Chandra-Shekar & Tomas Michaud | The Magic of Gayatri

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The Magic of Gayatri

by Chandra-Shekar & Tomas Michaud

Take a journey with The Gayatri Mantra - one of the oldest prayers known to humanity. Music from the heart that soothes the spirit and stirs the soul. Read Yoga Journal's review in the December 2008 issue.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Namaste
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2. 9 Repetitions
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3. The Story
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4. Instrumental
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5. The Meaning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The Magic of Gayatri", which takes Chandra-Shekar back to his Indian roots – is rapidly evolving into a must-have for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers and anyone who is looking for a tool to help them achieve peace-of-mind in their everyday lives.

See for yourself if listening to or chanting the Gayatri Mantra has an impact on your own level of well-being. It seems to have an extraordinary effect on people.

If you have wanted a wonderful CD for dealing with Stress, for Meditation and Healing, then this is it. As one listens to the music and the chant, one is powerfully impacted by the beauty of the ancient rhythms and the vibrational quality of the mantra. The heart opening experience is one of ecstasy and peace. The instrumental track "Ode to Gayatri" is perfect for trance dancing.

YOGA Journal gives kudos to "The Magic of Gayatri" in the December 2008 issue as does The Chopra Center in its December 2008 issue of 'Namaste'.

This a CD for the ages. The mantra and the music will always remain fresh and inspiring.

The Gayatri Mantra is one of the most profound prayers of Humanity’s history. It has an amazing cumulative effect, not just on the individual but also on our collective consciousness. This is no surprise since millions of people have chanted the Gayatri for over three thousand years.

Listening to, chanting or meditating to this mantra brings manifold benefits that can be physical, emotional or spiritual in nature. So be gentle on yourselves and allow this mantra to do what your Self calls it to do.


Pamela K. from Petaluma, CA writes “I wanted to thank you for the incredible blessing that I have received through your CD. I bought one and decided that this was a gift to be shared, therefore, I bought another one. I have listened to many meditation CDs but not one has had the ability to reach within me such a deep place of absolute truth and gratitude as yours has. Many thanks to you and Tomas Michaud for sharing your gift.”

In early 2007, collaborating with a well-known Bay Area based guitarist and recording artist Tomas Michaud, Chandra-Shekar began to record “The Magic of Gayatri”, a musical and descriptive journey with one of the oldest prayers known to humanity – The Gayatri Mantra. Bikram Rajkumar, one of India’s foremost flute players, added his sensual music to three tracks.

Chandra-Shekar and Tomas Michaud will forward a third of the net proceeds to The Rakum School for the Blind in Bangalore. The sale of every CD means that 6 to 8 meals can be provided for these orphans. The rest of the proceeds will go to other causes and to creating more healing music of this genre. You can watch and listen to these blind children chanting the Gayatri Mantra on YouTube (Chandra-Shekar, Rakum).

Dr. Tom Pinkson, noted psychologist, shaman and author, says, “It is such a treat to receive this legacy of Indian spiritual wisdom in a form that is easy to take in, especially for the Western Mind, and yet one that produces such powerful impact and healing.”

Tomas Michaud and his Music

Tomas Michaud's music is described by reviewers as “Deeply soulful, softly passionate, and inspiringly uplifting"

A quote from his website:

“Tomas creates music that is exotic with a lingering sense of the familiar. Perhaps it's his ability to meld the sights and sounds of his travels to far away places with his upbringing in the American pop culture. He writes the kind of songs that creates images of places you'd like to be often - even if only in your imagination. His influences are such diverse music talents as Carlos Santana, who communicates profound beauty in the way he plays even a few notes, and the Gipsy Kings, who are masters at creating songs which take the listener on a romantic, exotic adventure.”

Bikram Rajkumar - Bansuri Flute

Bikram is an incredible Bansuri flute player who has trained in classical Indian music. A long-standing friend of Chinmayo, Bikram has played on many international productions, including several by Georg Deuter, Karunesh and Prem Joshua.


What People have said:

"When Chandra-Shekar played his CD of the Gayatri Mantra for me, I really didn't know what to expect. Yet, I was about to experience something truly transforming. The words and cadence of this ancient prayer, coupled with his extraordinarily beautiful voice and the soulful music of Tomas Michaud, touched something deep inside my heart. Tears welled up in my eyes and I felt an immediate sense of well being and love. I experienced a profound peace that stayed with me for days. It was a healing experience. Chandra-Shekar's recording of the Gayatri has become an integral part of my spiritual practice."

Michele B.
San Rafael, CA


"This is a truly unique gift that Chandra-Shekar has given us. He has revealed the Gayatri Mantra in a way that is deeply respectful and yet easily accessible. For the serious seeker, the explanations are carefully done yet elegantly simple, and for the new explorer this is a wonderful aid to relaxation and deep meditation. This ease of accessibility is an important step in the evolution of this mantra, especially to Westerners."

Jonathan H. Ellerby PhD
Spiritual Program Director, Canyon Ranch
Tucson, AZ


"The Gayatri came into my life through divine intervention! After being diagnosed with cancer, I reached out to friends who introduced me to Chandra-Shekar. Through his help with hypnosis and visualization, I became attuned with myself and the universe. I stopped being sorry for myself.

It was then that he introduced me to the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri changed my life and sent me on my journey of healing.

