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Sacred Songs and Talks

In this section, I would like to share some sacred songs, music, and talks that I enjoy. They are generally spiritually inspired and contemplative in nature, conducive to mindfulness and heartfulness; silence and serenity; expansive and clear awareness; prayerfulness and loving devotion; deep and joyful worship; profound reflection and reflexivity; and rich interspiritual sensibility that celebrates diversity in unity. Songs, music, and teachings of the Spirit can awaken dormant spirits, move hearts, and empower deep healing and transformation, liberating us towards a culture of awakening and peace in eschatological anticipation of the new creation.

Songs, Music, and Teachings

Calling the Guru from Afar

This beloved prayer is called Calling the Guru from Afar: A Tormented Wail Quickly Drawing Forth the Blessing of the Lama, the Inseparable Three Kayas. It was composed by Zarongfu Sangyä Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche. English translation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 1985. Chanting based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's melody as transmitted by Yangsi Rinpoche to the tantric certificate students of Maitripa College, Portland, Oregon. Opening image of my lineage teachers Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche taken at Kopan Monastery, 1977 and featuring Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969 at Lawudo, Thami and in the Khumbu area of Nepal.

Baba Nam Kevalam

The mantra in this video is " Baba Nam Kevalam". Baba means "my most beloved One," Nam means "name of" or "to identify with," and Kevalam means "only." So the meaning of the mantra is "My most Beloved is the only One." Shrii Shrii Anandamurti (1921-1990), a great pioneering Yogic and Tantric guru of North India deeply engaged in social reform, empowered and designed this mantra as an essential support for deep expansive meditation practice. Many practitioners have found this mantra tremendously healing, inspiring, deepening, and liberating for their spiritual growth. It is a beautiful aesthetic, musical, meditative, and spiritual expression of devotional nonduality in practice.


Brahmananda Svarupa

This is "a chant consecrated by Sadhguru, a well-known contemporary Yogic and Tantric guru of South India, to invoke stillness in all those who wish to make it a part of their lives." As a consecrated chant, it "becomes like a coating, like a shield around you. A cocoon of a certain energy. So Brahmananda Svarupa can be used as a raiment that you wear; it is a clothing that you wear all the time." As Sadhguru explains: "Brahman means boundless or ultimate reality. Ananda means the blissfulness or ecstasy of the Creator, and Svarupa is the form or image of the ecstasy of the Creator. Isha is that which rules and Jagadisha is the ruler of all existence. Akhila means everything, all inclusiveness is Akhila. And that which is everything, the image of that, is Mahesha. So the Creator is referred to in so many ways. When we chant Brahmananda Svarupa, we are saying that everything is an image of the ecstasy of the Creator."

Brahmananda Svarupa, Isha Jagadisha    ब्रह्मानंद स्वरूपा, ईशा जगदीशा

Akhilananda Svarupa , Isha Mahesha       अखिलानंद स्वरूपा, ईशा महेशा


Nirvana Shatakam

This powerfully profound text was composed by the renowned master of nonduality Adi Shankara (C.E. 788-820) and embodies the inner essence of the spiritual process. It tersely speaks of the false identifications we get entangled in, resulting in bondage and suffering. Our erroneous identifications with the body, sensory organs and faculties, emotions and intellect, material elements and life energy, duty, wealth, possessions, virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, social roles and class, religious texts and rituals, death and liberation — even with the experiencer, the experiencing, and the object of experience — are progressively deconstructed and peeled away, revealing the essential nonduality of consciousness and bliss that is who we are in the very depths and at every surface expression of our being.

Christ-Followers in Other Religions

"In recent decades many people have begun following Christ while remaining a part of their non-Christian religious communities. These "insider" Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, and other followers of Christ have generated much interest and controversy, particularly in Western mission agencies and churches." Darren Duerksen, Associate Professor of Intercultual and Religious Studies at Fresno Pacific University, speaks about "insider movements" and "alternative missiological imaginaries" while questioning assumptions about "religion," "church," "culture," and "syncretism."

