M.S.Subbalakshmi- Part3 (Uttara Peethika) 6:25


7 - Madhuraashtakam By MS Subbulakshmi 5:31

8 - MS Subba Lakshmi - Vaatapi Ganapatim Bhaje 8:17

Playlist url:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 09 19

Welcome!  This week, with a playlist that's about 71 minutes long, we feature Western kirtan artists: Shyamdas, JaiMa James, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Jai Uttal, Girish


1 - The Gayatri Mantra - Music for a peaceful Planet by IndiaJiva 4:44

2 - Shyamdas Maha Mantra BYS 6-6-09 (trimmed) 9:54

3 - OM NAMAH SHIVAYA by JaiMa James & Friends 10:15

4 - DAVE STRINGER ~ Saraswati MA 10:00

5 - David Newman Bhakti Shala 09 7:29

6 - Jai Uttal and Radhanath Das performing Kirtan (part 2)  8:40

7 - Jai Uttal and Radhanath Das performing Kirtan (PART 3) 9:36

8 - Kali Durge Namo Namah by Girish 8/7/10 - Durham, NC 7:44

9 - Mahamritunjay Mantra - Shiva Mritunjay Mantram to Chant for Surya Grahan 1:29

10 - Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu 1:08

Playlist url:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 09 13 Satsang with Gangaji

This 60-minute virtual satsang is comprised of an interview with Gangaji and Iain McNay in 2009 on CONSCIOUS.TV

Gangaji (born Texas, 1942) is an American born spiritual teacher and author.

. . . in the spring of 1990, Gangaji herself traveled to Lucknow, India to meet Papaji. In the biography of her life, Just Like You, she said, “The extraordinary event in this life was that I met Papaji. Until then I looked everywhere for the transcendental or the extraordinary, but after meeting Papaji I began to find the extraordinary in every moment.” Papaji gave her the name Gangaji, and asked her to share what she had directly realized with others.

Gayatri Mantra

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt1 10:00

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt 2 9:58

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt 3 9:04

Intermission 2:30

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt 4 9:02

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt 5 6:53

Gangaji 'The End Of The Story' Pt6 4:54

Closing: Asatoma Satgamaya

Playlist url:

Monday, September 5, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 09 05

Today's 67 minute virtual kirtan features eight songs by traditional Indian artists. Enjoy!

1 - "Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva"- Lord Ganesh Aarti 4:33

2 - Krishna Bhajan Shri Krishna Govind Hare Murari by Anoop (Anup) Jalota - Music Director Chandra Kamal 10:42

3 - Sri Maha Lakshmi Chalisa 10:10

4 - "Payo Ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo" by Anuradha Paudwal 4:33

5 - Govinda Bolo Hari Gopala Bolo (Bliss, Bliss, Bliss) By Kumar Vishu 10:10

6 - Shriman Narayana (By Golden voice of Hemant Chauhan) ( Traditional Dhun ) ( Must See ) 8:14

7 - "Jai Ambe Gauri" - Aarti of Goddess Durga 8:00

8 - "Kamli Shyam Di Kamli" sung in the praise of Lord Krishna by Shri Vinod Aggarwal. 10:31

Playlist url

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hari Om Sharan Tribute

"Hari Om Sharan (26 September 1932 - 17 December 2007) was a legendary Indian singer and lyricist. He devoted most of his career in singing devotional songs in praise of Bhagwan Ram and Hanuman. He achieved popularity as a Bhajan singer in the 70s with his albums like Premanjali Pushpanjai, and Data Ek Ram. His bhajans namely 'Tera Ram ji Karenge Bedaa Paar', 'Maili Chadar Odhke Kaise', 'Aarti Kunj Bihari ki', 'Aisa Pyar Bahaa De Maiyya', 'Shree Radhey Govinda', 'Hanuman Chalisa', 'Govind Jai Jai Gopal Jai Jai' are very popular amongst devotees of Bhagwan Ram and Hanuman. During his career spanning more than 35 years he released over 20 Bhajan albums."

The 10 videos in today's tribute play for 60 minutes.


1 - Hey Bajrangbali - Shri Hari Om Sharan 7:39

2 - Maili Chadar - Shri Hari Om Sharan 6:10

3 - "Tera Ram Ji Karenge Beda Par" a Bhajan by Hari Om Sharan 5:04

4 - Raghu Pati Ragahv Raja Ram 8:51

5 - Aarti Hanuman Ji - Hari Om Sharan 5:50

6 - Hanuman Chalisa by Hari Om Sharan 9:03

7 - Aarti Kunj bihari Ki (Shri Hari Om Sharan) 4:15

8 - Shri Hari Om Sharan  (Rama Bhajan) 4:18

9 - Jai Jai Jai Hanumaan Gosain - Shri Hari Om Sharan 6:54

10 - HARI OM SHARAN live performance at ft. lauderdale, GURUJI AND MATAJI florida. 2:35

Playlist url:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 08 16

Today is a really special marker day for me. My first kirtan experience was three years ago today; August 16, 2008! This link goes to a video of one of the songs from that first kirtan with Bhagavan Das: 
Bhagavan Das Live Kirtan 2008 om namah shivaya

To commemorate this special date, today's 62-minute virtual kirtan features songs by artists whose gatherings I attended in Bend OR along with a note of the dates, but these videos are not from the local performances.

