Bhakti Chandan - Fragrance of Devotion
Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj, the spiritual colossus of India, illuminated the world with His wisdom and grace. In Bhakti Chandan, a beautiful compilation of live bhajans, His direct disciple, Shri Babaji condenses a lifetime of love for the Master into a stirring tribute.
clue to the nature of a Self Realized Yogi - liberated, ever-free,
though eternally bound to the Guru - Shri Babaji’s songs of glory to God
and Guru permeate one’s heart and life with the fragrance of devotion.
the age of sixteen, when He fell in love with His Guru at first sight,
Shri Babaji has performed every act as a form of worship. From taking sannyas (monkhood)
to sweeping the floors of His Guru’s Ashram, from caring for the needs
of Ashram guests and devotees to meditating for hours on end in the
Ashram orchards, every act has been saturated with devotion and offered
with total surrender to the Lotus Feet of the Divine Guru.
Babaji’s unique style of singing, accompanied by professional classical
Indian musicians, transports the listener to the magnificent scene of
the Dehradun Ashram, cloaked in the ancient mist of the Himalayas and
steeped in the incense of meditation and devotion. For spiritual seekers
around the world, this is the sacred home of Babaji’s sadhana and Tapas – His life of total dedication and devotion to the Divine Guru.
song in this compilation has a special significance in the ineffable
relationship between Shri Babaji and His Divine Guru, Shri Swamiji. One
can imagine Shri Babaji as a young sannyasin, composing and
playing bhajans in honor of His Guru and God every evening, whether or
not any one else was present. It was a duty that helped transform Him
into a Self Realized Yogi. When Shri Swamiji visited the Dehradun
Ashram, Babaji would often sing these bhajans for Him, both
during the public gatherings and during the time they spent alone on the
Ashram terrace. Even today, years after the physical passing of His
Guru, Shri Babaji wakes every morning to the footsteps of Shri Swamiji,
calling Him to spread His message of universal peace through meditation,
love and devotion.
On achieving the Highest Goal of Spirituality through the path of devotion, Shri Babaji teaches:
is like the diamond cutting the diamond. It is the imagination of the
Divinity which brings all other imaginations into single
pointedness. The scattered mind and its inseparable energy get tapped
into Oneness. Chandan is sandalwood, used here to symbolize the
fragrance of devotion. The height of devotion is when this imagination
about the Divine merges into the Divinity that is beyond all
imaginations. That is the Liberation."
- Moushika Vahana
- Satyaraju Mahadeva
- Bhava Sagara
- Raghupati Shri Ramachandra
- Mangala Maaye
- Shiva Hara Gurudeva
- Shri Swamiji Aarati
- Om Jai Jagadish Hare
- Closing Mantras