Ancient Spirit (Kirtan Cafe Vol II)

by Ragani

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Description: A heartfelt offering of kirtan from one of America’s foremost leaders of chant. Beautiful vocals, a sea of chanters, and rich world instrumentation bring to life the ancient mantras of India. Awarded “Best of the Year” by Backroads Music, “Editor’s Pick” by CDBaby, and “Runner Up” in Best Production category of the International Music Awards 2006. This album of sacred chants will rejuvenate your mind and inspire your heart and soul.

“…resonant devotion… excellent… hauntingly beautiful…”
— Linda Johnsen, M.S., Contributing Editor, Yoga International

“…brings to mind a winning collaboration between Enya and the sadly departed George Harrison… surprisingly sophisticated… with the scope of a cosmic orchestra.”— Nick Dedina, Conscious Choice Magazine

“Ragani, who has grown to become one of the nation’s leading kirtan chanters, proves her worth with this exquisite collection of mantras… Pure joy… ecstatic bliss and prayerful chant…”— Dan Cowen, Music Design In Review

"...intoxicating melodies, and the love is infectious... absolutely beautiful... ”
— Silke Erasmus, Odyssey (South Africa)

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released August 1, 2006

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Track Name: Prayer of Harmony
Om Saha Navavatu
Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Viryam Karavavahai
Tejasvi Navadhitamastu
Ma Vidvishavahai
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

May we be protected together.
May we work together with great energy.
May our study be enlightening and fruitful.
May there be no disharmony between us.
Om, peace, peace, peace.
Track Name: Jaya Ganesha
Jaya Ganesha Jaya Jaya Gananatha
Track Name: Hare Krishna Govinda
Hare Krishna Govinda Mohan Murari
Japa Kara Japa Kara Are Mana Bhikari
Mohan Murare Mohan Murare

Krishna is the Supreme Lord of Yoga, path for union with the Divine. "Hare" means to take away, to remove ignorance. Govinda, another name for Krishna, symbolizes the compassionate protection of humanity. "Mohan", another name for Krishna as the one who totally enchants us and overtakes our hearts. Murari (another name for Krishna) is the one who destroys the demons of the mind. "Are Mana Bhikari": "Oh beggar mind, chant the sacred mantras (Japa Kara) and awaken!
Track Name: Durga Durga
Durga Durga Durga Jai Jai Ma
Victory (Jai) to Ma Durga, the powerful Divine Shakti (energy) that destroys ignorance and restores us to awareness of the Self.
Track Name: Sri Krishna
Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murare
He Natha Narayana Vasudeva
He Natha Narayana Vasudeva

Sri Krishna represents the pure Self, the center of Consciousness, the way to the Divine, Narayana. “Govinda” refers to Krishna as the loving protector of humanity. “Hare” indicates the removal of suffering; “Murare” denotes Krishna as the destroyer of demons within; “He Natha” means “O Master (Lord)”; and “Vasudeva” is the Supreme Being who permeates all.
Track Name: Krishna Govinda
Krishna Govinda Govinda Gopala
Krishna Murali Manohara Nanda La La

Glorious Krishna is the embodiment of Divine Love and Joy. “Govinda” and “Gopala” are names for Krishna as “protector” and “gatherer” of our hearts. Krishna’s flute (murali) steals the minds and hearts (Manohara)