Volume 8

2017

Beautiful tracks from around the world grace this volume, which includes tracks from the US, UK, Germany and Israel.

1.  In Your Grace (Maa) - Ajeet Kaur

2.  God and Me, Me and God Are One - Anand Kirtan

3.  Ardas Bhaee - Andi Flax

4. Guru Ram Das - Charanpal Singh

5.  Ek Ong Kaar Laya Yoga - Hansu Jot

6.  Ang Sang Wahe Guru - Jap

7. Carry It On - Robin Cummings

8.  Aap Sahaaee Hoaa - Sat Puran

9. Jap Man Satnaam - Satwant Kaur Khalsa

 

In Your Grace (Maa) - Ajeet Kaur, USA, 2017

About the artist:

 

Ajeet Kaur's music is a meeting of rivers. Her love of meditation and sacred music meet her upbringing with traditional Irish music and her unwavering love of poetry through song. Growing up in a musical and eclectically spiritual home, music has always been present. Ajeet found her way to the magic of sacred music at a young age, leading her to fall in love with the songs, stories and sense of mystery in the folk traditions. Collaboration is central in her work, and some of her collaborators include Snatam Kaur, Trevor Hall, Rising Appalachia and Peia. She has released five albums, which have been celebrated as #1 on the iTunes world chart, and Billboard Top 10 new age chart. Ajeet makes her debut as a producer on her newest album, “Indigo Sea” which was self created and funded by fans and listeners worldwide. Join Ajeet and her band as they weave together ancient rhythms and melodies, deep meditative spaces and heart-opening songs to bring you on a journey through music.

God and Me, Me and God Are One - Anand Kirtan, UK, 2017

In 2018, we were asked by the Great British Kundalini Festival committee to sing God and Me, Me and God are One as the all camp mantra - and asked if we could write the music for it and come and sing at the festival. This mantra, which relates closely to the number 11 (in the year 2+0+1+8) contained words that I thought were beyond me and out of my reach. Along the way, through singing it and writing the music, I fell in love with the mantra - really believing for the first time that I deserved to sing it, that it was true and that this feeling then changed everything. We sang it together in sangat at the festival and in concerts and meditations and I watched people blossom under the same rays of connection. It is a Universal truth that I wish to convey to my children and to the next generation of souls who are ready to step up and live a conscious and courage filled life. Sat naam.

 

About the artist:

Anand Kirtan is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and musician who serves her local community in rural Britain, whilst also travelling with her husband and three sons across the UK and Europe to teach yoga and sing kirtan music together. Her sons, currently 13,12 and 9 are themselves musicians and singers, and together as a family, they bring an energy of love, unity, seva and harmony. Anand Kirtan also works as a spiritual counsellor for people going through challenge and is currently studying karam kriya and level 2 Kundalini yoga with her spiritual teacher, Shiv Charan Singh.

Ardas Bhaee - Andi Flax, USA, 2017

About the artist:

 

Born in the US, raised in Canada and based in Newport, Rhode Island, US, Andi Flax is a singer and songwriter drawn to the healing and expressive power of the human voice. A classically-trained vocalist and dancer from childhood, Andi later discovered the practice of Kundalini yoga and science of sacred sound vibration (mantra), which has helped her consciously move through the blocks to allow her to express her highest creative potential, using her dynamically radiant voice. She has made it her mission to introduce these profoundly transformational tools so all may experience them. By sharing her gifts with the world, she wants to inspire others to do the same.

Guru Ram Das - Charanpal Singh, Finland, 2017

"Guru Ram Das Chant was the very first Kundalini Yoga Mantra that I ever composed. I had learned how to play the guitar when I was 11 years old. But while I was back then more interested playing in a band and become the next Bruce Springsteen, my guitar teacher was more interested shaping me for the next Francis Goya. So in our not-so-common interest it so became that my guitar during the next years to come was mostly left in the back corner of my room, or later my living room.

But during my first Sadhanas ever, 25 years later, on my Level 1 KYTT, I understood something. The basic skills that I had learned in playing the guitar, thanks to my wonderful teacher in my early teens, were now in much of use. The organisers of the training in Finland in 2008/09 showed me the chords of their Aquarian Sadhana Mantra versions, and kindly invited me to play with them in the mornings. One of the organisers, Sat Darshan Kaur, later actually invited me even to organise Mantra Evenings together with her, which was lovely and challenging. And as a matter of fact, this Guru Ram Das Chant version on the Album, was developing its roots already back then and there with her in those Mantra Evening Rehearsals. I had had the tune already for years in the back of my mind without understanding which “song” was it, and now it found it’s place in the musical world of Mantras. Later I took it, shaped it, turned it around quite a bit, and finally recorded the version it finally became.

I do believe this was the miraculous process of Guru Ram Das happening during all these years. I want t to thank all the lovely people that gave me the encouragement during the years, to those who later came to all Mantra Evenings that I and we with my beloved wife Jagat Prem Kaur organised, and to those who still are coming. All the musical chanting moments with the Sangat. I also thank for all the professional help we got with creating the Album Sadhana Garden. Thank you Tej Kirtan Singh, Asko Kallonen and Leri Leskinen. My teacher Shiv Charan Singh’s support has also been tremendous and his words “let the music be alive” still echo in my ears.

