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The Glorious Bhagavad Gita
Sung in English

The discourse takes place in the middle of a battle scene of the Mahabharata saga. As the Bhagavad Gita begins, the great warrior Arjuna is despondent to see his friends and relatives arrayed in battle before his chariot, intending to fight against his side in this war. In the midst of this dilemna, Arjuna refuses to fight and takes refuge in his friend Krishna, who then reveals his cosmic, universal form and teaches Arjuna the great wisdom of life, death, and enlightenment. Chapter 1 sets the stage with names of all the warriors and instruments of war that were gathered before Arjuna on the battlefield, and the subsequent chapters elucidate the Bhagavad Gita teachings and wisdom.

Play the Youtube video of all eighteen chapters, or click the links below for realplayer audio of each chapter.

Chapter 1: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna

Chapter 2: Sankhya Yoga

Chapter 3: The Yoga of Action

Chapter 4: The Yoga of Wisdom

Chapter 5: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action

Chapter 6: The Yoga of Meditation

Chapter 7: The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization

Chapter 8: The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman

Chapter 9: The Yoga of the Kingly Science and Kingly Secret

Chapter 10: The Yoga of Divine Glories

Chapter 11: The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form

Chapter 12: The Yoga of Devotion

Chapter 13: The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field

Chapter 14: The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas

Chapter 15: The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit

Chapter 16: The Yoga of the Division Between the Divine and the Demonical

Chapter 17: The Yoga of the Division of Threefold Faith

Chapter 18: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation

 

Click Here to purchase CDs or iTune downloads of the Glorious Bhagavad Gita and other texts from this page



 

 

A Powerful Buddhist Text


Listen to an enlightening conversation between the Buddha and his disciple Subhuti

Click the arrow to play The Diamond Sutra:
Sung in English

 

         

Watch a video of this text:

 

This one-hour recording includes the following sections:

1. CONVOCATION OF THE ASSEMBLY
2. SUBHUTI MAKES A REQUEST
3. THE BODHISATTVA'S VOW
4. HOW A BODHISATTVA PRACTICES CHARITY
5. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TATHAGATA
6. THE FUTURE OF THESE TEACHINGS
7. NO ATTAINMENT, NO TEACHING
8. REAL MERIT HAS NO MERIT
9. THE FOUR LESSER VEHICLE REALIZATIONS
10. AROUSING THE PURE ASPIRATION WITHOUT ABIDING
11. MERITS OF MEMORIZING THIS SUTRA
12. NAMING OF THE SUTRA
13. TRUE CHARACTERISTICS ARE NOT CHARACTERISTICS
14. THE SUTRA IS NOT FOR LESSER VEHICLE PRACTITIONERS
15. PURGATION THROUGH SUFFERING OF BAD KARMA
16. DEFINING THE BODHISATTVA
17. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL FACULTIES ARE UNOBTAINABLE
18. NO MERIT IS GREAT MERIT
19. DISCERNING THE BUDDHA IN FORM
20. NO DHARMA IS DHARMA, NON-LIVING BEINGS ARE LIVING BEINGS
21. THE ATTAINABILITY OF PEERLESS PERFECT ENLIGHTENMENT
22. THE ROLE OF GOOD FACTORS
23. MERITS OF TRANSMITTING THE SUTRA ARE FAR GREATER
      THAN THOSE OF CHARITY
24. NO SENTIENT BEINGS FOR THE TATAGATA TO SAVE
25. TRYING TO DISCERN THE BUDDHA BY HIS BODILY CHARACTERISTICS
26. ATTAINMENT OF ENLIGHTENMENT BASED ON
      BODILY CHARACTERISTICS
27. BODHISATTVAS DO NOT APPROPRIATE MERIT
28. THE TATHAGATA DOES NOT COME OR GO
29. THE STATUS OF COMPOSITE THINGS
30. WRAPPING UP THE FOUR VIEWS
31. CONCLUSION

 

 

Click the play arrow to view a video of one chapter from The Diamond Sutra Sung in English
being performed as part of a concert at the Sun Valley Opera House:





 

Sanskrit with English Texts and Chants


 

Note: We have a new Kashmir Shaivism page that includes these audio texts as well as
a discussion of the philosophy from the book Spirituality For Dummies:

"The Spiritual Science of Universal Creation"


 



 

kashmir shaivism



The Shiva Sutras:
Recited in Sanskrit and English

The Shiva Sutras are the cornerstone of Kashmir Shaivism, and contain the firm and powerful ancient roots of some of today's "new age" concepts of universal creation, power of the mind, and a great and wonderous vision of a wide array of powerful and enlightening teachings. This text is one of the greatest gems of humanity to have survived the waves of time.

