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  • ‘Satyam Bol Kirtan Songbook’

    Posted on February 18, 2021 by in Publishing, Uncategorized

    Satyam-Bol-Songbook-(cover)‘Satyam Bol Kirtan Songbook’

    Author: Swami Tantramurti Saraswati
    Produced & Published by: Swami Tantramurti Saraswati (1973-2013)

    Kirtan-('Satsang'-Plymouth-1983)

    Kirtan – ‘Satsang’Plymouth 1983. Swami Pragyamurti, Swami Tantramurti, Stephen Sturgess, Keith Dixon, Lesley Orr, Catherine Edwards, Melus Costenbarder, and more . . .

    This book has been an ever-expanding a labour of love for many years.  Since starting yoga classes with Swami Pragyamurti at the Satyananda Yoga Centre, 70 Thurleigh Road, London in 1971, kirtan has always been one of my favourite yoga practices.  We started with little more than a small tambourine and a few basic prayers printed on a sheet.  Eventually Friday evenings became established for our satsang/kirtans.  The first booklet I produced for our group was a very modest affair with just a few kirtans we had heard on albums of the day, from our Hare Krishna (ISKON) colleagues and anyone who had sung them at yoga centres.

    My dear friend Shankara (Stephen Sturgess) and I had very close and friendly links with the Hare Krishna (ISKON) devotees in the West End, where we both worked in graphic design.  We made it a point of attending the annual Jaganatha Festival which involved pulling/following a large Jaganatha Cart (the word juggernaught derives from this) that started out from Marble Arch.  Considering it was such a peaceful and spiritual event it always amused me that we had police escourts – I often wondered what they made of it.  Some of the shots from early events:

    Kirtan---Hare-Krishna-Jaganath-Festival.-London-1975

    Kirtan – Hare Krishna (ISKON) Jaganatha Festival,  London 1973 (Tantro – as a ‘hairy’ krishna)

    Kirtan---Hare-Krishna-Jaganath-Festival-London-1976

    Kirtan – Hare Krishna (ISKON) Jaganatha Festival, London 1976
    Stephen Sturgess (left) & Swami Tantramurti (right: not so ‘hairy’ krishna – just back from taking sannyasa in India)

    Kirtan---Hare-Krishna-Jaganath-Festival-London-1985

    Kirtan – Hare Krishna (ISKON) Jaganatha Festival, London 1985
    Swami Tantramurti (below), Swami Shivadhara (above), Policeman (bemused)

    Kirtan-(Guru-Poornima)-Tantro

    Kirtan – Guru Poornima, Greece 1985 ‘Satyam Bol’ tributeSwami Tantramurti

    Kirtan---'Satsang'-SYC---London-1980

    Kirtan ‘Satsang’ SYC London 1980, (left-right) Kirti Patel, Stephen Sturgess, Swami Tantramurti, Bob Simmons (electrified)

    Kirtan - Shiva Temple- Monghyr India

    Kirtan – Shiva Temple, neighbour to Satyanandashram, Monghyr, India 1976. Every evening the visitor’s bell at the temple punctuated the ashram’s kirtans. Magic.

    Kirtan---Otterburn-Scotland-1979

    Kirtan – Swamiji’s Tour, Otterburn 1979 (left-right) Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati?, Swami ?, Swami Vedamurti, Swami Anandananda, Swami Vasishtananda.

    Kirtan - Mandala Yoga Centre Wales 1985

    Kirtan – Mandala Yoga Ashram Wales 1986?

    Kirtan - Mandala Yoga Centre Wales 1985 (2)

    Kirtan – with Swami Nischalananda & Swami Shivadhara & friends – Mandala Yoga Ashram, Wales

    We always started with the following opening prayers/mantras:
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    Brhadaranyaka Upanishad (I.iii.28)

    ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
    तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
    मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

    Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya
           Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya
           Mrityor-Maa Amritam Gamaya
    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

    Om, Lead us from the unreality (of transitory existence) to the reality (of Self),
    Lead us from darkness (of ignorance) to the light (of spiritual knowledge),
    Lead us from the fear of death to the knowledge of immortality,
    Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.
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    The Universal Prayer

    ॐ सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।
    सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु ।
    सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु ।
    सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु ।
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

    Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
    Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
    Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu
    Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

    Om May all beings dwell in happiness
    May all beings dwell in peace
    May all beings attain oneness
    May all beings attain auspiciousness
    Om Peace Peace Peace
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    (from oral tradition)

    लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनोभवंतु

    Lokah Samastah Sukino Bhavanthu

    May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

    (-anthu: ‘may it be so’, ‘it must be so’, used as an ending, here, transforms this mantra into a powerful pledge)
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    Maha-Mrityunjaya Mantra (Moksha Mantra)

    ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे
    सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
    उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्
    मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्

    Om Tryambakam Yajaamahe
    Sughandhim Pushti-vardanam
    Uruvaarukamiva Bandhanaan
    Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritaat

    Om – We worship the three-eyed One, Lord Shiva,
    who like a sweet fragrance permeates and nourishes all beings.
    May He liberate us from death and grant us immortality,
    just as the ripe cucumber is easily freed from the binding vine.