Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 12 21 Satsang with Isaac Tigrett

Happy Winter Solstice!

I was tickled to learn about this video today, that Isaac Tigrett was at Sathya Sai Baba's Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram in Puttaparthi, India, at the same time I was (December 17 - 26, 2012). I wish I had known, I might have tried to speak with him. This video was recorded in his rooms at the ashram in November 2012.

Four videos play for 59 minutes. 

There is an additional video following the playlist, the Sai Gayatri played at Sai Kulwant Hall on Maha Samadhi of Sathya Sai Baba. I include this additional video separately for your meditation pleasure. The first evening at the ashram, I participated in the 30-minute meditation in the small hall behind the main temple and had a mystical experience while this mantra played in the background.  

1 - Sathya Sai Baba chanting the Gayatri 5:10 

2 - Isaac Tigrett - A Message From Prasanthi 45:14

Isaac Tigrett is well known as the Founder of both the Hard Rock Cafe and The House of Blues. He is also known around the world as a spiritual man who for many years has had personal contact with Sathya Sai Baba.

Filmed by Gene Massey in Isaac's apartment in Sathya Sai Baba's ashram (Prasanthi, in Puttaparthi, India) on November 9, 2012, Isaac directs this message to young people all over the world. He speaks for 45 minutes on some of his experiences with Sathya Sai Baba, the Five Human Values, how we must forgive ourselves as well as others, how we are all Divine beings, and how Sathya Sai Baba has not gone anywhere, and is even even more accessible now that we can find Him in our own hearts and live His Teachings daily.

3 - SAI BABA :: ASATO MA 6:30

4 - SAI GAYATRI - Sathya Sai Baba 2:39

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Sai Gayatri 14:54
Sai Gayatri played at Sai Kulwant Hall on Maha Samadhi of Sathya Sai Baba

Om Saieeshvaraaya Vidmahe
Sathya Devaaya Deemahi
Thannah Sarvah Prachodayaat

We realize that Sathya Sai is Divinity personified.
We meditate on this God of Truth
We pray to Him to lead us on the path of liberation.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 11 25 Virtual Kirtan featuring T. S. Radhakrishnaji

T. S. Radhakrishnan (born November 5, 1957) is an Indian composer and music producer of devotional music and film music from Ernakulam, Kerala. He has composed over 150 devotional albums. His albums have been collaborations with leading Indian singers such as Dr. K J Yesudas, P. Leela, P. Susheela, S. Janaki, P Jayachandran, K.S. Chitra, Hariharan, Manjari, Unni Menon, among others.

He was trained in Carnatic music by Tripunithura K.C. Kalyanasundaram Bhagavathar, Tanjore Subramania Bhagavathar, and Dr. S. Ramanathan.

11 videos play for 60 minutes

1 - Ram Ram Ram Sita Ram..... Ram Bhajan T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 3:24

2 - Neeraja Dala Nayana Bhajan T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 5:38

3 - Anjaneya Anjana Putra.. Hanuman Devotional T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 2:43

4 - Onnam Thirupadi Sharanam Ponnayyappa T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 7:05
Ayyappa Pooja Delhi 2013.

5 - Pancha Bhoothanathan Swamy Ayyappan devotional T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 4:29

6 - Lokaveeram Mahapoojyam.... Ayyappa Pancharatnam T.S.Radhakrishnaji Live 4:53


8 - SREE VAZHUM PAZHAVANGADI. live T.S.RADHAKRISHNAJI Sasthapreethi Abu Dhabi 5:32




Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 08 29 Ganesha Chaturthi - Ganesha Birthday Celebration

Ganesha Chaturthi (गणेश चतुर्थी) is the Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings and wisdom. The festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 19 August and 20 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

1 - Ganesha Gayathri Mantra  2:28

OM Ekadantaaya Viddhamahe,
VakratunDaaya DhImahi,
Tanno danti prachodayaat.

