Hare Krishna, Yamuna Jivana Dasa will be performing songs from "In Every Town and Village" Volumes I and II between around 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM this afternoon at the Rathayatra festival at the old Durban drive in. There will also be a vdeo presentation of the Temple of the  vedic Planetarium development during the live perfomance of the TOVP tribute song. CDs will be available on-site. You might catch us live on Mayapur TV on the Durban channel.

Hare Krishna.
"In Every Town and Village" Volume II containing 12 tracks is now available on physical CD, first released at the Durban Rathayatra 2019.
Volume I is also now re-released on physical CD, and includes new songs along with the previous 2004 release. The older 2004 songs are now enhanced audio quality since we now have proper audio recording equipment since back then.
You can get all these at the festival site and at the various temples in Durban. The CDs will be g...radually made available to the remaining temples across Durban. Devotees interested in purchasing for their respective temples and also for personal copies in Durban and surrounding areas may contact Smita Krishna Prabhu: 084 402 0251.
Here's a track listing of the new Volume II:

Track 01 - Krishna in Africa 5:19
Track 02 - Brahma Samhita 5:11
Track 03 - His Name is 4:18
Track 04 - Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka 6:35
Track 05 - Radhe Syam 6:10
Track 06 - Sri Krishna Caitanya Prabhu 4:21
Track 07 - Dance the Mantra 4:03
Track 08 - Cry for Mercy (Featuring Subhadra Devi Dasi) 2:53
Track 09 - Vrindavana Melodies 1, featuring HariBhajan and SaciSuta 13:12
Track 10 - Mahamantra to chutney melody (Featuring Subhadra Devi Dasi and Damodara Sarana Dasa) 4:14
Track 11 - Vrindavana Melodies 2, featuring HariBhajan and SaciSuta 10:43
Track 12 - Temple of the Vedic Planetarium 7:51

Dedications, Thanks and Acknowledgements

I dedicate this CD release to their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundara,, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, and Sri Sri Ladhu Gopala;
to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness;
and to my diksa and siksa Gurus

Special thanks to my uncle Daya Khandoo for art work, to my wife Kalindi Priya Devi dasi for support with all of the visuals (singles cover design, videography Etc), and to my two sons who helped in the studio.
Special thanks to Smita Krishna Prabhu for facilitating sales in and around Durban.
Gaura Records Audio can be contacted on +27 (0)822916081 to arrange performances, order additional copies of this CD and provide professional recording services.

Produced by Yamuna Jivana dasa for Gaura Records. 2019.

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Recent new songs and interesting reads. Check this out
1. Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: A tribute song

Ok, everyone's already talking about it, but just in case you haven't already heard, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium Tribute Song is fast becoming a world hit among the Hare Krishna devotee community around the world. We are delighted to have been chosen to compose this song by the communications director of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, Sunanda Dasa who you can reach on Facebook here. Sunanda Prabhu, a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, is also a musician himself, whose former band The Pundits can be reached here.

We are extremely grateful and honoured with such an opportunity. The song was written and composed by Yamuna Jivana Dasa, and was expertly mixed and mastered by Uttamasloka Dasa, someone who certainly deserves a proper introduction here.

He is the author of a very profound book aimed at the already groomed and seasoned Krishna devotees: The Realization and Manifestation of Your Eternal Identity: Identity Transformation Through Raganuga-bhakti and he is a direct disciple of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

But back to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium song, above we provide the main planetarium website containing the song, but here are some additional places you can get the song, completely free of charge, either to download or listen on-line:
Watch on Youtube
Get it from IskconDesireTree
Or here's it on Dandavats

2. New interesting media on Gaura Records

No, we're not talking about music this time. It's Yamuna Jivana's personal life brought into focus. There's an article on how he met his wife from half way across the world following a visit to Kamyavana in Sri Vrindavana Dhama in 2006-2007.

In that article, you can also find a link to a journal he kept during that visit to Vrindavana, which is particularly interesting because it his his personal experience from the perspective of a totally blind devotee practitioner.

There's also a live South African TV broadcast, showing the family through an actual real Krishna home school day. The entire show is available for viewing directly from the Gaura Records Audio website.

Finally, you can now access a link to Yamuna Jivana's early archives of the "Simple Living, Higher Thinking" radio show, which airs on Radio 2000 FM Nationally in South Africa. We want to thank Mukunda Datta Dasa for admini

Dear friends,

Why is it that sometimes after producing a song, releasing it to the public, and then listening to it years later, ideas for improving the song comes to mind: a better bass riff here; there should have been reverb on that balad tamborine that hits with every second snare; the backing vocalists should be panned more agressively or be louder... and so on.
Then we feel disappointed for having released the song.
Is that normal for musicians, or is that just crazy me?
And what do the listeners of the music think, what if they could constructively shape the future of the tune, assuming there was another chance at re-releasing it?
I would be quite interested in listening to the views of my "fan base" for lack of a modest reference, and of fellow musos as well.  Any thoughts?