1 - Bhagavan Das at the Dharma Yoga Temple 12:54
(My first kirtan was with Bhagavan Das on 8/16/08 at Old Stone Church, Bend OR)

2 - Prema Hara - Kamaniya & Keshavacharaya Das 8:52
Hare Krishna by Prema Hara at Bhakti Yoga shala
(Second was with Keshavaharaya Das on 4/17/09 at Old Stone Church, Bend OR. I was drafted as the impromptu "sound engineer" since the only other people who knew how to operate the sound board were on stage!)

3 - DAVE STRINGER / Jai Ambe Jagat Ambe (1 of 2) 13:17
(My third kirtan experience was a rousing program with Dave Stringer on 4/17/10 at Poet House and MYC Yoga, Bend OR)

4 - DAVE STRINGER / Jai Ambe Jagat Ambe (2 of 2) 9:46

5 - Shyam Das at Brahmakunda 1 6:07
(My most recent kirtan was a beautiful program with Shyam Das on 7/18/10 at MYC Yoga, Bend OR)

6 - Shyam Das at Brahmakunda 2 6:36

7 - Nataraj - by Jaya Lakshmi (from her albume "Sublime") 5:06
(Jaya Lakshmi appeared with both Dave Stringer and Shyam Das in Bend OR)

Playlist url:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2011 08 09 Satsang with Santoor Maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

Today's satsang is a little different from our past presentations in that the main portion of the program is a radio interview, Santoor Maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma in Conversation with Dr. Samuel Sandweiss, speaking on the connection between spirituality and music. We link to it from here, but the interview itself is on the Sathya Sai Baba radio network.

The arrangement for today is one video, the radio interview, and a second video for a total of  73 minutes.


Shivkumar Sharma (born January 13, 1938, Jammu, India) is an Indian santoor player. The santoor is a folk instrument from the valley of Kashmir. Sharma is often referred to by the title Pandit.

First, a video of Pandit Hariprasad and Pandit Shiv Kumar - Raga Bhopali  8:28

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma click here to hear interview

The second video is Pt Shivkumar Sharma & Rahul Sharma - Santoor Duet in 2001 4:28

Monday, August 1, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 08 01

While I do not typically feature a single artist in a playlist without remuneration, today's virtual kirtan of 11 videos which plays for 74 minutes is a gift to Candace who loves the singing of Jagit Singh after having purchased his healing mantra CD.


1 - Gayatri Mantra - Jagjit Singh 5:33

2 - Ganesh Bhajan (Ganapati Bappa Moriya) 6:00

3 - "JAI RADHA MADHAV" Jagjit Singh live at Hare Krishna Mandir, Juhu, Mumbai 9:12

4 - Hay Shiv Shankar Hey Karunakar By Jagjit Singh 7:47

5 - Om Shivay Hari Om Shivay By Jagjit Singh 10:07

6 - Awesome [Krishna] Bhajan by Jagjit Singh 6:45

7 - "Bolo Ram Jai Jai Ram" a Bhajan by Jagjit Singh 5:27

8 - Har Har Har Mahadev by Jagjit Singh 7:50

9 - "Hey Govind Hey Gopal" a Bhajan by Jagjit Singh 5:53

10 - Hey Ram Jagjit Singh 4:13

11 - ॐ OM (AUM) - Jagjit Singh 5:22

Playlist url:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya Tribute

Welcome! Today's tribute to Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, an influential Indian Yoga teacher, healer and scholar, plays for a total of 75 minutes.

This introduction to the playlist is pretty wordy today, but it's all pretty cool, so here goes.........

As many things seem to these days, this playlist was inspired by a quote I saw recently on Facebook: "Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God." ~ Krishnamacharya

While the Kirtan Community site is mostly about Bhakti Yoga/Kirtan, we honor all yoga traditions. Loving the quote, I researched Krishnamacharya and this playlist is the result. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed compiling it!

There are two parts to today's tribute; the first part is about 45 minutes with Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya performing beautifully and amazingly flexible yoga routines. Especially, watch for the children who practice with him in Part 3!

The second part, following the short Interlude, appears to be a ceremony with, and honoring, his student Indra Devi in 1988.


Because The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are such an integral part of the presentation in the Krishnamacharya yoga video series and are texts he devoutely studied during his lifetime, here are links to two translations online, both available on the website of Sacred Texts which contains an amazing collection of sacred texts from around the world and across the ages.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Threads of Union, Translation by BonGiovanni

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Charles Johnston [1912]

There is also a nice biography of Krishnacharya on wikipedia.

And a bio of Indra Devi (Latvian: Eiženija Petersone (Indra Devi); May 12, 1899 – April 25, 2002),[1] born as Eugenie Peterson in Riga, Livonia, was an early disciple of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, and herself became a renowned yoga teacher.

1 - Gayatri Mantra 6:50

Main Program:
2 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 1 of 6 (8:24)

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was 50 when this film was made and is arguably the most influential yogi in establishing what yoga has become today. His students include Pattabhi Jois the founder of Asthanga yoga, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi, and his son Desikachar.

