A long playing record was also included in the FBTO box. Elektra Records produced and manufactured this recording. Jac Holzman, of Elektra Records appreciated Ram Dass a great deal. The album label has a special thanks to Elektra Records for producing the album without charge. An Elektra Records Discography website reports “about 200 copies were pressed up by Elektra…” I have not been able to confirm this number. In fact with 10,000 box sets distributed, it would seem that many albums were made at no charge for Ram Dass. The biggest type on the record label says “This Record Is Not For Sale.” There was also another record on the Elektra Label with the same number, it was a sampler of the group Bread.
1) Rhagupati Raghava Raja Ram:
Ram Dass and Sarada chanting with a tambura one of Ghandi’s most beloved chants. This version of Ragupati is very meditative sounding.
Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
Patita Paavana Sita-Ram
Jai Sita-Ram, Jai Sita-Ram
Chief of the house of Raghu, Lord Rama,
Uplifters of those who have fallen, Sita and Rama,
Praise Sita and Rama. Praise Sita and Rama, 2 Jai Guru Dev, Om Nama Siva, Shankaraya Mungulum, Adonai
Ram Dass and Sarada chanting 4 mantras with a tambura.
Jai Guru Dev
Om Namoh Siva Siva-yay Namah
Radha Krishina Mangalam
All glories to my beloved spiritual teacher. Devotion to Lord Siva.
The auspicious Lord Siva.
The auspicious Sita and Ram.
The auspicious Radha and Krishna.
God the Master and Authority. Names of God in the Jewish tradition.
3) Isn’t It You? – Rev. Charles K. Mitchell
4) Rama Rama
Ram Dass, Sarada and group singing accompanied by a lap dulcimer.
5) I am the Great Sun – Charles Causley
From a Normandy crucifix of 1632 by Charles Causley I am the great sun, but you do not see me,
I am your husband, but you turn away.
I am the captive, but you do not free me,
I am the captain but you will not obey.
I am the truth, but you will not believe me,
I am the city where you will not stay.
I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me,
I am that God to whom you will not pray.
I am your counsel, but you will not hear me,
I am your lover whom you will betray.
I am the victor, but you do not cheer me,
I am the holy dove whom you will slay.
I am your life, but if you will not name me,
Seal up your soul with tears, and never blame me.
Charles Causley was born and has lived, apart from six years in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, in Launceston, Cornwall. In 1990 he was awarded the Ingersol/TS Eliot Award, given to authors “of abiding importance whose work affirms the moral principles of western civilisation”. This poem appears in Collected Poems, published by Macmillan. Who is the reader of the poem?
6) Divine Mother – Paramahansa Yogananda
Engrossed in the being of my mind, on the blue lotus feet of my Divine Mother. Divine Mother, my Divine Mother, Divine Mother my Divine Mother.
1) Mantra Introduction
Ram Dass introduces the Aaditya hrudayam mantra
2) Aditya Hrudayam Punyam Sarva Shatru Vinaashanam All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart.
3) Mantra Introduction
Ram Dass teaching about the use of mantra and introduces the Tibetan Buddhist mantra Om Mani Pedme Hung
4) Om Mani Padme Hum
Ram Dass chanting the Tibetan pronunciation of this mantra, Om Mani Pedme Hung.
5) Om Sri Ram
Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Om
Sarada, Ram Dass and group with a lap dulcimer.
The chant associated with Hanuman means Praise God.
6) Praise God – Lama Foundation
Ram Dass, and the Lama Foundation voices.
Praise God for the light within me.
Praise God let love abide.
7) Hare Krishna, Hare Rama
Ram Dass and Sarada with tambura, chanting with the Lama group. This is a beautiful rendition of the chant known as the Mahamantra Listen all the way until the end for a special treat! Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare.
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.