Mantra Sangha: Health & Healing

Watch the official music video:

Replay of the live music video premiere and artist mini-fest:

  • Deb A. Rina, A Heart As Wide as the World

    Absolutely beautiful...this mantra has taken up residence in my heart and is on continual loop... many blessings to you and everyone involved.

  • Craig O’Hare, kirtan connoisseur

    Johanna: I attended…. more accurately fully experienced last night's Mantra Sangha and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it and how incredibly nurturing for me it was. As with most of us, I've been struggling with the realities of COVID isolation and felt so much better being a part of last night and carrying that warmth into today. Thank you for all you bring to the world. Namaste.

  • Nina Rao, kirtan leader, Krishna Das’ manager

    The chant has been going around in my mind since we recorded... Thanks for including me. Love. Sita Ram.

  • Kamini Natarajan, Indian classical music teacher & recording artist

    Dear Johanna, this is incredible! Thank you so much for this amazing healing mantra track that you inspired and created.

  • Myriam Turenne, yoga teacher and recording artist

    Wow, Johanna, this is incredible. I just watched the video and I have goosebumps everywhere! So beautiful and such an honour to be a part of it. I feel blessed, really. Bravo. Helping and bringing people together, it’s all that we need right now. I will share it for sure with all the community here in Quebec to help support the Children in Nepal. 🙏❤️❤️🙏

  • Malini Taneja, classical Indian dancer, singer, performing artist

    Such an amazing offering and so grateful to be a part of it and be able to dance for Kali ma. Thank you Johanna and team for bringing us together. This is what the world needs. And it’s so great that these beautiful kids and teachers/medical aid givers are being supported.

    Much love and so much gratitude. Hare Krishna 🙏🏼

  • Noelle Whittington, E-RYT 500, YACEP, kirtan singer

    This is absolutely beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for honoring the lineage and bringing us all together in such a beautiful way. It brings me great joy to see the healing work already begin. Thank you for including me, and thank you all for your time and talent - benefiting children's welfare and education is close to my heart and I am proud to see that so many of you who I look up to share the same values.

    Blessings and deep gratitude.

  • Ragani, kirtan singer, yoga teacher, & recording artist

    Holy moly, Johana! I'm in total awe of the incredible time and energy and devotion that you brought into this powerful project, and  WOW!!! It's all just amazing to see and hear!!! I'm really inspired by your organized energy and talents and for bringing so many of us together -- thank you so much for including me and for being such a bright light at this time in the world.

I 'm deeply touched by this offering in support of the children who are at Mitrata in Nepal. May this song and it's funds fly to the moon and beyond! I am so inspired for all that you have created here, Johanna... beautifully done!!!

  • Kavita Kat Macmillan, Open Heart Kirtan, teacher, singer

    Johana you are a force of life!!  Your energy, enthusiasm and spirit are contagious and so needed during these crazy times.
    Gratitude for this project and your devotion to the practice, the music and the children at Mitrata in Nepal.
    Thank you for bringing us all together and creating this message of hope and unity.
    It is a joy to be included in your vision!!

  • Aakansha Maheshwari, Bollypop (LA)

    I just finished watching the whole video -  WOW!  Speechless!
    The first time I heard the track, I felt the energy! And now after watching the video of everyone coming together - it's nothing but pure magic! Loved seeing the Mitrata kids from Nepal as well. They are adorable..

    Thank you Johanna for having me be a part of this incredible project and it is an honor to share the screen with all you lovely souls! I am really looking forward to sharing this with my family and friends once it's out. Sending big hugs to each one of you. I haven't heard or seen anything like this during the quarantine. So amazing to dance with my dear Malini 🙂

     

  • Sianna Sherman, Rasa Yoga

    Such an epic honor to be part of this with you! Thank you for your tremendous heart and vision 💞

  • Michael J. Downey, kirtan artist

    In a world needing healing, and hungry for nourishment in mind, body, and spirit, it's been difficult for so many. That's why a song and video like this is so right on time, and amazing that it got done at all. Hats off and deep bows to Johanna, who manifested this song 6 months ago, rallied her resources to bring together the sangha to record the song and make this amazing, inspired video for us. With Girish, Krishna Das, Gina Salá, Nina Rao, Ragani, Karen Seva, Hans Christian, Ben Leinbach, and so many others. Please, enjoy the video and add the song to your playlist 🙏💚🙏

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The world is in need of spiritual, physical, and emotional healing during these challenging times of isolation and dis-ease. This project was born out of the desire to support people in moving through the uncertain times of COVID-19 and beyond, supporting ongoing wellness.