Most of todays leading yogis have studied under one or more of Krishnamacharya students. Krishnamacharya was born in 1888 in a remote Indian village and lived to be over 100 years old until his death in 1989. He is known as not only as a most influential yoga teacher, but a scholar, and a healer. Krishnamacharya was known to be able to voluntarily stop his visible heart beat/ pulse for over two minutes, probably by drastically reducing venous return to the heart.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanajali spoken In Sanskrit by Kausthub Desikachar. This CD can be purchased at the Krishnamachuraya Yoga Mandiram

(Part 1 comment by a viewer: You should know that the first 7? and a half minutes are not Krisnamacarya, but his student, BKS Iyengar, who was then about 20 years old. The last minute or so is Krisnamacarya.)

3 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 2 of 6 (9:35)

4 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 3of 6 (9:44)

5 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 4 of 6 (2:40)

6 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 5 of 6 (9:30)

7 - Krishnamacharya in 1938 with Yoga Sutras, Part 6 of 6 (5:48)

8 - Calming sound of water and crickets (2:30)

Program Part Two


10 - INDRA DEVI WITH KRISHNAMACHARYA 1988 MADRAS ª PARTE 2 (4:45) (no audio first 35 seconds, other soundless breaks too)




14 - Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer  (4:22)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Virtual Kirtan 2011 07 18

Welcome to this week's virtual kirtan gathering! Today's 62 minute playlist features Bend, Oregon's own Julie Southwell playing violin with Jai Uttal! Enjoy!

1 - The Gayatri Mantra - Music for a peaceful Planet by IndiaJiva 4:44

2 - Dave Stringer & C.c. White ~ Om Namah Shivaya ~ (1 of 2) 10:10

3 - Dave Stringer & C.c. White ~ Om Namah Shivaya ~ (2 of 2) 6:51

4 - Jai Jai Ma - Jai Uttal w/ Ankush Vimawala - Tabla, Julie Southwell - Violin, Lolo Woods - Backup 12:16

5 - "Radhe Govinda" - Jaya Lakshmi w/ Ankush Vimawala on Tabla 9:40

6 - Radhe Shyam - Krishna Das 10:00


8 - Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu by Deva Premal & Miten 1:43
Live at London Concert 13/07/2008

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Satsang 2011 07 12 with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Welcome to this 60-minute satsang featuring Sri Sri Ravi Shankar!

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.

In 1982, Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the center-piece of the Art of Living courses.

Visit for more information.

1 - Gurudev Satsang - Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo (9:19)

2 - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar @ University of California, Berkeley (9:14)
"Uplifting Spirit through Education" - A talk by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
3 - JGD-Value of Singing (5:13)

4 - Radhe Radhe Govinda Radhe (6:42)
5 - Gurudev singing Jai Jai Radha Raman Hari Bol (3:36)

6 - Mind is a great factor in energy levels: Sri Sri Ravishankar (6:30)
7 - Consciousness vs Matter - a talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Jan 26th, 2011. Bangalore.(6:24)
8 - Believe that divinity is with you, nothing can harm you: Sri Sri Ravi (4:42)

9 - tryambakam mantra HD (9:32)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kirtan Playlist 2011 07 05

Welcome to Kirtan Community! Today's virtual gathering of eight songs features traditional Indian artists, and plays for 71 minutes.


1 - Ganesha Pancharatna Sthothram by M.S.Subbulakshmi 4:48

2 - Om Purnam Performed by Badahari Das 4:55

(Parts 3, 4, and 5 are videos from a longer concert with Shri Vinod Aggarwal. There are two additional parts to the Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha gathering, but Part 4 went blank at the 4-minutes mark and Part 5 was completely blank so they are not included in this playlist.)
3 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 1 14:34

4 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 2 12:22

5 - Ab To Kripa Karo Shri Radha By Shri Vinod Aggarwal Part 3 12:20

6 - Lord Hanuman Bhajan - "Aaj Mangalvaar Hai" 9:05

7 - SITA RAMA Performed by Badahari Das 3:38

8 - Kanakadhara Stotram (to alleviate suffering & grant boons) Music by the Bombay Sisters 9:58

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shirdi Sai Baba Tribute

Welcome! I hope you enjoy this 67-minute playlist tribute to Shirdi Sai Baba.

Sai Baba of Shirdi (Unknown – October 15, 1918), also known as Shirdi Sai Baba (Marathi: शिर्डीचे श्री साईबाबा, Urdu: شردی سائیں بابا), was an Indian guru, yogi, and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim devotees as a saint. Hindu devotees consider him an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. Many devotees believe that he was a Satguru, an enlightened Sufi Pir (Urdu: پیر), or a Qutub. He is a well-known figure in many parts of the world, but especially in India, where he is much revered. [Wikipedia]

1 - Gayatri Mantra, Ravi Shankar and George Harrison 3:31

2 - Shirdi Sai Baba Chalisa (Sai Natha Chalisa)  7:47
This Sai Chalisa (Sainaadha Chalisa) was written and sung by Guru Ji Shri Krishna Vajjula Rajendraprasad, Hyderabad with Baba's blessings.

