Video and Audio

O Master — Ananda World Brotherhood Virtual Choir


July 3, 2020

The Ananda World Brotherhood Choir went VIRTUAL for this special performance of "O Master." More than ninety (90) singers participated, recording from their homes in Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, and Pune (India); Tel Aviv (Israel); Milano (Italy); and California, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington (USA). It was a great joy to feel our oneness in spirit as we sang "together" in this way and we look forward to doing it again soon.

LYRICS

O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.

O Master, may Thy wisdom guide our ways.

 

The time has come for us to see

That there’s but one reality

Upon the earth and high above:

The truth that all was made from love.

A love that calls to us to fly

Above the hills, above the sky,

Above the storms, above the pain:

A land where peace and laughter reign.

 

O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.

O Master, may thy wisdom guide our ways.

 

Guide all our hopes and all our dreams

Past every glow that only seems,

Into the light, the inner sun,

Into the truth that we’re all one.

Help us to find in every hour,

In every thought in every flower,

A joy that spans eternity,

The truth that makes us ever free.

 

O Master, may Thy joy fill our days.

O Master, may Thy wisdom guide our ways.

 

From Swami Kriyananda As We Have Known Him, by Asha Nayaswami, pg. 238:

“The melody for one of the most beloved songs in the Ananda repertoire, ‘O Master,’ was not written by Swamiji, but by a woman in the community named Mukti [LaMar]. She also wrote lyrics. The chorus is hers, but the verses Swamiji rewrote to be clearer and more poetic. When Mukti heard Swamiji’s version, she was delighted. ‘Yes!’ she said. ‘That is exactly what I was trying to say!’ ‘Mukti took the inspiration she felt from my songs,’ Swamiji said, ‘and used it to tune into her own creativity, to express the divine in her way. She succeeded beautifully. I can hardly listen to that song without weeping.’”