Sing O Little Krishna
This album is gratefully dedicated to our beloved Gurudeva, Swami Amar Jyoti, Who encouraged and inspired our chanting to God in His/Her myriad forms. For nearly forty years we have been singing kirtan bhajans and devotional songs at Sacred Mountain Ashram and Desert Ashram. We have cherished the chants to Sri Krishna on this album and are delighted to share their sweet joy with you. May our hearts and minds be filled with the nectar of the Lord's Name and purified by the flame of His devotion. Most of these chants were recorded live at Janmashtami (Krishna's Birthday) in August 2011 at Sacred Mountain Ashram. Additional voice overlays and instruments were then added. Everything was recorded and mixed at Jyoti Mandir, Temple of Light, by ashramites. We are not professionals, we just love singing the Holy Name. Listening to this album you experience the pure joy of kirtan as it is traditionally done in India, with a contemporary sound for westerners. In addition to the eight bhajans, there are three much-loved songs in English, one composed by me from two poems by Surdas, the 15th century blind saint from India who wrote thousands of songs to Krishna. The other two songs were composed by Mangala Boyd who kindly gave permission: Vrindavan tells of Krishna's life with the gopis and gopas, cows, peacocks and monkeys of ancient India. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu tells of the great saint and founder of the kirtan movement in Bengal centuries ago, from which the Vaishnava movement evolved. Two other songs are English/Hindi: Gurudeva Satya Hai, composed by Ronnye Russell, and Bhaja Mana Mere, which evolved to include the English translation. -Sita Stuhlmiller Sita Stulmiller's sweet voice and masterful arrangements lift the heart and manage to melt the boundaries that separate us from the object of the souls's deepest longing: the source of Love itself. Each chant weaves it's own web of almost childlike delight, but my favorites are the traditional Hindu bhajans offered in Sita's fresh and accessible style. -Mirabai Starr, author is God Of Love as well as translations of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.