3 - Sai Ram Sai Shyam - shirdi Sai Bhajan (Chant) artist: Ravinda Bijur 8:03

4 - Shirdi Sai Bhajan Tu Guru Pita Tu Mata, Tu sabhi guno ka 6:37

5 - Shirdi Sai Baba Life History (A Glimpse) - Part-1 9:29

6 - Shirdi Sai Baba Life History (A Glimpse) - Part-2 10:49

7 - Om Sai Namahaya Shirdi SaiBaba Bhajan artist: Ravinda Bijur10:02

8 - Baba Meri Raksha Karna- Shirdi Sai bhajan artist: Pramod Medhi 7:38

9 - Asato Ma Sadgamaya, shanti mantra, by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison 3:23

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Kirtan Playlist 2011 06 20

Welcome! Today's kirtan features 9 videos that run for about 58 Minutes

1 -Jai Ganesha - Kirtan with David Newman aka Durga Das 5:00
2 -Michael H. Cohen - Hare Om Shivaya, from Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West 8:41
3 -Jai Uttal Shri Krishna 6:30
4 -Girish performing Hanuman @ Bhakti Fest 2009 10:53
5 -YOGA KIRTAN "Sita Ram" by JaiMa James 6:16
6 -Kali Durge Namo Nama - Dave Stringer - Houston 10:00
7 -Krishna Das - Jai Jai Hanuman Jai Jai Sita Ram - Beautiful Dhun 9:20
8- asatoma sadgamaya by Lata Mangeshkar 2:01
9 -Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu 1:08

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Satsang 2011 06 13 OSHO on Awakening, Mantra, Love and Compassion

Welcome!  Please enjoy this 56-minute satsang with talks by OSHO

Gayatri Mantra V2 3:31
Ravi Shankar and George Harrison

OSHO: Waking Up the World 13:50
Excerpts from an Interview with Roberta Green, Santa Ana Register. Orange County, CA

OSHO: Silence Over Tibet - the Music of OM 9:56
Osho speaks on the Tibetan mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum."

Magical Healing Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum 9:29
The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (literally: "Aum, to the Jewel in the Lotus, hum) is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.

OSHO: Love and Hate Are One 5:48
What happened to love? Everybody is looking for love, but the world is full of hate. With love something very drastic has happened. This OSHO TALK goes deep into the psychological understanding of how our authenticity about love was spoiled. - "Never judge anybody by his act, because the real thing is not the act but the consciousness through which that act has been performed."

OSHO: Compassion - The Ultimate Flowering of Love 10:16
Osho examines the nature of compassion from a radically different perspective. He points out that "passion" lies at the root of the word, and then proceeds to challenge assumptions about what compassion really is. He shows how the path to authentic compassion arises from within, beginning with a deep acceptance and love of oneself. Only then, says Osho, does compassion flower into a healing force, rooted in the unconditional acceptance of the other as he or she is.
Excerpt from an original, 104-minute talk by Osho now available on DVD with the book COMPASSION -- St. Martin's Griffin (February 2007)

Mahamritunjay Mantra - Shiva Mritunjay Mantram to Chant for Surya Grahan 1:29

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu by Deva Premal&Miten 1:43

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kirtan Playlist 2011 06 07

Today's 70-minute playlist is a group of traditional Indian artists singing Bhajans. Enjoy!

Gayatri (Anuradha Paudwal) 6:50
SitaRam Sankirtan by Gurumaa 9:38
hanuman chalisa 9:49
(Here is an interesting article on the origin of the  Hanuman Chalisa)
SHRI VINOD AGARWAL SINGING BHAJAN (hey govind, hey gopal) 10:32
Radhe Radhe Radhe Barsaane Wali Radhe 9:25
Krishna Bhajan - श्याम चूडी बेचने आया (Shyam chudi Bhechne Aya) 6:17
"Radhe Radhe Radhe Govind Radhe" This chant is sung by Shri Vinod Aggarwal. 6:41
Mahamrityuanjay Mantra by T-Series-the true recital ! 3 (Indian version) 10:58

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Satsang 2011 05 25 Krishnamurti - The Real Revolution

Welcome! _/\_

This 43 minute virtual satsang features Jiddu Krishnamurti speaking in 1966 on "The Real Revolution" (Consciousness) and includes 5 segments:

1 - Opening chant: Sanskrit Chant - Gayatri Mantra 5:15
2 - Speaker part one: Krishnamurti - The Real Revolution - Part 1 of 2 (1966) 14:2
3 - Interlude: Take 5: The Forest Awakens - Nature Sounds for Stress Relief
4 - Speaker part two: Krishnamurti - The Real Revolution - Part 2 of 2 (1966) 14:37
5 - Closing chant: Sathya Sai Baba singing "Subramanyam Subramanyam" Bhajan 3:08

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Kirtan Playlist 2011 05 23

Eight songs are in this 52-minute kirtan playlist:
(There were supposed to be 11 songs....see end of this post for additional selections)

1 - Gayatri Mantra with Sathya Sai Baba  5:17 Traditional opening chant.
2 - Ganesh Mantra 8:28 Also traditional is to sing first to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.
3 - Om Purnam BY KESAVA ACHARYA DAS 3:47
4 - Jai Uttal~Sita Ram~Aesthetic Chant 10:01
5 - Aum Namah Shivaya (~Jai Jai Shiv Shankar~) 8:33
6 - Goddess Lakshmi Mantra 8:20
7 - Shanti Mantra ( Peaceful )  6:24

A traditional closing chant:
8 - Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu 1:08

Additionally, if you watch on YouTube, you can see three Bhagavan Das videos that I am absolutely delighted to bring you. (Embedding them is apparenlty not allowed.)

