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Temple of Love

RasaAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Earth Records
  • ASIN: B000E3LCQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jaya Radhe
2. Adaram madhuram
3. Sundara Mor
4. Doya Koro
5. Parama Karuna
6. Om Punam
7. Srita Kamala
8. He Krishna
9. Return

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Rasa return with another CD of dream hymns from India. Taking their early cues from the pop arrangements of the 1970 George Harrison-produced hit "Govinda" by the Radha Krsna Temple, they turn Indian bhajans or hymns into often intoxicating entreaties. As on previous discs, Hans Christian creates deeply layered orchestrations of cello, sitar, sarangi (a bowed Indian stringed instrument), electronics, and percussion. That's the pond upon which singer Kim Waters drops her chant melodies in one of those serene voices that descend from the heavens. While other Rasa albums tended toward the slow-trance electronica side of groove, Temple of Love had a dreamier, contemplative sound often free of rhythm. "Jaya Radhe" and "Parama Karuna" follow this path with Waters in a free-float over drones that unfold like colored smoke. But rhythm isn't completely absent. "Doya Koro" and "Om Purnam" have slow, seductive trance pulses that mix loops and Indian hand percussion. However, "Adharam Madhuram" almost heads into ethno-lounge terrain. The title of this album, Temple of Love, refers to the temples of Khajuraho in India, known for their erotic carvings and love stories. Rasa could have provided their perfect soundtrack. These aren't your standard Hare Krishna chants anymore. --John Diliberto

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More sinuous, sensual Indian fusion from Rasa September 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the gentlest and quietest of Rasa's recordings of Indian devotional songs, and perhaps the one best suited for deep meditation. The tone of "Temple of Love" is a bit more whimsical and spacey than that of previous albums, with more synthesizer ambience and less emphasis on drum beats. Kim Waters' voice glides and croons above a symphony of gentle instrumentals, overdubbed by Hans Christian on a multitude of stringed instruments ranging from cello and Scandinavian nyckleharpa to Indian sitar and sarangi, not to mention keyboards and ethnic percussion. Though unique unto itself, Rasa's music was developing a tendency to all sound the same after a while. This dreamy, laid back album is a welcome departure, with some new modes and melodies, and different orchestrations. That being said, the first track "Jaya Radhe" (while not at all the same as the similarly named "Jaya Radha" from the previous album, "Shelter") does sound very similar to something I remember hearing on an earlier release, but I can't place it. The other songs, however, are fresh and new. For more by Rasa, try "Light and Spirit," Hans Christian's solo venture into the world of Renaissance polyphony, with his unique blend of cello, nyckelharpa and sarangi overdubs in tow. It's an interesting twist on the repertoire!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Transcendence June 7, 2006
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Rasa's latest offering creates the space for the listener to not only transcend universal consciousness but to actually FEEL the the cellular structure relax and align to the memory of Oneness. It's a carefully crafted process - tracks 1-5 set the stage so gently the mind doesn't quite realize what's occurring, track 6 is "lift-off," tracks 7-9 afford the opportunity to live in that state of eternal remembrance. Many, many thanks for sharing this amazing gift, Rasa!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RASA AT THEIR BEST August 21, 2014
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In Temple of Love, the 2006 release by Hans Christian and Kim Waters, the Rasa duo continue with more devotional songs of India. Like the albums, Devotion and Shelter, the themes are the same but the mood is more soft and dreamier.

As before, Kim handles all the vocals, while Hans provides all the instrumentation. Hans plays the sarangi, diruba, uda, kartals, sitara, keyboards and cello, while Kim's sweet angelic voice is soothing and incomparable. And is guaranteed to slow the rhythum of your heart. The vocals are sung in Sanscrit and Bengali but one need not comprehend these ancient languages in order to completely enjoy the amazing tranquility of her voice.

The temple town of Khajuraho in central India built c. 950 CE. are often called the "temples of Love". Kama (love) symbols of life and creation had religious sanction as one of the aims of life, along with dharma (piety) and artha (economic persuits), the full attainment of all three leads to maksha or salvation.

The sound of Rasa is unlike anything you've heard. Rasa is a Sanskrit word meaning: the taste or essence of any impression; the aesthetic experience in transcendence; the emotional fulfillment of the soul; the essence of Divine Love.

I have all of Rasa's albums and would not part from them. I am certain anyone would profoundly enjoy this experience of devotional joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Balance December 11, 2013
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Gently, respectfully blissful. Good for mediation, gentle yoga, or as background music for your environment. I found myself playing this over and over and just being in the ambiance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music. February 26, 2013
By Kamran
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Beautiful music, and great sound. I don't understand the language, so it is like listening to mantra. It does lift my spirit and put me in a higher state.
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