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Janet Stone and DJ Drez have joined creative forces and devotional energy to bring a new sound experience to guide you and your practice. This project started in India, when Drez recorded the sangha live in Tiruvannamalai, and mixed it into the first track, Hari Om. They continued their collaboration in-studio, and twelve tracks unfolded that are now in this complete volume, Echoes of Devotion.
If you’ve sung with Janet, or practiced with Drez, you’ll love with this emergent and collaborative effort, which brings us back to the temple of mantra practice. You’ll hear the full tenor of Janet’s voice, and Drez’s sumptuous production and masterful beatmaking. Guest artists on Echoes of Devotion include our dear Marti Nikko on vocals, Eddie Young on bass and cello, and Marty Lieberman on sitar.
Blogs and Press:
Review: Echoes of Devotion, originally published on YogaBasics
Echoes of Devotion, originally published in Mantra Magazine
6 things to know if you don’t “get” kirtan, originally published on the Yoga Journal blog
A 6-step guide to starting a changing practice, originally published on the Wanderlust blog
Janet Stone on Dreams, Creation, and her new album with DJ Drez
The Power of Chanting
The meditative practice of calling to the divine through call and response chanting creates a bridge between the individual and the eternal, opening the heart and welcoming the spirit. By singing these prayers we unite our voices and join in a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.
In the classes I offer, mantra in the form of kirtan has been a powerful unifying force. A simple reminder that we are not as separate as we think we are. When we offer the vibration that starts in our center into the hum of our community, we directly give and receive the divine essence.
om hari om hari om hari om
sharanam gaņesha (x4)
om gaṃ ganapataye namaha (x4)
shivo’ham mmmm shivo’ham
shivo’ham mmmm shivo’ham
ānando’ham ānando’ham, ānando’ham ānando’ham (x2)
Totally full with the bliss of conduct that is aligned with my true nature.
My real nature is Divine. My essence is eternal joy
My real nature is always contented with what is.
oṃ ekadantāya vidmahe
tanno dantī prachodayāt
Yes. May we come to know the One-tusked Lord;
may we meditate on He with the curving trunk;
may that tusked one, Gaṇesh, impel us forward [on our path].
twameva mātā cha pitā twameva
twameva bandhush cha sakhā twameva
twameva vidyā dravinam twameva
twameva sarva mama deva-deva
You alone are my mother and my father,
You alone are my friend and my beloved companion,
You alone are my knowledge and my wealth,
O Supreme Lord, you alone are everything for me.
Gurur brahmā gurur vishnur
Gurur devo maheshvara
Guruh sākshāt param brahma
Tasmai shrī gurave namaha
The teacher is the creator. The teacher is the sustainer. The teacher is the great Lord Shiva. The teacher is the absolute before my very eyes. To that sacred teacher, reverence.
Om bhur bhuva swaha
Tat savitur varēnyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yo naf prachodayāt
Om. Earth. Atmosphere. Heaven. May we focus our awareness on the alluring radiance of the rising sun, the Vivifier; may it inspire our thoughts and meditations.
Sāmbā Sadā Shiva
sāmbā sadā shiva
sāmbā sadā shiva, jai jai om
jai mātā, Jai Mātā
jai shrī mātā jai jai mā
Eternal Shiva, conjoined with the Mother