Someone might even say that having doubts about the way the tune turns out is not good PR to be posting on a public forum, what to speak of one's own promotion website.
But what if I told you that I don't care too much about that?  In fact, I've reached a point where reputation doesn't matter to me any longer.  I just want to do things well enough that I am internally pleased with the quality that I put out, even if nobody buys my music.  Am I crazy thinking like this?  Perhaps!
So then why am I still producing music and hoping people might support me putting potato curry and rice on my Lord's altar and then at my family's dinner table (and not that music really does this these days, honestly)? :-) Anybody has any ideas?
Well, having said all that, watch out for my latest release coming tomorrow. :-)
Oh and this time I'm not the lead singer. In fact I don't sing at all.  I just produce the music.  The singer is, wait for it, my beloved mother-in-law!  And oh have no doubt!  Despite her age she can sing to break the pride of a peacock!
If you listen to the music carefully enough, you will also hear me cutting my fingers on the strings of the bass guitar though (pardon the blood).
And as we always say in great happiness:
Hare Krishna!

Hare Krishna.

Back in 2004, while producing the original Brahma Samhita which we released here some months back, Bhakta Ishmail became excited and felt he wanted to rap over the song.

We lived together at that time in Pretoria near the temple, where we rented our studio premises.  He was determined, and I did not want to disappoint him.  However I really wanted to keep the original Brahma Samhita track true to Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's English translation.  I did not want to lose that mood.

Despite my protests, Bhakta Ishmail was not having any of that. He was a strong willed person.  I had to decide what to do.  I then promised him that we will do a complete remix, wherein he will have full scope to express himself.

After completing the original work, I then went ahead with this production, to honour my fellow musician friend and devotee.

Unfortunately, he is no longer with us to witness this release.  He passed away a few years ago in England.

Those of you who remember the "Little GoKool" Kids release from Kenya will recall his rap style which you will hear in this remix.  I trust you will bless Bhakta Ishmail to progress in his Krishna Consciousness where ever he goes in his next life.  I offer him my pranams and respects as well.

Please show your support by logging into Gaura Records and getting your copy of these releases. It also encourages us to continue making devotional music in a world needing this badly as the age progresses.
Click to visit the website:


Hare Krishna! This may prove quite useful for preaching programs among the youth: Yamuna Jivana Dasa has just released a New song called "One Day Style"


One Day Style

This song aims to get people thinking about the value of the human form of life and how to best utilize the opportunities we have given to us in this life.

Most of the world is going on Auto-pilot, with no contemplation on where we are heading as a society.  Yet, we have little idea that when we turn our attention inwardly we will find the highest satisfaction by realizing that we are essentially souls eternal, who can become happy in contact with our source, the supreme Lord, in a beautiful unending relationship.

Minimizing the external sensual world of trying to enjoy the body mind and senses, we find a deeper fulfillment inside, which this song tries to reveal through the lyrics and through the rap section.  It's a typical Hiphop rhythmic track, something the youth can identify with, while still presenting a deep message for inner contemplation and higher thinking.

This song then is a perfect combination for tomorrow's leaders to enjoy and yet take a message of life with them moving forward.

Get it here now:

Or listen to a longer demo track and more songs as well at the Gaura Records website directly.

Hare Krishna, and thank you for allowing us to offer this service.
Yamuna Jivana and the team family, at Gaura Records Audio


Yamuna Jivana Dasa releases Radhe Syam

This song is a prayer to, and meditation upon the divine couple Sri Radhe Syam, or Sri Radha and Sri Krishna, of Sri Vrindavana Dhama.


Get it on CDBaby here!

Listen to a longer sample of it here!

Also, the Sri Guruvastaka prayers of Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, as a South Indian style musical rendition, was released on Gaura Records recently.  .

These are eight beautiful prayers glorifying the spiritual master who guides the aspiring devotee towards realizing the supreme Lord.

The original song-writer, Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura was a great saint who lived on this earth between 1638 and 1708.  He was a very exalted personality revered by Gaudiya Vaishnavas (devotees) for his deep and lucid commentaries on the Vedic literatures like the Srimad Bhagavatam.

This rendition which we have humbly attempted for the pleasure of all devotees has a typical South Indian style of instrumentation to the musical arrangements, with harmonic introludes where two wind instruments play together harmonic melodies with each other.

Click here to get your copy of this new recording!

If one visits Yamuna Jivana's audio page on Gaura Records, the English translations are presented in the Lyrics section to the song.

So click to the website also for a longer track preview of the song!
Here you can also find more of these productions for your pleasure.
Please feel free to write to us from the Contact link at Gaura Records.

Hare Krishna.

Yamuna Jivana dasa

Click here to listen to the CD Release!

