BHAKTI WITHOUT BORDERS

by Madi Das

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Nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards, Bhakti Without Borders blends melodies from the East Indian Bhakti tradition with the folk, bluegrass and country elements of traditional American and Irish music. The result is a sound that is both fresh and familiar. All profits from this record will go towards education for girls in Vrindavan, India.

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released May 12, 2015

Madi Das: Vocals, Kartals, Mridanga
Dave Stringer: Guitar, Appalachian Dulcimer, Backing Vocals
Patrick Richey: Tabla, Cajon, Ghatam, Rebolo, Dumbek, Tavil, Giro, Shakers
Sheela Bringi: Harmonium, Bansuri
Shree Shyam: Bass
Matt Pszonak: Pedal Steel
Tulsi Devi: Violin, Backing Vocals
Nalina Kaufman: Backing Vocals

Executive Produced by Madi Das
Produced by Dave Stringer
Arrangements and music by Dave Stringer and Madi Das
Published by Johannes Donald Brinkmann / Kirtan Shakti ASCAP and Dave Stringer / Magnetic Melodies BMI

Recorded, edited and mixed by Krishan at Feijoa Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Mastered by Stefan Heger at Fisheye Studios, Köln, Germany
Additional recording by Jaggi Suta Das at Faroese Studios, London, UK; Phil Rigger at Monstereo Music, Sydney, Australia; and Balkrishan in New Delhi, India
Art and design by Neha Agarwal and Evan Clayton Horback
Associate Producers Subhadra Evans and Yamal Duryea
Kulimela Assocation Directors Chaitanya Mangala and Kamal Vyas
Food For Life Vrindavan Founder-Director Rupa Raghunath Das
Photograph by Andre Wagner

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Madi Das Los Angeles, California

Born to an American mom and German dad, Madi Das grew up in the Vaishnava tradition of Bhakti Yoga. At age 7 he went to boarding school in India where he spent 8 years learning kirtan, becoming fluent in Hindi, and making lifelong friends. Now stateside, he works as an entertainment executive in Hollywood. In his debut album, Madi seeks to bridge his disparate worlds of Hindi and Hollywood. ... more

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Track Name: Shri Radhe - Madi Das & Chaytanya
Shri Radhe

radhe, radhe govinda, radhe gopal, radhe gopal

shri krishna govinda, hare murari, hey nath narayana, o vasudeva

radhe radhe govinda
govinda radhe radhe
radhe govinda
gopal radhe

radhe govinda, radhey gopala, hari hari govinda, radhe gopala

[Song includes excerpt from the prayers of Queen Draupadi]
Track Name: Jai Gurudev - Madi Das & Tulsi Devi
Jai Gurudev

nana shastra vicharanaika nipunau sad dharma samsthapakau

lokanam hita karinau tri bhuvane manyau saranyakarau

radha krsna padaravinda bhajananandena mattalikau

vande rupa sanatanau raghu yugau sri jiva gopalakau

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, namely Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, and Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus they are honored all over the three worlds and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.

jai gurudev

All glories to my guru!

he radhe vraja devike ca lalite he nanda suno kutah

shri govardhana kalpa padapa tale kalindi vane kutah

ghoshantav iti sarvato vraja pure khedair maha vihvalau

vande rupa sanatanau raghu yugau sri jiva gopalakau

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvāmīs, namely Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrī Sanātana Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī, Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, and Śrī Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī, who were chanting very loudly everywhere in Vṛndāvana, shouting, "Queen of Vṛndāvana, Rādhārāṇī! O Lalita! O son of Nanda Mahārāja! Where are you all now? Are you just on the hill of Govardhana, or are you under the trees on the bank of the Yamunā? Where are you?" These were their moods in executing Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

ohe vaisnava takura, doyara sagara, eh dase karuna kori

O venerable Vaisnava. O ocean of mercy, be merciful unto your servant.

