Anand Band

This is one of the earliest band of premies in the West and their songs were sung regularly in satsang meetings, at least in Australia. They also provided songs for the early DLM films and for the 1996 "historical" video, I Have This Knowledge. I doubt that "King of Kings" is being played publicly at Rawat's events these days but "Spread This Knowledge" has been one of the all-time Rawatism favourites and is still being sung 40 years later by Rawat's daughter which is rather pathetic really as the Knowledge hasn't spread as anyone sitting in a hall at one of Rawat's "events" can plainly see.

Anand BandMembers of the Anand Band included Polly Bolton, Kevin Dempsey and Tim Hain. Hain is still a professional musicican and a devoted follower 40 years later, appearing at Rawat's "events" and his song "Feel Like A King" was the highlight (to me) of the Long Beach 1995 CD. Guitar virtuoso Dempsey has been playing with some of the giants of British folk including Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick though he seems to specialise in playing with fiddlers, especially young and beautiful ones. Ms Bolton who also sang with Blue Aquarius has had a long and varied artistic career. "You Call To Us Oh Lord" was used in 1998 in the Élan Vital short video the Connection though 'Lord' was replaced by 'Maharaji' which is a ridiculous substitution as Rawat translates 'Maharaji' as "the Ultimate Ruler" but then only his devotees know that.

Their music provides further evidence for the truism "Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread." Though they had only limited meditation experience and knew next to nothing about their guru they believed the young Maharaji was the Perfectly Realized One, the immortal and incarnate God and in songs such as Lord of the Universe, King of Kings, Oh Lord We've Been Waiting So Long and If You Want To Go To Heaven they recorded their faith for all to hear. They expressed ecstatic love for the unprepossessing, short, fat, pimply and luxury loving Perfect Master, a love based on virtually no actual relationship with Rawat himself but on much self-deception, peer pressure and ignorance. It is likely that most of these singers, musicians and song-writers no longer have any belief in their one-time Lord of the Universe but even those who have remained devotees for 40 years will now deny he is God, ever was God and that if they really believed that he used to be God they were mistaken and were victims of a conspiracy by his family and the Indian, shaven-headed, saffron robe-wearing, so-called mahatmas who brainwashed them with Hindu concepts.

Anand BandThe Lord of the Universe LP - Anand Band, 13 tracks, 57.17


Thine To Thee EP - Anand Band

The Anand Band were also involved in recording a 7" 45 RPM EP Record - Shri Guru Maharaj Ji/Anand Band - Thine To Thee in 1972 which included 3 of their songs and a section of Prem Rawat's speech at the Montrose Guru Puja festival in June 1972.
Full details of this EP are available here.

Anand Band SIDE 1

1. Satgurudev Shri Sant Ji Maharaj - Guru Puja Montrose, Colorado USA. 26th June, 1972

2. Lila - Anand Band

SIDE 2

1. Sweet Bird of the Morning - Anand Band

2. Walking Satsang (We Are Your Voices) - Anand Band


Anand Band Song Lyrics

The Lord of the Universe

The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
And He's come to show us Light
And He's come to show us Love
And He's come to show us the Way
Back to our Father.

Open up your heart to the Universe of Love
And He will fill you up.
Open up your heart to the Universe of Love
And He will fill you up.

The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
And He's come to show us Light
And He's come to show us Love
And He's come to show us the Way
Back to our Father

Open up your heart to the Universe of Love
And He will fill you up.
Open up your heart to the Universe of Love
And He will fill you up.

The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
The Lord of the Universe
Has come to us this day
And He's come to show us Light
And He's come to show us Love
And He's come to show us the Way
Back to our Father
Back to our Father
Back to our Father
Back to our Father
Back to our Father.


First Time I Saw Him

"Well, the first time I saw Him, O the first time I saw Him,
Though I was smiling, I had tears in my eyes.
The first time I saw Him I just had to adore Him,
I knew I had found Him whom I waited for.

