MP3 Chandra-Shekar & Tomas Michaud - The Magic of Gayatri
A musical and spoken spiritual and listening experience that provides the listener with a background to the Gayatri Mantra in layperson’s terms.
7 MP3 Songs
SPIRITUAL: Mantras, NEW AGE: Meditation
I was born in India, but left the land of my roots and my ancestors when I was 22 to find my fortune in Europe. I spent almost two decades in Germany where I got married and our kids were born. I came to Northern California twenty years ago and now spend most of my time between here and the island of Hawai’i.
Although I was raised in a Hindu Brahmin family, I practice my own brand of spirituality. I have developed a strong belief that one can find the Divine in oneself if one is a Seeker.
Career-wise, I have spent three and a half decades as an industry manager, business advisor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
In March of 2005, I lost my wife of 34 years – Steffi – to cancer. I had been her caregiver for four years.
Soon after, I began an amazing healing and spiritual journey. My life and my Lebensanschauung - my worldview – began to change as I came to understand what the path from grieving to healing to living life was about.
I have been writing about my experiences during this journey in a book that will be finished and published in 2008.
My journey has taken me into new realms. I have become deeply interested and involved in alternative approaches to health and healing – the power of chant and deep meditation, Kundalini yoga, quantum hypnotherapy and past life regression, and ancient indigenous healing wisdoms.
My curiosity has never been more aroused and I have met wonderful other healers on this journey.
I have also taken on the support of an orphanage for blind children in Bangalore, India.
Besides my business interests, I am a certified hypnotherapist, a life coach, an author and a public speaker. In my hypnotherapy practice, I sometimes work on a pro bono basis with cancer patients.
I have two wonderful and supportive kids, a new lady in my life who shares my love for spiritual evolution, new friends including this supremely talented guitarist Tomas Michaud. Above all, I have had the divine inspiration to produce The Magic of Gayatri.
I feel enormously blessed!
Thank you for allowing me to share the magic of this ancient prayer with you.
Tomas Michaud and his Music
I am fortunate and blessed to have Tomas Michaud by my side on this journey.
His music is described by reviewers as “Deeply soulful, softly passionate, and inspiringly uplifting”….and so it is!
Allow me to quote from his website:
“Tomas creates music that is exotic with a lingering sense of the familiar. Perhaps it''s his ability to meld the sights and sounds of his travels to far away places with his upbringing in the American pop culture. He writes the kind of songs that creates images of places you''d like to be often - even if only in your imagination. His influences are such diverse music talents as Carlos Santana, who communicates profound beauty in the way he plays even a few notes, and the Gipsy Kings, who are masters at creating songs which take the listener on a romantic, exotic adventure.”
Above all, I have come to know Tomas as a beautiful and gentle soul and I just have to share the following story with you.
Initially, I was convinced that I needed a synthesizer player to provide accompaniment to my chanting. I called Tomas to ask him if he knew any synthesizer players. He indicated that indeed he did and would be happy to introduce me to them. But he also asked if I had considered guitar. He further told me that he had just started coursework in San Francisco on sacred chant!
I knew now that the Universe was giving me a strong message to collaborate with Tomas. I thank the Supreme Being that I trusted my instincts and began this project with him.
More from his website:
“While creating his own blend of Smooth Jazz and Flamenco guitar with subtle twists of Latin American grooves and Middle Eastern Percussion, Tomas weaves a melodic, almost vocal, tapestry with his guitar that, if one listens carefully, can breath beauty and sacredness into even the most mundane events of daily life. There''s a kind of mystical yet practical spirituality to his music that has the effect of both calming and energizing.”
Tomas puts his heart and his soul into every pluck of the guitar string. I think you will agree that his music is a truly a thing of joy.
Bikram Rajkumar - Flute
Bikram is an incredible Bansuri flute player who has trained in classical Indian music. A long-standing friend of Chinmayo, Bikram has played on many international productions, including several by Georg Deuter, Karunesh and Prem Joshua.
Tomas and I are grateful to Karunesh for introducing us to Bikram. His soulful and sensual playing of the Bansuri flute adds a special dimension to a couple of tracks on this CD.
This is a truly unique gift that Chandra-Shekar has given us. He has revealed the Gayatri Mantra in a way that is deeply respectful and yet easily accessible. For the serious seeker, the explanations are carefully done yet elegantly simple, and for the new explorer this is a wonderful aid to relaxation and deep meditation. This ease of accessibility is an important step in the evolution of this mantra, especially to Westerners.
Jonathan H. Ellerby PhD
Spiritual Program Director, Canyon Ranch
Chandra-Shekar has brought us a warm and wonderful gift from an ancient wisdom lineage that has been passed down through generations of his family. His soft and soothing voice, along with exquisite Indian percussion and Tomas Michaud’s skillful guitar music carries the spoken word and chanting in a delightful wave that elicits a meditative state. It is a treat to receive this legacy of Indian spiritual wisdom in a form that is easy to take in, especially for the Western mind, but produces such powerful impact and healing. I am grateful that he has shared his heritage and his journey with us in such a beautiful way.
Dr. Tom Pinkson
Psychologist, Shaman and Author of “Do they celebrate Christmas in Heaven?”
San Rafael, CA
Being Indian, and living in India, I have grown up listening to the chants of the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri is an intrinsic and indelible part of every Hindu home. Hindu religious ceremonies are incomplete without the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra. So I find it not in the least surprising that there are so many versions of this Mantra, sung, or recited, by numerous artistes.
The very first time I listened to Chandra-Shekar''s rendition of the Gayatri, I was caught completely off-guard. I had not anticipated the myriad emotions I would feel throughout the chanting. The sheer simplicity and purity of his rendition moved me to tears; the hypnotic resonance of his voice against a background score that can only be described as soul-searching, brought to the surface memories long forgotten. I thought of loved ones who had departed and felt their loss all over again.
But it was also incredibly cathartic, because at the end of Chandra-Shekar''s chanting of the Gayatri, I felt an indescribable and overwhelming sense of peace.
Never has any other version of the Gayatri Mantra moved me as much as his rendition of it. Now, whenever I think of the Gayatri, I think of him.
I am so very, very proud that Chandra-Shekar is my brother.
The Gayatri came into my life through divine intervention! After being diagnosed with cancer, I reached out to friends who introduced me to Chandra-Shekar. Through his help with hypnosis and visualization, I became attuned with myself and the universe. I stopped being sorry for myself.
It was then that he introduced me to the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri changed my life and sent me on my journey of healing.
Chandra-Shekar’s rendition of the Gayatri spoke to my heart and to my sub-conscious on a vibrational level. Listening to the Gayatri helped me through my surgery. In the past, I have had other surgeries but this surgery was the easiest one by far. When I woke up after five hours of anesthesia, I felt like I had been napping. I was amazed. My stay in the hospital was supposed to be five days to one week; I was out in three. The nurses called me their star patient. I give thanks to Chandra-Shekar and the Gayatri Mantra for my rapid recovery, both physically and emotionally. The Gayatri and I have become one, and as I still listen to it everyday, I feel my heart beat in unison to the rhythm of his chanting.
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