Be The Change
The wisdom traditions of our earth (Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Sufism, Christianity) serve as the inspiration of many of my lyrics. Potent and inspiring sacred phrases are set to music which incorporates both Eastern and Western instrumentation.
Recorded in a relaxed and spacious studio in Brasilia, Brasil with my beloved engineer Mauricio Fonteles, the results are splendid. My songs are like the story of my life as it unfolds moment by moment. Some people keep a written journal, but for me, my songs are the journal of my life and my spiritual unfolding. Nothing could make me happier than to leave on this earth an imprint of my soul through music. I consider myself very lucky to have this opportunity to share my music with the world. Loving my animals and friends and sharing my music bring me great joy! I pour my love into my instruments and as you listen, imagine yourself being bathed in loving-kindness. If you feel my love...I have succeeded!
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All the lyrics and attributions for every song on "Be The Change" are contained within this document. Just activate the link and down load an 8 pages of beauty!
I Planted Seeds
Volume One of Anahata's original Dances of Universal Peace.
Full write-ups, music and attunements for:
1. Enter Unhesitatingly Beloved
2. The Rapture Of My Heart
3. Love Is The Divine Mother's Arms
4. My Heart Has Become An Ocean Beloved (a)
5. My Heart Has Become An Ocean Beloved (B)
6. Eternal Ecstasy Of Being
7. The Gods Have Meant That I Should Dance
9. The Big Sigh
10. Let Yourself Be Drawn
11. I Planted Seeds
12. Like The Trace Of A Bird
13. Let The Beauty We love
14. A O He Hana Nui Ke
15. Mother of God/Mãe de Deus
16. Calling Bismillah
17. Ecstasy Zikr
18. Your Vow Continues
(There will eventually be two DVD's to accompany this book. At this point you may purchase the DVD's separately. It will also be available as a set)
Guitars of Universal Peace
This publication replaces the former publication of the same name
It is updated in every way.
Includes bi-lingual (English/Portuguese) 120 page book and 4 exceptional DVD's.
A 2 camera shoot allowed me to edit the material in such a way to high light the fingering, strumming, picking patterns as well as long shots showing the musical transmission.
Divided very clearly into 5 sections that show the broadest possible view of the brilliance of open tuning.
This work is based in C/Doh Open Tuning but it can equally be used as a reference for G/Soh Open Tuning.
1. Melodic minor
2. Melodic Major
3. Harmonic minor
4. Harmonic Major
outside the Major/minor system in melodic and harmonic styles.
In addition to the 5 sections are smaller videos that include "How To Plan A Dance Meeting" & "How To Tune Your Guitar"
Not only is this a guitar method in Opening Tuning for the Dances of Universal Peace it is also in part an ear training method for the Dances.
For each dance we are trained to ask 3 fundamental questions:
1. Is this dance in Major/minor or outside the Major/minor system?
2. What is the intrinsic rhythmic structure of this music?
3. What is the opening note of the music in relation to Doh or Sa?
When these 3 questions can be answered authoritatively then skillful accompaniment of the Dances of Universal Peace follow as a result.
Learn how to accompany the Dances of Universal Peace with this kind of authority, so that the full power of the music can flow through your hands.
This project could not have been accomplished without the devoted work of Gisele Leite L'Abbate.
Gisele functioned as the videographer,Portuguese narrator, translator and proof reader. Without her help this project would not have been manifest, so I am deeply grateful.
I received your lovely book, what a nice cover! I've been watching and playing with the DVD, and how nice to see you again! The material is so clearly presented, and even though some of it is review for me, it's been so long that it's very helpful. There's something new on each song and I love the flourish on Abwoon d'Bashmaya. That is very lovely! I'm having so much fun, my poor fingertips have begged me to slow down and let them recover... Thanks so much for pulling this wonderful project together, what a gift to us learning guitarists and to the dances!!
Hugs and happy travels, Aarti (Washington State, USA)
Book and 4 DVD's
One Bridge to Cross 100 Rivers
A PRECIOUS GARLAND
2010 has been a good year for recording!