O Guru Maharaj Ji, O Guru Maharaj Ji,
Now you've come down from your home in the sky.
Oh He showed me something, Oh He showed me something,
Now I feel so happy that inside I could cry.

Will someone remind me that I'm getting older
Because I'm having trouble remembering that.
I feel so happy, I feel so happy,
I feel so happy that inside I could fly.

Well, we have seen Guru Maharaj Ji coming in Glory,
Moving like lightning from the east to the west.
So come on my brother and lay down before Him,
Just give Him your love and give Him your mind.

Yes, we have all seen Maharaj Ji coming in Glory,
Moving like lightning from the east to the west.
So rise up my brother and lay down before Him,
Just give Him your love and give Him your mind.


This song was a popular one in the '70s, and it was still sung to Maharaji to this day during programs. It was included on the Drifting CD with the words 'Lord' and 'Father' being replaced by 'Maharaji' to make it less controverisal. As Maharaji translates 'Maharaji' as Ultimate Ruler it relies on ignorance to remove the possible controversy. It was performed at the celebration for the 25th Anniversary of his arrival in the West.

You Call To Us Oh Lord

You call to us, Oh Lord
Like the flower calls to the bee.
And we rush to You, Oh Lord,
Like the rivers rush to the sea.

Chorus.
And though we'll try every day
To walk Your golden Way
Only by Your Grace,
By Your Mercy, can we approach You.

You're the only one, dear Master,
You're the one that we need.
Draw the veil away, true lover,
Plant Your Holy seed.

Chorus.

Wake us from our dream, Oh Father,
Show us why we're alive.
Hear us breathe Your Name, Oh Father,    
Let us come back Inside.

Chorus.

Your love Is all, Maharaj Ji,
We've only sorrows to give.
But now we weep for joy, Maharaj Ji,
And You're the reason we live.

Chorus.

When we see You smile, Maharaj Ji,
Confusion's so far away.
Let us sing Your praise forever,
And make You smile every day.

Chorus.

Soon the world will know, Oh Lord,
That there's no reason to room
May we serve You well, Oh Lord,
To call Your lost children home.

Chorus.

You call to us, Oh Lord,
Like the flower calls to the bee.
And we rush to You, Oh Lord,
Like the rivers rush to the sea.

Chorus.

golden way
S. Kane

You call to us Maharaji
Like the flower calls to the bee
And we rush to you Maharaji
Like the rivers rush to the sea

Chorus
And though we'll try everyday
To walk your golden way
Only by your grace, by your mercy
Can we approach you

You're the only one dear master
You're the one that we need
Draw the veil away true lover
Bring your love close to me

Chorus

Wake us from our dream
Maharaji Show us why we're alive
Hear us breathe your name Maharaji    
Let us come back inside
Chorus
Your love is all Maharaji
We've only longing to give
And now we weep for joy Maharaji
With a deeper reason to live

Chorus

When we see you smile Maharaji
Confusion's so far away
Let us sing your praise forever
And make you smile everyday

Chorus


Oh Lord We've Been Waiting So Long

Chorus

Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
We thought You'd never come.

Chorus

Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
Oh Lord we've been waiting so long
We thought You'd never come.
But You have

The middle of the summer of seventy one
Few of us knew that the Lord had really come,
But The Truth can't remain a secret for too long
Cause He's gonna turn the whole world on, very quickly,
He's gonna turn the whole world on.

CHORUS

Ants aren't 7 inches tall,
And elephants are never known to be 2 inches small,
But, you know, all through this day and all through this night
There's such a light inside us all, keepin us alive,
A light inside us all.

CHORUS

Who is as old as the age of the sun
And who will be young when the sun cycles run?
Only the Perfectly Realized One
And He's gonna turn the whole world on, with His Love
Yes, He's gonna turn the whole world on, we've gotta help Him

CHORUS

Material things must all pass away
The same way that night always follows the day;
You'll always have such a price to pay
If you put your trust in these things .
Oh, don't you put your trust in these things.

CHORUS

CHORUS -- Fade out.


