His Name Is

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 2017
Gaura Records Audio
Released 2017
Gaura Records Audio
"Brahma Samhita" turned out quite well, and so my friend Bhakta Ishmail wanted to do a remix. This song "His Name Is", was born.
NOTES
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. …
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One Day Style

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 5/1/2017
Gaura Records Audio
Released 5/1/2017
Gaura Records Audio
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.
NOTES
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 …
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Radhe Syam

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 03/31/2017
Gaura Records Audio
Released 03/31/2017
Gaura Records Audio
This song is a prayer to, and meditation upon the divine couple Sri Radhe Syam, Sri Radha and Sri Krishna, of Sri Vrindavana Dhama.
NOTES
Just before my first visit to Sri Vrindavana Dhama in 2006, I wrote this song in meditation and prayer to their Lordships Sri Radhe Syam, in appreciation of the special privelege they have so kindly afforded me to visit the top-most place in the universe.

Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 2016
Gaura Records Audio
Released 2016
Gaura Records Audio
Yamuna Jivana Dasa releases the Sri Guruvastaka prayers of Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, as a South Indian style musical rendition.
  • 06:36 Story Lyrics
    Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka

    Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka
    Eight Prayers to the Guru
    by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

    Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, who appeared in the middle of the seventeenth century, is a great spiritual master in the Krishna conscious chain of gurus and disciples. He says, "One who, with great care and attention, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the brahma-muhurta obtains direct service to Krishna, the Lord of Vrindavana, at the time of his death."

    Text One
    samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
    tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam
    praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    samsara—(of) material existence; dava-anala—(by) the forest fire; lidha—afflicted; loka—the people; tranaya—to deliver; karunya—of mercy; ghanaghana-tvam—the quality of a cloud; praptasya—who has obtained; kalyana—auspicious; guna—(of) qualities; arnavasya—who is an ocean; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.
    Text Two
    mahaprabhoh kirtana-nritya-gita-
    vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena
    romanca-kampasru-taranga-bhajo
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    mahaprabhoh—of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kirtana—(by) chanting; nritya—dancing; gita—singing; vaditra—playing musical instruments; madyat—gladdened; manasah—whose mind; rasena—due to the mellows of pure devotion; roma-anca—standing of the hair; kampa—quivering of the body, asru-taranga—torrents of tears; bhajah—who feels; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
    Text Three
    sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-
    sringara-tan-mandira-marjanadau
    yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato 'pi
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    sri-vigraha—(of) the arca-vigraha (Deities), aradhana—the worship; nitya—daily; nana-(with) various; sringara—clothing and ornaments; tat—of the Lord; mandira—(of) the temple; marjana-adau—in the cleaning, etc.; yuktasya—who is engaged; bhaktan—his disciples; ca—and; niyunjatah—who engages; api—also; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
    Text Four
    catur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-
    svadv-anna-triptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
    kritvaiva triptim bhajatah sadaiva
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    catuh—four; vidha—kinds; sri—holy, bhagavat-prasada—which have been offered to Krishna; svadu—palatable; anna—(by) foods; triptan—spiritually satisfied; hari—(of) Krishna; bhakta-sanghan—the devotees; kritva—having made; eva—thus; triptim—satisfaction; bhajatah—who feels; sada—always; eva—certainly; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is always offering Krishna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
    Text Five
    sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-
    madhurya-lila guna-rupa-namnam
    prati-kshanasvadana-lolupasya
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    sri-radhika—(of) Srimati Radharani; madhavayoh—of Lord Madhava (Krishna); apara—unlimited; madhurya—conjugal; lila—pastimes; guna—qualities; rupa—forms; namnam—of the holy names; prati-kshana—at every moment; asvadana—relishing; lolupasya—who aspires after; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and Their qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
    Text Six
    nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai
    ya yalibhir yuktir apekshaniya
    tatrati-dakshyad ati-vallabhasya
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    nikunja-yunah—of Radha and Krishna; rati—(of) conjugal love; keli—(of) pastimes; siddhyai—for the perfection; ya ya- whatever; alibhih—by the gopis; yuktih—arrangements; apekshaniya—desirable; tatra—in that connection; ati-dakshyat—because of being very expert; ati-vallabhasya—who is very dear; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krishna's conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrindavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
    Text Seven
    sakshad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair
    uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih
    kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    sakshat—directly; hari-tvena—with the quality of Hari; samasta- all; sastraih—by scriptures; uktah—acknowledged; tatha—thus bhavyate—is considered; eva—also; sadbhih—by great saintly persons; kintu—however; prabhoh—to the Lord; yah—who; priyah—dear; eva—certainly; tasya—of him (the guru); vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari [Krishna].
    Text Eight
    yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
    yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
    dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
    vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
    SYNONYMS
    yasya—of whom (the spiritual master); prasadat—by the grace; bhagavat—(of) Krishna; prasadah—the mercy; yasya—of whom; aprasadat—without the grace; na—not; gatih—means of advancement; kutah api—anywhere; dhyayan—meditating upon; stuvan—praising; tasya—of him (the spiritual master); yasah—the glory; tri-sandhyam—three times a day (sunrise, noon, and sunset); vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
    TRANSLATION
    By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