This Bhagavan Das concert at the Old Stone Church in Bend, Oregon in August of 2008 was my introduction to kirtan. Happily, I have not been the same since! :-) 
Bhagavan Das Live Kirtan 2008 om namah shivaya 2:46
Bhagavan Das 2008 Bend Oregon Live Kirtan 3:42
Bhagavan Das Old Stone Live Kirtan hare krishna 4:08

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kirtan Playlist May 2011

Six songs are in this 46-minute kirtan playlist:
1 - Gayatri Mantra (traditional opening chant, see lyrics below)
2 - Radhe Jay Sri Radhe
3 - Om Namah Shivaya
4 - Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
5 - Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
6 - Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer (traditional closing chant, see lyrics below)


Gayatri Mantra:
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer:
Om Trayumbakam Yajamahe
Sughandhim Pushti Vardanam
Urvar-ukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Indian-derived stress relief practice Kirtan gains popularity

Ragani leads Kirtan ceremony once a month,0,6904200.story

Ted Perry FOX6 Anchor
10:17 p.m. CDT, May 25, 2011

If you have absolutely no stress in your life than this story isn't for you. The stress relief method we found takes place at a church, but isn't part of any organized religion.

If you want to compare stress levels at work, Fred Bliffert can match you bolt for bolt. As the owner of a handful of neighborhood hardware and lumber stores, Bliffert feels the pressure everywhere. His laid back demeanor belies the gazillion fires he must put out each day and you're about to learn one of his secrets.

The woman in the center of all the action is Ragani. She says, "So a Kirtan is a kind of music experience that comes from India. It's a sacred music experience that is for everybody, but it's the sound of the words that are going to give you the experience of what's going to happen in Kirtan."

For the next two hours, those open to the experience will sing along to get along. The chants start slow, almost painstakingly so as Kirtan newbies wonder what they've gotten into. As the tempo of the music quickens and the chants become more comfortable than complicated, people report feeling a sense of vibration and relaxation that is clearly better than explained.

Sounds a bit odd doesn't it? No one knows that better than Ragani herself who by day is a successful acupuncturist. Her voice may be soothing, but it's her self-deprecating sense of humor that helps her win over skeptics.

So who comes to these Kirtans? We met lawyers, school cafeteria workers, barbers, people with very mainstream jobs with very modern stress who were willing to try something new to them.

Bliffert experienced something the first time he came, he's now one of the musicians who plays along side Ragani.

Ragani adopted her name after visiting India and performed her first Kirtan as a teen. After moving to Milwaukee she started holding one on the first Friday of every month. At first a handful showed up and now more than 300 attend.

What Is a Mantra and How Does It Work

What Is a Mantra and How Does It Work

 A Selection from Healing Mantras

A saying from the Vedas claims that "Speech is the essence of humanity." All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything, the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain unactualized until they are created through the power of speech. Similarly, The New Testament, Gospel of John, starts "In the beginning was The Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God..."

In mainstream Vedic practices, most Buddhist techniques and classical Hinduism, mantra is viewed as a necessity for spiritual advancement and high attainment. In The Kalachakra Tantra, by the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins, the Dalai Lama states, "Therefore, without depending upon mantra...Buddhahood cannot be attained."

Clearly, there is a reason why such widely divergent sources of religious wisdom as the Vedas, the New Testament and the Dalai Lama speak in common ideas. Here are some important ideas about mantra which will enable you to begin a practical understanding of what mantra is and what it can do.

Definition # 1: Mantras are energy-based sounds.

Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. This is one level of energy basis for words.

Another level is intent. If the actual physical vibration is coupled with a mental intention, the vibration then contains an additional mental component which influences the result of saying it. The sound is the carrier wave and the intent is overlaid upon the wave form, just as a colored gel influences the appearance and effect of a white light.

In either instance, the word is based upon energy. Nowhere is this idea more true than for Sanskrit mantra. For although there is a general meaning which comes to be associated with mantras, the only lasting definition is the result or effect of saying the mantra.

Definition #2: Mantras create thought-energy waves.

The human consciousness is really a collection of states of consciousness which distributively exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Each organ has a primitive consciousness of its own. That primitive consciousness allows it to perform functions specific to it. Then come the various systems. The cardio-vascular system, the reproductive system and other systems have various organs or body parts working at slightly different stages of a single process. Like the organs, there is a primitive consciousness also associated with each system. And these are just within the physical body. Similar functions and states of consciousness exist within the subtle body as well. So individual organ consciousness is overlaid by system consciousness, overlaid again by subtle body counterparts and consciousness, and so ad infinitum.

The ego with its self-defined "I" ness assumes a pre-eminent state among the subtle din of random, semi-conscious thoughts which pulse through our organism. And of course, our organism can "pick up" the vibration of other organisms nearby. The result is that there are myriad vibrations riding in and through the subconscious mind at any given time.

Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.

At this point, a change of state occurs in the organism. The organism becomes subtly different. Just as a laser is light which is coherent in a new way, the person who becomes one with the state produced by the mantra is also coherent in a way which did not exist prior to the conscious undertaking of repetition of the mantra.

Definition #3: Mantras are tools of power and tools for power.