Translation: We pray to the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth (ekadantaya) who is omnipresent (viddhamahe).
We meditate upon and pray for greater intellect (dhimahi) to the Lord with the curved, elephant-shaped trunk (vakratun?aya).
We bow before the one with the single-tusked elephant tooth (tanno danti) to illuminate our minds with wisdom (pracodayat).

2 - Ganesha Saranam 7:39
Uploaded on Aug 27, 2008
Art of Living satsang in Boisar near Mumbai

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

4 - David Newman - Jai Ganesha 10:50

Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Pahimam
Shri Ganesha Shri Ganesha Shri Ganesha Rakshamam
Gung Ganapataye Namo Namah X 2

Salutations to Ganesha the remover of
suffering and the bestower of grace.
 May we seek Your protection and refuge.

5 - Ganesha Atharvashirsha 7:21
Ganesha Atharvashirsha rendition by Sri M.N. Venkata Sastry.
For English lyrics and meaning:

6 - GANESH BHAJAN,KIRTAN -Vinayaka vinayaka by Leepikaa 4:56

7 - Jaya Ganesha mit Sukadev 8:30
Vidy Yoga [Germany] 2008

8 - Om Gann Ganapataye Namo Namaha 13:43
Om Gann Ganapatye Namo Namah
Shri Sidhivinayak Namo Namah
Ashtavinayak Namo Namah
Ganpatibappa Morya

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

10 - Om gan ganapataye namaha (ganesha mantra) 7:44
Jai Ganapati Bapa

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

12 - Ganesh Mantra (Deva Premal) 8:28
A  chant to Ganesh, remover of obstacles
Om Gum Ganapate

13 - "Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva"- Lord Ganesh Aarti 4:33
"Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh Deva - Mata Jaki Parvati Pita Mahadeva"

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Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 07 12 Guru Purnima

This year for Guru Purnima, I chose songs and satsangs for the three gurus whose ashrams I visited in 2012, Haidakhan Babaji, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Sathya Sai Baba. EnJOY!

Guru Purnima
(IAST: Guru Pūrṇimā, sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is a Hindu festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists, to thank their teachers. It is marked by ritualistic respect to the Guru, Guru Puja. The Guru Principle is a thousand times more active on the day of Gurupournima than on any other day. The word Guru is derived from two words, 'Gu' and 'Ru'. The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of lives. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (Spiritual Guide). It falls on the day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh (June-July) of the Shaka Samvat, Indian national calendar and Hindu calendar.

9 videos play for 58 minutes

1 - Gayatri Mantra (27 Repetitions)  9:14

2 - HAIDAKHAN BABAJI - The Lord Samba Sada Shiva in human form (Om Namah Shivaya chant) 9:07
artist: Ashit Desai


4 - Door of my heart (song) 9:24
Played and chanted by Swami Nirvanananda Saraswati & Joseph Achatz at the April 2012 International Kriya Yoga Seminar, Montbarry, Switzerland.

5 - Paramahansa Yogananda - On Sleep 2:23

6 - Paramhansa Yogananda about Kriya Yoga 5:11
(I am not certain this is Yogananda speaking, but the talk is good.)

7 SAI GAYATRI - Sathya Sai Baba (chant) 2:39
artist: Sumeet Tappoo

8 - Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India from 2002 to 2007, with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 6:45

9 - Asato Ma Sad Gamaya - Shiva Mantras from Music for Deep Meditation [Vidura Barrios, Kim Engler, Nate Morgan] 6:04

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 06 08 Holy Mother Ganga, Daughter of the Mountains

June 8, 2014

"Ganga Dashahara is celebrated every year between May and June. Hindus celebrate this festival very significantly because Ganga fell down on this day from heaven to earth. According to the Hindu alendar Ganga Dashahara or dashami is celebrated (on tenth day of the month) in waxing moon of the month of Jyestha.

