I wrote the chants on 'Bhaja Ma' by finding a Sanskrit mantra which reflected the aspect of Devotion that I wanted to express for the Divine Mother. I'd then sit at the harmonium and ask for guidance. Through a combination of hearing the music internally, exploring for the right sound, and feeling my fingers being led to the notes, these chants took form. The mantras pay homage to the Divine Mother in Her many manifestations including Mother as Guru, as Durga (the remover of fear), as the Reliever of Suffering, and as the Mother of the Universe. When chanting to the Divine Mother, we can imagine her as a particular form or Deity like Durga, Saraswati or Lakshmi. We can also evoke Her in her formless aspect as the very energy of existence. This is the creative energy that 'births' and lives on in each of us as a wise inner guide. Therefore, the Divine Mother is not only an external energy but is also the inner voice of Wisdom and Compassion. By repeating these mantras, we are evoking and prasing the Goddess as well as nurturing the capacity of Love and Wisdom to blossom in our own Hearts. The music on 'Bhaja Ma' fuses my blues and jazz based singing style with traditional kirtan. The chants convey the many colors and moods of Devotion--from exultant praise to the Soul's Heart-felt call to the Divine. May your chanting of these sacred sounds be a vehicle to take you on your journey Home!!!
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