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Oriental Christ: Janaka
Oriental Christ: Janaka

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Janaka's second CD after Jai Yogananda, is dedicated 'to the Universal Christ, present in all Hearts and to Jesus, - the Yogi and Master - who walked by the Ganges.

As with Janaka's first CD, every track is beautifully composed and performed. Except for Opal Flame, which is from Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants, all songs are written by Janaka and are a pleasing blend of folk and chant. The musicians are all polished. An added bonus is the attractive packaging which includes a triple fold panel which includes all of the words - something you don't see too often these days.

1. Oriental Christ - listen:

2.Opal Flame

3.Jesus by the Ganges

4.Love Divine

5.Hay Hare Sundara

6.Om Christ

7.Jai Ananda/Om Shanti

About the artist:
Born in the Netherlands, Janaka began playing the guitar at age 12 and from ages 16 to 19 he toured student clubs with his rock band. A transforming moment came in his awakening as a musician when, at a Christmas celebration concert, Janaka performed George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". The audience was enchanted. It was the first time people were stirred by Janaka's unique talent of singing directly to the Divine. Soon after, he became attracted to Indian philosophy and yoga. In 1979 he read "Autobiography Of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, the same book that had inspired George Harrison. Looking into the eyes of the Master's picture, he felt a sense of recognition and a deep connection from the past. Over the years Janaka sang during numerous meditation and kirtan events and more recently started writing his own heartfelt songs of devotion and inspiration resulting in a series of three CD's dedicated to the Masters, Yogananda, Christ and Krishna (to be released in Spring 2010).

All songs written and produced by Janaka, except Opal Flame from Paramahansa Yogananda's Cosmic Chants

Janaka - harmonium, lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Nils Tuxen - acoustic and electric guitars, sitar, mandolin, bass, percussions
Dipak Sarma - bansuri flute (tr. 2,3,6)
Dave Philipson - banduri flute (tr. 1,4,7)
Subrato Manna - tablas Jessica Brandes - background vocals
Sudokshina Manna - Indian style vocal (tr. 5)Nora Sanger - background / choir vocals (tr. 1,2,6)
Daniel Penners - choir vocals (tr. 1,2)

Playing time:

34 minutes

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Sublimely devotional! January 9, 2015
Reviewer: Brenda Griffey from Waco, TX United States  
Our meditation circle uses some of the tracks from this CD for our Christmas Meditation.  It's beautiful and always puts me in a devotional mood.

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gorgeous tribute to Christ December 15, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from New England  
Ordered this because the clips were lovely.  But I wasn't prepared for the beauty and richness of these songs.  An audioclip online just didn't do it justice at all.  On the stereo it is sublime.  Thank you for offering this beautiful work of devotion and artistry.

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