[Song includes excerpts from Sad Gosvami Ashtakam and Ohe Vaisnava Thakura]
Track Name: Maha Mantra - Madi Das & Sudevi Dasi
Maha Mantra

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

O Engery of the Lord, O All-Attractive Lord, O Embodiment of Strength, please engage me in your service.

shriyah kantah kantah parama purusah kalpa taravo
druma bhumis chintamani gana mayi toyam amrtam
katha ganam natyam gamanam api vamsi priya sakhi
chid anandam jyotih param api tad asvadyam api cha

I worship that transcendental seat, known as Svetadvipa where as loving consorts the Laksmis in their unalloyed spiritual essence practice the amorous service of the Supreme Lord Krishna as their only lover; where every tree is a transcendental purpose tree; where the soil is the purpose gem, all water is nectar, every word is a song, every gait is a dance, the flute is the favorite attendant, effulgence is full of transcendental bliss and the supreme spiritual entities are all enjoyable and tasty.

[Song includes excerpt from the Brahma Samhita]
Track Name: Jamuna Puline - Madi Das & Acyuta Gopi
Jamuna Puline

jamuna puline, kadamba kanane ki herinu sakhi aja
amar shyama vamshidhari, maṇi manchopari, kare lila rasaraja

Oh sakhi! My dear girlfriend! What have I seen today? In a kadamba grove on the banks of the Yamuna, a beautiful blackish boy holding a long flute named Vamsi is seated upon a throne of jewels, performing His pastimes as the King of all transcendental mellows!

mere to girdhar gopal dusaro na koi
jako sar mor mukat mere pati wohi


There is none other than Giridhar Gopal for me
Who wears the peacock feather on his turban, my husband

sugita nartane, saba sakh gaṇe, tushiche yugala dhane
takhon krishna lila heri, prakrti sundari, vistariche shobha vane

By singing sweet songs and by dancing nicely, all the Gopis satisfy the treasured Divine Couple. Thus I am beholding Krsna's pastimes with His beautiful female consorts expanding throughout the splendorous forest.

ghare na jaiba, vane praveshiba, o lila rasera tare
ami tyaji kula laj, bhaja vrajaraja, vinoda minati kare

For the sake of the mellows of such pastimes, I will not go to my home, but I will instead enter into the forest. Renouncing all shyness due to fear of family members, just worship the Lord of Vraja. This is the humble submission of Bhaktivinoda.

[Song includes excerpts from Ami Jamuna Puline and the Mirabai bhajan Mere To Giridhar Gopal]
Track Name: Namoh Maha - Madi Das & Gaurangi
Namoh Maha

namo maha vadanyaya, krishna prema pradaya te

krishnaya krishna chaitanya, namne gaura tvise namah

O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You.

namaste saraswati deve
gaura vani pracharine

nirvishesha shunyavadi
pashchatya desha tarine

Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

gauranga nityananda
nityananda gauranga

*Gauranga, Nityananda, Nitai, and Shri Krishna Chaitanya are names of the Lord Krishna in His incarnation as the brothers who brought kirtan out of the temples and into the streets, thus launching the kirtan movement 500 years ago.

[Song includes excerpts from Srila Prabhupada Pranati and Sri Gauranga Pranama]
Track Name: Jagannath - Madi Das & Mallika Des Fours
Jagannath

kadacit kalindi tata vipina sangitaka ravo

mudabhiri nari vadana kamalasvada madhupah

rama shambhu brahmamara pati ganesharchita pado

jagannathah svami nayana patha gami bhavatu me

Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannatha makes a loud concert with His flute in the groves on the banks of the Yamuna. He is like a bumblebee tasting the beautiful lotus, like faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Great personalities such as Laksmi, Siva, Brahma, Indra, and Ganesa worship His lotus feet. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

krishna keshava, krishna keshava, krishna keshava, pahimam
rama raghava, rama raghava, rama raghava, rakshamam

O Krishna! O Keshava! O Rama! O Raghava! Please protect me!

mahambhodhes tire kanaka ruchire nila shikhare

vasan prasadantah sahaja balabhadrena balina

subhadra madhya sthah sakala sura sevavasara do

jagannathah svami nayana patha gami bhavatu me

On the shore of the great ocean, within a large palace atop the brilliant, golden Nilacala Hill, Lord Jagannatha resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadra, who sits between Them. May that Jagannatha Svami, who bestows the opportunity for devotional service upon all godly souls, be the object of my vision.