Another CD from Anahata of this year's
Divine Musical Manifestations!
A Precious Garland
1. Prayer of Motivation - 2:00
2. Even In The Darkest Night - 3:38
3. Tara's Refuge - 8:19
4. Let Yourself Be Drawn - 4:38
5. Song of Protection 3:54
6. We are Joined as One Family - 3:14
7. Ashem Vohu - 5:51
8. My Heart Has Become An Ocean Beloved - 11:06
9. A Ray Of Light - 5:05
10. Bodhicitta is the Key - 5:16
11. Even in the Darkest Night - 2:43
Tara Dhatu Series Volume 1
This CD is the first in the series designed to
empower Dance leaders who wish to lead from the CD.
It is without the voice of Prema or Anahata setting the attunement,
giving ample time for the dance leader to speak any opening lines.
The focus is the repetition of the mantra and the song tracks are
long enough to really establish the dance and have an experience.
These are core repertoire for anyone in the student teacher program.
They are adjunct dances to the Mandala Dance of Tara.
This CD also makes magical and profound listening for anyone wishing
to immerse in the blessings of each deity.
Tara Dhatu Series Vol. 1
1. Eight Precious Offerings 11:05
2. Vajra Sattva Short Mantra 9:05
3. Vajra Sattva 100 Syllable Mantra 10:37
4. Four Armed Chenrezig 10:51
5. White Tara 8:56
There are 2 options:
1) Where the non-mantra words are English
English CD $15.00
2) Where the non-mantric words are Portuguese
Portuguese CD $15.00
TARA'S BOOK OF SONGS
"The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara"
The Ritual of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara has been offered throughout the world, blessing dancers and audience with inspiration, joy and spiritual awakening. The music is an integral part of the power of the offering.
Invocation to Tara
Refuge & Bodhicitta
The Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
TARA'S BOOK OF SONGS
Based in Tibetan Buddhist practice, the dances included in Tara's Book of Songs Volume 2 were developed by Anahata Iradah and Prema Dasara to support their work, traveling and sharing from the heart of Tara.
Dance of the Qualities
Invocation of the Healing White Tara
Tara Mother to All
Rowing To Enlightenment
One Hundred Syllable Vajra Sattva Mantra
Six Syllable Vajra Sattva Mantra
Short Vajra Sattva Mantra
8 Precious Offerings
16 Offering Goddess' Dance
Tara Tames the 8 Fears
In Praise of Manjushri
May All Beings Every Where Without Exception
Realms of Beauty
Songs, Dances & Walking Meditations
in the spirit of the Dances of Universal Peace; Celebrating Many
of the Spiritual Traditions of Our Earth. This CD has some exquisite
tracks for creating a sublimly sacred atmosphere.
1. Let Yourself Be Silently Drawn 3:34
2. Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah 7:37
3. Ya Hayyo Ya Qayoom 6:44
4. Maria 4:01
5. Tara Mother To All 6:55
6. Tara's Mandala 11:23
7. Four Noble Truths 6:50
8. Rowing to Enlightenment 6:15
9. Ya Rasheed, Ya Murshid 4:19
10. Companions 5:13
11. Jelali Zikr 4:44
12. Lost 4:47
13. Padmasambhava Song of the Elements 5:55
The Mantra & The Flame.
Anahata's most recent companion of Dances of Universal Peace exquisitely recorded in English/Portguese and various mantric languages. These delightful songs keep on dancing through the day and night!
1. Calling Bismillah 4:30
2. No Task is Too Big /A'OHE HANA NUI KE ALU'IA 4:26
3. Indra's Net (Rig Veda) 5:01
4. Fall in Love 3:30
5. As Long as the Women Keep on Dancing 3:33
6. Ya Jamil 4:15
7. Breeze At Dawn 5:00
8. Lovers Don't Finally Meet Somewhere 5.00
9. The Stars Come Up Spinning....... 4:10
10. Christ Has No Body 4:21
11. Hymn to Jesus 6:07
12. Love Thy Neighbor 4:15
13. Chief Seattle 9:00
14. The Mantra & The Flame 2:40
15. Calling Bismillah 2:00
In The Garden of the Jewel Dakini
This CD is dedicated to the practices of prosperity, abundance and the manifestation of the riches of the earth.
