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Album Review

To kick off this Mike D-produced East meets West extravaganza, Bhagavan Das offers the appropriate homage to Lord Ganesha, remover of obstacles and bestower of blessings. He is the first to be worshipped by dictate of his father Lord Shiva. It must be said that the words sound oh so much more sacred in the authentic Sanskrit rather than English. For instance, no one ever mistook "you have a big fat red belly" as a holy expression. A Beastie Boys feel guides the whole album, without overtaking the spirit of devotion. The traditional chant of "Raghupati" suddenly becomes a contemporary groove in his hands. Whatever gets you singing to God is a good thing, and most of the Hindu deities are represented here: Ganesha, Ram, Kali, Radha, Shiva, Hanuman, and Krishna. For good measure, Das even throws in a curve ball. On the aptly titled "Shiva Gospel," he moves from ancient mantras praising Shiva into a gospel shout-out to Jesus. Not a subtle point he's making, and well taken. To close the album, as any true devotee would do, Das tacks on a sweetly solemn arati, complete with the requisite conch blowing and bell ringing. Kudos to Mike D for the tasteful combination of Indian classical instruments such as sarangi, ektar, tabla, and dholak with Western drum'n'bass rhythms. It works really well, making this an easy listen for someone dabbling in this genre.

Customer Reviews

Rockin Kirtan!

I absolutely love this album. I teach vinyasa yoga, and I use this album to integrate Kirtan and musical beats within the practice.... quite effective for going into the flow.

Uplifting & Inspirational

Baba knows how to invoke the Devine Presence like no other Kirtan Wallah I've heard. I am eternally thankful to him for being such an influential driving force in the Western Kirtan Movement. I wish he got more credit for being one of the only American (if not in all of the Western World) Wallahs who was bringing this beautiful form of spiritual practice to the public way before it was a plausable way to make a living.
I love many of the modern Kirtan singers and appreciate the vast contributions they are making to the practice of Spiritual Chant, but KUDOS to Bhagavan Das for paving the way.
Now was the first Bhagavan Das album I ever owned. It is not "call & response" like a kirtan would be but it does lift the spirit and move the soul like all of Baba's kirtan's do. I can never resist singing along. The Arati at the end is the perfect jumping off point to settle within and become very still and silent.
Thanks Baba!!!
JAI MA

Incredible!!!

This CD will make you want to get up and dance. It's fantastic. I would love to see Bhagavan in person. Get this CD. You will enjoy every song.

Biography

Born: May 17, 1945 in Laguna Beach, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The inspiration for Baba Ram Dass, whose 1971 book of hipster mysticism Be Here Now became a new-age classic, Bhagavan Das (born Michael Riggs) has continued to share his vision of music and spirituality. "Singing and chanting the divine mantras repeatedly," he told an interviewer, "creates a heightened ecstasy that leaves the mind behind and brings pure stillness of the heart." The son of an Irish Catholic father, Das attended an Episcopal church as a child. As he reached his teens, he began to...
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