Soul Offerings to the Divine
Indian devotional chants performed by Brahmacharini Mirabai
Brahmacharini Mirabai (1926–2006) was a much-loved nun of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) whose devotional singing expressed the divine longing and “soul force” that Paramahansa Yogananda extolled in Indian music. She was an acclaimed devotional singer, instrumentalist, and teacher of classical and religious music. Prior to becoming a renunciant, she was known throughout India for her artistry and her beautiful interpretations of classical Indian bhajans (devotional songs) and chants.
This two CD set consists of bhajans sung by her during her only visit to the United States in 1997. As is customary in the spiritual tradition of India, bhajans are meant to invoke the presence and blessings of the One Spirit, or God, in various aspects.
Accompanying the selections are various Indian instruments, including harmonium, tabla, sarod, flute, violin, bells, cymbals, conch, surmandal, and tanpura. Also includes an accompanying booklet with the lyrics in Sanskrit, Bengali, and Hindi with English translation.