All the tracks are inspired from within the Buddhist tradition.
1. The Eight Precious Offerings 11:03 (Tibetan Buddhism)
2. Nepali Offering Dance 3:12 (Tantric Buddhism)
3. Ratna Dakini 6:07 (Tibetan Buddhism)
4. In The Garden of the Jewel Dakini 7:04 (Instrumental)
5. Gentle Jizo 22:09 (Buddhism)
6. Mantra of Kshitigarbha 4:59 (Buddhism)
7. Gold Tara 5:56 (Tibetan Buddhism)
Dancing with the Dakinis
Working with the mantras associated with the 5 Wisdom Dakinis, Anahata has created a suite of 7 Dances of Universal Peace connected to the energies of each of the Wisdom families. The opening track "Tara's Refuge" has captured the heart of many Tara practitioners as a result of the soaring beauty of the chant. This CD is a result of the wonderful teachings of Prema Dasara and Lama Tashi of Kauai.
1. Tara's Refuge 6:55
2. Buddha Dakini 5:55
3. Vajra Dakini 5:52
4. Ratna Dakini 6:04
5. Padma Dakini 4:33
6. Karma Dakini 6:21
7. May All Beings Everywhere 3:19
Expanded version of Medicine Buddha~
Sangye Menla CD
This CD is the music from the Medicine Buddha DVD, except that it now has a new 22 minute healing track. Inspired by the work of a team of doctors in Brasil who were performing extraordinary brain surgery Anahata was inspired to compose music that they could play during the surgery. Sometimes audibly and sometimes embedded within the texture of the music, the Medicine Buddha mantra is felt and heard surrounded by beautiful pure land music and sounds of nature. This 5th track is a wonderful contribution to the CD allowing the listener to participate in a complete practice of Medicine Buddha and at the end relax into the spacious sounds nature and healing.
1. With The Wish To Free All Beings 4:41
2. Nepali Offering Dance 3:12
3. Medicine Buddha Practice 10:24
4. Metta Karuna 4:40
5. The Healing Buddha 22:09
2008 Release of expanded bi-lingual version of
Dancing The Heavenly Abodes.
DANCING THE HEAVENLY ABODES/
DANÇANDO AS MORADAS CELESTIAIS
in Portuguese and English
15 Dharma Dances, 133 pages, with full musical notation, attunements and dance movements. Everything explained with clarity and depth. The book includes a beautiful CD recording of every song in both English and Portuguese.
Dance into the heart of happiness through these joyful songs based on the Brahma Viharas, the Four Heavenly Abodes.
Opening to loving kindness, compassion, rejoicing in the joys of others and equanimity, we experience life as heavenly and divine.
1- Om Ah Hung
2- Refuge & Bodhicitta
3- Muni Muni
4- Bodhicitta~The Heart of Enlightenement
5- Tashi Delek~Our Pledge of Friendship
6- Hla Gya Lo!
7- Metta~Loving Kindness
8- Om Buddha Maitreya Mem Soha
9- Karuna~The Jewel of Compassion
10- White Tara
11- Mudita~Sarva Mangalam
12- Upekkha~Equanimity Song
14- The Heavenly Abodes~Four Immeasurables
15- Your Vow Continues With You
CD & Book $33
Prayers For Long Life and Good Health
Homage to White Tara
Anahata Iradah, Prema Dasara, Felicity Oswell
CD - $18
White Tara blesses all with Long Life, Good Health, Wisdom, and Merit. Sung with devotion and joy, these songs bring us deep into the wonder of White Tara's pure heart of loving compassion.
Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara & the Nuns of Kopan
CD - $ 18.00
Recorded with 6 of the nuns of Kopan in Kathmandu immediately following our 2004 pilgrimage. The Praises are sung in Tibetan with the nuns and the rest of the Sadhana is in English.
A delightful mixture of sincere devotion to Tara and a landmark in the interweaving of Eastern and Western expressions of the Dharma.
There are three tracks on this CD:
1. Refuge & Bodhicitta 4:01
2. 21 Praises of Tara 34:42
3. Dance of the Qualities 12:27
Let The Beauty We Love, Be What We Do/A Beleza Que Amamos
Anahata Iradah, Aradna Heloisa Chrtina Souza Novais, Prema Dasara
This CD was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2005 as a collaboration with friends from the Brasilian Network of the Dances of Universal Peace. It is sung both in English and Portuguese and features a fine and fun collection of treasured Dances. Anahata & Prema are supported by the beautiful voice of Aradna Heloisa Novais with additional vocals by William Valle, Patricia Tolentino, Maria Ache & Devi de Jardin.
1. Sarva Dharma 4.08
2. Prashanthi Nilyam 6.54
3. Ganesha 10.00
4. Hla Gya Lo! 4.42
5. Beloved Tara/Amada Tara 7.30
6. The Eternal Ecstacy of Being!/O Eterno Êxtase do Ser! 5.39
7. Light Up The World/Luz do Mundo 2.25
8. Praise/Louvor 5.45
9. Shlomo Aleikhun 3.40
10. Mother of God/Mãe de Deus 6.07
11.Touch of Spirit on the Body!/Toque do Espirito no Corpo 7.49
12. Enter Unhesitatingly Beloved!/Entre Sem Hesitar, Bem Amado! 5.45
13. Let the Beauty We Love/A Beleza Que Amamos 8.24
Musician's Guide to the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
A Support for Teachers & Musicians of the "Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara."
In this CD Anahata Iradah demonstrates how to weave the tapestry of the Tara Dance with Voices, Guitar, Harmonium, Swar Sangham, Tuned Cow Bells, Tingshaw, Cymbal & Drums. Lovingly produced in service to all Tara Dance musicians around the globe.
"May all Beings be Happy, Blessed by the One Who Blazes with Glory"
CD and Song Booklet in Portuguese and English
The Sacred Magic of the Tarot
Maria Ache and Grupo Chama
Anahata Iradah and Prema Dasara
CD and Booklet, $21
CD, 71 minutes -- 22 Songs and Dances, 22 Empowerments
Song Booklet -- 32 pages (8.5 inches x 5.5 inches)
Based in the Rhythms of Brazil
Life's mysteries find the deepest expression through symbols. Art, Music, Dance and Poetry are evocative, driving us deep, into the pool of reflection, into the heart of our knowing. The Tarot Cards are based on a systematic study of the human heart that seeks wisdom and mastery.. Maria Ache and her Grupo Chama have added to the repertoire of Sacred Dance by creating 22 songs and dances illustrating the 22 Major Arcana (mysteries) of the Tarot. They have used Brazilian cultural traditions, and rhythms, rich with influences of the Tribal, African, Portuguese, and Arabic peoples to set our feet dancing.
Anahata Iradah and Prema Dasara have shaped translations of the songs so they can be sung in English along with the native Portuguese. Irresistible.
Aramaic & Other Treasures from 2nd-12th Centuries
A Tribute to Archbishop Dionysius Behnam Jajjawi of the Syrian Orthodox Church
Singing in his 80th Year
2 CD set $30
Including many Renditions of Aramaic Lord's Prayer & Beatitudes and excerpts from "Shhimo" the book of weekly prayers.
Archbishop Jajjawi was Bishop of Jerusalem and the Holy Land for 13 years before retiring to Syria in 1995. He is a repository of sacred Aramaic Christian music going back to the 2nd century. These recordings contain accurate renditions of many treasures that may not survive beyond the death of Archbishop Jajjawi. This CD set is a tribute to his life and work.
Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart -
- companion video
Anahata led a group of pilgrims to the holy land and one of the highlights was a visit with the Archbishop at his church in Jerusalem. A beautiful and moving video (Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart)of that event is available
The Lama's Chant,
Songs of Awakening
This set of traditional Tibetan prayers is chanted by Lama Gyurme. His deep, sonorous voice is supported with an unobtrusive keyboard arrangement by Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Deeply peaceful, powerfully inspiring.
Re-Release and Re-Mastering of
The Gods Have Meant That I Should Dance
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
With beautiful jacket. Liner notes, lyrics and full attributions can be found here.
Many of Anahata and Prema's latest dances and songs, enjoyed and appreciated around the world......
1. Take Off Your Shoes
2. Divine Grace Is Dancing
3. Love One Another
4. By Their Fruits
5. Ask & Ye Shall Receive
6. I Don't Want To Dance Unless You Lead Me
7. The Gods Have Meant That I Should Dance
8. The Eternal Ecstasy of Being
9. Truth & Love
10. Take One Step
11. Take Him In Thy Parental Arms
12. Prashanthi Nilayam
13. White Tara
Calling All Lovers
This exquisite cycle of song and dance was inspired by the Dervish poetry of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi.
It centers around the poem "Song About A Journey" translated by Neil Douglas-Klotz in "Desert Wisdom" (used with permission).
"Calling All Lovers ..........
It's time to break camp from this material world"
Ocean of LoveAnahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
People from all walks of life are healing themselves of every known form of disease and disability through the profound practices called Chi-lel(tm) Qigong. This system of healing was given to the world by Dr. Pang (Lao Shi) in China and brought to the United States by Master Luke Chan.
Anahata Iradah and Prema Dasara have coupled stories and teachings from Luke's book, "101 Miracles", with their healing music and poetic imagery. An empowering & inspiring journey into the heart of love. Chi Heals.
Dancing the Heavenly Abodes
Music and Movements, Meditations and Attunements
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
CD and Booklet $21
This suite of dances illustrate the Four Immeasurables (the Brahma Viharas) which are the cornerstone of Buddhist practice: Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (boundless joy) and Upekkha (equanimity). Cultivating these heavenly abodes of consciousness leads a human being to elevated states of awareness where the nobility and preciousness of our human existence can flourish. The music notation and dance movements described in the book are enhanced by the meditations and attunements. This booklet is an excellent guide to Buddhist orientation for Dance Leaders of the Dances of Universal Peace.
The music is expertly recorded and wonderfully inspirational. Lovingly created and assembled by Anahata Iradah and Prema Dasara.
Dance of the 100 Syllable Mantra
Anahata Iradah, Prema Dasara, Aradna Novais.
It has long been my aspiration to create a group dance to the 100 syllable Vajra Sattva Mantra of purification. This year (2006) at our Tara Camp in Brasilia a small group of students helped me succeed in this aspiration. Anahata wrote a lovely melody for the mantra, something that can be sung slow and meditatively and then can gather speed. We recorded the music in Rio. For the sake of our Brazilian students we recorded it in English and in Portuguese. The CD includes the visualization meditations as well as the mantra.
Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara
CD and Cassette, Text and Commentary
Prema Dasara Intoning the Dance Commands
The 21 Praises of Tara is an exquisite rendering of an ancient practice of prayer and empowerment. The music is deeply meditative, evocative and rhythmic. Taken from a traditional Tibetan Buddhist sadhana, this is the music that accompanies the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara, a ritual offered by groups of women worldwide as a prayer of peace, protection, wisdom and capability.
The text used to accompany the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara is an English rendering of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist sadhana written by Orgyen Dechen Chokjur Lingpa, The Great Tibetan Treasure Finder.
The 21 Praises of Tara have profound meaning; the commentaries give suggestions of meditations and reflections. The packet includes other prayers and teachings that accompany the practice of the Mandala Dance of the Goddess Tara.
