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12 May 2017

Bhagavan Das ‎“Ah” 1972 US Private Folk,Raga Psych,Indian,Cosmic Psych




























Bhagavan Das ‎ “Ah” 1972 US Private Folk,Raga Psych,Indian,Cosmic Psych 
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Ah is the debut double album from Bhagavan Das released in 1972. Bhagavan, a young Californian turned Eastern mystic who would later become famous as “the Jimi Hendrix of kirtan,” chants, sings, moans and invokes, with a beautifully clear voice, supported by traditional Indian instruments. Excellent incense-burning music. Richard Alpert/Baba Ram Das was profoundly influenced by Bhagavan Das, and provides some commentary. The two studied together in the Himalayas in the 1960s. The album includes an eight-page booklet with comments from Baba Ram Das along with photos. Says Ram Das about the album: “There are many ways to listen to Bhagavan Das sing. As background music it will provide, like the ever-present reverberations of OM, MANI, PADMA, HUM in the Tibetan Temples, a subliminal reminder and gentle purification. As an aesthetic expreience, it is bliss permeated. And as a method of yoga (for bringing one to union) it speaks for itself.”...............

If I am not mistaken, this is Bhagavan Das's first album. It came out approximately in 1970 when he was traveling with Ram Das. It is absolutely remarkable in its depth of Holy Spirit. If the previous reviewer doesn't grasp it, he should stick to Krishna Das. I consider it the best of Bhagavan Das's work, altho Love Songs to the Dark Lord isn't bad.......By Donald Schuman....

The inspiration for Baba Ram Dass, whose 1971 book of hipster mysticism Be Here Now became a new-age classic, Bhagavan Das (born Michael Riggs) has continued to share his vision of music and spirituality. "Singing and chanting the divine mantras repeatedly," he told an interviewer, "creates a heightened ecstasy that leaves the mind behind and brings pure stillness of the heart." The son of an Irish Catholic father, Das attended an Episcopal church as a child. As he reached his teens, he began to be drawn to other points of view and became fascinated with beat poetry and folk music. Leaving the United States in December 1963 with $40 and his acoustic guitar, he busked his way through Europe and North India. Settling in India and Nepal, he began a seven-year study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, and the life of the sadhu (ascetic holy man). He received his Hindu name, which translates as "servant of God," in 1966. Das had little idea of the impact of Baba Ram Dass' book. One of the must-read tomes of the hippie '60s, Be Here Now transformed both figures into major celebrities. Returning to the United States in 1971, he toured on the "guru" circuit and appeared with late beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He retired from touring to "begin the integration of spiritual experience into modern Western society" in 1976. Despite his efforts to withdraw, Das has continued to chant and lecture about Nada Brahma, a path of aesthetic devotion. Broadway Books published his memoirs, It's Here Now, Are You?, in 1997. Das released an album in 2001, Bhagavan Das Now, that he recorded with the help of Mike D. of the Beastie Boys. ~ Craig Harris......................

Bhagavan Das is now the OG dirty grampa of the yoga circuit, a powerful bhajan singer and meditation teacher known for his grizzled white-boy dreadlocks and fully carnal devotion to young women. But Das is best known for becoming one of the first boomer trailblazers of mystic India. Born in Laguna Beach to a family who named him Kermit, Das joined an organized sadhu order after making his way to South Asia in 1965. Then he ditched his formal mendicant robes for rags and skulls, becoming a quasi-ascetic freak who spent half a decade wandering around India. He took initiations from major Buddhist and Hindu teachers, including some heavy-duty tantric transmissions requiring corpses and charnel grounds. In 1967, Das famously introduced Ram Dass — the renegade Harvard LSD researcher then known as Richard Alpert — to the beaming, blanket-wearing god-man Neem Karoli Baba. In his 1971 hippie bestseller Be Here Now (a phrase he lifted from Bhagavan Das), Ram Dass described their encounter, and when the younger man returned from India and released the double-album Ah! in 1972, his star was already blazing. Too erratic to ever cut a believable guru persona, he instead became the groovy rockstar yogi supreme.

Worlds away from the smug pablum served up in today’s yoga studios, Ah! is a transcendent document of a singular California freak simultaneously finding and losing himself (or his mind) as he stumbles his way through one of the world’s great domains of sacred music. The devotional voice, brimming with savor and grace, lies at the heart of Indian music, and certainly of the bhajan: a category of sacred song that encompasses both the repetitive mantras of kirtan and the microtonal raga jams found in classical vocal forms like dhrupad. Backed up by tamboura, a plucked drone, and the occasional conch, Das apes it all, with a feral reverence guaranteed to offend sophisticated listeners and to grate on nearly everyone else.

