Sahej - Peaceful Acceptance

by Dev Suroop Kaur

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Relax into the warm embrace of this hypnotic presentation of four beautiful songs of the Sikh Gurus. Sung simply and sweetly in a classical raag kirtan style, Dev Suroop Kaur’s sublimely healing and crystalline voice will transport you to the realm of your spirit. Accompanied by the rhythmic tones of tabla and the soaring voice of violin, alto flute and clarinet, these compositions are a feast for the ears and heart.

This album was inspired from a deep love and respect for the vidiya – the study and knowledge – of Sikh Classical Raag Kirtan. I was blessed to begin studying classical Raag Kirtan in 2001 with Bhai Avtar Singh Ragi and his son Bhai Kultar Singh Ragi and I have been studying and practicing, slowing but surely, ever since. Playing classical Indian music is one of those extraordinary things in life where it's very clear that the more you learn, the more you know there is to learn.

Gurprakash Singh, Gurujot Singh and I enjoyed several years of playing classical kirtan together in Espanola. Before Gurprakash Singh returned to India to work at Miri Piri Academy, I decided to record this album that turned into a wonderful project to honor our time together as a jetha. Gurprakash played tabla on the album and Gurujot did all of the graphic work, including the original painting on the cover.

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released June 15, 2010

Dev Suroop Kaur Khalsa –Vocals and Keyboards
Gurprakash Singh Khalsa – Tabla
David Anderson – Alto Flute and Clarinet
Matthew Vaughn – Violin
Hilary Schacht – Additional Violin
Recorded by Jon Gagan at The Electric Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Additional Recording of Kahaho Milai by Daniel Ward
Mixed and Mastered by Liv Singh Khalsa, Invincible Recording Studio, Phoenix, Arizona
Original Cover Art and Graphic Design by Gurujot Singh Khalsa of Sikhnet, Espanola, New Mexico
Photo of Dev Suroop Kaur by Martine Tremblay
Produced and Arranged by Dev Suroop Kaur Khalsa

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As a musician, recording artist and Yoga Teacher Trainer, Dev Suroop Kaur strives to break it down, keep it real, and support all to experience their own empowered authenticity. From the deeply contemplative albums Sahej and Narayan, to the hip, edgy beats of her chant-rap album Kundalini Beat, Dev Suroop Kaur offers an wide range of styles to invoke the experience of the Divine Spirit. ... more

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Track Name: Prayer - Tum Maat Pitaa (Too Thaakur Tum Peh Ardaas)
Mool Mantra - Guru Naanak Dev Ji – SGGS page 1

Ek ong kaar sat naam kartaa purakh nirbha-o nirvair akaal moorat ajoonee saibhang gur parsaad.

One Universal Creator God. The Name Is Truth. Creative Being Personified. No Fear. No Hatred. Image Of The Undying, Beyond Birth, Self-Existent. By Guru's Grace.

jap.

Chant And Meditate.

aad sach jugaad sach.

True In The Primal Beginning. True Throughout The Ages.

hai bhee sach naanak hosee bhee sach. ||1||

True Here And Now. O Nanak, Forever And Ever True. ||1||


Prayer - Tum Maat Pitaa (Too Thaakur Tum Peh Ardaas) – Guru Arjan Dev Ji -- SGGS page 268


Too thaakur tum peh ardaas.

You are our Lord and Master; to You, I offer this prayer.

Jee-o pind sabh tayree raas.

This body and soul are all Your property.


Tum maat pitaa ham baarik tayray.

You are our mother and father; we are Your children.


Tumree kirpaa meh sookh ghanayray.

In Your Grace, there are so many joys!

Ko-ay na jaanai tumraa ant.

No one knows Your limits.

Oochay tay oochaa bhagvant.

O Highest of the High, Most Generous God,

Sagal samagree tumrai sutr dhaaree.

the whole creation is strung on Your thread.

Tum tay ho-ay so aagi-aakaaree.

That which has come from You is under Your Command.

Tumree gat mit tum hee jaanee.

You alone know Your state and extent.

Naanak daas sadaa kurbaanee. ||8||4||

Naanak, Your slave, is forever a sacrifice. ||8||4||
Track Name: Miracles - Dhan Dhan Raam Daas Gur
Miracles - Dhan Dhan Raam Daas Gur - Guru Raam Daas Ji - SGGS Page 968

Dhan Dhan raamdaas gur jin siri-aa tinai savaari-aa.
Blessed, blessed is Guru Raam Daas; He who created You, has also exalted You.

Pooree ho-ee karaamaat aap sirjanhaarai dhaari-aa.

Perfect is Your miracle; the Creator Lord Himself has installed You on the throne.

Sikhee atai sangtee paarbrahm kar namaskaari-aa.

The Sikhs and all the Congregation recognize You as the Supreme Lord God, and bow down to You.

Atal athaaho atol too tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aa.

You are unchanging, unfathomable and immeasurable; You have no end or limitation.


Jinee too sayvi-aa bhaa-o kar say tudh paar utaari-aa.

Those who serve You with love - You carry them across.

Lab lobh kaam krodh moh maar kadhay tudh saparvaari-aa.

Greed, envy, sexual desire, anger and emotional attachment - You have beaten them and driven them out.

Dhan so tayraa thaan hai sach tayraa paiskaari-aa.
Blessed is Your place, and True is Your magnificent glory.

Naanak too lahnaa toohai gur amar too veechaari-aa.

