Album Info

Here is some album info that's not on the CDs. You can listen to tracks on my Listen & Buy page.

The Guru Within

About the Art

When I was meditating on The Guru Within and waiting for inspiration, the Luna Moth came into my mind's eye, and then an actual moth landed next to me... in my room, at my altar. The Luna Moth is a nocturnal creature guided by its internal compass and the light in the dark. Luna Moths are rare - not found too often - they are precious. Narinder Kaur Bazen, Artist

Disc 1 (songs)

  1. Ong Namo Kirtan

    A mantra that connects you to your Self and your own inner teacher.

    Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Guru Dev Namo Guru Deva.

  2. The Song of Naanak

    Written and performed by Sat Purkh and Abhai Raj.

    Sat Kartaar Sat Kartaar

    Open your heart, open your heart

    Everything is True, Everything is you

    God is the Doer of everything, it’s true

    God is the Doer of everything, Wahe Guru

    He took five long journeys

    He walked 17,000 miles

    42 million steps

    To one Truth

    No Muslim, No Hindu

    Only seekers of the Truth

    He walked the four directions

    He walked through this world

    Chanting the Name, chanting the Name

    He walked the four directions

    With Mardana by his side

    He broke the thread of lies

    And spread the truth far and wide

    No Muslim, No Hindu

    Only seekers of the Truth

  3. Air Is the Teacher

    Using the Pran Bandha mantra in combination with Guru Naanak’s Slok, this song celebrates Air as the Teacher.

  4. Mere Govinda

    A shabad by Guru Ram Das that rejoices in the Beloved God.

  5. Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru

    Yogi Bhajan's Guru Mantra. This version came to me the evening my beloved companion animal, Slim, passed away.

  6. Guru Dev Mata Guru Dev Pita

    A shabad by Guru Arjan that can be used in the Kriya for Mastery, it speaks of all things being the Teacher.

  7. Wahe Guru Simran

    Guru Gobind Singh's Gurmantra.

  8. As Thou Keepest Me

    Written and Performed by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa

    When I am lost, may you find me

    When I am found, may you keep me

    When I'm afraid, may you walk beside me

    When I am brave, may you protect me

    As Thou keepest me so do I live

    In my strength may you be my kindness

    And when I am weak, may you be my strength

    In my doubt, may you carry my honor

    In my word, may you be my sword

    As Thou keepest me so do I live

    In the dark of the night, may you guide me

    In the light may you shade me

    In my sorrow, may you be my succor

    In my joy may you be my song

    As Thou keepest me so do I live

    Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru

Disc 2 (meditations)

  1. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Guru Dev Namo Guru Deva (11 mimutes)

    Meditation for Shakti Pad.

  2. Pavan Guru: Praan Bandha Mantra Meditation (11 mimutes)

    Powerful meditation on the breath.

  3. Sat Kartaar: Meditation to Open the Heart (11 mimutes)

    A meditation that uses Guru Naanak's Charan Jap to open the Heart Center and realize the truth in everything.

  4. 33rd Pauree: Sampooran Kriya (25 recitations, 11 mimutes)

    The kriya that perfects our humility and destroys the negative ego. See I Am A Woman Yoga Manual, pp 95-6.

  5. Guru Ram Das: Segmented Practice (11 mimutes)

    A very grounding practice that uses a variation of the Guru Ram Das Mantra.

  6. Guru Gobind Singh’s Shakti Mantra: A Laya Yoga Meditation (11 mimutes)

    Immediate experience and opening of your Crown Chakra and a powerful Laya Yoga Practice! See Sadhana Guidelines.

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone

The Pearl: Maiden, Mother, Crone is a collection of songs that celebrate a woman's identity. May every woman who practices these shabads and repeats these mantras be blessed with her own grace, strength and power and may her prayer serve to bless the lives of women and girls all around the world.

Dedication

  • To Janis Joplin and all the "ugly" girls whose creativity lights up the world!
  • To Sewa Singh Khalsa, who has shown me the way of the graceful woman, time after time after time.
  • To Yogi Bhajan, whose teachings inspire this album from beginning to end.