There's A Light In Me

Verse 1.
Up and down, and round and round we go
Looking for the answer
That we don't really know;
Dear friend, come home
Don't be alone.

Chorus.
There's a light in you
There's a light in me too
Guru Maharaj Ji will show you.

Verse 2.
You talk as If you haven't got a care.
But you're still searchin'
Searchin' and searchin' everywhere.
Dear friend, come home
Don't be alone.

Chorus.

Verse 3.
You have traveled far to find your heavenly abode
With a heavy pack along a dusty road.
Dear friend, come home.
Don't be alone.

Chorus.

Verse 4.
Up and down and round and round we go
Living in duality we never find reality.
Dear friend, come home
Don't be alone.

Chorus.

Dear friend, come home
Come home.


King of Kings

Verse 1.
We've been wandering through these crazy times
Looking for some peace of mind
Searching for a love that will never die
But the faith we put in selfish feelings
Always left us not believing
Living our existence as a lie.

Chorus.
But then the King of Kings
Has held out His hand
And is leading His children from every darkened land
To the universal light inside
And the Truth that we're all brothers and sisters
In the Holy Word of Light.

Verse 2.
If you took all the wealth of ages,
All the knowledge from all the pages,
And brought them like a mountain to His feet,
The Love of Maharaj Ji
Would dim the brightest diamond
And make the sweetest poem seem incomplete.

Chorus.

Verse 3. Instrumental

Chorus. ( 3 times )


Satguru, Your Face Is Like The Sun

Satguru I'm calling you (repeat a few times)

Satguru your face is like the sun
It's giving light to shine on everyone
The way to liberation through you has come

Satguru He reached out his hand to me
He graced me with His truthful company
Oh how Your love goes on endlessly

Satguru please come into my heart
Your eyes are like the universe of love
Let me be Your flower at Your Lotus Feet

Satguru your face is like the sun
It's giving light to turn on everyone
The way to liberation through you has come

Satguru I'm calling you (repeat a few times)


Peace and Bliss is Satguru

Somewhere beyond all reason
Far from all time and space
There's a valley deep with wisdom
And a mountain high with Grace

Stop before you try to imagine
You will never comprehend
The peace and glory deep inside
With no beginning and no end
We love Guru Maharaj Ji
Know His Name It's strong and true
Ask Him for His perfect Knowledge
Peace and bliss is Satguru

Repeat 2nd section ("Stop before …")
And sing last line, "Peace and bliss is
Satguru" three times.


If You Want To Go To Heaven
Oh hand me down my walking cane Oh hand me down my walking cane
Oh hand me down my walking cane
I'm gonna catch that midnight train
All my sins are taken away

If you want to go to heaven, Guru Maharaj Ji takes you there
If you want to go to heaven, Guru Maharaj Ji takes you there
If you want to go to heaven don't die in despair
Guru Maharaj Ji will take you there
All my sins are taken away

Oh I got drunk and put in gaol
Oh I got drunk and put in gaol
Oh I got drunk and put in gaol
Guru Maharaj Ji has paid my bail
All my sins are taken away

Oh I'm at peace at last you know
Cause Guru Maharaj Ji has me for His own
Every day I meditate
And I hope you're not too late
All my sins are taken away


Little tears of happiness

Little tears of happiness
Falling from your face
Little smiles of sunshine,
It's Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace.

Don't you know?
He's the Savior come
Don't you know?
He's the Perfect One
Guru Maharaj Ji,
Guru Maharaj Ji's the One, One.

Just take His hand
Be at His command
And you'll find Peace of mind
At His Lotus Feet.

Don't you know?
He's the Savior come
Don't you know?
He's the Perfect One
Guru Maharaj Ji,
Guru Maharaj Ji's the One, One.

Let Him take your hand
To the promised land
Where we are free
And smiling's the only
Way to be, with

Little tears of happiness
Falling from your face
Little smiles of sunshine
It's Guru Maharaj Ji,
Guru Maharaj Ji's Grace, Grace.


You Are My Only Light

Guru Maharaj Ji
You are my only light
You gave me direction
The way is clear and bright,
And I love You
I love You
I love You, my Lord.

