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Anand Sahib: Song of Bliss

by Mata Mandir Singh

English and Gurmukhi recitation of the full Anand Sahib, a spiritual discourse on the essence of the reality of the Universe, with a blend of musical styles from the West and East.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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1. Anand Sahib: Song of Bliss (English Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Biography:

Mata Mandir Singh has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of Naad Yoga – the yoga of sound. A skillful guitar, mandolin and cittern player, he is a pioneer of the yoga music genre, having recorded more than 28 CDs and cassette tapes since the late 1970’s.

From an early age, Mata Mandir was drawn to the world of music, beginning with classical piano lessons at 8 years old. Around age 11, Mata Mandir was exposed to The Beatles and other influential bands of the time, which inspired him to take up the guitar. In a self-taught approach, he studied chord charts, records, and learned tips from friend guitarists to improve his skill.

In his adolescent years, Mata Mandir played piano and percussion in the high school orchestra, while starting up a few garage bands on the side. His early musical influences include The Beatles, Donovan, James Taylor, Motown Sound, Crosby Stills and Nash, Buffalo Springfield, Steve Miller Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

An early yogi at heart, Mata Mandir left high school in his junior year and journeyed out into the world –in his words, “went on the road as a hippie”– finally winding up back in his home state of Maine, where he stayed in the woods practicing Zen meditation and Hatha Yoga. In 1971 Mata Mandir discovered Kundalini Yoga in an intensive 3-day course in Maine. This event marked an important turning point in his life. Intrigued and inspired by the science of Kundalini Yoga (especially the focus on chanting and mantra), Mata Mandir traveled to Washington D.C. several months after the course to join the Kundalini Yoga Ashram and work in the first Golden Temple Restaurant.

Mata Mandir enjoyed his time at the Ashram as a dedicated student, yogi, musician and cook, learning invaluable teachings from master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, and deepening his spiritual path. Inspired by Yogi Bhajan’s life-changing teachings, Mata Mandir embarked on a journey of helping others come in tune with the rhythm of the universe. “Everything has a frequency and vibration, everything has its own song,” he says. “When you tune in to sounds of the world, like the sound of your breath or your heartbeat, for example, the world becomes different. You create a new intelligence in your life and you begin to see rhythm where before you only saw chaos.”

In the late 70’s Mata Mandir began to travel to India to begin studies in the Sikh martial art of Gatka and classical Indian music. He recorded his first two cassette tapes, "Longing for the Lord" and "God Loves Us When We Sing."

In 1984 Yogi Bhajan sent Mata Mandir to India to continue his studies. He left just days before Operation Blue Star at Golden Temple (an assault on the Golden Temple of Amritsar) to go to the Kundalini Yoga Ashram in Amsterdam, Holland and help in the Golden Temple Restaurant, which he bought two years later and ran it for the next twenty-two years.

During this period he recorded all Yoga of Sound series and many other titles, and he also traveled throughout Europe teaching Naad Yoga seminars and playing kirtan concerts, before kirtan concerts were popular.

Mata Mandir currently lives in San Francisco, where he dedicates his time to his passions - music, Naad yoga, composition and teaching through his business, the Yoga of Sound.

Grateful for the opportunity to create music that vibrates in harmony with universal consciousness, Mata Mandir humbly shares the music and teachings from his own journey and from his years of experience as a longtime disciple of Yogi Bhajan. Mata Mandir says, “Yogiji told me a long time ago that if you play any instrument in a rhythmic pattern, that will put you into harmony with the whole universe.”

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About the Album:

As with any great work, the Anand Sahib by Guru Amar Das stands on its own. The experience of your one-to-one reading, reciting and listening is something that no one can take away. As Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan said, “The only thing that cannot let you fall apart is your own inner experience. It won’t let you fall apart.” (April 14, 1987)

The start for this project was around 2009, when Mata Mandir Singh and friend Sat Ganesha Singh Khalsa discovered the poem about the Anand Sahib by Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan in "Furmaan Khalsa - Poems to Live By".

For deep insight into Sikh Dharma, and specifically a key to understanding the complete Anand Sahib, see "Living Reality" by Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Khalsa Ph.D. Mata Mandir and Sat Ganesah also spoke with Ek Ong Kaar Kaur Khalsa, and her experience translating Japji, Anand Sahib and Sukhmani Sahib into English gave them the extra inspiration to go for it. They committed to bringing a musical version of the complete 40 pauris of Guru Amar Das’s Anand Sahib, with Mata Mandir as composer and musician, and Sat Ganesha as sponsor and collaborator.

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A Favorite Story about Anand Sahib:

A very poor illiterate man hears of the Guru and comes to seek his audience, stating that the world is pain, and asks the Guru to teach him. Guru Amar Das, realizing the man has no training, asks one of his Sikhs to train the man in reading the Anand Sahib as a sadhana and so gain wisdom.

After several months he asks the Sikh, “How is that guy doing learning the Anand?” The Sikh shakes his head and replies, “Sir, he learned the first line and then he left and I haven’t seen him since.” The Guru summons the man to his presence and asks what’s going on. The man looks at him with tears of joy in his eyes and said, “Sir, I am a simple man. When the true Guru has been found, and bliss is obtained, what else do I have to learn?”

The Guru smiled and said to those around that the man was “Nihaal”, beyond the worldly conditions, and had gained all wisdom from a single line of Gurbani.

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A note from Mata Mandir Singh & Sat Ganesah Singh Khalsa:

We are humbled and grateful to have experienced “gur prasad” by connecting with each other for this project. It was a long process: From the idea of should we even do it, to making this music, to finding the references, practicing the detail of phrasing, pronunciation and meaning. Our lives have been enriched with a certain detachment from the pain and stress of life severely needed in these times. If even one other person is inspired, or your life touched in some way by this project,

Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ke Fateh!



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