Music Antidotes For a Healthier You

by Ramesha Nani “Learn to behave.” With these simple words, a great sage of modern India, Swami Sri Yukteswar, exhorted his young disciple Mukunda [Paramhansa Yogananda] to respond to everyday life situations in the highest and most proactive way possible, and not to allow moods and negative emotions to cloud his judgment as to what the right course of action … Read More

What Is Love?

Dear friends, “The fact that love is beyond scientific investigation, yet is something we all feel: surely this alone is proof sufficient in itself that God exists!.” –Swami Kriyananda “Where do you get the power to love? You see, the problem with man is the ego-thought:​ ‘We do. We love. We hate. We feel joy. We feel sorrow.’ But the truth … Read More

Ah, Moon of My Delight

Ah, Moon of My Delight  is part Swami Kriyananda’s album I, Omar, inspired by the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Omar Khayyam’s famous poem is loved by Westerners as a hymn of praise to sensual delights. In the East, his quatrains enjoy a very different reputation: they are known as a deep allegory of the soul’s romance with God. Even there, however, … Read More

Christ Has Come

This is the third video with two songs from Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio Christ Lives telling the story of Jesus’ birth; CHRIST HAS COME Swami Kriyananda wrote this song inspired by his visit to the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem in 1985. He wrote: “The Church of the Nativity is the oldest still-active church in Christendom. Its traditions date back to earliest Christian … Read More

The Annunciation

This is the first of a short series of songs from Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio Christ Lives telling the story of Jesus’ birth THE ANNUNCIATION “And the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And … Read More

Shepherds Awake!

This is the second video with two songs from Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio Christ Lives telling the story of Jesus’ birth; SHEPHERDS AWAKE! and SHEPHERDS’ GROTTO “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and … Read More

Lord, May We Serve You

What does “serving God” mean? Here’s what the composer, Swami Kriyananda, has to say about this song: “Living for God is fun! Sadly, too many approach Him lugubriously. It is more than an honor to serve Him: It is a deep satisfaction. We are not our egos! Every step we take away from these little selves of ours brings us closer to the … Read More

Through All Trials

What is the purpose of life? We may have different answers for this question, but if we analyze the motivation behind everything people do, we will see that everyone is looking for two things: to be happy and to avoid pain. So, how can we find true, lasting happiness? Swami Kriyananda offers an answer to this question in the few, simple lyrics … Read More

Can Music Help You Make Wise Decisions?

I think we’ve all experienced the truth that when we’re emotionally upset, overwhelmed, or stressed, that is NOT a good time to make a decision. We may have all the numbers, the details, the analytics that we need, and yet if our heart is restless and unsettled it is close to impossible to make up our minds about anything, even … Read More

Taming a Tamboura

It was the middle of a concert when Swamiji picked up the tamboura to accompany himself while he sang. A tamboura is an Indian instrument that easily goes out of tune. It was dreadfully offpitch and no matter how much Swamiji tried, he couldn’t tune it. Finally he gave up and began to play it as it was. I was near him on the … Read More