After being illiminated from the Pop Idols contest at the Top-10 semi-finals in 2002, I chose to continue writing music.  Back then I was just past my teens: a young man whose passions were at the height of youth.  However, as if to spir me on in disappointment, the girl I was wanting to marry proved to be disloyal, but the pain allowed me to write songs with a deeper emotional flavour.  This is how this album came to be.  Though I had already taken to spiritual practice for 5 years or so already, my spiritual growth was slow, with very little devotional mentorship and association, while the passions of youth predominated by far.  The music scene was a place filled with that same sensuality and I was still caught up in it.  Many of those love songs went from hopeful to despair to healing therapy for myself.

At the same time, the title track, while helping me to move forward in life, had another inspiration.  A musician friend of mine, Mr. Tom Kingston who was also an excellent sound engineer, had a step-daughter who was repeatedly sexually abused by her father.  When he told me her story, I was moved to tears, but decided to direct the song I was just starting out to write, also with the purpose of helping her heal. Thus was born the song "Everything Will be All Right".

Now, I realize that my mainly spiritually inclined audience might not find much of these songs very meaningful, given their largely sensual direction, but it is evidence for myself to take heart looking back, noting how far I have come from those sad and lonely days.  The past is a yardstick measure of progress up to the present, and to look forward to the future with confidence, knowing how effective the spiritual process I now follow with much more grounding, has been thus far.

So why did I bother to release all this music from back then, now that I have a spiritual basis for writing music and can do so much better with songs of a purer, meditative mood?
Well, gratitude is a virtue.  I have received support and appreciation from so many who enjoyed the music I had produced from back then, that I feel grateful for that, and wish to reciprocate.  it's also a question of simple and heart-felt gratitude to my dear parents.
my father and mother were unhappy to see all that hard work and talent go to waste.  So really, this is more of a gift to my parents, who tried so hard for this throughout my childhood.  They never gave up on me as a blind child, and They were determined to make me a successful musician so that I could one day fend for myself in the world.  How can I not be grateful to such parents?

Every holiday back home from boarding school, my father would take me from studio to studio, producing demo tapes; live shows one after another to promote my talent, and promoting me at every talent contest.  Despite himself not being well connected or knowing the ropes of the music industry too well, he tried really hard in its tough underworld to get me in some how or other, culminating in my first record deal with Universal Music in 2003.  He spent more money on recording studio demos, buying music equipment, and on befriending the guys he thought could make it happen for me, than I would probably ever earn in my entire adult life!

Of course, my mother was equally supportive and her attention to detail in my appearance on stage, her cool headedness in keeping me humble and well mannered despite the fame and glamour, travelling with me to all my venues, and of course the great food she always cooked that did not help my pop-idols trigger figure :-) who cannot be greatful to such a mum?

So with that history in order, I hope you will appreciate the album for all that went into it.
Click here to listen to the CD Release!

Hare Krishna!
Have you ever heard the Hare Krishna Mahamantra set to a powerful traditional African rhythm?  It's a novel packaging of the holy names in local gift wrap here in South Africa!  My latest release here at Gaura Records Audio, called "Krishna in Africa" is now available.  For the small price of just $1.10, devotees who choose to support will allow me to continue doing this for the devotee community.
I invite you to take a free listen at this link, where you will also find my previous releases:
Thanks, and do send feedback at the Contact link.
Hare Krishna.

Yamuna Jivana dasa

Dear devotees and friends,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We are pleased to finally announce the release of a new music single, the Brahma Samhita here at Gaura Records.

This recording takes the exact translation of Brahma Samhita, a beautiful hymn or prayer of Lord Brahma, glorifying the supreme Lord Govinda, as the supreme personality of Godhead, and renders it to musical composition.
It contains astonishing details about the Lord's various potencies and beauty, along with interaction between the Lord and his devotees in the absolute world Goloka Vrindavana.

This text was translated by a great saint and spiritual master His Divine Grace Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura, whose disciple it was who spread knowledge of Lord Krishna throughout the world, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Now, we have taken this text and set it to musical arrangement, but the process was no easy task.

Please watch the music video at the top of the Gaura Records Home page to find out some of the challenges, where we also explain more about this song, and why it took over 3 months to produce.

In the video you will see the exact unchanged text as we sing the lyrics.
Please support this project by watching the video, acquiring the song from the Yamuna Jivana Dasa page on the Gaura Records website, and by informing devotees about this release.
Your support will:
1. Encourage us to offer more music releases in the service of Sri Krishna Caitanya, for the spiritual entertainment of the Lords' devotees;
2. Support other devotee musicians who would like to do this as well, through our studio services;
3. Make it possible for us to support Prabhupada's ISKCON movement by spreading Krishna Consciousness through music;
4. Help support Yamuna Jivana, a devotee who is blind, to maintain his family in Krishna Consciousness through his music career.

