Holi 1980 Music Taped in The Crowd - One Foundation

Prem Rawat dressed as Krishna in 1980 In the early 1980's Prem Rawat, then still calling himself Guru Maharaj Ji, encouraged a strong Indian devotional flavour in Divine Light Mission. He had begun wearing Indian type clothing on stage, after discarding them briefly in 1976, and he dressed as the God Krishna with gaudy costume jewellery crowns and danced on stage. His number one follower, Mahatma Gurucharanand, began singing Indian bhajans and in 1982 recorded a cassette tape of them called "Court Of Love" with some other followers (the former Mahatma Padarthanand, the former Initiator Arthur Brigham) calling themselves the Holy Jesters.

The main DLM band, One Foundation, also began recording Indian bhajan style songs and a friend of mine recorded some of the music they played at the 1980 Holi Festival with a small tape recorder while sitting in the crowd listening. The tape was still playable in 2003 and I digitised the songs. The titles alone tell the story that Rawat was teaching about Himself:

Guru Maharaj Ji He Is Our Divine Father
How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Him
Save Me
You Are My Savior
Your Love Is The Only Answer

Focus On The Form
Guru Maharaj Ji He Is Our Divine Father
Holi Holi Holi
How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Him
I Belong To You
Leaving This World
Leaving Your Lotus Feet
Meditating On Your Love
Nothing's Gonna Change My Heart
Save Me
Theres A Storm Outside
Apani Hasti
(Those Who Lose Themselves In Your Lotus Feet)
Traders Of The Holy Name
We've Only Just Begun
Whatever It Is Between Us
You Are My Savior
Your Love Is The Only Answer

Lyrics:

Focus

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

In your heart cherish the feet of Satguru
Always pranam to the supreme power the Satguru

In your heart cherish the form of Satguru
Always pranam to the supreme power the Satguru

No one should remain in illusion's misery
Without Satguru no one is ever set free

No one should remain in illusion's misery
Without Satguru no one is ever set free

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy
 
To our souls he's the perfect destination
He removes the false and grants true devotion

To our souls he's the perfect destination
He removes the false and grants true devotion
 
Satguru ends the sufferings of birth and death
Endless his glory, infinite his praises

Satguru ends the sufferings of birth and death
Endless his glory, infinite his praises

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

Truth is revealed only by satguru's grace
The soul becomes intoxicated by his grace
 
Truth is revealed only be satguru's grace
The soul becomes intoxicated by his grace
 
His blessings unfold the lotus of the heart
Light appears within and darkness departs
 
His blessings unfold the lotus of the heart
Light appears within and darkness departs

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

Satguru is the creator the lord of destiny
He is the supreme power and will always be
 
Satguru is the creator the lord of destiny
He is the supreme power and will always be
 
Nanak has been given this revelation
Without Satguru no one attains liberation

Nanak has been given this revelation
Without Satguru no one attains liberation

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

Focus on the form of Guru Maharaj Ji
Always remember his every word is holy

In your heart cherish the form of Satguru
Always pranam to the supreme power the Satguru

Always pranam to the supreme power the Satguru
repeat ….. (to fade)

Holi holi holi

Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo

Holi holi holi time
Chance to let our love light shine
Lord of all the universe
Is coming out to play

We are the lovers of the Living Lord
And we've come here to enjoy
We just could not wait anymore
Cause our hearts were born for him

Holi holi holi time
Chance to let our love light shine
Lord of all the universe
Is coming out to play

He is the father of divine love
And he's come to lift us higher
In his eyes there's a flame of love
In his heart there burns a fire

Holi holi holi time
Chance to let our love light shine
Lord of all the universe
Is coming out to play

We will always love him
To the end of the evermore
So let our hearts rejoice in ecstasy
Just to see his divine form

Holi holi holi times
Chance to let our love light shine
Lord of all the universe
Is coming out to play

 

Apani Hasti

Chorus:
Those who lose themselves
into your Lotus Feet
They please You, Oh my Lord
with their surrender complete

Chorus

What can be said about your devotees?
who give you all of their love
What can be said about your devotees?
who give you all of their love

Their tears of longing
bring tears to your shining eyes
Their tears of longing
bring tears to your shining eyes

Chorus

They beg You to be with us
With such a voice of longing

Their devotion compels You
to come to see your devotees
Chorus

Even though hardships, poverty
and troubles come to them
They are welcomed as gifts
from your Holy Lotus Feet

Chorus

Guru Maharaj Ji, He Is Our Divine Father

Guru Maharaj Ji, He is our Divine Father
We are His children
He's come to tenderly gather
Only at His Lotus Feet
And there we shall be forever
The love of Maharaji
Keeps this world spinning round
He is the purest vibration
No-one as pure can be found

Black, black, black is the colour of ???
His lips are something light as rain
The purest eyes and the ???
I love the ground whereon he steps
I love my Lord and now he's come
I love the ground whereon he walks
And in the perfect light I see
My life was yours ????