You are Naanak, You are Angad, and You are Amar Daas; so do I recognize You.

Gur dithaa taa man saadhaari-aa. ||7||
When I saw the Guru, then my mind was comforted and consoled. ||7||
Track Name: Worship - Aartee (Gagan Mai Thaal)
Raag Dhanaasree mehlaa 1.

Raag Dhanaasaree, First Mehl:

Gagan mai thaal rav chand deepak banay taarikaa mandal janak motee.

Upon that cosmic plate of the sky, the sun and the moon are the lamps. The stars and their orbs are the studded pearls.

Dhoop mal-aanlo pavan chavro karay sagal banraa-ay foolant jotee. ||1||

The fragrance of sandalwood in the air is the temple incense, and the wind is the fan. All the plants of the world are the altar flowers in offering to You, O Luminous Lord. ||1||

Kaisee aartee ho-ay. Bhav khandnaa tayree aartee.
What a beautiful Aartee, lamp-lit worship service this is! O Destroyer of Fear, this is Your Ceremony of Light.

Anhataa shabad vaajant bhayree. ||1|| rahaa-o.
The Unstruck Sound-current of the Shabad is the vibration of the temple drums. ||1||Pause||

Sahas tav nain nan nain heh tohi ka-o sahas moorat nanaa ayk tohee.
You have thousands of eyes, and yet You have no eyes. You have thousands of forms, and yet You do not have even one.

Sahas pad bimal nan ayk pad gandh bin sahas tav gandh iv chalat mohee. ||2||

You have thousands of Lotus Feet, and yet You do not have even one foot. You have no nose, but you have thousands of noses. This Play of Yours entrances me. ||2||

Sabh meh jot jot hai so-ay.

Amongst all is the Light-You are that Light.

Tis kai chaanan sabh meh chaanan ho-ay.

By this Illumination, that Light is radiant within all.

Gur saakhee jot pargat ho-ay.

Through the Guru's Teachings, the Light shines forth.

Jo tis bhaavai so aartee ho-ay. ||3||

That which is pleasing to Him is the lamp-lit worship service. ||3||

Har charan kaval makrand lobhit mano andino mohi aahee pi-aasaa.

My mind is enticed by the honey-sweet Lotus Feet of the Lord. Day and night, I thirst for them.

Kirpaa jal deh naanak saaring ka-o ho-ay jaa tay tayrai naa-ay vaasaa. ||4||3||

Bestow the Water of Your Mercy upon Nanak, the thirsty song-bird, so that he may come to dwell in Your Name. ||4||3||
Track Name: Beauty - Kahaho Milai Kit Galee (Mayro Sundar)
Beauty - Kahaho Milai Kit Galee (Mayro Sundar) - Guru Raam Daas Ji - SGGS Page 527


DayvganDhaaree.

Dayv-Gandhaaree:

Mayro sundar kahaho milai kit galee.

Tell me - on what path will I find my Beauteous Lord?


Har kay sant bataavhu maarag ham peechhai laag chalee. ||1|| rahaa-o.
O Saints of the Lord, show me the Way, and I shall follow. ||1||Pause||

Pri-a kay bachan sukhaanay hee-arai ih chaal banee hai bhalee.

I cherish in my heart the Words of my Beloved; this is the best way.

Laturee madhuree thaakur bhaa-ee oh sundar har dhul milee. ||1||

The bride may be hunch-backed and short, but if she is loved by her Lord Master, she becomes beautiful, and she melts in the Lord's embrace. ||1||

Ayko pri-o sakhee-aa sabh pri-a kee jo bhaavai pir saa bhalee.

There is only the One Beloved - we are all soul-brides of our Husband Lord. She who is pleasing to her Husband Lord is good.

Naanak gareeb ki-aa karai bichaaraa har bhaavai tit raahi chalee. ||2||2||

What can poor, helpless Nanak do? As it pleases the Lord, so does he walk. ||2||2||
Track Name: Dhan Dhan Raam Daas Gur - Acapella Version
Miracles - Dhan Dhan Raam Daas Gur - Guru Raam Daas Ji - SGGS Page 968

Dhan Dhan raamdaas gur jin siri-aa tinai savaari-aa.
Blessed, blessed is Guru Raam Daas; He who created You, has also exalted You.

pooree ho-ee karaamaat aap sirjanhaarai Dhaari-aa.

Perfect is Your miracle; the Creator Lord Himself has installed You on the throne.

sikhee atai sangtee paarbrahm kar namaskaari-aa.

The Sikhs and all the Congregation recognize You as the Supreme Lord God, and bow down to You.

atal athaaho atol too tayraa ant na paaraavaari-aa.

You are unchanging, unfathomable and immeasurable; You have no end or limitation.


jinee too sayvi-aa bhaa-o kar say tuDh paar utaari-aa.

Those who serve You with love - You carry them across.

lab lobh kaam kroDh moh maar kadhay tuDh saparvaari-aa.

Greed, envy, sexual desire, anger and emotional attachment - You have beaten them and driven them out.

Dhan so tayraa thaan hai sach tayraa paiskaari-aa.
Blessed is Your place, and True is Your magnificent glory.

naanak too lahnaa toohai gur amar too veechaari-aa.

You are Naanak, You are Angad, and You are Amar Daas; so do I recognize You.

gur dithaa taa man saaDhaari-aa. ||7||
When I saw the Guru, then my mind was comforted and consoled. ||7||