"Devotees take holy baths during this festival of Ganga Dashahara at the Varanasi Ghats. On this day devotees gather at the banks of the river Ganges and take a soak in the Holy water of the Ganges in order to get rid of the ten sins (dasha means ten and hara means to destroy).

"One who cannot travel to the river Ganges, can take a bath at his home by mixing some amount of Gange Jal to the normal water, he will achieve the same benefit. At this occasion, devotees keep a fast for all day and they do not drink water for full day, In the evening they take a bath and break their fast (by taking only fruit) after moon arises. After the bath they offer jal and agarbatti to the Ganges and then break their fast.

"Ganga Dashahara 2014 would be celebrated by the people on Sunday, on the 8th of June.

"Religious and Cultural Beliefs and Significance 

"Woman in India offer floating lamps in the sacred water of the river Ganges. Hindus take baths in the Holy water and wash out their sins. They also offer flowers as well as rose petals with the clay diyas filled with oil or ghee lit with wicks. They bring holy water of Ganges to their home for other puja purposes. The Ganges is the incarnation of all holy waters in Hinduism. Ganges has been an emblem of purity in India for culture and civilization for a long time.

"History of Avatarana or Descent of the Ganges 

"According to the Ramayana, Mahabharata and several Puranas, the history of Avatarana of Gange begins with a clever king Kapila. It is considered that Kapila was doing intense meditation but bothered by the sixty thousand sons of the King Sagara. Then Kapila burned them with his irritated stare and diminished them to ashes, and send them out to the netherworld. They could get their salvation only by the holy water of Ganga. That time Ganges was in heaven. The great offspring of those sons was the King Bhagiratha who was much worried to renovate his ancestors. He had done a great Tap for years to bring Gange on the earth.

"Finally he granted the reward of Ganga’s fall to earth from heaven. Ganga gave him a Vardan that she agreed to go to earth but her tumultuous and forceful water flow will definitely destroy the earth. Bhagiratha convinces Lord Shiva on his habitat Mount Kailash to control the flow of Ganga to earth by the coils of his matted hair. Lord Shiva agreed with Bhagiratha for Ganga to descend. She then led Bhagiratha down to earth at Haridwar, flowing together with the Yamuna at Prayag and Kashi and finally meeting the Ganga Sagar, ocean. In this way Bhagiratha became successful in saving the life of his ancestors."


My first view of the Ganga was on October 14, 2012 as I taxied through Rishikesh on my way to Guptkashi. Little did I know, I would have an amazing, mystical Rebirthing experience during a Chaat (Sun) Festival on November 19, 2012 in the Ganga on the ghats at Varanasi. I saw Her again in Kolkata (Calcutta) from the Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Math Ashram in Dakshineswar. A few pics of Mother Ganga follow the playlist. ~ Shellie


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

2 - GANGES or GANGA - A COMPLETE Documentary: [MUST WATCH] 49:07

3 - Om Namah Shivaya With Shiva Manasa Pooja [Shri Yogi Hari] 10:33

Playlist url

This is the view of the Ganga from the terrace outside my room at the Ganesha Inn Hotel in Rishikesh, October 14, 2012. Little did I know that I would experience a powerful rebirthing in the Ganga in Varanasi approximately one month later.

My Rebirth in the Ganga in Varanasi at a Chaat Festival on Assi Ghat, November 19, 2012.

The Ganga as seen at the Serampore Roy Ghat in Kolkata (Calcutta) where Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Sri Yukteshwar sat and talked.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 05 09 Yogis of Tibet

From the introduction to the documentary:
"The Yogis you will see in this film took unprecedented risks. Once vowed to extreme secrecy to maintain the purity of their practices, they agreed to these unique interviews and rare demonstrations to help preserve for posterity their vanishing culture.

"It is to these Yogis that this film is dedicated."