Chandra-Shekar’s rendition of the Gayatri spoke to my heart and to my sub-conscious on a vibrational level. Listening to the Gayatri helped me through my surgery. In the past, I have had other surgeries but this surgery was the easiest one by far. When I woke up after five hours of anesthesia, I felt like I had been napping. I was amazed. My stay in the hospital was supposed to be five days to one week; I was out in three. The nurses called me their star patient. I give thanks to Chandra-Shekar and the Gayatri Mantra for my rapid recovery, both physically and emotionally. The Gayatri and I have become one, and as I still listen to it everyday, I feel my heart beat in unison to the rhythm of his chanting."

Marlene B.
Novato, CA


"Chandra-Shekar's voice is like exotic, deep, dark chocolate as he speaks and chants the Gayatri - sensual, mysterious and wise. His music is soothing and healing. His chanting accompanies me throughout the day."

Diane L.
Sausalito, CA


"I think it sells itself when people have the chance to hear it. I want to spend more time with it, concentrated and thoughtful time, as it is more than just the repetitions of the prayer. It serves as an introduction to the philosophy, history and traditions behind it. And then at other times, I just want to listen and absorb the mysterious quality of the prayer and its vibrational quality. Tomas Michaud’s music is wonderful. A great choice on your part."

Richard Wheeler, Photographer
San Rafael, CA


Contact Information:
Email: gayamusic@gmail.com


Reviews


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Ann G


I bought two of these as gifts for a friend who is a yoga instructor and a collegue who teaches religion at my school. They both are using them in their classes and are finding more and more in the music and chanting as they play the CD over again. For me, it offers a relaxing and inspiring way to finish hectic days of teaching and renew my soul for the coming day.

Shanti R.

Magic of Gayatri
A friend gave me this CD as a gift and it is now the most beautiful CD in my whole collection. I use it for my daily meditation. The pronunciation of the Sanskrit mantra is flawless and one can sense how it comes from the heart. I had tears in my eyes the first time I heard it.

David H. Politzer

"The Magic of Gayatri"
Chandra-Shekar and Tomas Michaud are both to be congratulated for this masterful and moving introduction to the Gayatri Mantra. Chandra-Shekar’s presentation is inspirational, but also instructive in explaining the meaning, contemporary relevance, and historical context of this ancient prayer. Tomas Michaud’s music, which stands firmly on its own merit (as is particularly apparent in his instrumental track “Ode to Gayatri”), adroitly blends Western and Indian elements and provides a sensitive and supportive, reverent and respectful accompaniment to Chandra-Shekar’s mellifluous and resonant baritone. How wondrously appropriate that Chandra-Shekar and Tomas Michaud are helping the blind orphans of India by helping us all to open our eyes to the miracle of our own existence!

Harry "Haeschti" Jabs

Phenomenal Production!
I was just blown away by Slim's wonderfully soothing voice, Tomas' spherical guitar and Bikram's enchanting flute fused into a marvelous production. I very much liked Slim's teachings, because I was not familiar with gayatri. No I am, and I am glad I bought this great CD. Thanks!

Mary Diamond


The Magic of the Gayatri is truly magic!.
Chandra-Shekar beautiful , soothing and soulful voice blended with Tomas Michaud`s passionate music touched my heart . I play it over and over to bring a healing resonance into my space.

Pete Bourret

The Magic of Gayatri
When I first met Chandra-Shekar on a flight to my uncle's funeral, he told me that he was working on a CD to honor his father and the memory of his deceased wife. I felt fortunate that I had met this gentle soul who understood the value in appreciating those we love. Having listened to his gift of love, I appreciate what his gift does for me. In this noisy and frenetic world, I can change the channel and experience the calm that the universe wants us all to invite into our lives. The marriage of Tomas Michaud's soothing music and the powerful calm of Chandra-Shekar's voice can only be described as perfect. I'm certain that somewhere a proud father is smiling and appreciating this gift of love. If you want YES moments in your life, I highly recommend listening to this CD.

Barbara Gay

The Magic of Gayatri
Since it arrived two weeks ago, I have listened to this CD literally countless times. I find it calming, moving, and transformative. Mr. Michaud's music is exquisite and the history and instructions are powerfully and heartfully narrated by Mr. Shekar. I have been fascinated by the Gayatri for years, though I never understood why. It has now become one of my goals to accurately speak this ancient and beautiful mantra. Thank you both for this brilliant and loving gift.

Barbara Gay, RN
Mill Valley

Gina D.

The Magic of Gayatri
My mother bought the CD and asked me to listen. I normally listen to blues, r&b and rock. I was totally blown away by this beautiful music and the story. So awesome and so peaceful.

linda c

The Magic of Gayatri
Chandra-Shekar's chants and the guitar in Tomas Michaud's hands brings us a CD that is at once musically soothing and spiritually uplifting. Chandra-Shekar's deep, rich rendering of this chant brings forth a calming and meditative state and his sound so seemingly rooted from ancient times that while I'm basking in the energy of The Magic of Gayatri, I'm hopeful that we will hear more music produced by this duo.

Tom Sommerlatte

the magic of gayatri
I received the 3 copies of "the magic of gayatri" of which one will go to a friend who is organizing this year's ADL Alumni Reunion in Stockholm from June 20 through 22. He will play part of it it to everybody at the Saturday dinner party, and I'm sure everybody will be impressed and touched like me, both by the gentle wisdom in it and by Slim's voice. I frankly did not realize that you are such a strong singer nor that you are so profoundly pious. The stream of words and the peaceful music by Tomas Michaud had a wonderful effect on me, relaxing, thoughtful and deep. Let me thank you for this experience.
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