Great Mother Chant Facebook Live Chants May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020  7-8:30 pm     6th Annual Great Mother Chant- Facebook Live with the Wild Moon Bhaktas’  David Schmit   

 Chanting Program  Words-Lyrics   

1.Opening Mantras & Invocation

2. Ya Devi

Praise to the Goddess in the form of power, eternity, compassion and peace

Ya Devi sarvabooteshu, (Shakti, Nitya, Dayaa, Shanti) roopena samstitha

Namastasyai  Namastasyai  Namastasyai  Namo  Namaha


3. Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Soham

Tibetan Buddhist mantra for the Goddess Tara


4. Narayani Namostute

Opening Mantra:   Sarva mangala mangalye     Shive sarvaartha saadhike    Sharanye trayambake Gauri     Narayani namostute

Chant:  Narayani namostute  (4X)


5.  Engrossed is the Bee of My Mind (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Engrossed is the bee of my mind

On the blue lotus feet of my Divine Mother

My Divine Mother, My Divine Mother


6.  Where is there Love? (Paramahansa Yogananda)

  In this world, Mother, no one can love me

In this world, they do not know how to love me.

Where is there pure loving love?

Where is there truly loving me?

There my soul longs to be.

There my soul longs to be.


7. Presence is a River / Jai Jagatambe

Opening mantra:  Namaskar Ma Namaskar Ma  Para para para para Shakti Ma Devi Ma

Chant:  Karuna Karuna Ma  Karuna Karuna Ma

Rumi:  Your Presence is a river, refreshing everyone

Mantra:   Jai Jagatambe


8. Jai Ma

Jai Ma Kali Durge Ma Kali Ma

Jai Ma Kali Durge Ma Kali Ma

Jai Ma Durge Ma  Jai Ma Durge Ma


9. Om Ma Om Kali Ma Kali Ma   with poem by Ramprasad (18th century, Bengal)


10. Sita Ram RadheShyam

The names of deities in their lover & beloved expressions   Opening poem by Hafiz (14th century Persia) vers. by D. Landinsky

Sita Ram       Radhe Shyam


11. Sarvesham

Sarvesham  Swastir bhavatu

Sarvesham Shantir bhavatu

Sarvesham Poornam bhavatu

Sarvesham Mangalam bhavatu

May all Beings be filled with wisdom

May all Beings be filled with peace

May all Beings be filled with the purity

May all Beings  –  of the One





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Words to Live Chanting Event on Facebook March 28-2020

March -28-2020  Facebook Live: Wild Moon Bhaktas’ David Schmit, chanting concert

 7:30 -8:30 pm.   Chanting Program

Opening Mantras & Invocations

Shiva Hara 

Shiva Hara Shiva Hara Shiva Hara Shiva Hara

Samba Sada Shiva Hara Hara Hara Hara    (2X)

Samba Sada Shiva Hara Hara Hara Hara  (4X)

 Praise the Auspicious One, Destroyer of ignorance

 and suffering and eternally full of happiness


Sita Ram  RadheShyam

Sita Ram   Sita Ram    Sita Sita   Sita Ram

Radhe Shyam  Radhe Shyam  Radhe  Radhe

Radhe  Shyam

The names of deities in their lover & beloved expressions

Opening poem by Hafiz (14th century Persia) vers. by D. Landinsky


Deep in the Heart / Govinda Govinda Satchidanda Hari Hari

Deep in the heart, stepped in ecstasy, the Pure One dwell, Lord of Samadhi

Govinda Govinda  Satchitananda  Hari Hari


Jai Jai Shiva Omkara

Jai Jai Shiva Omkara

Hara Hara Hara Omkara


Maheshvara  Maheshvara

Jai Jai Jai   Maheshvara


Shivaya  Namah Om  Namah Shivaya

Shivaya Namah Om  Namah Shivaya


Jai Jai Shiva Omkara    Hara Hara Hara Omkara


O God Beautiful

Oh God Beautiful, Oh God Beautiful

At Thy Feet Oh I Do Bow!

In the forest, Thou art green

In the mountains Thou art high

In the river Thou art restless

In the ocean, Thou art grave.



Sarvesham  Swastir bhavatu

Sarvesham Shantir bhavatu

Sarvesham Poornam bhavatu

Sarvesham Mangalam bhavatu

May all Beings be filled with wisdom

May all Beings be filled with peace

May all Beings be filled with the purity

May all Beings  –  of the One


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3rd Annual Door of My Heart; The Sacred Chants of Yogananda

What is this life?   Flowing through my veins,  Could it be other than Divine?     Oh fountain of flame, Thy light is within me  About me, everywhere.   -Paramahansa Yogananda

Yes, we did it again!  We held another evening of “nothing but Yogananda chants!”   On January 11, 2020, near the date of Yogananda’s birthday, and a hundred years after he arrived in the United States on his first teaching mission.  Here is an excerpt from the program:

Paramahansa Yogananda  (1893-1952) was one of the most influential meditation and spiritual masters of the 20th century.  Following his arrival in 1920 to the United States from India, he made America his home for the next 32 years.  Yogananda’s mission to the West was multi-faceted. His national tours – including a stop in Minneapolis in 1927 –introduced tens of thousands of Americans to yoga and meditation.  His Autobiography of a Yogi has been hailed as a spiritual classic.  Devoutly committed to the common truths in the world’s religions, he helped advance religious pluralism in the West.

Yogananda played a key role introducing both bhakti yoga – the yoga of love – and devotional chanting to the West.  In a legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1926, he chanted his English translation of the 500 year-old chant, Hey Hari Sundara  (Oh God Beautiful) for almost 90 minutes.  His Cosmic Chants, a book of original compositions in English with translations of traditional Hindu chants rendered in western musical notation was a first.  Yogananda claimed that he spiritualized his chants by playing them until he went into samadhi (spiritual ecstasy).  Most of the chants you will hear tonight are drawn from this collection.

