Kathryn E. Livingston
Sacred chant artist Nirinjan Kaur joins Ramdesh on this podcast for a discussion of her music and spiritual path. Immersed in the sacred sound current since she was in the womb, Nirinjan has studied classical Indian music in Amritsar, India. “She now shares her transcendent voice with people all over the world,” says Ramdesh.
Raised in the Sikh tradition, Nirinjan explains the significance of the sound current, which is the actual teacher or guru that brings us from darkness to light. “As a Sikh, it’s all about the sacred sound current,” Nirinjan observes. “For me as a singer it’s more about meditating on the mantras and on the words themselves which hold the technology of the guru than about the actual music or singing of it.”
By uniting body, mind, and spirit through the science of the sacred sound current, she continues, profound healing and balance occur. The technology of mantra and of Naad yoga is so beautiful, Nirinjan says, “Anyone who has an experience of chanting will feel it; it’s more than just singing.” Chanting these mantras literally changes your state of being, and always toward the good. Listen first to “Heal Me” from Adhara, and you’ll see exactly what Nirinjan (whose name translates as “purity”) means.
The next track is “Jai Tegang” from Adhara. This mantra is for strength and courage, and for breaking through blocks in your life. It will help you break through negativity as well. You’ll also hear another powerful track, the “Mool Mantra” from the CD Aquarian. Nirinjan shares the story of how the mantra originated. Guru Nanak (the first guru of the Sikhs) had disappeared for a time; after many hours, it was revealed that he had been underwater in a special river meditating. When he emerged, he recited Japji (a sacred prayer); the Mool Mantra is at the very beginning of this text, and contains the essence of what Japji is about. It is a mantra for connecting with the soul, with the earth, and with yourself as an individual in relation to God, explains Nirinjan. The message that we are all one, and that we are all one with the Divine, is at the heart of this sacred recitation.
Nirinjan also discusses her experiences in India (where she studied at Miri Piri Academy), and her experiences as a mother. Motherhood, she observes, has really deepened her experience of life in general: “Anything that deepens my experience of life deepens my meditation and anything that deepens my meditation deepens my music practice.” The next track reflects that deepening: listen to “Triple Mantra,” a mantra of protection, from Adhara (the track was recorded during Nirinjan’s pregnancy).
You’ll hear a portion of Nirinjan’s recitation of the So Purkh shabd from So Purkh That Primal God. The words of this mantra—traditionally chanted by a woman for up to three men in her life—are so powerful that, according to Yogi Bhajan, if you chant it with all your heart and devotion it has the power to make of that man a saint. It is also a technology that cuts any negativity between you and the person for whom you are reciting.
The podcast plays out to a sublime version of “Kaval Nain” from Adhara. Let the purity of Nirinjan’s voice encircle you; surround yourself with the healing and unifying power of the sacred sound current. When Nirinjan sings, you’re sure to experience the magic and majesty of the sound current. Wahe guru!
(Since this podcast, Nirinjan has come out with a BEAUTIFUL CD….take a listen to Prem Siri!)