Compilation CD Tracks

Dave Stringer

Karnamrita

Dravida Das

Excerpts from sample tracks:

  1. Ragani, “Hare Krishna Govinda” (7:16) From the album “Ancient Spirit” (Kirtan Café, Vol. II).
  2.
Dave Stringer, “Devakinandana Gopala (minor)” (8:27) From the album “Mala.”
  3.
David Newman, “Sita-Ram” (4:43) From the album “Lotus Feet: A Kirtan Revolution.”
  4.
Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, “Bhajarangi Hanuman” (6:07) From the album
      “Calling the Spirits.”
  5.
Krishna Das, “Jaya Bhagavan” (4:47) A previously unreleased live recording.
  6.
Dravida Das, “Namaste Sri Radhe” (3:23) From the Temple Bhajan Band.
  7.
Havi Das, “Nam-Sankirtan” (4:43) From the album “Bhakti: Devotional Chants from India.
  8.
Keshav Das, “Govinda Jaya Jaya” (4:34) From the album “Barefoot in the Heart.”
  9.
Jai Uttal, “Radha Rani” (9:18) From the album “Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant.”
10.
Karnamrita Dasi, “The Glories of Sri Radha” (4:07) From the album “Dasi: Prayers by Women.”
11.
Vaiyasaki Das, “Radhe Radhe Shyam Milade” (12:18) From the album “Transcendence.”

RAGANI/ Hare Krishna Govinda

Hare Krishna Govinda Mohan Murari

Japa Kara Japa Kara Are Mana Bhikhari

Mohan Murare Mohan Murare

 

Krishna is the Supreme Lord of Yoga. Hare means to take away, to remove ignorance. Govinda, another name for Krishna, means the "protector of the cows," which symbolizes the compassionate protection of humanity. Another name for Krishna here is "Mohan," which derives from "Moha," meaning infatuations and delusions —as Krishna is the one who totally enchants us, overtaking our minds and hearts, making us lose our minds to the Supreme One. Murari (another name for Krishna) is the one who destroys the demons within. Oh Beggar Mind (Are Mana Bhikhari), chant the sacred mantras (Japa Kara), and awaken!






DAVE STRINGER/ Devakinandana Gopala (minor)

Devakinandana Gopala, Devakinandana Gopala

Gopala Govinda Govinda Gopala


Devaki is the name of Krishna’s mother. Nandana is the son of, or one who comes from.

Go is speech, senses, cows, earth. Pala is protector, lord, master. Govinda is one who pleases the senses.

Implication of the mantra: All are names of Krishna. The knower of speech, the master of the senses and mind, the protector of cows. He is the beloved son of Devaki—the divine cowherd of Vraja who dances into our hearts.






DAVID NEWMAN/ Sita-Ram

Jaya Ram, Ram, Ram, Sita Ram


All glories to Sita-Ram, the divine in human form!

The names of Sita-Ram are emblematic of the divine in both female and male features. Ram is all that is noble and true. Sita is the great Goddess who is all knowing and wise. Together they offer the bliss of their perfect union to bring the world into greater harmony. Sita and Ram are Dharma itself!

English chorus -—“Put your feet into the river; give your life to something bigger.”






SEAN JOHNSON & the WILD LOTUS BAND/ Bhajarangi Hanuman

Jaya Sita Ram, Jaya Hanuman

Jaya Sita Ram, Jaya Hanuman

Bhajarangi Hanuman, Bhajarangi Hanuman, Bhajarangi Hanuman


Victory to Sita and Ram,

sacred embodiments of the

divine feminine and masculine,

spirit of purity and lord of preservation.

Victory to Hanuman,

embodiment of unswerving service

and absolute spiritual devotion






KRISHNA DAS/ Jaya Bhagavan

Jaya Bhagavan, Jaya Bhagavan

All glories to the Supreme, who is complete with all opulences!








DRAVIDA DAS/ Namaste Sri Radhe

Namaste sri radhe, namaste sri shyam


"Salutations to you, O Radha! Salutations to you, O Shyam!"



priyah so ’yam krsnah saha-cari kuru-ksetra-militas

    tathaham sa radha tad idam ubhayoh sangama-sukham

tathapy antah-khelan-madhura-murali-pancama-juse

    mano me kalindi-pulina-vipinaya sprhayati


"My dear friend, now I have met My beloved Krsna on this field of Kuruksetra. I am the same Radharani, and now We are meeting together. It is very pleasant, but still I would like to go to the bank of the Yamuna beneath the trees of the forest there. I wish to hear the vibration of His sweet flute playing the fifth note within that forest of Vrndavana."