Meditations and Prayers To the Goddess Tara
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
Cradled by Anahata Iradah's exquisite musical accompaniment, Prema Dasara's resonant speaking voice leads the listener through guided meditations and prayers used in the practice of the Great Goddess, Tara.
Opening with the beautiful song, Beloved Tara, the CD is arranged as a complete practice, including the visualization of Tara, a self visualization as Tara, the dissolution of the mandala and a golden spiral meditation of compassion.
Newly recorded in Rio de Janeiro in excellent circumstances with crystal audio quality.
Blue Sky Healing
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
These practices are based on Chi Lel(TM), a Chi Gung practice designed to bring about a state of optimal health. One is guided to use the power of the mind, coupled with simple, easy to understand body movements to energize and heal body, mind and soul. Narrated by Prema Dasara and Anahata Iradah, accompanied by Anahata's inspiring music. Deeply relaxing.
The CD opens with the Blue Sky song, based upon Luke Chan's translation of the "Anthem" of the Medicineless Hospital in China. The method follows. Prema Dasara has used her own imagery to augment the "Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down" sequence that is one of the foundation practices of the Medicineless Hospital.
The CD continues with Anahata leading a body centered meditation. Prema follows this with a La-Chi session, a simple Chi-Lel self healing practice. The La-Chi session is accompanied by Anahata's song of Loving Kindness. This leads to Fa-Chi...directing universal Chi to heal a friend or loved one, culminating in a song of blessing, Sarva Mangalam.
Medicine Buddha Movement Meditation
Anahata Iradah & Prema Dasara
The production of "Medicine Buddha" is coupled with "The Dancing Nuns of Kopan" on one DVD.
Medicine Buddha Movement Meditation -
- companion video
The sacred dance practice invokes the power of Medicine Buddha for healing afflictions of body and mind. Presented as a complete practice, based on Tibetan Buddhist wisdom teachings, Prema Dasara guides the viewer through the intricacies of sacred movement and meditation. Accompanied by Anahata Iradah's exquisite music, the viewer is led into a powerful experience of healing.
The CD contains all of the music that accompanies the video / DVD.
Dances included are:
1. The Prayer of Shantideva, "With The Wish To Free All Beings"
2. Medicine Buddha, "Song Of Praise" & "Mantra"
3. "Offering Goddesses" Classical Nepali Vajrayana Dance
4. Dedication of Merit, "Champa Nyingje" also known as "Metta, Karuna".
May the Medicine of the Great Lapis Lazuli Buddha Move Through the World
Bringing Balance, Healing and Liberation to All.
Touch of Spirit on the Body
Anahata's album is a beautiful collection of sacred and secular songs celebrating life and love.
It includes the Beatitudes Song, Let the Beauty We Love, Touch of Spirit on the Body and many other favorites. David Young wrote in the New Times, "Check out this ethereal release! It's part folk, part lullaby, and part ethnic-derivative, but this album, driven by quiet, intimate acoustic guitar and vocals, Is All Magic."
Voices from the Deep
Anahata Iradah & Deborah Koff-Chapin
This beautiful naturescape evokes the turning seasons.
It features Anahata's grand piano and Deborah Koff-Chapin's amazing vocalizing.
She Who Continues The Song
She Who Continues the Song was inspired by the profound walking meditations of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis. Side One is She Who Continues the Song of the Earth and is a musical interpretation of the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Side Two is She Who Continues the Song of the Heavens and is an interpretation of Murshid S.A.M.'s astrological yoga. This all instrumental cassette is magical and transportive.
Children's Dharma Songs, Stories, Dances
Prema Dasara & Anahata Iradah
Tara Tames the Eight Fears -
- companion DVD or Video
A lovely collection of songs based on Tibetan Buddhist teachings designed to help children learn important values in a fun and playful way. Featured is the Dance/Drama "Tara Tames the 8 Fears" (the Fire of Anger, the Snake of Jealousy, etc.). An insightful introduction helps parents and teachers to discuss the material with their children. The music is arranged by Anahata Iradah, and is sure to delight young and old alike.