Please subscribe to our contact form to be informed of new releases as well.
We also look forward to your friendly feedback, so please write from the "Contact Us" link on the website.

Thank you. Hare Krishna!

Your servant,

Yamuna Jivana dasa

Yogan releases "Dream", which just makes it for Christmas of 2015!
So I think it's appropriate to release this song as a tribute to our Christian friends, with our humble blessings that they find solace and be able to walk in the life example and footsteps of Jesus who taught tolerance, humility and compassion for others.
Dream it, desire it, and we may achieve it, with prayers to the great spiritual guide in Christ.  Merry Christmas!
Celebrate this with Yogan's new release "Dream", at http://gaurarecords.com
Other releases:
Yogan: "I just wanna get to know you";
Yamuna Jivana dasa: "In Every Town and Village"
Free downloads such as Yogan: "Little Girl on the Run"
And if you subscribe to our mailing list you get notice of new releases first, plus free downloads such as:
"Yamuna Jivana dasa and family: "In the Forest"

Happy holidays and happy shopping for great music at Gaura Records...

Yogan releases new motivational single: "Dream"

Hi there, and Hare Krishna.
Yogan is about to release "Dream", a tune that will motivate anyone irrespective of their goals and desires.
The songs have just been sent to our on-line team to prepare for release, which should happen in a few days.

So this is your heads up, sneek preview!

Want to improve your determination in the new year?
Just got to give up smoking?
Want to put more effort in building your business?
Or simply want to take your spiritual side more seriously in the new year?

It can go beyond your dreams.
Or, as the song's  punch line chorus says:
"You only have to dream,
Take a moment and be free,
And believe that anything can be achieved.
Keep your focus and in time,
Your dream will come alive...
You only have to put your mind and soul into it,
Work towards it,
Never give up!"
And there you have it, the song chorus even before the song is out.

Hope you like this release!
Check under Yogan's audio page, when you head on over to the website:
And while you are still waiting for this newest release, well, you will also find our previous albums which you can purchase to complete your collection, of "Yogan" or "Yamuna Jivana dasa", each having their own audio page, so whoever you prefer! :-)
Please send us feedback. Looking forward to hearing from you, and do remember to sign up to our mailing list to get the latest news of our releases first!


Hi friends, Hare Krishna!
A lot has happened at Gaura Records over the last few months:

1.  Yogan has released "I Just Wanna Get To Know You" which he wrote in 2002, now for the first time for digital on-line purchase.  There are 3 versions from the release: a pop, ballad, and pop remix.

2.  Yamuna Jivana dasa has re-released "Every Town and Village", from 2004, now in digital format  for download, with newer tracks in this digital release.  The remastered songs now sound bigger and more complete.

3.  Free tracks can be claimed from our albums if you subscribe to our mailing list, so go ahead, become part of the Gaura Records family.  We only post occasional announcements and you do not receive posts from other members.

4.  As of today, Gaura Records now has a published Band page on Facebook:
Check out the Social Media section on our main page for all our links: Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

5.  You can send us E-mail right from the website as well, and you get to choose your favorite artist: Yogan or Yamuna Jivana dasa! :-)

As always, thanks for visiting us again.

From the folks at Gaura Records:
Hare Krishna!

Hey Folks!
I have now uploaded the "Little Girl on the Run" track.  This is a free release, grab it while you can.

Also worked hard engineering another of my old songs which I wrote around 2002: "It's not over".  It will be included in my up-coming album.  This is also free for download, when you join our Gaura Records family!  So come on! Join our new releases mailing list in support of great music.
Finally, my first single is on sale: "I Just Wanna Get to Know You".  Grab it from CDBaby, ITunes, Amazon and many other stores.  Check it out from Yogan's audio page!  There are 3 versions of the song on that single: a pop version, pop remix, and ballad version.  Be the first to get your copy, and thanks for your support!

Hare Krishna!
Last year around April, we recorded two songs with two devotees from the Vrindavana 24-hour Kirtan party.  I was fortunate to sound engineer and be part of that recording.
Check out my audio page "Yamuna Jivana". Both recordings are available for you to download.  One is free, and the other is also free when you sign up to our new releases mailing list.
I also recorded a song in tribute to my spiritual master.  Even my wife and two little sons joined me on that recording.  It's called "In the forest".  It is  now on my Audio page. 

Today is going to be interesting in deed. I will be revisiting a song I wrote way back in 2002, "Little Girl On The Run" and getting it ready for release.  This one will be a free release.

Your comments will be appreciated.

For the first time, I finally have a great way to share productions straight out of Gaura Records with everyone.  I am excited that we can provide some of these free for you to enjoy.  Well, check out my page from the navigation: Yamuna Jivana dasa"; I have just uploaded a song called "Thank you Lord".  Your comments and suggestions are welcome!

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