C 2002 June Bug Films, aka JEHM Films

1 - Gayatri Mantra ( 3 Times ) Artist: Rattan Mohan Sharma 1:51

2 - Yogis Of Tibet - Rare Documentary 1:16:36
C 2002 June Bug Films, aka JEHM Films

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

Playlist url

Friday, May 2, 2014

2014 05 02 Satsang Fr Richard Rohr, Christian Mystical Tradition

If nothing else, I am eclectic in my beliefs, and along with Daoism and Vedic tradtions, I very much enJOY the daily inspirational messages sent by the Center for Action and Contemplation.

There is a tradition that says Jesus visited India for a period of time, and I would not be a bit surprised since the non-dualist teachings of the Christian mystical tradition are so closely compatible. Having been on pilgrimage in India for 74 days, and having spoken to many Indians as well as Westerners while I was there, as well as having had mystical experiences of my own, I can whole-heartedly say that the non-dualist teachings of Fr. Rohr fit perfectly with the Vedic teachings one finds in India. I also follow and teach A Course In Miracles which offers no conflict with these experiences as well. Divine harmony at its finest!

Every true Yogi is a Mystic. It is the only way to experience Oneness.

1 - Gayatri Mantra 9:04

2 - Fr. Richard Rohr: The Paradox of Truth - an Aspect of Christian Mysticism 42:48
Published on Feb 23, 2014
Paradox is at the heart of reality, says Franciscan Priest Fr Richard Rohr, but we're just too wedded to our egos and dualism to embrace it.

In this Interview Fr. Richard Rohr talks about his latest book The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, which offers an understanding of the Christian mystic tradition as a nondualistic way of seeing the moment. This is what Fr. Rohr says is the most important book that he has written to date.

Fr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, and the author of Everything Belongs and Things Hidden. Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC)

3 - OM TRAYAMBAKAM YAJAMAHAE Version 2    7:24

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 04 05 Vasanta Navratri

Vasanta Navratri, March 31 through April 8, 2014, is the Spring celebration of  Nine Nights of the Divine Mothers honoring Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali/Durga. Playlist includes a special puja at the Kali Temple in Kalimath, followed by beeja mantras, gayatri mantras, and chalisas for Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali/Durga.

It was while creating this Navratri playlist in spring of 2012 I was inspired by a photo of Kalimath to be there for the fall Navratri that same year. That and more may be read about in my book: Pilgrimage to India: An American Woman's Adventure.

My inspiration: Kali Math

13 videos play for 91 minutes.

1 - Pooja at Kalimath (संदीप शर्मा "अज्ञानी")   4:39
Kalimath, the only place where all three goddesses, Saraswati, Laxmi, and Kali are worshipped together.

I am very thrilled to be able to share this with you even though I did not take this video; it was taken during spring Navratri of 2012. I was there for fall Navratri in October of that year.  The man in the white pants and scarf with the tan sweater/jacket is Pandit Sanjay Bhatt, Pujari Sidhpeeth (The Priest of Kalimath). I enJOYed several aaratis with him while I was there. The cloaked statue of Kali is in the center altar (looks caged).

2 - Sarasvati Beej Mantra 5:29

Syllable Meanings:
OM: Divine Reality
SHREEM: for material prosperity
HREEM: for becoming a leader and fulfilling desires for power
SARASWATYAI: Saraswati Mata
NAMAHA: we bow/ show reverence.

3 - Vedic Mantras to Improve Education & Memory - Sri Saraswati Gayathri 4:14
Om Vakdeviyai cha Vidhmahe
Virinji Pathniyai cha Dheemahe
Thanno Vani Prachodayath.

Om, Let me meditate on the goddess of speech,
Oh, wife of Lord Brahma, give me higher intellect,
And let Goddess Vani illuminate my mind.

