Ever since I can remember My mother Satkirin Kaur has loved to sing and play kirtan. I remember falling asleep at night with her playing the guitar, singing softly as I felt secure and comforted; drifting off to sleep. Since the early 70’s before I was born she was studying raag and playing Gurbani Kirtan. In addition to her classical music, during the past few years she has created quite a few beautiful and unique audio CDs which are geared towards anyone (Sikh or Not). They have some classical elements but have a strong western influence. They are meant for people to chant, meditate and sing along with. It is awesome reading the emails from people (many of whom are not Sikhs) expressing how the meditations and Gurbani/Mantras have effected their lives.
In the past year or so my mother has been working on a new CD series based on mantras/bani from Jaap Sahib. They are meant specifically for chanting and meditation. Her latest CD from the series is titled "JAAP".
Here is my mother’s explanation about the CD:
"This CD was a real labor of love. Yogi Bhajan had appeared to me in a dream asking me to record more of Jaap Sahib. For me, this was my way of sharing the one BANI that had gotten me through all my greatest challenges in my life so far…..2 divorces and lots of doubts along the way.
This prayer is expressly for overcoming the negative mind. It will penetrate into the darkest thought pattern and clear it dredge it and move it OUT!
I decided that meditating and reciting this mantra as a meditation was really important. To get the effect that I experienced meant to really deeply meditate. So, I did two things after composing some easy music with very upbeat rhythm . I added a mediation in the CD package to be done with the "Gobinday mukunday" and the "Ajai Alai"
tracks. Then I added a track with Yogi Bhajan’s words about how this works and it became a wonderfully entrancing and informative musical mini lecture.
Now we have a beautiful feminine but powerful mix for conquering the negative mind and one for overcoming chronic depression. Listen to this deeply and you will see what I mean. This is definitely a sound technology of healing for these troubled and uncertain times.
Much love and success to you in your mission of self elevation. Share your stories and experiences of how the mantras have helped you. I would love to hear from you." – SatKirin Kaur Khalsa
My mother (SatKirin Kaur) with Charanjeet Kaur
- The first CD track is the Guru Gayatri Mantra (from Jaap Sahib), "Gobinday Mukhanday, Udharay, Apaaray, Harian, Kariang, Nirname, Akhame". It starts would with some simple piano, and slowly builds energy with vocals and the mantra inter-weaving with the steady beats. The pace of the chanting is slow enough that you really feel the emphasis on each word as you chant along with it. When I listen to it in the car I always catch my self singing all kind of harmonies along with it. This track is 31 minutes long as it is meant to be used for meditation. You can hear a two minute sample of this track.
- The second track "Ajai Alai" (also from Jaap Sahib) starts with beautiful Indian flute and then smoothly goes into vocals with tabla. This track makes me feel like I am riding a boat on the ocean, sailing out into the horizon; Relaxed and at Peace with the world. Listen to a two minute audio sample
- The third track has most of the same musical audio as track one, with the addition of some excerpts of Siri Singh Sahib explaining some of the history of Jaap Sahib and the mantra, inter-weaved throughout the 28 minutes. When I listen to this track and hear the explanations it is very inspiring and I feel empowered to chant and sing with more energy! Listen to a two minute audio sample
If you would like to get a copy of the CD and really experience it, you can order it online.
You can also check out the previous two CDs from the Jaap Sahib Series:
I also highly recommend you check out the two standard CD albums which are my favorites! I highly recommend both of them (and not just because she is my mother!)