They are formidable. They are ancient. They work. The word "mantra" is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is "manas" or "mind," which provides the "man" syllable. The second syllable is drawn from the Sanskrit word "trai" meaning to "protect" or to "free from." Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense means "to free from the mind." Mantra is, at its core, a tool used by the mind which eventually frees one from the vagaries of the mind.

But the journey from mantra to freedom is a wondrous one. The mind expands, deepens and widens and eventually dips into the essence of cosmic existence. On its journey, the mind comes to understand much about the essence of the vibration of things. And knowledge, as we all know, is power. In the case of mantra, this power is tangible and wieldable.

Statements About Mantra

1. Mantras have close, approximate one-to-one direct language-based translation.
If we warn a young child that it should not touch a hot stove, we try to explain that it will burn the child. However, language is insufficient to convey the experience. Only the act of touching the stove and being burned will adequately define the words "hot" and "burn" in the context of "stove." Essentially, there is no real direct translation of the experience of being burned.

Similarly, there is no word which is the exact equivalent of the experience of sticking one's finger into an electrical socket. When we stick our hand into the socket, only then do we have a context for the word "shock." But shock is really a definition of the result of the action of sticking our hand into the socket.
It is the same with mantras. The only true definition is the experience which it ultimately creates in the sayer. Over thousands of years, many sayers have had common experiences and passed them on to the next generation. Through this tradition, a context of experiential definition has been created.

2. Definitions of mantras are oriented toward either the results of repeating the mantra or of the intentions of the original framers and testers of the mantra.

In Sanskrit, sounds which have no direct translation but which contain great power which can be "grown" from it are called "seed mantras." Seed in Sanskrit is called "Bijam" in the singular and "Bija" in the plural form. Please refer to the pronunciation guide on page 126 for more information on pronunciation of mantras.

Let's take an example. The mantra "Shrim" or Shreem is the seed sound for the principle of abundance (Lakshmi, in the Hindu Pantheon.) If one says "shrim" a hundred times, a certain increase in the potentiality of the sayer to accumulate abundance is achieved. If one says "shrim" a thousand times or a million, the result is correspondingly greater.

But abundance can take many forms. There is prosperity, to be sure, but there is also peace as abundance, health as wealth, friends as wealth, enough food to eat as wealth, and a host of other kinds and types of abundance which may vary from individual to individual and culture to culture. It is at this point that the intention of the sayer begins to influence the degree of the kind of capacity for accumulating wealth which may accrue.

3. Mantras have been tested and/or verified by their original framers or users.

Each mantra is associated with an actual sage or historical person who once lived. Although the oral tradition predates written speech by centuries, those earliest oral records annotated on palm leaves discussed earlier clearly designate a specific sage as the "seer" of the mantra. This means that the mantra was probably arrived at through some form of meditation or intuition and subsequently tested by the person who first encountered it.

4. Sanskrit mantras are composed of letters which correspond to certain petals or spokes of chakras in the subtle body.

As discussed in Chapter 2, there is a direct relationship between the mantra sound, either vocalized or subvocalized, and the chakras located throughout the body.

5. Mantras are energy which can be likened to fire.

You can use fire either to cook your lunch or to burn down the forest. It is the same fire. Similarly, mantra can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision by a qualified teacher.

Fortunately, most of the mantras widely used in the West and certainly those contained in this volume are perfectly safe to use on a daily basis, even with some intensity.

6. Mantra energizes prana.

"Prana" is a Sanskrit term for a form of life energy which can be transferred from individual to individual. Prana may or may not produce an instant dramatic effect upon transfer. There can be heat or coolness as a result of the transfer.

Some healers operate through transfer of prana. A massage therapist can transfer prana with beneficial effect. Even self-healing can be accomplished by concentrating prana in certain organs, the result of which can be a clearing of the difficulty or condition. For instance, by saying a certain mantra while visualizing an internal organ bathed in light, the specific power of the mantra can become concentrated there with great beneficial effect.

7. Mantras eventually quiet the mind.

At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. The dedicated use of mantra can dig into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace.

10 Reasons to Chant: On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation

10 Reasons to Chant: On the Benefits of Mantra Meditation
By Donna Quesada on March 21, 2011

The Benefit: Reduces Anxiety and Depression

The Technology:
By combining sound, breath and rhythm, mantra meditation channels the flow of energy through the mind-body circuit, adjusting the chemical composition of our internal states and regulating brain-hemisphere imbalances, contributing to a natural abatement of fear and despair–emotions that underlie both of these common afflictions. By balancing the nervous system, chanting regulates the chronic stress and tension that is the norm for many people in today’s hyper-stimulated lifestyle. And by balancing the endocrine system, chanting normalizes hormone production, which balances our moods and overall sense of well-being.

The Benefit: Releases Neuroses

The Technology:
Chanting delivers us from the excessive preoccupation with our bodies and with material concerns. It delivers us from fear of old age and death. We begin to identify with the timelessness of the soul and consequently begin to shed neurotic habits that no longer serve and that no longer seem relevant. By returning us to what is essential, it clears away subconscious habit patterns. Embraced by the steady rhythm and by the vibration that connects us all, our thoughts combine wholly with the sound current. As the captain sets the canvas to the wind, thus pulling the boat out of trouble, it is through mantra that we steer ourselves out of our own stormy seas and into clear waters.