*Jagannath Swami is the deity of Krishna installed in the temple at Jagannath Puri.

[Song includes excerpts from Dasavatara Stotram and Sri Caitanya Caritamrita]
Track Name: Narasinghadev - Madi Das & Nalina Kaufman
Narasinghadev

shri narasingha, jay narasingha, jay jay jay jay narasinghadev

All glories to Lord Narasinghadev who is God in the form of a half man half lion.

keshava dhrita narahari rupa

O Lord of the universe! O God, in the form of man-lion!

Tavakara kamala vareh nakam adbhuta sringa
Dalita hiranyakashipu tanu bringa

In your hand of lotus-like beauty, are the finger nails with their wonderful tips which have torn asunder the most powerful demon Hiranyakasipu, as if he was a huge insect.

[Song includes excerpts from Narasimha Sahasranama Stotram and Dasavatara Stotram]
Track Name: Radhe Jai - Madi Das, Carmella Gitanjali Baynie & Ananda-Amrita
Radhe Jai

radhe jai madhava dayite

O Radha! O beloved of Madhava!

damodara rati vardhana vese

hari nishkuta vrinda vipinese

You who dress Yourself in such a way as to increase Lord Damodara's love and attachment for You! O queen of Vrndavana, which is the pleasure grove of Lord Hari!

vrishabhanudadhi nava sasi lekhe

lalita sakhi gunaa ramita visakhe

O new moon that has arisen from the ocean of King Vrsabhanu! O friend of Lalita! O You who make Visakha loyal to You due to Your wonderful qualities of friendliness, kindness, and faithfulness to Krsna!

karunam kuru mayi karuna bharite

sanaka sanatana varnaita carite

O You who are filled with compassion! O You whose divine characteristics are described by the great sages Sanaka and Sanatana! O Radha, please be merciful to me!

[Song includes excerpt from Radhika Stava]
Track Name: Sita Ram - Madi Das & Gaura Mani
Sita Ram

dasaratha nandan ram, sita ram
janaki vallabha ram, sita ram
raghupati raghava ram
hanumana pyare ram

Darling of king Dasarath, dear to the daughter of king Janak, scion of the line of Raghu, beloved by the monkey god, Hanuman.

sarvadev adideva ram, sita ram
jagadguruve priya ram, sita ram
patita pavana ram
hanumana pyare ram

Sita Ram, greatest god among all the gods, beloved teacher of the world, savior of the most fallen, beloved by the monkey god, Hanuman.

[Song includes excerpts from Sri Ram Dhun and the 108 names of Sri Ramachandra]
Track Name: Bhaja Govindam - Madi Das & Jahnavi Harrison
Bhaja Govindam

nalini da lagatha jala mati tharalam
tadwajivita mathishaya
chapalam vidhi vyadhya bhimanagrastam
lokam shokahatam cha samastham

The water droplet on the lotus leaf is tremulous and unsteady. So too is life which is just as uncertain. Know the body to be in the claws of disease, which may swallow it at any moment. Life is ultimately nothing but worry, misery and grief.

samprapte sani, hite kale na hi na hi
rakshati dukrinkarane

At the time of death the rules of grammar, which you are trying to cram and master, will not be able to rescue you at all.

bhaja govindam, bhaja govindam
govindam bhaja mudhamate

Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Oh ignoramus!

suramandira taru, mula nivasah saiya
bhutalamajinam vasah
sarvaparigraha, bhoga tyaga kasya
sukham na karoti viragah

Who can disturb the peace and happiness of a man if he has the true spirit of renunciation and has controlled his desires, even if he be the poorest, sleeping only in the temple halls and choultries or under trees or on the bare ground and just with a deer skin to cover.

shri harer nam eva kevalam, shri harer nam, shri krishna
pavanam pavanebhyopi, jaya jaya shri harer nam

There is no alternative for spiritual progress other than the chanting of the holy name of Hari, Shri Krishna the holy name of Hari is all-purifying.

[Song includes excerpts from Moha Mudgara and the Brihad Naradiya Purana]