Thanks and Praise

Praises go to my mother, Maxine Huddleston, for teaching me what personal dignity and self-worth look like, even though it took me 40 years to get it! Thanks to my mother-in-law, Cricket Luellen, who, the very first time I met her, encouraged me to stand up for myself; I'll never forget that. Many thanks for her generous gift which helped me manifest this collection. Thanks to Sangeet Kaur Khalsa for her mentorship and guidance in helping me to pronounce these sophisticated sounds as accurately as possible. All mistakes are my own.

Thanks and praise to Jon Gagan for his continued collaboration with me; most of the magic on this album is due to his meticulous and infinitely creative ear. And major props to JQ Whitcomb for the amazing brass arrangements. Thanks so much!

Ditta at PranaProjects created another beautiful cover; thank you for your friendship. And to all the amazing musicians who showed up for this project – thank you! I couldn't do this without your skill, innovation and expertise: Jon Gagan on bass, electric guitar, keyboards and Rhodes, Chris Ishee on piano, Andres Cantisani on acoustic and electric guitar, Har Dev on guitar, Michael Chavez on drums, Robbie Rothschild on udu, djembe and percussion, JQ Whitcomb on trumpet, Ben Finberg on trombone, Sat Purkh on vocals and harmonium and Abhai Raj on vocals.

And finally, thanks to my husband, Abhai Raj Singh, whose devotion to The Naam is unwavering and whose support I have come to depend on more and more each day. Thank you for your kindness and your embodiment of the Divine Masculine. These songs are as much yours as mine. Today and always, I am yours, Sat Purkh.

Track List

  1. Durga Mantra (6:42)
  2. Gaia Shabad (5:48)
  3. Shakti Mantra: Ek Ong Kaar Sat Naam Siree Wahe Guroo (5:49)
  4. Down on Me/I-aanrhee-ai Shabad Recitation (2:16)
  5. Jammee-aa Poot Bhagat Govind Kaa/Govinda Govinda Govinda (9:43)
  6. Poota Maataa Kee Aasees (7:08)
  7. Sopurkh Recitation (2:53)
  8. Bhand Jammee-ai (8:39)
  9. 30th Pauree: Ekaa maa-ee jugat viaa-ee (9:41)
  10. Guru Gayatri Mantra (11:13)

One

God is one, the path is one, the light is one, your direction is one, you are one.

Yogi Bhajan, March 8, 1983

One: Love, Life, Light celebrates the oneness of God and all of creation. This album is a unique constellation of contemporary songwriting with ancient sounds from multiple traditions. The sounds express that same eclectic collection of traditions: from the ancient sounds of Allah Allah to the contemporary Jazz sounds of One to the Brasilian beats of Ang Sang Wahe Guru to the rock n' roll traditions found in God and Me and Liberation Song. Everything is here and everything is One.

Tracks

Liberation Song (7:10)
This is my liberation song
Sa Ta Na Ma Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hang
If you want to be free, open your eyes
Open your heart, Open your hands
Open your mind, raise your voice
and sing with me
Lift your arms to the sky
Even if you don't know why
Kiss the breath and greet the stars
For they made you what you are
If you want to be free come with me
Take my hand and we'll cross the sea
To a world beyond our dreams
Come with me
Love a stranger as though they're a friend
Take your enemy by the hand
We can create the world we seek
Just Chant the name and let it be
If you want to be free you've got to see
The world as it is, not as you'd have it be
There is no good, there is no bad
Only straight ahead
Kiss your lover on the lips
Hold a child in your fingertips
Open your arms to the wind
Run downhill and then begin again
One by U2 (4:10)

This song is here at the request of my beloved, Abhai Raj Singh. It is the cry of the devotee who, having been betrayed by his faith, still finds a reason to be one with love and with each other.