Yogananda’s legacy continues.  He is often cited as a key influence in many peoples’ spiritual journeys.  His organization, the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) carries on his teachings and spiritual vision.





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Annual Rumi Celebration


We held our 21st Annual Rumi Celebration on December 14, 2019 at Tula Yoga in St. Paul.  The following is excerpted from the program for the event, that will give you some context and history:

About Rumi, his poetry & this event

Jelaluddin Rumi was born September 30, 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan.  In his childhood, he moved with his family to Konya, Turkey.  In 1244 Rumi met the dervish Shams of Tabriz and his spiritual life quickened.   Soon, Rumi was experiencing the heights of Sufi mystical union. The astonishing poetry followed.  The Sufi order, the Mevlevis and the famous Whirling Dervishes grew out of this work.  He is regarded as the greatest of the Sufi poets.  We hold this event in honor of Rumi’s Urs, his death date in December  of 1273.  In Sufism, the end of life  is a birthday into a life in the Divine.

In the eighteenth century, scholars in the English-speaking West became aware of Rumi’s six volume Mathnawi and began the first translations.  This astonishing mix of ecstatic poetry, folklore, jokes and spiritual guidance has been a fascination in the West ever since.

In the late 1970s, American free verse poets began publishing versions of Rumi drawn from scholarly translations. The story goes, Minnesota’s own poet laureate Robert Bly urged his friend Coleman Barks to translate Rumi.  Twenty years and a dozen Barks books later, untold numbers of people have fallen in love with Rumi’s verse.  It is an amazing accomplishment, that this man who lived over 700 years ago and wrote in Persian speaks to today’s spiritual pilgrims.

John Hakim Bushnell began studying Sufism in 1986.  He learned Murshid Samuel Lewis’s Dances of Universal Peace and later joined Sufi Ruhaniat International.  He has been leading sacred dances since 1989.  After travels and study in India, David Schmit began leading bhakti-yoga inspired world chant groups in 1974.  He first chanted with Hakim in the early 1980s. In that same decade, he and the Rev. Ted Tollefson, co- founder of Mythos Institute, and a long time student of Asian contemplative traditions, encountered Rumi’s poetry through their studies with Robert Bly.  In 1995, David and his sacred music theater group Meeting Rivers first performed Rumi’s poems mixed with communal chanting in the style you will hear tonight.  In 1998, Ted suggested that Hakim, David and he join up and produce this event.  The Wild Moon Bhaktas began providing music in 2009.  Over the years, Kristen Eide-Tollefson and Diane Gamm have played key roles carrying the annual event along.   (End program message).

For the program, the Wild Moon Bhaktas lead the chanting and then lay down a musical groove and audience members come up to the mic and recite their favorite Rumi poems.  We take a break for refreshments, and then Hakim leads a zikr.  It is a beautiful, organic event that has grown ever more precious over the years.

Here are some images of the event, photographed by Steve Peterson.  You can see more of his work at






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Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

The Wild Moon Bhaktas’ blend of Indian devotional kirtan, chants in English and Sufi poetry has been transporting audiences into meditative states and joyful, energized spaces now for over a decade!  As of this date – November 9, 2019, we have played 161 chanting concerts.  Here is the flyer for the event.

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Wild Moon Bhaktas at Sacred Waters in Jordan, MN

“We are the mirror and the face in the mirror.  / We are tasting eternity.  /  We are pain and what cures pain. / And the sweet cool water in a jar of rain.”   –  Rumi

On October 5, 2019, the Wild Moon Bhaktas were invited to lead a kirtan event at Patti Roberts’s Sacred Waters yoga and spiritual center in Jordan, MN.  It was a delight!  Here we are:

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Wild Moon Bhaktas at Big River Yoga

On July 13, 2019, the band played at one of our favorite places, Big River Yoga, in Minneapolis.  This is a lovely center just a couple blocks from the Mississippi River.  Here are a couple of photos from the event.


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5th Annual Great Mother Chant

On May 11th, 2019, the Wild Moon Bhaktas’ 6 person big band and Kirtan Path played three hours of chants to the Divine Feminine at Tula Yoga in St. Paul.  We donate a portion of the proceeds to environmental causes, in honor of our Mother Earth!  Here are some images from the event, and the flyer.

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The Sacred Chants of Yogananda, January 2019

We performed our  second annual Sacred Chants of Yogananda event, with the Wild Moon Bhaktas and Rev. Alan Pritz at Weyerhauser Chapel at the Macalester Campus in St. Paul.  It is a beautiful room and we filled it with the music of the great Paramahansa Yogananda!  Many Americans have been touched by his teachings, and a number of them came out to sing his deeply devotional chants.

“Night and day, night and day, I look for Thee night and day.  Door of my heart, open wide I keep for Thee.”  – Yogananda


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Rumi Celebration, 2018

Our 20th annual night of music, chanting, poetry and sacred dance in honor of Sufism’s greatest poet, Jelaluddin Rumi.  With the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Hakim Bushnell of Light Upon Light Sufi Center and Rev. Ted Tollefson.  Over a hundred people came to Tula Yoga in St. Paul for the event, which features an open mic.  People come up and recite their favorite Rumi poem while the Wild Moon Bhaktas’ provide background music.  Pictured is the band, and Ted Tollefson providing an introduction to the evening.

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    • The Tula Yoga event for Saturday, March 14 has been CANCELLED due to the corona virus.
    • Leap Year Chanting at the First Unitarian Society has also been CANCELLED