[This verse also appears in the Padyavali (387), an anthology of verses compiled by Srila Rupa Gosvami. It is spoken by Srimati Radharani.]


su-gandhau makanda-prakara-makarandasya madhure

    vinisyande vandi-krta-madhupa-vrndam muhur idam

krtandolam mandonnatibhir anilais candana-girer

    mamanandam vrnda-vipinam atulam tundilayati


"The sweet, fragrant nectar oozing from newly grown mango buds is again and again attracting swarms of honeybees, who buzz loudly likely bards, and this forest is trembling in the softly moving breezes from the Malaya Hills, which are full of sandalwood trees. Thus the forest of Vrndavana is increasing My transcendental pleasure immeasurably."


[This verse from the Vidagdha-madhava (1.23) is spoken by Lord Krsna Himself.]


kvacid bhrngi-gitam kvacid anila-bhangi-sisirata

    kvacid valli-lasyam kvacid amala-malli-parimalah

kvacid dhara-sali karaka-phala-pali-rasa-bharo

    hrsikanam vrndam pramadayati vrndavanam idam


"My dear friend, this forest of Vrndavana is giving great pleasure to our senses in various ways. Somewhere bumblebees are singing in groups, and in some places mild breezes are cooling the entire atmosphere. Somewhere the creepers and tree twigs are dancing, the pristine jasmines are expanding their fragrance, and an overabundance of juice is constantly flowing in showers from pomegranate fruits."


[This verse from the Vidagdha-madhava (1.31) is spoken by Lord Krsna to His cowherd friend Madhumangala.]


balad aksnor laksmih kavalayati navyam kuvalayam

    mukhollasah phullam kamala-vanam ullanghayati ca

dasam kastam astapadam api nayaty angika-rucir

    vicitram radhayah kim api kila rupam vilasati


"The beauty of Srimati Radharani’s eyes forcibly devours the beauty of newly grown blue lotus flowers, and the beauty of Her face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Her bodily luster seems to place even gold into a painful situation. Thus the wonderful, unprecedented beauty of Srimati Radharani is awakening in Vrndavana."


[This verse is from the Vidagdha-madhava (1.32). It is spoken by Paurnamasi.]








HAVI DAS/ Nam-Sankirtan

(1)

hari haraye namaḥ kṛṣṇa yādavāya namaḥ

yādavāya mādhavāya keśavāya namaḥ


(2)

gopāla govinda rāma śrī-madhusūdana

giridhārī gopīnātha madana-mohana


(3)

śrī-caitanya-nityānanda śrī-advaita-sītā

hari guru vaiṣṇava bhāgavata gītā


(4)

śrī-rūpa sanātana bhaṭṭa-raghunātha

śrī-jīva gopāla-bhaṭṭa dāsa-raghunātha


(5)

ei chay gosāir kori caraṇa vandan

jāhā hoite bighna-nāś abhīṣṭa-pūraṇ


(6)

ei chay gosāi jār—mui tār dās

tā-sabāra pada-reṇu mora pañca-grās


(7)

tādera caraṇa-sebi-bhakta-sane bās

janame janame hoy ei abhilāṣ


(8)

ei chay gosāi jabe braje koilā bās

rādhā-kṛṣṇa-nitya-līlā korilā prakāś


(9)

ānande bolo hari bhaja bṛndāban

śrī-guru-vaiṣṇaba-pade majāiyā man


(10)

śrī-guru-vaiṣṇaba-pada-padma kori āś

narottama dāsa kohe nāma-sańkīrtana



1) Hari! Obeisances to Lord Hari, unto Krishna, and Yadava. Obeisances to Lord of the Yadus, Madhava, Keshava.


2) Gopala! Govinda! Rama! O vanquisher of Madhu! Giridhari! Lord of the gopis! Bewilderer of cupid!


3) Sri Chaitanya, Nityananda, Sri Advaita-Sita!  Hari! Guru! Vaisnavas! Srimad Bhagavatam! Bhagavad Gita!


4) All glories to Srila Rupa Goswami, Sanatana Goswami and  Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami, to Srila Jiva Goswami, Gopala  Bhatta Goswami, and Raghunatha Dasa Goswami!


5) I bow to the feet of these six Goswamis. By their grace, our obstacles can be destroyed and all desires are fulfilled.


6) I am the servant of these six Goswamis. The dust of their lotus feet is my fivefold subsistence.


7) To be a servant of their lotus feet and to reside in the company of devotees -- this is my aspiration birth after birth.


8) When these six Goswamis lived in Vraja, they revealed the eternal pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.


9) In ecstasy, sing the name of Lord Hari and worship Vrindavan, joyfully fixing your mind upon the lotus feet of the bona-fide spiritual master and the pure devotees.


10) The lotus feet of my guru and the vaisnavas are my aspiration. Narottama Dasa thus sings Hari-nama sankirtana.










