SWAMI MA CHETAN-JYOTI: The Thief (Live Kirtan)Swami Ma Chetan-Jyoti, originally from Canada, has lived in India for more than 35 years. Truly devoted to the spiritual life, she is the only woman ever ordained as a swami by her guru Sri Chandra Swami. Now at age 62 "Ma" lives in Rishikesh, directly beside the Ganges River, where she maintains a small ashram. Ma has been chanting the Names of the Divine as part of her spiritual practice for most of her life, and as the gifted musician she is, has collected hundreds of traditional chants and composed many of her own chants as well. She has traveled widely throughout India, singing in temples and other holy places, and has performed for as many as 80,000 people at one time.
Krishna Das, who is well known for popularizing kirtan in the West, was so moved by the beauty of Ma's chanting and the depth and passion of her devotion that he invited her to come to the US and tour with him. During the spring and summer of 2002, Ma spent time in Woodstock and New York City, did some touring with KD, and came out to the Pacific Northwest, eventually returning to New York, where she recorded a second CD, "Ram Bhaav Re" before leaving for India. It was appreciated as even more devotional than her first Cd "Live kirtan" which she recorded in India.
She returned to North America the following year, touring through Toronto, New York, California, and Oregon, where she was received with love and gratitude by people hungry for the fire of her spiritual passion and devotion to God. As one of her devotees here in the West says, "Ma must be seen to be believed, a combination of raw power and deep silence produces a profound mood in the participant. Her kirtans always take you to the deepest places."
"The thief" is Ma`s real masterpiece! With all Indian instruments and musicians as usual, this time the words are written and sung by Ma in English with emphasis on sheer devotion and beautiful instrumentation. It is recieving unbelieveable response and has sold 700 copies in the first 20 days of its release!
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1. The air I breathe is Sri Ram
2. Gurudev has cometh
3. The thief