Paritta (Auspicious) Chanting

Traditional Buddhist discourses (sutta) and protective verses (paritta) beautifully chanted by the monastic Sangha of Buddha Bodhivana Monastery, near Melbourne, Australia. Luang Por Ajahn Kalyano, a senior disciple of the late Luang Por Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Theravada Buddhist Tradition, is abbot of the monastery. This profound yet grounded contemplative tradition is known for the purity and impeccability of their Dhamma practice and teaching.


Turning the Wheel of Dhamma

The first discourse of Gotama Buddha is known as the Dhammacakkappavattana-sutta, or the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma where, the Buddha enunciated what came to regarded as the heart essence of his entire teaching—the four noble truths. This sutta is a personal favourite and I fondly recall reciting it in sonorous Pali together with monks and lay Buddhists at the Mulagandhakuti-vihara Temple in Sarnath, India during my meditative pilgrimage to ancient Buddhist sites decades ago.


The World Blessing 2023

The Blessing, a song originally performed by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship, features the Aaronic Blessing from Numbers 6:22-26. In a time of escalating conflict and post-pandemic malaise, where uncertainty reigns and despair on multiple fronts set in, this song crystallizes humanity's longings and hopes for fraternity, peace, unity amidst diversity, and deep communion of spirit as part of our multicultural, multi-religious, and multi-lingual world family. Shalom. Salaam. Pace. 和平. Peace.

The Blessing in Hebrew, Arabic, and English

"On October 3, 2022, during [the] annual All Nations Convocation Jerusalem and Watchmen's Tour of Israel (ANCJ), 144 harpists from 35 different nations, including Israel, gathered together with worshippers from 140 nations in Jerusalem to minister to the King on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount." The 144 heavenly harpists beautifully accompany the melodic and inspired Aaronic Blessing, most apt and timely for a world torn apart in tatters and our collective future hanging in a balance. Lord, have mercy!


John 3:16 in Six Languages

This glorious and beloved passage of Scripture in John 3:16 is sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, English, Korean, and Persian by disciples of Jesus Christ who are united as brothers and sisters in Him. In these chaotic times of geopolitical tensions and conflicts, we look upwards, forwards, inwards, outwards, and towards the One who loves us and has sacrificed Himself for us by His self-emptying love in a singularly glorious grace. May the world find peace, be peace, and emanate peace in the Messiah who saves.


How Great Is Our God גדול אלוהי (Gadol Elohai) in Hebrew, Arabic, and English

This well-loved worship song written by Christ Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, and Ed Cash was sung in Hebrew, Arabic, and English at the Garden Tomb, Israel, expressing a heartfelt sense of unity and love in Yeshua our Risen Saviour and Messiah King who was, and is, and is to come. As we follow our Lord in our cross-shaped lives, we unlearn our pride and belligerence, relearn gentleness and kindness, and learn to bear our own crosses in Christ-like love that transcends constructed boundaries. May the Lord bless and keep us all.


Sung by Casting Crowns, a contemporary Christian rock band featuring Matthew West who wrote the song. This song tells of the spirit of humility and service when one recognizes the sheer nothingness of self in light of the utter greatness of God in Christ who saves us to the very end. It epitomizes the idea that "it is not about you or me, but all about Jesus." In the song's lyrics, the term "nobody" refers to John the Baptist, according to lead singer Mark Hall. It also justifiably refers to each one of us.

Name of Yeshua

This contemplative piece is from Harpa Dei, a choir of four siblings in blood and in spirit. It comprises the name of Jesus sung in its original Hebrew form "Yeshua," verbally derived from "to rescue" or "to deliver" and connotes our cry for help from God YHWH. The preamble to this song states: "Pope Benedict died on 31 December with these words: 'Jesus, I love you.' In the Catholic Church there is a tradition of reciting the Name of Jesus 1,000 times on May 3rd, the Feast of the [Finding] of the Cross. Today, when we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, we want to adopt this tradition by chanting 'Yeshua' (Jesus in Hebrew) 1,000 times."

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