4 - Saraswati Chalisa - श्री सरस्वती चालीसा - Jayati Jayati Jai Bharati 6:09

5 - Goddess Lakshmi Mantra (Deva Premal) 8:19
Om Shreem Mahalakshmiyei Namaha
Salutations to that heart centered and great Lakshmi

6 - Lakshmi (Laxmi) Gayatri for Spiritual Wealth and Luxuries 3:20
Om Mahalakshmyai cha vidmahe
Vishnu patnyai cha dhimahi
Tanno Lakshmihi prachodayat

Translation: "Om. Let us meditate on the Great Goddess Sri Lakshmi,
the consort of Sri Maha Vishnu.
May that effulgent Maha Lakshmi Devi inspire and illuminate our mind with understanding."

7 - Maha Lakshmi Chalisa ( With Substitles ) By Anup Jalota 8:48

8 - Kali Mantra 108 12:09
Om kreem kalikaye namaha

9 - kali gayatri Mantra 2:20
Om! Pishachadwajayai Vidmahay,
Shoolahasthaya Dhimahi,
Tanno Kali Prachodayat.
(We meditate on Kali, who has the banner of the goblins,
and bears the trident. May Kali inspire and illumine us.)


11 - Durga Beej Mantra 9:37
Om Aaeng Hareeng Kaleeng Chamundaye Vichche.

12 - Durga Gayatri Mantra - with English lyrics 6:47
Om Girijayai Vidmahe,
Shiva Priyayai Dhimahi,
Tanno Durga Prachodaya

13 - Jai Mata Di - Sri Durga Chalisa with Subtitles (Hari Om Sharan) 9:34

Playlist url:

Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 03 28 Virtual Kirtan

Virtual Kirtan 2014 03 28 features traditional Indian artists Anand Vaidya, Anuradha Paudwal, T. S. Radhakrishnaji, Suresh Wadkar, Jagit Singh, Udit Narayan, Ravi Shankar

10 videos play for 67.25 minutes

1 - Gayatri Mantra 27 Repetitions YouTube 9:13

2 - Shri Ganesh Bhajan - Indian Devotional Song - Hindi Bhakti Geet - Lambodaraya Namah sung by Anand Vaidya 6:50

3 - Devi Bhajan (Maa Tum Ho Basi)  Anuradha Paudwal 7:22

4 - Natwar Nagar Nanda (Wonderful Krishna Bhajan) 5:13


6 - Omkar Swarupa (Suresh Wadkar) 7:24

7 - Bolo Ram Jai Jai Ram a Bhajan by Jagjit Singh.flv 5::26

8 - Tera Phir Ashiyan Basayenge By Udit Narayan {Best Kedarnath Video Song In 2013} 6:32
There was massive destruction to many temples and villages in June 2013, including severe damage to my own beloved village of Kalimath, along the Mandakini (the locals also call it tha Saraswati) River in Uttarakhand in NE India. This video includes photos of some of that destruction and the people who live and helped there. It was estimated that there will not be pilgrimages to Kedarnath for about three years from June 2013.

9 - Sarasvati Bhajan (Jai Saraswati Varde) 5:08

10 - Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya by Ravi Shankar 7:10

Playlist url

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 02 27 Mahashivaratri

Mahashivaratri - The Great Night of Shiva in bhajan and puja
16 videos play for 2 hours 2 minutes

1 - Maha Shivaratri 2014: The Great Night of Shiva 3:22

2 - Gaytri Mantra 27 (repetitions) 9:13

3 - David Newman - Jai Ganesha 10:50
Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Pahimam
Shri Ganesha Shri Ganesha Shri Ganesha Rakshamam
Gung Ganapataye Namo Namah

Salutations to Ganesha the remover of
suffering and the bestower of grace.
 May we seek Your protection and refuge.