NOTES
These are the eight prayers to the spiritual master written by Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, 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.
It is amazing how many of these exalted personalities were also such skilled musicians and poets as well. The 26 qualities of the pure devotees resided …
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Krishna in Africa

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 6/27/2016
Gaura Records Audio
Released 6/27/2016
Gaura Records Audio
Is this what music celebrations would sound like if Lord Krishna has to descend into South Africa?
NOTES
Around 2004 I found myself feeling a strong African rhythmic section, the Mahamantra fitting into a melody over that rhythm. Perfect I thought. This must be what the celebrations will sound like if Lord Krishna has to visit Africa! This song was the outcome after some weeks developing it in studio. It is now 12 years later that I am able to share it with the world, only because of the digital platform that has made sharing …
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Brahma Samhita

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 4/4/2016
Gaura Records Audio
Released 4/4/2016
Gaura Records Audio
This is the exact English translation of the Brahma Samhita Texts 5.29-5.32 by Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur in English, which we have put to melody.
  • 05:12 Story Lyrics
    Brahma Samhita

     5.29  I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of lakshmis or gopis.
     5.30   I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals, with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids.
     5.31  I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, round whose neck is swinging a garland of flowers beautified with the moon-locket, whose two hands are adorned with the flute and jeweled ornaments, who always revels in pastimes of love, whose graceful threefold-bending form of Syamasundara is eternally manifest.
     5.32  I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.

In Every Town and Village

by Yamuna Jivana Dasa

Released 8/1/2015
Gaura Records Audio
Released 8/1/2015
Gaura Records Audio
Rhythmic Meditation on Lord Krishna with professionally orchestrated maha mantra, recorded at Gaura Records Audio.
NOTES
This album is a tribute to Lord Krishna, as Lord Caitanya who appeared in the year 1486. Following the approach of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, we take traditional Vedic Bhajans and adapt them to Western melodies and rhythms so that they may be appreciated by people with Western musical tastes such as pop, jazz, balad and funk music!.
In essence then, this album is a rhythmic Meditation on Lord Krishna with …
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Tribute to Vrindavan Mellows

by Saci-Suta Dasa

Released 05/06/2015
Gaura Records Audio
Released 05/06/2015
Gaura Records Audio
This album is a beautiful collaboration between two Brajabasis at the Aindra 24-hour Kirtana in Vrindavana, with us at Gaura Records being honoured to produce, engineer and contribute to the recordings.
NOTES
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Yamuna Jivana dasa
04/17/2015
Yamuna Jivana dasa

Story

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Some time around 2012, I was contemplating and feeling grateful for my good fortune.  Knowing it was simply God's mercy upon me, I spontaneously began writing this song.  Till now I did not really share it with the world, but with the introduction of Gaura Records on-line, I am now ready to offer it as a free download. Thanks for downloading, and I hope the song inspires you too as I felt while writing it.

Lyrics

I wanna thank you Lord


Chorus:

I wanna thank you Lord,
For the chance to serve you,
The only thing I ask of you is to never let me slip away from you.
Forgive me for my offenses,
Cause I am only your child;
Praying for devotion,
Freedom from lust, anger and greed.

Verse:

So I place my life into your hands,
In a mood of surrender eternally.
Cause my faith lies in you,
As you carry me home,
In the mood of your faithful followers.

Refrain:

Calling out your holy name is not hard to do
And it pleases you;
Forgetting all my joy and pain let me give my love to you;
Let me understand my Lord when tribulations come my way,
It is the only way to turn to you sincerely calling out your name…

Repeat chorus

I wanna thank you Lord,
For the chance to serve you,
The only thing I ask of you is to never let me slip away from you.
Forgive me for my offenses,
Cause I am only your child;
Praying for devotion,
Freedom from lust, anger and greed.

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