You showed me the secret
Hidden deep within
Brighter than a million suns.
How can I begin
To thank you,
To thank you,
To thank you, my Lord.


We Love You Guru Maharaji
You are not your body
You are not your mind
You are really something
Lying far behind
Immortality is just a step away So find the Perfect Master Seek Him out today We love you Guru Maharaj Ji (repeat)

All of the things that you loved until today
Better realise that they all must fade away
Why not give your love to the thing which never dies
And also to the man who shows you where your feeling lies
We love you Guru Maharaj Ji (repeat)

Well we all get very fond of our worries and our fears
We build them up over years and years and years
But Guru Maharaj Ji says let them all go
He shows us the only thing that we really need to know
We love you Guru Maharaj Ji (repeat)
Yes we do
We love you Guru Maharaj Ji (repeat)


Spread This Knowledge

chorus:
Spread this Knowledge to every land
To tell them our Lord Is here
Then they'll all come to His Lotus Feet
For their true selves to appear.

When confusion has gone from your mind,
And there's no shadow following you
You'll all know Satchitanand.
You'll know love is true.

And when the Golden Age Is here,
And there's no darkness on this earth,
Guru Maharaj Ji will smile everywhere
And you'll know love.

chorus

Spread This Knowledge (1990's version)

Chorus:
Spread this knowledge to every land
To show them true love is here
So they can know the treasure within
For their true selves to appear

When the doorway is opened within
There's a journey inside
Where the mysteries of love will unfold
To feel our heart's true desire

When your heart starts to lead the way
And there is no shadow following you
You will know the answer inside
You'll know love is true

Chorus

When your heart is filled with light
All your doubts will disappear
You will feel your heart delight
Then the sweetest sound you will hear

When the pain and suffering are gone
Then the light will fill your day
You will see the hopeful dawn
Then with joy you will say

Chorus

SECTION TWO:

Jai Satchitanand.
Truth is the consciousness of bliss.
Jai Satchitanand.
Truth is the consciousness of bliss.
Yes it is. Yes it is. Yes it is. Yes it is.
All things must surely pass.
You soul inside it will always last.
We could never describe
The secret that is keeping you alive.
The kingdom of heaven is within.
We say that just because we have seen it.
Though all your friends might turn away,
Troubles surround you everyday,
Don't you worry, don't you cry.
There is peace lying right between your eyes.
Yes there is. Yes there is. Yes there is.
Right between your eyes.

BOLIE SATGURUDEV MAHARAJ KI JAI (Repeat, Fade Out)

TRUTH, CONSCIOUSNESS AND BLISS

Truth, consciousness and bliss
Let the heart feel free
Truth, consciousness and bliss
Know true love is here
Truth, consciousness and bliss
Feel the heaven on earth
Truth, consciousness and bliss
Let the light fill your day
Truth, consciousness and bliss
True heaven is within

Yes it is …

All things must surely pass
The soul inside it will always last
We could never describe
The secret that is keeping us alive
The kingdom of heaven is within
We say that just because we have seen it
Though all your dreams might fade away
Trouble surrounds you every day
Don't you worry, don't you cry
There is peace lying right deep inside

Yes it is…

Let your heart lead the way

Let this love fill your day


Lila      Click here for definition of Lila

He is our own Satguru
And we should love him.
He's brighter than a thousand seas
Shining in the sun.
He is pure and fresh
As the early morning dew.

I'd wish I was a little bird
Flying high in every tree.
But then how would I see
Guru Maharaj Ji?

Chorus:
He is lila, lila,
And his game has just begun.

I'd wish I was a little stream
Flowing down to the sea.
But then how would I see
Guru Maharaj Ji?

Chorus

For we are all like little streams
Flowing down to his ocean.
And all the Earth combines
His love and pure devotion.

Chorus

He is our own Satguru
And we should love him.
He is brighter than a thousand seas
Shining in the sun.
He is pure and fresh
As the early morning dew.

He is lila, lila,