Bhakti Geet - Volume Four

by Yeshu Satsang Toronto

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The tracks on Bhakti Geet Volumes 1-4 were recorded live at Yeshu Satsang Toronto between 2015-2019. They feature a few minimal overdubs of bass guitar and manjira. The vocals are mostly live with the exception of a few songs. Some tracks on Bhakti Geet Volume 1 were recorded on a single track using a zoom recorder.

The songs featured on these volumes have been written by Yeshu Bhaktas (devotees of Jesus) mostly from North India. While Christ-centered devotion in the North has roughly a two hundred year old history, these kinds of spiritual communities have been present in South India since the arrival of Saint Thomas in CE 50.

Yeshu Satsang Toronto is a unique expression of Yeshu Bhakti in that it is distinctly urban and Canadian, yet informed by the simplicity of the village, honouring what is handmade, humble, and real. It is also the collision of two very different solo artists, one having grown up in Nepal and India, and the other having grown up in Canada. Together they have shared a love affair with Christ, navigating the struggle and the connection between Hindu and Christian community, between what is traditional and what is progressive.

Chris Hale first encountered Yeshu Bhakti in North India in 1991, having grown up in Nepal and India from early childhood. He began to record and perform arrangements of Yeshu bhajans (devotional songs to Jesus) with a band, Olio, which he formed with Indian colleagues in 1991. In 2000, Pete Hicks joined Chris to form the band, Aradhna, which released nine albums between 2000-2012.

Chris met singer-songwriter Miranda Stone at a US music festival in 2002, where she was performing with her band in support of her third album of folk rock. They were married in 2004, in Varanasi, India. The bhajans which Aradhna performed deeply impacted Miranda, and after a number of trips to India with Chris, she began to create a small songbook for her own personal devotional use. The first hand-bound edition of the Kshama Sagar Bhakti Mala (Garland of devotion for the Ocean of Forgiveness) was finished in July 2007.

In January 2010, Chris and Miranda began co-leading monthly satsangs in their home. Within a few months, they shifted these evenings of Indian devotional music to the beautiful sanctuary at the Church of the Resurrection where they continued until the summer of 2017. Luke Parker began playing harmonium for the satsang in July 2013. In September of that year, the satsang moved to NUUC, located in the heart of Little India Gerrard Bazaar. Musicians who have played over the years include Duke Vipperman on sitar, Sharon Tiessen on cello, Chris Padiath on bass guitar, Dave Love on darbuka, and Doug Crosswell on chimta.

Miranda continues to research kirtans/bhajans, making new editions to the songbook, which is used at the monthly satsangs. Her artistic sensitivity, vision, and deeply devotional heart work in partnership with Chris’ fluency in Hindi, his lifelong passion for North Indian classical music, and the 25 years that he lived in South Asia.


released May 21, 2019

Vocals - Miranda Stone and Chris Hale
Harmonium - Luke Parker
Bass Guitar - Chris Padiath
Guitar - Chris Hale
Tabla, Manjira - Miranda Stone

Mixed and Mastered by Ed Hanley
Cover Artwork by Miranda Stone


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In India, Yeshu is Hindi for “Jesus.” Satsang means “gathering of the truth.” Typically, satsangs in India are gatherings of people who worship together, often using devotional songs called bhajans and kirtans. You are invited to join us! We meet once a month and you can find out about our monthly satsangs at - Christopher Dicran Hale and Miranda Stone ... more

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Track Name: Om Bhagwan
Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan
Prabhu Pita Bhagawan
Om God, Om God, Om God, Lord Father God

Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan
Prabhu Putra Bhagawan
Om God, Om God, Om God, Lord Son God

Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan
Prabhu Aatma Bhagawan
Om God, Om God, Om God, Lord Spirit God

Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan, Om Bhagawan
Prabhu Yeshu Bhagawan
Om God, Om God, Om God, Lord Jesus God
Track Name: Paramatma Sharanam
1. Paramatama sharanam - sharanam gachaami
To the Supreme Spirit/God, for refuge, for refuge, I go

2. Satyarupaya sharanam - sharanam gachaami
To the embodiment of truth, for refuge, for refuge, I go

3. Sahavrata sharanam - sharanam gachaami
To the religious/spiritual community, for refuge, I go

Satguru Yeshu Deva
True Teacher Jesus God

sharanam gachami
(for) refuge, I go
Track Name: Asato Ma
Asato ma sad gamaya
From the unreal to the real, lead me
(or “from illusion lead me to the truth”)

Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
From darkness to the light, lead me

Mrityor ma amritama gamaya
From death to immortality, lead me
Track Name: Prabhu Hamare
Prabhu hamaare isa jeewana mein
Our Lord, in this life

Bhara do apana aananda re
fill us with your joy

Dharam aura shaan-ti hove re
May right living and peace rule

Paawana yuga tera aawata re
May the new era of your reign come soon

Ve tujhe apane pankhon ki aarda mein
Le-le-ga, mein le-le-ga
In the shelter of his wings he will take you, take you

Aura tu uske paron ke neeche
And you, covered by his feathers

Sharana payega, sharana payega
will find protection, find protection
Track Name: Aradhana
Aradhana Prabhu aradhana, aradhana Yeshu aradhana
Worship the Lord, worship! Worship Jesus, worship!

1. Jeevana Jal teri aradhana
Praise the Living Water!

Jeevana Roti aradhana
Praise the Living Bread!

2. Mangalakari aradhana
Praise the Auspicious One!

Jaga Hitakari aradhana
Praise the Benevolent One of the World!

3. Mukti Pradata aradhana
Praise the Giver of Salvation!

Jeevana Data aradhana
Praise the Giver of Life!

4. Mariyama Nandan aradhana
Praise the Child of Mary!

Jeevananandam aradhana
Praise the Source of Life!
Track Name: Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham swastir bhavatu
May well being be unto all

Sarvesham shantir bhavatu
May peace be unto all

Sarvesham purnam bhavatu
May wholeness/fullness be unto all

Sarvesham mangalam bhavatu
May auspiciousness/blessing abound to all

Sarve bhavantu sukhi naha
May all be happy and full of joy

Sarve santu niraamaya
May all be saint-like, in health; free from disease

Sarve bhudrani pashyantu
May all look to the good of others/see goodness

Ma kaschid dukh bhag bhavet
May none suffer from sorrow

Om – Shanti – Shanti – Shanti!
Om - peace, peace, peace
Track Name: Bolo Bhagwan
Bolo Bhagwan Mukteshwar ki – Jai!
Say - to the Lord God of Salvation - Victory!

Bolo Sanatan Parmeshwar ki – Jai
Say - to the Eternal God - Victory!

Bolo Parampita Parmeshwar ki – Jai
Say - To the Great Father God - Victory!

Bolo Bhagwan Pavitra Atma ki – Jai
Say - to God, the Holy Spirit - Victory!

Bolo Sadguru Yeshu Maharaj ki – Jai
Say - to the True teacher, Great King Jesus - Victory!

Bolo Prabhu Maharaj ki – Jai
Say - to our Lord the Great King - Victory!

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