Mystic Chants & Bhajans Recorded During Kali Worship. This rare collection of songs and chants recorded live at Kali Mandir’s annual Kali pujas in Laguna Beach captures the mood of this ancient sacred ritual and reflects the soulful longing for the Divine Mother by artists from a variety of musical and spiritual disciplines. Featuring Haradhan Chakraborti, Bhagavan Das, Premanand Trikannad, Krishna Gopinathan, Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, Sudha Srikumar, the David Stringer Kirtan Ensemble, Sumanta Chakrabarti, and Nandu Menon. Total playing time: 70.15 min. Includes an insert with lyrics & translations, artist bio’s and pictures. Kali Mandir.
Chanting gives expression to the soul’s innate yearning for the Divine. Since ancient times it has been the cornerstone of devotional schools of Indian religion, combining the artistry and disciplines of traditional music with transcendent power of mantra meditation. Kali Puja Live II features an eclectic blend of ecstatic chants by some of today’s most popular kirtan singers - Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das as well as famous Indian artists Purna Das Baul, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta and others. Recorded live during Kali Mandir’s annual Kali Puja festivals.
Recorded live before the awakend image of Ma Dakshineswari Kali at Kali Mandir Musicians: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati ( vocals,harmonium, khol mridanga, kartals); Rampriya Das (vocals,harmonium, khol mridanga); Brahmachari Parameshwara Chaitanya (khol mridanga, kartals). Tracks include: Guru Pranams; Jai Jaga Jananim; Shiva Kali; Jai Kali Jai Kali; Kali Maheswari; Jai Ma.
The Mahishasura Mardini Stotram was recorded live before the awakened image of Sri Ma Dakshineswari Kali at Kali Mandir, Laguna Beach, California. This CD contains two versions of this popular devotional chant glorifying the victory of the Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura – one fast one as it is chanted at Kali Mandir during amavasya Kali pujas and one melodic slow version.
Nama Kripa features Swami Bhajananda, Stacy Pendleton and Prakash Barrera. These spirited selections were recorded live during Kali Mandir’s annual Kali Puja Festival, the perfect atmosphere to experience the "mercy of the holy name".
The Pure Sounds of a Pure Heart
Born in Italy, Swami Nirvanananda Saraswati travels the globe carrying only his guitar, harmonium and a daypack. Swamiji’s sweet songs of devotion open the heart and rouse the soul. Recorded live at Kali Mandir, this CD captures the energy and spontaneity of traditional call/response kirtan—a beautiful and passionate offering to the Divine.
This is a live recording of the legendary Purna Das Baul at a Kali Mandir event. The Bauls of Bengal are traveling minstrels whose songs of joy, love and longing for union with the Divine have captured audiences worldwide. Once you listened to a Baul, you will never forget.
These bhajans were recorded live in response to requests by numerous devotees. Raw from the heart. When kirtan takes off at Kali Mandir, the walls seem to expand. The CD includes Hanuman Chaleesa, Ramakrishna Vasudeva, Chamundayai Kali Ma, Om Namah Shivaya, Shiva Kali, Jai Ma.
Songs from the Mystic Poets of Bengal. The land of Bengal in eastern India is a fertile ground for tantric worship of the Divine Mother Kali. Great mystics took birth there and left us with a legacy of ecstatic devotional songs. These songs were revived by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and many were adapted for the West by Paramahansa Yogananda. Esho Ma is the first recording by a Westerner of India’s most enthralling love songs to Mother Kali. This CD includes a 16-page booklet with Bengali lyrics, English transliteration and poetic translation. Vocals by Naren K. Schreiner. Featuring Pankaj Mishra on Sarangi, Mridanga: Adi Keshava.
By Elizabeth U. Harding
An introduction to the worship of the Divine Mother at one of Her most living temples.
This beautiful book provides a wealth of information about the worship of Goddess Kali by giving an intimate and detailed description of Kolkata’s famous Dakshineswar temple and Ma Bhavatarini, the form of Kali worshipped there. Learn about the temple’s festivals & daily rituals, and discover inspiring accounts of some of this tradition’s ecstatic saints. A great introduction to Kali worship. Paperback, original photographs.
- RETURN TO THE SOURCE Collected Writings on Spiritual Life "Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, a monk of Shankara's Order and the main priest of Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach, is an austere traditional monk. This inspiring book, Return to the Source, reveals his devotion and passion for God, knowledge of the Hindu Scriptures and ritual, words of wisdom and practical spiritual guidance. This book originated from some of his class talks, articles, and writings, and over and above, from his sadhana and experiences. Readers will find in this book the pure spiritual tradition of Vedanta. It will help them to build their inner lives, to breathe the freshness of the eternal, and to attain peace and bliss.” ~ Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society of St. Louis, author of over thirty books on Sri Ramakrishna and Vedanta Chapters include: Sri Ramakrishna and Kali in the West, Kali Puja (the Art of Seeing God), Kirtan (Singing the Divine Name), Japa Yoga, Moment by Moment Worship, Bhagavatam Meditations, Tradition (Gift of the Rishis), Seeds of Desire, and Living at the Source (Excerpts from Letters to Devotees).
- Mahishasuramardini Stotram, a famous hymn to Ma Durga, contains the power of the Devi Mahatmyam. Encoded and embedded in the words of this exquisite hymn are hidden esoteric seed sounds, making its recitation a transformative spiritual practice. This booklet includes the Devanagari Sanskrit, Roman transliteration and translation in English