Is it getting better
Or do you feel the same
Will it make it easier on you
Now you got someone to blame
You say
One love
One life
When it's one need
In the night
It's one love
We get to share it
It leaves you baby
If you don't care for it
Did I disappoint you?
Or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love
And you want me to go without
Well it's too late
Tonight
To drag the past out
Into the light
We're one
But we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other
One
Have you come here for forgiveness
Have you come to raise the dead
Have you come here to play Jesus
To the lepers in your head
Did I ask too much
More than a lot
You gave me nothing
Now it's all I got
We're one
But we're not the same
We hurt each other
Then we do it again
You say
Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law
You ask me to enter
But then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on
To what you got
When all you got is hurt
One love
One blood
One life
You got to do what you should
One life
With each other
Sisters
Brothers
One life
But we're not the same
We get to carry each other
Carry each other
One
One.
Hamee Ham Braham Ham (11:20)

This is a meditation for use in Kundalini Yoga classes. We are all God – even though we sometimes forget.

We are We, We are God.
Raam Naam (7:11)

As a Sikh of the Guru, we all pray to receive the name or have a sight of the beloved. This song is "the name" as I received it.

Raam Naam Simaro Sachee Hai
Remember the Name of God and the Realm of Truth is Here
Raam Raam Raam Raam Raam Raam
Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
Allah Allah (6:23)

This song was inspired by a woman in Minneapolis, MN, dressed in traditional Somali clothing, who, after a great storm, looked up into the sky and sang, "Allah, Allah" just as the sun was breaking through the clouds.

There is One God, Truth Is Her Name
Oh Great Spirit
Elohim
Om Namah Shivaya
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Naam Siri Wahe Guru
Wahe Guru
Sat Naam
God and Me, Me and God, Are One (7:05)
There is no separation
This is liberation
Live as though you're going to die today
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Nam Siri Wahe Guru
Ang Sang Wahe Guru (7:18)

Every album needs a fun dance tune!

Verse
I am the god dancing
I am the god singing
I am the god breathing
I am the god being
Bridge
May every cell of my body vibrate with the Naam
And may I dance in ecstasy with my Lord
Chorus
Ang Sang Wahe Guru
Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad/All Things Come from God (6:59)

I have paired this traditional gatkaa mantra with this English quote from Yogiji because I believe they each express the balance of life and that we can turn things around simply through our own perspective and attitude.

Credits

Musicians
  • Vocals: Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa
  • Additional Vocals: Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa
  • Bass, Keyboards, Rhodes and Additional Percussion:Jon Gagan
  • Clarinet & Alto Flute:Dave Anderson
  • Drum Kit and Percussion: Mike Chavez
  • Cello: Deborah Barbe
  • Solo Violin: Matt Vaughn
  • String Quartet ensemble led by Deborah Barbe on cello with Monica on viola, and Carla and Gail on violins
  • Rhythm Guitar: Har Dev Singh Khalsa
  • Nylon Guitar: Peter Sprague
  • Electric Guitar: Dimi DiSanti
  • Sitar: Will Marsh
  • Fretless Gourd Banjo (handmade by Abhai Raj Singh) and American Standard Banjo: Joe Crookston
  • Piano: Bert Dalton
Production

All songs written, arranged, produced and performed by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa and Chiaroscuro Productions. ©2014 Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa

All Things Come From God written with Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa. ©2014 Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa and Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa

One written by Paul Hewson, David Evans, Adam Clayton, and Laurence Mullen. Copyright Universal Music Publishing International Ltd. Used with Permission.

Arrangements for Liberation Song and I Am the God Dancing by Jon Gagan

Co-produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studios, Santa Fe, NM

Ganpati Kriya

A remix of Liberation Song from my album One. Use this meditation to overcome obstacles.

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Another Beautiful Day: Live Aquarian Sadhana

Recorded in August 2013 with the Immersion Teacher Training group, this sadhana is made up of completely new tunes, and the live recording makes it fresh and especially potent for your morning practice.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Immersion Scholarship Fund, which allows international or low-income students an opportunity to participate in the course and become Teachers of the Aquarian Age.

