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Shantala Music

SRI (2007)

We never in our wildest dreams imagined we’d fall so head-over-heels in love with the practice of kirtan, which is the devotional chanting we are so blessed to be doing with all of you. As we journey ever more deeply into the heart of devotion, we uncover thebeauty of our own hearts...and are touched by thousands of your hearts.

Srı is the divine beauty of the universe, which is unveiled in this practice of love we call kirtan. It is also a name for the sacred feminine presence, known as the Goddess in her many forms and in Hebrew as l’Sh’china. We bow deeply into this presence in honor and gratitude.

1. Holy Ma 8:44

2. Srı Ram Jaya Ram 13:15

3. Om Namah Shivaya 10:35

4. Hineni 10:23

5. Om Namo Bhagavate

Invocation 3:51

6. Om Namo Bhagavate/

Because the One I Love 13:34

7. Baba Hanuman 12:15

Track 1 “Holy Ma”

Holy Ma

Kali Ma

Jaya Jagadambe

Everything is holy now
--English lyrics and music

composed by Peter Mayer
Track 2 “Sri Ram Jaya Ram”

Om Srı Ram Jaya Ram

Jaya Jaya Ram

Sita Ram Sita Ram

Sita Ram Ram Ram

Sita Ram Sita Ram

Jaya Jaya

Track 3 “Om Namah Shivayah”

Om Namah Shivaya

Shivaya Namah Om

Om Shiva

I honor the God within

myself and all things
--Translation by Sally Kempton
Track 4 “Hineni”


Osah et atzmi

Merkava l’Sh’china

Merkava l’Sh’china

Here I am, transforming

myself into a chariot

for the divine presence
--Composed by Rabbi Shefa Gold

Track 6 “Om Namo Bhagavate/Because the One I Love”
Om Namo Bhagavate


Because the one I love

lives inside of you

I lean as close to you as I can

I bow to the Lord who lives

in the hearts of all
--English lyrics and melody by Gina Salá

Track 7 “Baba Hanuman”

1.Namo, Namo (repeat)

Anjani Nandanaya

Jaya Siya Ram Jaya Jaya Hanuman

2. Jaya Bajarangabali Baba Hanuman
Jaya Bajarangabali Jaya Hanuman
Sankata Mochan Kripa Nidhan
Sankata Mochan Kripa Nidhan


3.  Jay Jay Jay Hanuman Gosaee
Kripa Karahu Gurudeva Ki Naee
Sankata Mochan Kripa Nidhan
Lala Langotta Lala Nishan


Hare Rama Rama Ram Sita Rama Rama Ram

English Translation:
I bow, I bow again and again to Anjani's son, Hanuman
Victory to Sita and Ram, Victory to Hanuman
Victory over the darkness of suffering...
Victory to the one with the body of a thunderbolt
My Baba, Hanuman.
You are home of all Grace.
Destroy all my problems, calamities and sufferings.
Hail My Lord Hanuman
You are my Guru, bestow your Grace on me.
You are the destroyer of Suffering, the abode of Grace
You wear a red langotta and carry a red flag
--Composed and translated by Krishna Das

With Gratitude

There are special moments in life when the reason and context for all that we have experienced becomes crystal clear – an epiphany in which we realize that all of our blessings and challenges have led us inevitably to this path in this instant. Such was our experience over and over again as this recording took shape. We

are deeply grateful for the honor of sharing kirtans with so many wonderful friends around the world.

Thanks to all of the incredible musicians who have created this

CD with us. We offer our heartfelt thanks to our families and to John Friend, Liz Fogelson, Lisa Beth Robinson, Annette Orban, Linda Coghill, Jacqueline Westhead,

Dean Baskerville, Gwenn Cody, Erin Lommen, Karen Berg-Smith, Vijay & Anne Shankar, Mirabai Devi, Sally Kempton and Steven Hayes. Special thanks to Rabbi Shefa Gold, Peter Mayer, Gina Salá and Krishna Das for generously allowing us to record their songs. Deepest thanks to Benjy’s teachers, Ali Akbar Khan and Zakir Hussain, whose inspiring guidance through the beautiful ocean of Hindustani classical music is a gift beyond measure.

Heather thanks Benjy for the sweetness and steadiness of his love and for being willing to walk this path together. Benjy commits his heart and unending love to Heather, the life partner of his dreams, whose tremendous talents and sweet love remind him always of the Goddess.
The Musicians

Benjy Wertheimer: Voice, esraj, tabla, tabla tarang, djembe, conga, frame drum, percussion, keyboards, drum programming and harmonium

Heather Wertheimer: Voice and guitar

Beth Noelle: Harmony vocals on Sri Ram Jaya Ram and chorus vocals

David Trasoff: Sarod

Gina Salá: Solo vocals on Om Namah Shivaya and Om Namo Bhagavate, chorus vocals & harmonies

Jami Sieber: Cello, electric cello, vocals

Jeff Leonard: Bass

Joe Jencks: Harmony vocals on Om Namo Bhagavate & Baba Hanuman; chorus vocals

John Friend: Kartols

Krishna Das: Vocals on Sri Ram Jaya Ram and Om Namo Bhagavate invocation

Leraine Horstmanshoff: Dijeridoo, vocals

Manose: Bansuri bamboo flute on Hineni, Om Namo Bhagavate, and Holy Ma

Michael Mandrell: Guitar

Michael Stirling: Tamboura

Morgan Doctor: Udu and hang

Snatam Kaur: Harmony vocals on Hineni

Steve Gorn: Bansuri bamboo flute on Sri Ram Jaya Ram and Om Namah Shivaya

Chorus: Amy Ippoliti, Dari Lewis-Michael, Jim Walker, Justin Allison, Scott Noelle

Executive Producer: Benjy Wertheimer

Produced by Benjy and Heather Wertheimer

Recorded and engineered by

Benjy Wertheimer

Mixed by Benjy Wertheimer and

Dean Baskerville

Mastering by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering; Boulder, Colorado

Duplication by Riddle Press; Portland, OR

Front cover artwork by Linda Davis Coghill

Graphic design by Annette Orban,

Photos of Benjy & Heather: Douglas Byers

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