4 - Shiva Rudrastakam 8:59
Pujya Bhaishree Rameshbhai Ojha

5 - Hara Shiva Shankara 6:50

6 - Anup Jalota - Hey Shiv Shankar Nataraja 7:57

7 - Lata Mangeshkar's Wonderful Shiv Bhajan (Rare) 3:47

8 - Har Har Har Mahadev - Jagjit Singh - Lord Shiva 7:52

9 - Om Namah Shivaya ( Classic Bhajan ) - Suresh Wadkar 5:01

10 - Dam Dam Dam Damroo Baje - Rishi Nityapragya 8:05

11 - Jahan Shivji - Hari Om Sharan 7:19

12 - Samba Sadashiva - Dave Stringer - Austin 9:58

13 - Kshna Das - Om Namah Shivaya - Arunachala 9:54

14 - Shiva Chalisa ( Devotional Song ) by Suresh Wadkar 10:51

15 - Shivratri Pooja Vidhi with [Indian] Subtitles 4:19

16 - Jai Shiv Omkara Om Baba Shiv Omkara Shiv Aarti By Anuradha Paudwal I Bhakti Sagar-1 7:27

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Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 01 24 Vehicle to Enlightenment - the Gayatri Mantra

This is the third mantra that I believe has extraordinary powers of transformation. The first two were Immortality - the Asatoma Sadgamaya mantra  and Only Wholeness Is - the Om Purnam mantra 

Entire books have been written about the Gayatri Mantra, so I won't try to repeat or condense them here. All I will say is that this is truly one of the most powerful mantras on the planet and that I do believe, and can speak from experience, that the combination of sounds while singing this mantra cause vibrations that lead to extraordinary experiences that may include Wholeness (Oneness) and Immortality. Try it and see for yourself.

This is interesting, an introduction to how and why this mantra may produce the effects it can in the human experience.

Science Of Gayathri Mantra [Must] 9:58

The excerpt below serves as an introduction to the translated meaning of the Gayatri Mantra. Please do follow the link and read the entire article, it's quite excellent.

My Pilgrimage to Gayatri Mantra by Dr. Manohar Abhay

"Meaning With the Use of Pre-Fix

"With the pre-fix of four words, the mantra is comprised of four parts (1) Aum, Bhur Bhuvah, Suvah,(2) Tat Savitur Veranyam,(3) Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, (4) Dheeyo Yo Nah Prachodayat. By chanting the first part, one contemplates, to invoke certain powers, on the glory of the light that illumines the three worlds namely; earth, atmosphere and space or the gross, subtle and casual or the three realms of waking, dreaming, and sleep or the three part s of the body (from feet to navel, navel to throat, throat to mind). This prepares the ground for effective functioning of the second, third and the fourth part o f the mantra. This is also an invocation to pay reverence to the planes of our existence (the planes of our ordinary life- the physical, astral and mental) and to invite their presiding deities to support and help us. These three parts are in praise of the glory, the splendour that flows from the light. It is an invocation to Savitur (the centre of light) for granting more light. Indirectly, it is the Supreme-Conscious- Being within the cosmic sun or light of lights, the creator of all forces, which is praised here.

"Taking together all the four important parts of the mantra, its meaning reads as follows:
We meditate (dheemahi) on the spiritual effulgence or glory (bhargo) of that adorable supreme divine reality (varenyam devasya), the source or projector (savitur) of the three phenomenal realms of the gross (bhur), the subtle or the psychical (bhuvah) and the potential or casual(svah). May that(tat)Supreme-Divine-Being stimulate (prachdayat) our (na) intellect (dheeo)."

The lyric to the mantra:

Aum Bhur Bhuva Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dheeyo Yo Na Prachodayat

1 - Gayatri Mantra (27 Repetitions) 9:14

2 - Gayatri Mantra - Jagjit Singh 5:33

3 - Gayatri Mantra Anuradha Paudwal 9:32

4 - Ravi Shankar Gayatri Chants#A3C23 3:30
Ravi Shankar and George Harrison

5 - Gayatri Mantra bellísimo! [Tina Malia] 7:35

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

7 - Suresh Wadkar - Gayatri Mantra 7:37

8 - Gayatri Mantra con Sonia Casado Saraswati 5:23

9 - Sathya Sai Baba chanting the Gayatri 5:10

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

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 01 09 Immortality - the Asatoma Sadgamaya mantra

I am working on a theory that there are three Sanskrit mantras that teach the core beliefs held by every spiritual tradition; One is Om Purnam which teaches Oneness (See Om Purnam post of 1.1.2014), Two is Asatoma Sadgayama which teaches Immortality.