During the first weeks of the pandemic, while she was quarantined in a cabin in the Sierras, Johanna Beekman discovered a beautiful Kali “Mantra for Removing All Diseases” from Sri Sakthi Narayani Amma, a beloved teacher from Southern India. She began a morning Sadhana practice with the Sanskrit mantra as a way to deal with her own sense of isolation and her fears during the pandemic. As she chanted the mantra, a melody began to come through.

Sri Sakthi Amma

Sri Sakthi Amma

As the song developed, it felt vast and so powerfully transformational that a vision appeared of a global opportunity to connect and heal through song and practice. Eventually, once she arrived at home, she began to produce it from her home studio and recruited an inspiring cast of Kirtan Luminaries to bring it to life (including Krishna Das, Gina Salā, Ragani, Girish, Masood Ali Khan, Sianna Sherman, Kamini Natarajan, Ben Leinbach, Hans Christian, and many others). More than twenty musicians gathered from across the globe to sing and play with her on a recording—with the blessing and the voice of the Indian guru credited with transmitting the mantra.

Healing Mantra Sangha cover image with names

She is creating a music video that includes performances by all of these artists, who generously donated their time and talents. We’re releasing the song as a single with all proceeds going to support Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children (St. Louis, MO) to help the organization deal with the challenges of navigating and surviving COVID-19 in their own community. Their work focuses on the most underprivileged children in the country, with services that wrap around all aspects of their lives, including supporting their families and communities during crises. Medical student Sudan Adhikari was a sponsored child through Mitrata’s program and is now volunteering his medical knowledge and skills in his village. He shares his perspective on the realities of the pandemic in Nepal here.

About the Mantra:

Om Kreem
Maha Kali
Sarva Rhogam
Nasi Nasi

Kreem (beeja /seed mantra for Goddess Kali)
Sarva (all) Rogam (diseases)
Nasi Nasi (be eliminated/ vanquished)

According to Sri Sakthi Amma’s teachings, “In ancient times the sages discovered the beej sounds for the panchabutas (5 elements) that make up life itself. These are NA – earth, MA – air, SI – water, VA – air, and YA – space, which comprises “Nama Shivaya.”

The sages also used this wisdom to bring balance to the elements by using other mantras, such as this mantra (Om Kreem Maha Kali Sarva Rogam Nasi Nasi).
The Na of Nasi refers to the earth element (where the disturbance of negativity or disease is).
The Si of Nasi refers to the fire element and will bring balance by destroying the negativity found in the earth.
Sarva means “all” and Rogam means “disease.”
So we are praying to Maha Kali and invoking these vibrations to remove and destroy the disease (or negativity) from the earth.
This mantra has its roots in the Ancient Tamil Siddha Tradition and was especially utilised in times of major crisis or increased negativity.”

Credits

Singers
Krishna Das
Gina Salā
Girish
Ragani
Kamini Natarajan
Nina Rao
Noelle Whittington
Seva
Kavita Kat McMillan
Jim Beckwith

Sri Sakthi Amma
Sherrie Howard
Mark Kelso
Myriam Turenne
Sianna Sherman

Band
Guitar – Jim Beckwith

Tabla – Ankush Vimawala
Bass – Danny Solomon & Hans Christian
Sarangi – Hans Christian
Harmonium – Kavita Kat Macmillan
Hang – Masood Ali Khan

Aakansha and Malini 2

Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja

Dancers
Aakansha Maheshwari (BollyPop)
Malini Taneja

Production
Chant arranged by Sri Sakthi Amma from traditional chants
Music by Johanna Beekman
Sanskrit Consult: Sri Sakthi Amma, add’l help from Gina Salā, Krishna Das, Ankush Vimawala
Production by Johanna Beekman
Arrangement consultation, percussion programming by Ben Leinbach
Mixing and mastering by Hans Christian
Cover image adapted from a design by River Ananda
© 2020 Johanna Beekman Music

Video:
Footage of Mitrata children supplied by Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children and Nonfiction Media
Production by Johanna Beekman and L Cooper

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Krishna Das

Krishna Das

Gina Salā

Gina Salā

Ragani

Ragani

Girish

Girish

Ben Leinbach

Ben Leinbach

Kamini Natarajan

Kamini Natarajan

Seva

Seva

Masood Ali Khan

Masood Ali Khan

Danny Solomon playing bass

Danny Solomon

Myriam Turenne

Myriam Turenne

Noelle Whittington

Noelle Whittington

Sianna Sherman

Sianna Sherman

Nina Rao

Nina Rao

Kavita Kat Macmillan

Kavita Kat Macmillan

Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman

Ankush Vimawala

Ankush Vimawala

Jim Beckwith

Jim Beckwith

Hans Christian

Hans Christian

Sherrie Howard

Sherrie Howard