Bliss of Kirtan

by Natesh

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This album is first and foremost a kirtan album, with the intention to inspire people to chant along with the call and response format and to invoke ecstatic, even transcendent, states of bliss in the listener, through chanting along or even simply through listening.

I’ve intentionally kept the tempos much mellower than I typically do in a live kirtan so that the music can also serve as a backdrop for yoga, meditation and general daily activity.

The album is produced by kirtan producer extraordinaire, Ben Leinbach, and features a very talented group of supporting vocalists and musicians (see credits below), and I'm extremely grateful to all of the all of them for their superb contributions that make the album so beautiful.

Here are some representative comments on the album:

"a lovely and profound offering"

"stunningly beautiful for the ear and for the soul"

"full of heart" "chock full of gorgeousness"

"a realm of enchanted Bliss"

"a joy to listen to and sing along with"

"resonates with depth, devotion and a lush organic sound"

"blissful, beautiful and a balm for the heart"

"filled with deep bhav" "truly blissful"

"a quantam gateway to a state one normally only reaches through deep meditation"

If you like what you hear, please purchase the album and tell your friends about it!



released January 2, 2014

Ben Leinbach: Producer; bass guitar, hand drums and percussion, keyboard, electric guitar, response vocals

Benj Clarke: Fretless bass and acoustic upright bass

Daniel Paul: Tabla

Eddie Young: Cello

Gina Sala: Call, response and additional vocals

Joni Allen: Call and response vocals

Madan Oak: Santoor

Monnie Ramsell: Esraj and response vocals

Prajna Brianna Vieira: Call and response vocals; kartals

Steve Gorn: Bansuri

Steve Oda: Sarod

Yvette Om: Call and response vocals

Natesh: Call and response vocals, guitars, drums and hand percussion


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Natesh Sedona, Arizona

Natesh has been chanting in the kirtan tradition for over 36 years, first connecting with it in 1979 in the Oakland ashram of Swami Muktananda. He led weekly kirtan in Sedona AZ for over 10 years and has appeared at numerous festivals, including ShaktiFest and BhaktiFest. His 200 chant compositions have been called “some of the most beautiful melodies" and his singing "deeply soulful." ... more

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Track Name: Ganesha Medley
OM Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha


O, one with twisted trunk and enormous form, who shines more brilliantly than a billion Suns, please bless me that all obstacles be removed from all my endeavors, always.

Salutations to Ganapati (Ganesha). I seek refuge in Ganesha.
Track Name: Tvameva Mata
Tvameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Tvameva
Tvameva Bandhush Cha Sakhaa Tvameva
Tvameva Vidyaa Dravinam Tvameva
Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva


You alone are my Mother and my Father,
You alone are my Brother and my Friend,
You alone are my Knowledge and my Wealth,
You alone are my All in All, O God of Gods.
Track Name: Shivaya Namaha Om Namah Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivaaya

Shivaaya Namaha Om Namah Shivaaya

Meaning (simple):

Salutations to Shiva
Track Name: Hare Krishna Mantra (Enchanting)
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krisha Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


As I understand it is interpreted in Swami Prabhupad's 'Hare Krishna' movement, "Hare" is a form of Harā, a name of Rādhā, Krishna's beloved, and none other than Shakti. Thus Harā refers to "the energy of God" while Krishna and Rama refer to God himself, and mean "He who is All-Attractive" and "He who is the Source of All Pleasure," respectively.
Track Name: He Ma Durga
He Maa Durgaa He Maa Durgaa He Maa Durgaa Jay Jay Durgaa


O Mother Durga, All Victory to You!
Track Name: Bolo Ram
Bolo Raam Bolo Raam Bolo Raam

Jaya Raama Sitaa Raama Jaya Raama Hanumaan

(Jaya Raama Sitaa Raama Hanumaan)


Sing the Name of Ram! All Victory to Rama, Sita and Hanuman!
Track Name: Asatoma Sadgamaya
Om Asatomaa Sadgamaya
Tamasomaa Jyotirgamaya
Mrityormaa Amritamgamaya

Om purnamadah purnamidam
Purnaat purnamudachyate
Purnasya purnamaadaaya


Lead me from Untruth to Truth.
Lead me from Darkness to Light.
Lead me from Death to Immortality.

That is Whole, This is Whole;
From the Whole, the Whole becomes manifest;
Taking away the Whole from the Whole,
The Whole remains.
Track Name: Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam*
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayaat OM

* pronounced like 'Vareniyam'


O Supreme One, who pervades all matter, space and consciousness,
Whose Radiance illumines Existence, deserving all worship,
Pure and resplendent, we meditate upon you.
Lead our Intellect (towards Illumination).

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