The third mantra, the Gayatri Mantra, is the teaching of and vehicle to Enlightenment to realize the other two. I'll write later about the Gayatri.


Meaning behind the prayer - "Asato ma sadgamaya"
Author: Shyam
The prayer in Sanskrit

Asato ma sadgamaya
Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

-Taken from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.III.28.

Each line in English

Lead, me from LIE to TRUTH
Lead, me from DARKNESS to LIGHT
Lead, me from DEATH to IMMORTALTIY

Truth, existence and reality are one and the same, according to Advaita, In Indian philosophy the truth has been successfully dissected by its concept. Advaita says that in all the three periods if the truth exist means it is a real truth. If it is not existed in any of the form in any of the period means it is not an ultimate real.

The first line explains the same to us. Always we should remember to know ourselves. Ultimate goal is to attain the knowledge to know the reality in life. Once you are far away from all the un-realistic things like daily needs. So this is not a prayer asking money, shelter, food, fame, cloth, success, health etc.

So we have to decide which is true.

Pure bliss, pure consciousness and pure existence is said to be as reality.

The second line explains how to lead the life towards knowledge from ignorance which obscures our mind to understand the reality. As our body keeps generating the cells, our Universe with a constant flux, and the earth with constant distance at every moment of time with other astral bodies, we have to travel from darkness to light and death to life. It is also a constant change. Nothing in this world is constant. You feel happy, tomorrow you may be sad, yesterday you might have cried for something. These things are not at all real and constant. As like the universe is a constant change, we should be too.

As we know already that energy nor created or destroyed like soul. We shouldn't be very keen to love this body. It is unreal. Our soul is real. That's a constant change. This is the meaning given in the third line of the prayer.

We are leading life journey of knowledge. To know what is self, and to know what we misunderstood from what is truly "I" .

What the mantras really means is "God, please lead me to the understanding that I am not the limited body, mind and intellect, but I am, was and always will be that eternal, absolute, blissful consciousness that serves as their substratum."

-With the help of Vedanta.


The translation, in short:

Mantra: Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya

Complete Mantra:
Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya
Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Lead me from the unreal to the real
Lead from the darkness to the light
Lead me from death to immortality
Let there be peace peace and peacefulness

The Asatoma mantras:
Ten videos play for 64 minutes
The last selection is from "The Matrix" and is very your volume!!!

1 - Asato Ma Sad Gamaya - Shiva Mantras from Music for Deep Meditation [Vidura Barrios, Kim Engler, Nate Morgan] 6:04

2 - ASATOMA SADGAMAYA [Satya Sai Baba] 5:48

3 - Deva Premal & Miten with Manose and Friends - Om Asatoma Live (originally on The Essence) 4:27

4 - Sacred Songs from the Medicine Circle: Om Asatoma/Om Asato [Darpan & Maureen] 7:59

5 - Hindisongs. Asato Ma Sadgamaya. Hindisongs for Free! 4:02

6 - asatoma sadgamaya (Indian vocalist) 2:01

7 - sato Ma sad gamaya [Sonia Casado]  12:07

8 - asatoma-mantras del alma [Paula Ferrari and Claudio Maria Dominguez] 4:29

9 - Sharanam - Om Asatoma. Live @ Natural High Healing Festival 2013 7:54

10 - The Matrix Soundtrack - Om Asatoma Sadgamaya - 480 P.mp4 9:00

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 01 01 Only Wholeness Is - the Om Purnam mantra

Oneness in all it's parts: the Om Purnam mantra seems most appropriate for beginnings, a New Year and a Full Moon together on this January 1, 2014.