But most of all I thank the Mantras themselves. I do find it the best possible way to move the consciousness from the individual levels towards the Universal. The community in between, and the chanting process itself, has really worked miraclously in my life. And still does. I am really honoured to be invited for this lovely 3HO 50th Anniversary Album, and will continue to explore, develop and share all of the wonderfull and beautiful Mantras of Kundalini Yoga. It is a gift to be shared.

Blessings to all, may we vibrate the Whole Cosmos towards loving, compassionate and peaceful Universe."

About the Artist:

Charanpal Singh is a Level 2 Kundalini Yoga teacher and a trainer of Kundalini Yoga taught as by Yogi Bhajan. Charanpal is the founding partner and director of Kehto Spiritual School in Finland. He organises and trains Kundalini Yoga Teachers in Finland with his wife Jagat Prem Kaur. His main instrument is the guitar and he has played it since he was 11 years old. The most specialized area of Kundalini Yoga for him are the technologies and teachings of Shabd, Mantra and Sound. “Let the music be alive” guidance by his spiritual teacher Shiv Charan Singh and Charanpal's devotion for finding the Authentic Voice for him and the students have now carried him and his way of delivering the teachings since 2008. And the learning continues. Wahe Guru.

Ek Ong Kaar Laya Yoga - Hansu Jot, Germany, 2017

About the Artists:

 

Hansu Jot plays Harmonium, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Bamboo flute, Bansuri flute and Sarangi. Trained as a classical pianist, he worked internationally as a musical director and producer. His compositions flow gracefully between poetry and meditation, while his warm voice radiates peace and beauty. 

Ang Sang Wahe Guru - Jap, Germany, 2017

About the artist:

"The Mantra Band JAP formed in 2013 as a Sadhana Band (morning yoga with live music) in Cologne, Germany, when the three musicians discovered their common love for the mantras of Kundalini yoga.
Inspired by their own personal experiences with Kundalini Yoga, JAP creates catchy melodies and opens up a meditative space that invites you to sing along and experience the sound current, Naad, in a most wonderful way."

 

Carry It On - Robin Cummings

This compilation of four songs, two written by Robin Cummings, two by Robin’s sister Hari Bhajan Kaur about Yogi Bhajan; beloved Teacher to both. The songs are inspired from process of living life awake and present on a spiritual path. Hari Bhajan first sang “Carry it on” to Robin, expressing her deep love for her teacher. This is the only recording of this song with Robin singing on it; she knows her sister Hari Bhajan Kaur’s spirit is present. Hari Bhajan Kaur made her transition almost 3 years ago, but has left a legacy of her music.

About the artists:

Robin Cummings has been singing in spiritual centers doing cover and original songs for many years. She is  a member of the Columbus Ohio Choir Harmony Project. The songs she has written and recorded have been reflections of periods of time on her journey. This album is in part a tribute to her sister Hari Bhajan Kaur.

Aap Sahaaee Hoaa - Sat Puran, Israel, 2017

About the artist:

"Sat Puran studied and explored different styles of music, starting with classical western singing from a young age, being an opera singer, and then also continued studying Indian classical singing and Gurbani Kirtan.

Sat Puran is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, teaching in teacher's trainings in Europe and Israel. She is a practicing evolutionary astrologer, consulting and teaching internationally."

Jap Man Satnaam - Satwant Kaur, UK, 2017

My introduction to Kundalini Yoga was by looking at the picture on a box of Yogi Tea, and
asking aloud: I wonder if that’s a real yogi? Less than a year later, I was sitting in front of
that most definitely real Yogi, learning a meditation.
From the beginning, it was the mantra that had me hooked with Kundalini Yoga. With this
particular shabd, it was the first shabd where I knew and understood the words of the
repeating line (Jap man, Satnaam, sadaa Satnaam) without having to look them up.
Satnaam being the bij mantra of kundalini yoga, this has always felt like a key message:
breath by breath, with every breath, to stay tuned in to the vibration of Satnaam.

About the Artist:

Satwant Kaur grew up in Northern Canada, surrounded by forests and rivers and wide open spaces. She began practising yoga as a child with her mother and sister, and later re-discovered yoga, in the form of Kundalini Yoga, in Vancouver. Sound and communication have long been an interest for her – she studied speech and language therapy, and has worked in this field for over 15 years. Her musical influences have mostly been folk singers, and growing up there was always music in the house – singing with her dad around the piano, or making up harmonies with her sister. One of the things that most attracted her to Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma was the importance of sound – and of everyone joining in to create the vibration. She has played kirtan around the UK and Europe, and taught workshops on developing the Teacher’s Voice.
 
Satwant has been living in London, UK for the last 12 years, where she teaches and trains teachers of Kundalini Yoga.

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Photos: Michelle Magdalena Fox & Gurusurya Khalsa