KESHAV DAS/ Govinda Jaya Jaya

Govinda Jaya Jaya, Gopala Jaya Jaya

Radha Ramana Hari Govinda Jaya


Radha and Krishna (here referred to by his other names Govinda and Gopala) are a picture of the unity of the lover and the beloved, the inner and outer, the world and the witness of the world. Here they are evoked as the cowherd darlings of rural Vraja. Krishna is the divine lover of Radha, as indicated by the words, radha ramana hari.






JAI UTTAL/ Radha Rani
Radharani ki jai, Maharani ki jai

All glories to the Queen of Vraja, Radharani. She is truly the greatest of all queens!








KARNAMRITA DASI/ The Glories of Sri Radha

jaya radhe, jaya krsna,

jaya vrndavan,

sri govinda, gopinatha, madana-mohan

All glories to Radha and Krishna and the divine forest of Vrindavan. All glories to the three presiding Deities of Vrindavan: Sri Govinda, Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana.


syama-kunda, radha-kunda, giri-govardhan,

kalindi jamuna jaya,

jaya mahavan

All glories to Syama-kunda, Radha-kunda, Govardhana Hill, and the Yamuna River (Kalindi). All glories to the great forest known as Mahavana, where Krishna and Balarama displayed all of Their childhood pastimes.


kesi-ghata, bamsi-bata, dwadasa-kanan,

jaha saba lila koilo sri-nanda-nandan

All glories to Keshi-ghata, where Krishna killed the Kesi demon. All glories to the Vamsi-vata tree, where Krishna attracted all the gopis to come by playing His flute. Glories to all of the twelve forests of Vraja. At these places the son of Nanda, Sri Krishna, performed all of His pastimes.


sri-nanda-jasoda jaya,

jaya gopa-gan,

sridamadi jaya, jaya dhenu-vatsa-gan

All glories to Krishna's divine father and mother, Nanda and Yashoda. All glories to the cowherd boys, headed by Shridama, the older brother of Srimati Radharani and Ananga Manjari. All glories to the cows and calves of Vraja


jaya brsabhanu, jaya

kirtida sundari,

jaya paurnamasi, jaya abhira-nagari

All glories to Radha's divine father and mother, Vrishabhanu and the beautiful Kirtida. All glories to Paurnamasi, the mother of Sandipani Muni, grandmother of Madhumangala and Nandimukhi, and beloved disciple of Devarsi Narada. All glories to the young cowherd maidens of Vraja.


jaya jaya gopiswara vrndavana-majh,

jaya jaya krsna-sakha

batu dwija-raj

All glories, all glories to Gopishvara Shiva, who resides in Vrindavan in order to protect the holy dhama. All glories, all glories to Krishna's funny brahmana friend, Madhumangala.


jaya rama-ghata, jaya rohini-nandan,

jaya jaya vrndavana-

basi jata jan

All glories to Rama-ghata, where Lord Balarama performed His rasa dance. All glories to Lord Balarama, the son of Rohini. All glories, all glories to all of the residents of Vrindavan.


jaya dwija-patni, jaya naga-kanya-gan,

bhaktite jahara pailo govinda-caran

All glories to the wives of the proud Vedic brahmanas. All glories to the wives of the Kaliya serpent. Through pure devotion they all obtained the lotus feet of Lord Govinda.


sri-rasa-mandala jaya,

jaya radha-syam,

jaya jaya rasa-lila sarva-manoram

All glories to the place where the rasa dance of Sri Krishna was performed. All glories to Radha and Syama. All glories, all glories to the divine rasa dance, which is the most beautiful of all Lord Krishna's pastimes.


jaya jayojjwala-rasa sarva-rasa-sar

parakiya-bhave jaha

brajete pracar

All glories, all glories to the mellow of conjugal love, which is the most excellent of all rasas and is propagated in Vraja by Sri Krishna in the form of the divine parakiya-bhava [paramour love].


sri-jahnava-pada-padma koriya smaran

dina krsna-dasa kohe nama-sankirtan

Remembering the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda's consort, Sri Jahnava Devi, this very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna sings the sankirtana of the holy name.








VAIYASAKI DAS/ Radhe Radhe Shyam Milade

Traditional Gujarati chant


radhe radhe radhe, shyam se milade

radhe radhe radhe, shyam se milade


radhe radhe radhe, ghana-shyam radhe radhe

radhe radhe radhe, ghana-shyam radhe radhe


radhe radhe radhe, sri krsna radhe radhe

radhe radhe radhe, sri krsna radhe radhe


radhe radhe / shyam milade

radhe radhe / shyam milade


“O Radhe! Please introduce me to your beloved Shyama!”






 








 

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