The Benefit: It is Soothing

The Technology:
The power of mantra is betrayed in the roots of the sanskrit word, man, meaning mind, and, tra, meaning deliverance, or, projection. Thus, chanting the sacred sound of the mantra delivers us from our sense dependency, from our unrelenting habit of looking toward the senses for gratification; pleasures that are and that will always be, fleeting and limited–how much can you eat? Or drink? Or buy? Sense gratification never really gratifies. We are always left either unfulfilled and guilty–wishing we had never started, or else, wanting more and lamenting the loss.

Chanting is a pleasure that transcends the senses, it takes us beyond the bounds of time and space (which is why we don't have to understand the mantra). Thus it soothes in a most profound way. It soothes on a cellular level. It merges our finite identity with the infinite, and so dissolves us. It relieves us from the sights and sounds and stimulation of the material world and delivers us into a spiritual space, where the sound is God. The material needs are reduced to nothing but mind chatter, and like smoke pumped into the sky, will be scattered into the expanse. Through the sweetness of devotional surrender, mantra turns the negative into positive. I once heard it said: "as music has charms to soothe a savage beast, so the spiritual sound of mantra soothes the restless mind."

The Benefit: Engenders Compassion

The Technology:
While the first stages of mantra meditation deliver our restless minds from their self-inflicted distress, eventually, chanting into the all-engulfing wave of vibrations arouses our experience of ourselves as spiritual beings. It opens our perception of ourselves as undifferentiated from God. It awakens the divine light and love within us. As George Harrison has said of his lifelong Bhakti practice, chanting is “a direct connection with God." When our spiritual identity is awakened, we experience the unity of all life, which consequently awakens our hearts and opens our capacity for compassion, whereupon we may live out our material lives free of animosity, envy and pride.

The Benefit: Boosts Immunity

The Technology:
It’s all about the hypothalamus. The control tower of the brain, it regulates communication between the nervous system and the endocrine system, taking in information from the entire body, before transmitting outward again, via chemical messengers. These couriers, such as serotonin and dopamine, are known as the “happiness hormones,” due to the impact they have on our moods. The hypothalamus is Office in Charge of many bodily functions we tend to think of as automatic, like temperature, metabolism and nervous system, as well as pituitary secretion, affecting everything from mood to appetite to sleep. It is perhaps the single most important link in the mind-body connection.

What common western manuals won’t tell you, is that it is the breath that turns the key to this super-circuit, this central hub, this brain of brains.

Breath helps to adjust all the rhythms of our body–not only the familiar circadian rhythms, but the lesser known ultradian rhythms, which monitor the smaller-scale energy cycles that occur throughout the day. Because our nervous systems are often overtaxed, these rhythms are thrown out of balance. But through the technology of sound, we begin repairs. And when breath is set to sound–Wowee Zonkers! The positive effects on the parasympathetic nervous system - that part of the nervous system that tells us everything is alright - are multiplied and the healing response is triggered and it all translates into healing and stronger immunity.

The Benefit: It is Easy

The Technology:
You don’t have to sing well because it’s not about singing, in the usual sense. We’re not memorizing complex lyrics, layering harmonies, and we’re not certainly not busting out powerhouse solos. It works whether it’s done alone, or in a group, as in a powerful kirtan. It works whether it’s done softly or in full voice, as long it is from the heart and with the belly. Although for enhanced effect, we can add eye-focus and a gentle hand mudra, these are simple to include and can be incorporated gradually.

The Benefit: It is Free

The Technology:
All you have to do is show up. As Krishna Das has said, it won’t work if you don’t do it! All that is needed is some time and an open heart. The benefits of chanting cannot be established through reasoning and intellect. It can only be experienced through devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Mantra.

The Benefit: Opens Intuition

The Technology:
Pronunciation: By enunciating the mantra, the tongue taps certain points along the roof of our mouths, sending signals to the hypothalamus, which in turn, regulates the chemical activity streaming into all parts of the brain and body. It might be likened to tapping the keys of a piano–inside the casing, a hammer bounces up and strikes the strings which are tuned to produce a specific and foreseeable note; behind the curtains a remarkable vibratory process is going on.

Rhythm: Through repetition of the mantra, patterns of sound are inscribed onto the brain. The unconscious becomes the conscious, the automatic becomes the deliberate, the mindless becomes the heartfelt. The repetition frees us from our destination-fixation–from our need to rush to the end. The repetition is the whole point. Through repetition, the mantra washes over us, as the waves in the sea gradually get us wet. It dissolves us into unison, which is the essence of yoga. We "die” in a sense, as our ego fades into the infinite, as it gets unavoidably absorbed by the sound.

Projection: When we chant from the navel point while articulating the mantra, we not only stimulate the upper palate, but  we vibrate the central channel by which prana, or, life force, flows–what yogis for millennia have referred to as the shushmuna (or shushumna by some translations). This dual process is said to move us into the realm of anahat–the realm "without boundary."

The Benefit: Increases Radiance

The Technology:
Our thoughts reflect and affect our mood, our attitude and our general tenor. Our thoughts are silent sounds. And sounds are electromagnetic vibrations. The more refined our thoughts, the more elevated our vibration; the more elevated our vibration, the closer we get to the highest vibration of all–our own divine nature. The entire universe was built on sound, which is nothing but vibration. By vibrating a certain combination of sounds, we are able to tune into various levels of intelligence, or consciousness. Thus, chanting mantras is a conscious method of controlling our moods, and in turn, our frequency and resultant all-around radiance, much like changing the channel on the television.