Guru Maharaj Ji, He is our Divine Father
We are His children
He's come to tenderly gather
Only at His Lotus Feet
And there we shall be forever
And there we shall be forever

Bhole Shri Satguru Dev Maharaj Ki Jai

How Beautiful Are The Feet Of Him

How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings the message of Peace
How beautiful are the Feet
How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings the message of Peace

How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings the message of Peace

And gives the sacred knowledge
And brings the sacred Knowledge
The Knowledge of eternal love
And brings the sacred Knowledge
The Knowledge of eternal love
The Knowledge of eternal love

How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings true love to the earth
How beautiful are the Feet
How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings true love to the earth

How beautiful are the Feet of Him
Who brings true love to the earth
And brings the sacred Knowledge
And brings the sacred Knowledge
The Knowledge of eternal love
Who brings the sacred Knowledge
The Knowledge of eternal love
The Knowledge of eternal love
The Knowledge of eternal love

I Belong To You

I belong to You
Take what is Yours forever
You are no stranger in my heart
You know that we have both been waiting
Anticipating, this moment

You belong to me
We can no longer hide our love
I am no stranger in Your kingom
You have created me, so carefully
And I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now

I belong to You
Take what is Yours forever
I am no stanger in Your kingdom
You have created me so carefully
And I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now

I need Your love
Just so I can go on living
Wrap me in your love
And write Your name all over me
So I can tell them
I belong to You now
I belong to You now
I belong to You now

Leaving This World

Chorus:
Leaving this world
When you go away
None will accompany you
On that day
Why do you say this is mine?
Everything will be left behind
No one will remain
We are here for a short time
The soul will fly away

Chorus

For the fulfillment of your senses
You are seeking wealth and pleasures
When death comes to claim you
You must leave all your worldly treasures
Nothing can you carry away
This is the river of satsang
So let you dive so deep
If you miss this opportunity
Then one day you will weep
And none will wipe your tears away
So love the Feet of Satguru
Oh premies, day and night
He will grant you perfect freedom
From darkness into light
Bondage will be cut away

Chorus
repeat

Save Me

Oh Guru Maharaj Ji
You are all powerful
There is nothing you can't do
I know that you can save me
Or let me go too
So I pray as humbly as I can
If you find it in your heart
Find it in your mercy
In your compassion
To save me
Please would you? ? Oowoowoowoo

Please would you?

Oh Guru Maharaj Ji,
You are all powerful
There is nothing you can't do

To you there are thousands
To me you're my only one
So I pray as humbly as I can
Would you please accept me
Please protect me
Just look at me
And save me
Please would you? ? Oowoowoowoo

Please would you?

This is my prayer of the heart
Keep me in your shelter
Never to be apart
This is my prayer of the heart

Oh Guru Maharaj Ji,
You are all powerful
And there is nothing you can't do
I know that you can save me
Or let me go too
So I pray as humbly as I can
If you find it in your heart
Find it in your mercy
In your compassion
To save me
Please would you? Oowoowoowoo
Please would you?

This is my prayer of the heart
Keep me in your shelter
Never to be apart
This is my prayer of the heart
repeat
Save me, please

Whatever It Is That's Between Us

Chorus:
Whatever it is that's between us
Please take it all away
For the loneliness and the longing for You
Is growing more every day
Like the waves of an ocean
I feel Your love washing over me
Whispering Your Holy Name purify me

My Lord you are all
And warmer than the sun
There is a power in your smile
That brings my heart undone
For you have shown me
Thee deepest love
That anyone could know
And I feel your grace throughout me
Everywhere I go

Chorus

After many days of sadness
And searching for You
You came with all your radiance
To show me what is true
And you have loved me tenderly
Your have saved my soul
Now I gaze in wonder
And watch your magic unfold

Chorus

Your Love Is The Only Answer

Well I tried to work the whole thing out
What my life is all about
All I ever seem to do
Is just fall more in love with you
There seems to be no end of trouble
That my mind can make inside my head
I'm learning to turn away from myself
And turn to you instead

Chorus:
Cause your love is the only answer
Your love is the only answer
Your love is the only answer
To it all, to it all

Well I tried looking for the reason
Why I feel the way I do for you
Just want to give up my story
Do what you want me to do
There's a lot of people searching for answers
There's a lot of people telling lies
I don't want to take any chances
I want you to show me a sign

Chorus

Everyone's searching for your love
Nobody's seen that it's you they're dreaming of
Don't let me take this life for granted
Don't let me wait to see the love that you have planted
In my heart, in my heart

There seems to be no end of trouble
That my mind can make inside my head
I'm learning to turn away from myself
And turn to you instead

Chorus
repeat


Nothing's Gonna Change My Heart

Some people say that love never lasts
It's just an old fashioned game
When it starts to crumble
Better chack out fast
Cause it'll always turn out the same

Ooh ooh
Nothing gonna change my heart
Something inside me believes only love
Gonna give me everything I need

Every time I give my heart to somebody
It right back on me

Cause I can't escape my history