Louise Thorndycraft | Calling from Within

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Calling from Within

by Louise Thorndycraft

From the Bhakti yoga tradition, these deeply moving devotional chants speak directly to the heart. A fusion of Sanskrit mantras, soaring harmonies and stunning percussion to heal, uplift and inspire.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sri Ram Jai Ram
12:10 album only
2. Jai Ma Kali
12:45 album only
3. Jaya Hanuman
10:00 album only
4. Bam Bholenath
12:37 album only
5. Om Namo Bhagavate
14:12 album only
6. Om Tare Tuttare / Sweet Darkness
12:32 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Calling From Within is Louise's first kirtan album and contains some of the most popular chants from her public kirtans. The album took the best part of a year to evolve from initial recordings into its finished state and features 75 minutes of devotional music. The album has a diverse range of chants, from the deeply emotional Jai Ma Kali to the joyful and uplifting Om Namo Bhagavate. This music has been created not just for listening, but to encourage you to chant along and develop a home Bhakti yoga/ kirtan practice.

The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Tom Simenauer (Tabla Tom) and features his wonderful tabla playing, as well as percussion and backing vocals. Thrisha Haldar's backing vocals also feature on Om Namo Bhagavate. Om Tare Tuttare/ Sweet Darkness contains an excerpt from David Whyte's beautiful poem, Sweet Darkness, with kind permission from Many Rivers Press. The beautiful album artwork was painted by Anne Thomas of Shining Edge.

The short excerpts featured here don't do the chants justice at all and longer clips can be found on the album's soundcloud page, to listen before you buy. Jai Ma Kali and Om Tare Tuttare are here in full, so you can get a feel for a couple of tracks in their entirety.

From the album sleeve:

"Bhakti yoga is a journey of ever deepening intimacy with the Divine, as it manifests in every aspect of existence. It is a path which requires great courage, for it encourages us to embrace all aspects of our humanity, the light and the shadow. Kirtan chanting can be a deeply transformative practice, which helps to unblock the areas where we have become rigid and gets us in touch with the depth of feeling within us.

Bhakti yoga invites authenticity. We arrive to the practice, carrying our burdens, our excitement, our sorrows and our joys. As we chant together, the repetition of mantras helps to still the mind, enabling us to become less identified with our thoughts and emotions and to feel the presence of something greater residing beneath. A stillness, a glimpse of true peace. This state of openness allows us to connect with whatever we hold highest and to experience ourselves as part of the Divine web of life.

On the path of Bhakti yoga, we realise it is no longer possible to distinguish between the sacred and the mundane; they become inseparable to us, as we experience the interconnectedness of all of life. Living our life with this awareness, moment by moment, day by day, every action becomes part of our devotional practice."



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Fantastic album
I love Louise's CD. She has a beautiful voice and the chants are so joyful and uplifting. I have already had many hours of pleasure from it. I would highly recommend it.