Tracks
  1. Wah Yantee (7 min)
  2. Mool Mantra (7 min)
  3. Sat Siri Siri Akaal (7 min)
  4. Rakhe Rakhanhaar (7 min)
  5. Wahe Guru Wahe Jio (22 min)
  6. Guru Ram Das (5 min)
Musicians
  • Vocals: Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa, Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa, Dharm Singh Khalsa, The Immersion Teacher Training Class of 2013, and the Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Sangat.
  • Harmonium: Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa
  • Guitar: Har Dev Singh Khalsa and Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa
  • Tabla: Dharm Singh Khalsa
All songs written, arranged, produced and performed by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa and Abhai Raj Singh Khalsa. ©2014 Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa.

Recorded by Sat Darshan Singh Khalsa at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das, ©Chiaroscuro Productions – Light is both wave and particle.

Love & Other Miracles

Love & Other Miracles is a devotional album dedicated to love – from The Divine and for The Divine – the infinite source of creativity.

This album began with a message,

I'm sending your husband

and nothing has been the same since. When we met, our watchword quickly became, Keep Falling, and we continue to fall more in love with each other every day. My prayer began years ago, chanting Baba Siri Chand's Aad Sach Jugaad Sach Hai Bhai Sach Naanak Hosee Bhai Sach every Friday evening from two a.m. until the wee hours of the morning; and was answered with the hukam, Aas Piaasee Pir Kao Lorhee, the longing was fulfilled.

The first love letter I received from my beloved was an ode to the simple things, like Milk to My Cheerios and peanut butter to my jelly. And it's a testament to our relationship that we both revel in the little things as well as the big. I became his Sita and he my Ram; A Song of Love became our theme. And of course the entire story is a living miracle, which we acknowledge daily and pay homage to with 31 minutes of Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur.

Shabd Sheets

Dhan Dhan Ram Das Gur
Aasa Piaasee

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Queen Be

From the soaring French Horns and battle drums in Ajai Alai to the quiet lullaby that is Maha Goddess Mantra , and from the sweeping sounds of the bagpipe in Mangala Saaj Bha-i-aa to the Afro Pop beat in Say Saraswati, Queen Be combines the musical traditions from as far as West Africa to the Scottish Highlands to contemporary American Jazz. Queen Be celebrates the Goddess within all of us; may she serve you as you continue to grow and serve your own identity.

Every track on Queen Be takes you on a journey around the world and back again. Influenced by music from many traditions, I wanted this album to reflect the diversity of our global community of Kundalini Yoga practitioners and teachers.

As a Kundalini Yogi, I've wanted to record some of these mantras for years, mainly because I wanted a sound that matched my own practice. I wanted an Ajai Alai that would energize me, that would match the courage and strength that I experience from Guru Gobind Singh. With a strong 6–beat rhythm, the track opens lyrically and then carries you away on the drums of war. Meditate or practice gatkaa with this track and awaken the spiritual warrior within!

The kora and calabash on Say Saraswati, along with the Afro Pop beat of the bass, sweep you away to the shores of Mother Africa. This has long been one of my favorite mantras – and with this version, we celebrate, together, the sweetness and the simplicity of the steady, primal beat of a woman's heart.

Jai Ma! (Adi Shakti) is a celebration of the Ma from four different traditions, culminating in our own Kundalini Bhakti Mantra: Adi Shakti. Remastered for release on this album, we've added cello to support the sound throughout, as well as new vocals to celebrate the creativity and healing of the sacred mother, which is found in the simplicity of the human voice.

Shabd Sheets

Thir Ghar Baiso: Contentment
Mangala Saaj Bhaiaa: Longing

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studios, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Nectar of the Name

Rich, silky and undeniably expansive, you will eagerly accompany me on this eclectic journey through styles, languages and religious traditions on Nectar of the Name. I blend Gurmukhi songs with beautiful English poetry. On Nectar of the Name, there is a simple and stunning blend of instrumentation on soul–stirring vocals.

