The Beautiful Aroma of Swami Nirmalananda’s Shri Guru Gita. Posted on May 24, 2012 by Svaroopa Vidya Ashram

After months of anticipating Swamiji’s rendition of Shri Guru Gita, an E-letter announced that it was ready for purchase. I put in my order and waited expectantly. The package arrived more quickly than expected. The beautiful reds and golds on the CD’s cover reached out and into me. I was filled with longing to hear Swamiji chant the Guru Gita. When Saturday morning arrived, there was finally enough time to listen to it. As soon as the opening strains of the harmonium filled the room, I was flooded with emotions of joy. Swamiji’s song of love to her Guru, Om Guru, Mere Guru, is mesmerizing. The deep devotion conveyed by Swamiji’s voice is like an aroma filling my own heart with longing. One song melts into another and soon Swamiji is chanting the entire Guru Gita and it is even possible to make out the words and follow along! I have loved Baba’s Guru Gita, but it has a completely different feel and for someone who is just learning the Guru Gita, I can only make out a few words here and there. Swamiji’s voice clearly brings forth every word. Clearly, she has put great effort into creating this so that all of us may learn to chant it and know it deeply, as she does.

by Priya Kenney

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