There are currently four reviews of Ah! on Amazon. Two five-stars praise its sincerity and spiritual passion, while a two-star reviewer complains that he found the disc too hard to meditate to with all the yelps and whimpering going on. The oddest review comes from a former clerk in a record store, who wrote that they regularly used side one to chase shoppers out of the store at closing time. “Try to play it without laughing out loud,” he challenges in his snarky but loving five-star plug. But the real challenge is to hear how all these responses to Bhagavan Das’ masterweird are simultaneously true, just like all those gods we bring forth, and sing forth, from our yearning....by... Erik Davis...........

Bhagavan Das is one of the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor,
he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America. His groundbreaking album “Ah” (1971) produced by Jimmi Hendrix’s manager, Michael Jeffrey, was the first World Music album from Electric Ladyland. Bhagavan Das has also toured with Allen Ginsberg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sang with Bob Dylan.

Living as a sadhu in India for six years, Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba. Nada Yoga is the path of devotion to the inner sound current as a means to God Realization. Alan Watt said in a Rolling Stone review of the Album “Ah” that “Bhagavan Das is truly a Master of Nada Yoga”.

To experience Bhagavan Das in concert is to receive Darshan of the Guru himself, to touch and be touched by the immortal essence of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba – as the Light of the Guru is delivered through the mystical and potent voice of Bhagavan Das. His devotion to his Guru as that living inner sound is what he shares and transmits to all that wish to receive this blessing.................

I left America for India in 1963 to find my Guru. I was the the first American to live in the jungle of the Himalyas as a hermit-sadhu. I was given the Holy Name of Ram by Bhramanada Saraswati through his disciple Mahish Yogi. I went off alone to the caves in the mountains to meditate. I then came to meet Swami Chaitanya Prakashananda Tirth who gave me tapas to fast and pray for God's Grace. After a year of fasting, prayer and intense purification I met my Sat-Guru the Great Mahasiddha Neem Karoli Baba. I then lived with my Guru, side by side for many years. Then one day because of the tantric path that he seemed to know I must travel and the many karmic connections due to ripen, he sent me away. So I went towards Tibet to go deeper deeper and then beyond with the last living Yogis from high in the mountain peaks of Tibet and Nepal. It was also during this time in 1971 that I met Sharada Devi who, I believe was still living her last life as a Tibetan Yogini. She was very old then and I was very young but our connection I feel was a promise to come together again due to the Grace of Neem Karoli Baba. During my time with the Tibetan Yogis I was the first to meet and live with Lama Kalu the Guru of the 16th Karmapa. He gave me the Essense Mahamudra Transmission, mind to mind. I recieved the Mother Light from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and then the Vajra Yogini directly from the Karmapa in Sikkhim. I lived with Yogi Chen who explained all the details to me in english in his hermitage in Kalingpong. When on pilgrimage to the holy Bodhanath Stupa in Kathmandu I met and became the Guru of Richard Alpert who was to become Ram Dass after I brought him to Neem Karoli Baba. I am here now by the grace of the Guru Dev Dakini. She is the Mother Light always guiding me on the true path of Bodhichitta. This is It for Now.
Sarava Mangalam
Baba Bhagavan Das....................

Bhagavan Das is a bhakti yogi, a shakta tantra adept, and teacher of Nada Yoga. As a young man he was one of the first Western initiates/devotees of the late Hindu holy man Neem Karoli Baba, as well as the first American to meet Kalu Rinpoche of the Shangpa Kargyupas lineage. He has received Vajra Yogini initiation from His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje of the Karma Kagyu lineage and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the 11th Trungpa Tulku. During the almost seven years he spent as a wandering ascetic in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka he received numerous initiations and teachings from living saints and sages including A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Swami Chaitanya Prakashananda Tirtha, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sri Anandamoyi Ma, and Tarthang Tulku of the Dudjom Rinpoche lineage.

In 1972 in California he married his girlfriend, Bhavani, who was expecting their child; subsequently their daughter, Soma, was born in New York. In 1974 in Berkeley, California, he met Usha, who eventually became his common-law wife and bore him a son, Mikyo, and a daughter, Lalita.

Bhagavan Das guided spiritual teacher Ram Dass, at the time known as Dr. Richard Alpert, throughout India, eventually introducing him to Neem Karoli Baba. Bhagavan Das gained fame after being featured in Ram Dass' book Be Here Now, which described Bhagavan Das' role in his spiritual journeys in India. Bhagavan Das travels widely throughout the world as a performer of traditional and non-traditional Indian bhajans and kirtans, and is the author of an autobiography, It's Here Now (Are You?). (Wikipedia)............

Tracklist
A1 Untitled
B1 Ah
B2 Cold Morning
B3 Bom
C1 Radhe
C2 Govinda
C3 Rama
D1 Rama Nam
D2 Crystal Bones

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