Listen to the Shiva Sutras

 


 

The Spanda Karikas:
Chanted in Sanskrit with English Translation

The Spanda Karikas is another powerful scripture from the great philosophical tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. This rendition was recorded in October 1982 by Kumuda (Sharon Janis) at age 22, to honor the passing of her guru, Swami Muktananda. Muktananda had instructed her to study the Spanda Karikas as a means of discovering the merging of science and spirituality.

Listen to the Spanda Karikas

 


 

The Pratyabhijnahrdayam:
Recited in Sanskrit and English

The Pratyabhijnahrdayam translates as "The Doctrine of Self Recognition," and it is one of the main scriptures from Kashmir Shaivism. This short but enlightenment-packed text expounds a great vision of universal awareness and how we fit into the universe from the highest perspective. This rendition was also recorded by Kumuda at age 22 in October 1982.

Listen to the Pratyabhijnahrdayam

 


 

 

 

Shiva Mahimnah with English Translation

 

 

This beautiful hymn of devotion is said to have been composed by one of the celestial musicians of heaven to please the Lord after he had behaved badly and attracted Shiva's wrath.  Just a few lines from this hymn used to send the great sage Sri Ramakrishna into deep states of spiritual bliss.  This chant has been sung for decades in Siddha Yoga ashrams and centers.

 

 


 

 

 

The Kundalini Stavaha:
Sung in Sanskrit and Translated in English

The Kundalini Stavah is an ancient Sanskrit chant that describes and honors the Kundalini Shakti - the great Universal Energy of Powerful Transformation that creates this entire universe, and that also resides, ready to be awakened, at the bottom of your spine.

                                      

 

 

 


 

Bhaja Govindam
Sung in Sanskrit and Translated in English

This Sanskrit scriptural song was composed by the great sage Shankaracharya and his disciples as they were walking along the road and came upon a very old man who was barely able to stand with a cane. The man was fervently studying Sanskrit grammatical texts, with the then prevelant belief that such efforts would lead him to salvation. Out of compassion for the man, Shankaracharya and his disciples composed and sang these enlightening verses to the old man, describing the nature of life, death, desire, and freedom.

Listen to the Bhaja Govindam

 

Play a video rendition of Bhaja Govindam with translation

 

 


Sanskrit Only Chants and Prayers

 

A short introductory Mantra to Ganesh

 

 


 


Shree Guru Gita

 

More info about this Sanskrit devotional prayer on the
Shree Guru Gita Page

 

Play a video of Shree Guru Gita chanting

 

Click the arrow to play

 


 


Shree Rudram: Namakam and Chamakam

Sri Rudram Medium Speed Version

Sri Rudram Faster Version

 

More info about this ancient Vedic text on the
Shree Rudram Page

Play a video of Shree Rudram being chanted:

 


 


Saraswati Stotram

This Sanskrit hymn honors and invokes Saraswati,
goddess of wisdom, the arts, and eloquent speech.

 


 

A Sanskrit prayer by Tulsidas to the god Hanuman,
who inspires courage and strength in his devotees.


Listen to Hanuman Chalisa while reading the English Translation

(Click Here to view on YouTube)

 

 


 


Maha Lakshmi Stotram

A Sanskrit hymn to honor Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and blessings.

 


 


Sanskrit Wedding Mantras of Blessing

 

These auspicious mantras can be played during a wedding ceremony.  After each verse section, traditionally, all the guests sing the chorus line of "Shubha Mangala Saavadhaan!" while blessing the couple with rice and rose petals.


                         


 


 

 

 

Shiva Kavacha with English Translation

These powerful Siva Kavacham Sanskrit mantras invoke the protection of Lord Shiva.

 


 

 

Shiva Tandava

These Siva Tandava mantras are said to have been sung when Shiva created the Universe.

 

 


   

    A Taste of a Day of Ashram Chanting             

A chanting tour through a day in the ashram,
including stories and a variety of chanting styles

      

 


 

Visit our page of
Chanting and Devotional Singing

 

 

 

 

New for September 2008

 

 

 

Part of the Night Lotus Productions Offering of Free Multimedia Spiritual Resources

Additional Works by Sharon Janis

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(most in their entirety):

 

 

 

 

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