I have been traveling the Southwest for eight years, studying Dharma in Hindu and Buddhist communities. This work reflects my desire to help create a world where every being is honored for its apparent or hidden divinity. Chanting has sustained my life because it cleanses my perception and reminds that what I see is only a small part of God's plan. It helps me trust in the divine order.
Chanting is the first step. By saying the name of Ma, we remember Ma until eventually all we ever see is Her. We're too busy right now playing with the toys of the world, but when we're tired and it's getting dark, we start to cry. When that crying becomes unbearable, it becomes our greatest treasure. That's when the Mother can no longer stay away. She has to come and hold us in Her arms. Ramakrishna said that you have to have intense restlessness to see God, the restlessness that a drowning man feels for the shore. We all have the potential to see Ma, but you have to want it so bad.
Sarada Devi is one of the great beings who flooded my life with her graceful presence. She had all the shakti/energy of a great saint but also the forgiveness and care of the Mother. We dedicated this album to her and all who carry that great loving, protective energy. Thru all the ups and downs of my incarnation, certain things redeem it. Like anyone on the planet, I could give up, but knowing that there are great beings absorbed in the ecstasy of love, knowing that that's our true nature, makes it all worthwhile. Jai Ma! Kalidas
Four Corners Magazine(June/July 2006): "In the vein of Krishna Das, Ambe Ma is an inspiring expression of a yearning for a more sustainable world baced on mutual respect and kindness for all beings. Capturing through beautiful chants, the raw energy and enthusiasm of a live kirtan event, Kalidas has honed the craft of turning true devotion into yearning, aspiring God songs. Invoking the Divine Mother, She who spins a billion universes and throws us in and out of her play until finally pulling us back into her fathomless depths, Ambe Ma is a definite sing-a-long with the power to transform minds and hearts."
What it means:
Ganapati om jaya Ganapati om jaya
Ganesha sharanam sharanam Ganesha
Ganesh, or Ganapati, the elephant faced deity, removes the obstacles of those who come to Him for refuge(sharanam). Typically the first deity invoked for success in any endeavor. "Jaya" means victory to and is frequently used before the name of a deity.
Durge Durge Durge jay jay Ma
Karuna Sagari Ma
Kali Kapalini Ma
Jagado Dharini Ma
Jagatambe jay jay Ma
Durga and Kali are aspects of the Goddess who heroically battle the demons within. "Karuna sagari" means "giver of mercy".
Jay Radhe Gopal Bhajamana Sri Radhe
Jay Radhe jaya jaya Radhe
Radhe Radhe Govinda Radhe(2X)
Radha and Govinda are eternal lovers who dance in the lotus heart space of divine ecstasy.
Jay Jagatambe jay jay Ma(2X)
"Jagat" means "Universe", and "ambe" means "Mother"; hence, "Jagatambe" is the "Mother of the Universe". Ultimately it is She who spins a billion universes and throws us in and out of Her play until finally pulling us back into Her fathomless depths.
Durge Kali Durge Durge jay jay Ma
Jagatambe jay jay Ma
3. ma ma ma
5. jai ma
7. jai jagatambe
8. kali durge