This is one of my favorite songs. (I say that about all the songs, though!)

OM Purnam-ada purnam-idam
Purnaat purnam udachyathe
purnasaya purnam-adaya
purnam-eva vashishyathe

The translation I am most familiar with from our Bend, Oregon, Kirtan Community gatherings is:

THAT is infinite, THIS is infinite;
From That, This comes.
THIS added or removed from THAT,
the Infinite remains as Infinite.

although I like this one, too:
Wholeness produces wholeness
Only wholeness come out of wholeness
Only wholeness is.

Here is an Osho quote on the meaning of this mantra:
"[Om Purnam] is one of the most significant statements ever made anywhere on the earth at any time. It contains the whole secret of the mystic approach towards life. This small sutra contains the essence of the Upanishadic vision. Neither before nor afterwards has the vision been transcended; it still remains the Everest of human consciousness. And there seems to be no possibility of going beyond it.

"The Upanishadic vision is that the universe is a totality, indivisible; it is an organic whole. The parts are not separate, we are all existing in a togetherness: the trees, the mountains, the people, the birds, the stars, howsoever far away they may appear – don’t be deceived by the appearance – they are all interlinked, all bridged. Even the smallest blade of grass is connected to the farthest star, and it is as significant as the greatest sun.

"Nothing is insignificant, nothing is smaller than anything else. The part represents the whole just as the seed contains the whole."

This site offers a wide variety of translations which have a slightly different slant and meaning.
Purna: The Full, Infinite, Whole, Complete
From the Isha Upanishad

Om Purnamadah Purnamidam - in sanskrit with meaning - mantra from [Isha] Upanishad

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते
पूर्णश्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Puurnnashya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: Om, That is Full, This also is Full, From Fullness comes that Fullness,
2: Taking Fullness from Fullness, Fullness Indeed Remains.
3: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

See the complete Sri Isha Upanishad here:

The Om Purnam playlist includes 14 versions by different artists, 15 videos because one is a “repeat” with different graphics that I happen to love. Plays for 76 minutes.

1 Om Purnam 6:06
Sung by Satyaa & Pari. Cd Garden of Peace.

2 George Harrison ~ Om Purnam 4:00
Sloka 1 of Sri Isopanishad performed by The London Radha Krsna Temple produced and featuring George Harrison of Beatles fame.

3 Jaya Lakshmi - Om Purnam 5:50

4 Shantala -"Purnamadah" 6:11

5 OM PURNAM 3:46

6 Karnamrta Devi Dasi ~ Om Purnam 4:54
Om Purnam is performed by bhakti bhajan artist Karnamrta Devi Dasi.

7 Deva Premal - Om Purnam I 3:57

8 Gaura-Shakti - Om Purnam 7:44

9 Om Purnam Adah Purnam Idam - Naradi Devi 4:37
Sat Sanga Kirtan Band with band members - Balabhadra Prabhu, Naradi Devi & Hasyagrami Prabhu - March 5, 2011 - NS - DVD 66 appearance at Chantlanta gathering.

10 om purnamadah purnamidam / La ilaha illallah 3:51
om purnam adah purnam idam // this is one and that is one
purnat purnam udacyate // from one the one has come
purnasya purnam adaya // if from one you take out one
purnam evavasisyate // one alone remains
"La ilaha illallah" there is no god except god

11 Sivali Shanti - Om Purnamidam 4:16
Mooji Satsang in Rishikesh, India, 3 March 2013

12 Shanti People (Russian) - OM PURNAM 2:30

13 Om Purnam 6:23 (a second version of this song)
Sang by Satyaa & Pari. Cd Garden of Peace.

14 Sri Vasudeva- OM PURNAM  9:54

15 Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnat Purnamudachyate 2:04 (as a mantra chant)

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