My Gurumukhi songs blend traditional melodies and instrumentation with Western compositions and rhythms. Beautiful sitar, tar, keyboards, guitar, trumpet, flute, piano, fiddle, tabla, bongos, and frame drum work together to a unique musical style to life.

I've found peace with the spiritual tradition of the Sikhs and the music gives my voice a place for it, and you can also hear the soulful church influences of my childhood in some of the English vocals, including the opening track Aisa Nam and The One I Love – a track from a song by Gina Sala based on a line from Hafez, the well–known Sufi poet that could as easily be a country Christian soundtrack.

The title track, Nectar of the Name, is an amazing choral experiment in calling out the names of God from all faiths. An almost purely vocal track, the layers of vocals layer upon each other slowly in waves, intimately weaving together, and presenting the interconnectedness of all faiths as they slowly merge into a single, beautiful sound.

The grand finale of the album, Guru Dev, is a high-energy Latin-flavored chant with incredible Spanish flute and trumpet accompanied by a multitude of drums from around the world that will have you exalting in the joy of ecstatic chant.

The One I Love is written by Gina Sala (Copyright 2001 - Gina Sala) www.ginasala.com

Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day is meant to be just that – the start of a beautiful day for you and everyone you touch. I wamt to take you on a journey toward the Self and the soul. Each step – each song – bringing you closer and closer to your highest identity – Sat Nam.

Morning Call awakens the Kundalini and provides the root of your identity and practice throughout the day.

Wah Yantee is a dance of the vocal and cello counterparts, lifting you higher and higher with each repetition.

Mul Mantra is an homage my childhood and the roots of her experience in sound; three part harmonies merge in a tight, cohesive sound.

Sat Siri is where the soul begins to soar; the vocals taking you higher and higher.

Rakhe Rakhanhaar brings in the flute, as a single voice sails above the three-part cello harmonies, a rich tapestry of sound.

Wahe Guru Wahe Jio begins with a single line and swells toward a rich sound with multiple voices and a rich staccato cello line to sustain the energy throughout.

Finally, Guru Guru Wahe Guru feels like a walk through the forest; the minor chords mingle with rich vocals and sweet harmonies of flute, cello, guitar and Middle Eastern flat drum, culminating in a sound that will carry you throughout the day.

Chord Tabs

Wah Yantee
    A                  D
Wah yantee kar yantee, jag dut patee,
         A           D                      A
aadak it waha, brahmaday trayshaa guroo, it wahay guroo
Mul Mantra
A            D
Ek ong kaar, sat naam,
G       D          A
karataa purakh, nirbho, nirvair,
A             D
Akaal moorat, ajoonee,
G         D      A
saibhang, gur prasaad. Jap!
A           D
Aad such, jugaad such,
G        D     A
Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such.
Sat Siri
A         G           D            A
Sat siree siree akaal, siree akaal mahaa akaal,
A            G        D              A
Mahaa akaal, sat naam, akaal moorat, wahay guroo
Rakhe Rakhanhaar
(capo 1)
D                 G
Rakhay rakhanhaar aap ubaariun
D                     G
Gur kee pairee paa-eh kaaj savaariun
D                     G
Hoaa aap dayaal manho na visaariun
D                        G
Saadh janaa kai sung bhavjal taariun
G             D          G             D
Saakat nindak dusht khin maa-eh bidaariun
G              D    G            D        
Tis saahib kee tayk naanak manai maa-eh
D                     G
Jis simrat sukh ho-eh sagalay dookh jaa-eh
Wahe Guru Wahe Jio
Part A (x4)
A             G
Wha-hay guroo wha-hay guroo
D             A
wha-hay guroo wha-hay jeeo

PartB (x2)
A
Wha-hay guroo wha-hay guroo
G
wha-hay guroo wha-hay jeeo
D
Wha-hay guroo wha-hay guroo
A
wha-hay guroo wha-hay jeeo
Guru Guru Wahe Guru
Part A (x2)
     Dm        Am         Dm        Am 
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru

Part B (x2)
     D         A          D         A 
Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru
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