ADI SHANKARACHARYA STHUTIS
The Shri Adishankaracharya Stotams or Sthutis were most favourite with Shree Mataji. This was told to me by my Sahaja elder brother Rajesh Shah. Having recently been introduced as a Sahaja bhajan singer to all by Shree Mataji in 1986, I was called upon to sing before a packed hall of newcomers & seekers at Mavalankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. It was my very first Public Program performance. I had got a call from India Leader Rajesh Shah, that Shree Mataji wanted me to render the Guru Sthuti, The Mahalakshmi Strotam (Ashtakam) and a few of my new bhajans. I was delighted, but very nervous. Firstly I did not know strotams at all. So I had just 2 days to prepare them and perform it on stage. Fortunately Rajesh Bhai had a recording of it sung by the Subhhalakshmi Sisters of Chennai. I remember hearing the Guru Shtuti & the Mahalakshmi Ashtakam sung by them at least a 100 times, till I had learnt them verbatum. I finally sang them on stage. I still remember Mother very lovingly glance at me. Later when I went to bow before her on stage after my performance, She blessed me. In another incident in 1987 at Ganapatiphule, The Ganasha Pujawas about to start. The previous night I had performed on stage at the musical program. Shree Mataji sent me a message from the stage that I must sing the Ganesha Sthuti at the Puja. Frankly I had no clue about it. But to my rescue, a yogini sat by my side produced a book having the Ganasha Sthiti by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. I hardly could read Sanskrit, but fortunately it was in Roman English. I started to keep reading the Sthuti again and again. I really do not know how much time had elapsed when the Puja actually started and I got a message form the stage asking me to start with the Guru Sthuti. I had no tune in my mind till then. I had just simply learnt how to pronounce the Sanskrit properly. So I just prayed to Mother to help me compose the Sthuti while I sang it. It is unimaginable the kind of composition that flowed through me. It stunned me. I was singing the complete Ganesha Sthuti flawlessly - Hemja Sutam Bhaje.... Mother looked very pleased and lovingly towards me. I was stung by astonishment at myself and of course flooded with vibrations. This song was originally recorded for my Album PHUHAAR. However in this site I have made available all Stutis complimentary. I must share one more similar experience on the Guru Ashtakam - "Tatahkim Tatahkim...". I was in Cabella in 1997. I had brought a huge group of Sahaj Yogis to Cabella for The Guru Puja, and many of us weRE putting up at the Daglio school for children. One day a message came from Shree Mataji to me along with the page on Guru Ashtakam. "Shree Mataji wants you to prepare this for the Puja". I became completely thoughtless. Till the puja time I just figured out how to read the Sanskrit verses. When we sat at the Puja and Shree Mataji made a gesture towards me to start singing the Sthuti, I do not know from where came the melody, and so beautifully my foreign brothers played the musical instruments. It appeared I had fully prepared the rendition. Such are the miraculous experiences I have had with the Strotams & Stutis of the great Seer Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Do read an elaborate account of the recording of Ganesha Sthuti - Hemja Sutam bhaje..." in the Album notes of the Album PHUHAAR.