The Benefit: It is Empowering

The Technology:
In the Hindu and related Dharmic traditions that use mantra meditation as a regular part of practice, you will find there is a mantra for everything–for every ill and every challenge. To note just a few examples, in the Tibetan tradition, the Om Mane Padme Hum mantra has been used for centuries to invoke the blessings of compassion. In the Hindu tradition, the Ganesh mantra–Om Gam Ganapataye Namah–is chanted to the elephant-headed deity to remove obstacles. And, in the Kundalini Yoga tradition, the Siri Gaitri Mantra–Ra Ma Da Sa–is chanted for healing.

Bhajan (Song) Lyrics

December 2014: New Lyrics page created, contains every entry below plus new bhajan lyrics.
I hope to update it more often.

Here are lyrics (in alphabetical order) to accompany some of the bhajans featured in the videos. You may want to open this page in a new window or tab so you can sing along while enjoying the videos.

Gayatri Mantra:
Om Bhur Bhuvah Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

Goddess Lakshmi Mantra
Om Shreem Mahalakshmiyei Namaha

Har Har Har MahadevHar Har Har Mahadev,
Shiv Shankar Adi Dev,
Parmeshvar Akhileshvar,
Tandav Priye Shashishesvar,
Vishvdhaar Vishvnath,
Gangadhar Dheernath,
Jatajut Chandradhari,
Tennan Ke Hitkari,
Goripati Nandieshwar,
Shaleshwar Jagadishwar

Hay Shiv Shankar Hey KarunakarHey Shiv Shankar Hey Karunakar,
Suniye Arj Hamari,
Bhav Sagar Se Par Utaro,
Aaye Sharan Tihari,
Chandra Lalat Bhabut Ramaye,
Gatgambar Hari,
Karn Mein Damru Gale Bhujanga,
Nandi Kharo Dware,
Hey Ganga Dhar Daras Dikha Do,
Hey Bhole Bhandari,
Janam Maran Ke Tum Ho Swami,
Hey Shankar Abhilashi,
Kan Kan Mein Hai Rup Tumhara,
Hey Bhole Kailashi,
Charan Sharan Mein Aaya Jo Bhi,
Rakhyo Laaj Hamari

JAI RADHA MADHAV"Jai Govardhanadhari"
All glories to Krishna who has lifted the mountain Goverdhana on His little finger
"Yasodanandana Brajajanaranjana"
The son of mother Yasoda, The delight of the inhabitants of Vraja (Vrindavan)
"Jamunatira Vanachari"
The one who wanders in the forests along the banks of the River Yamuna
"Jai Radha Madhava Jai Kunjabihari"
All glories to the master of Madhurya rasa (transcendental amorous pastimes) Lord Krishna and His divine consort Srimati Radharani enjoying in the forest groves? of Vrindavan
"Jai Gopi-janavallabha"
All glories to the One who brings divine pleasure to the gopis (beautiful cowherd damsels) of Vrindavan
"Murali Manohara Karunasagara"
That flute player who steals my mind, The ocean of compassion

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti-hi

Om Purnam
Om purnam-adah purnam-idam
purnaat purnam-udacyate.
purnasya purnam-aadaaya,

The literal translation:
That is infinite, this is infinite;
From That infinite this infinite comes.
From That infinite, this infinite removed or added;
Infinite remains infinite.

Om Tryambakam - The LIfe-Giving Prayer:
Om Trayumbakam Yajamahe
Sughandhim Pushti Vardanam
Urvar-ukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat.

Shanti Mantra
Om sarveshaam swastir bhavatu
Sarveshaam shantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve santu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet
...Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti...

Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all; peace (shanti) be unto all;
fullness (poornam) be unto all; prosperity (mangalam) be unto all.
May all be happy! (sukhinah)
May all be free from disabilities! (niraamayaah)
May all look (pashyantu)to the good of others!
May none suffer from sorrow! (duhkha)

Subramanyam (Sathya Sai Baba) 
Subrahmanyam Subrahmanyam Shanmukha Natha Subrahmanyam
S'iva S'iva S'iva S'iva Subrahmanyam Hara Hara Hara Hara Subrahmanyam (2)
S'iva S'iva Hara Hara Subrahmanyam Hara Hara S'iva S'iva Subrahmanyam
S'iva Sharavana Bhava Subrahmanyam
Guru Sharavana Bhava Subrahmanyam
S'iva S'iva Hara Hara Subrahmanyam Hara Hara S'iva S'iva Subrahmanyam

Sita Sings the Blues Movie

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"Sita Sings the Blues" is based on the Hindu epic "The Ramayana". Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina Paley is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of torch singer Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told." It is written, directed, produced and animated by American artist Nina Paley.

"Sita Sings the Blues" was released in 2008 only after long negotiations with the copyright holders of the 80-year-old songs recorded by Annette Hanshaw. Following the experience of almost having her film blocked from distribution, Nina Paley released it freely under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and now devotes a significant portion of her time to free culture activism. She is Artist in Residence at the non-profit

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