I'm excited to be recording a new album!
After a gap of more than 10 years, I'm finally back in the studio and recording my third album, and I am inviting you all to be a part of this production! This album marks a renewed beginning for me, as it was started more than 8 years ago when my guru-brother friend and Sanskrit scholar, Stephen Parker (Stoma), shared with me 8 beautiful Gayatri mantras. From that moment, I new I had to create an album for them. Gayatri mantras are powerful catalysts for transformation, for awakening the illumined sun that lies within, for manifesting that brilliance. So at the start of this year I reached out to my friend and colleague, Hans Christian, a seasoned producer and artist extraordinaire, to collaborate with me. And we made it our goal to complete this album before summer.
The focus on this album will be to lead the listeners within...
Those in the deeper world of yoga and meditation and other sacred practices understand that there is something that awakens when the mind enters stillness. There is something that escorts you back to yourself, to the heart of the divine. These mantras carry me back to those sacred traditions where miracles are part of who we are, and they are part of what we have come here to experience. And I want to share those blessings with you in these recordings.
This Light of Savitri album will be comprised of 8 Gayatri mantras, with an initial song to the guru (light within), an offering to that light within us all. A bonus track (9th gayatri) will also be offered exclusively to all my backers in this kickstarter (see details below)! Dr. Dale Buegel, author and mentor to many yoga students and teachers around the world, notes that the focus of the Gayatri mantra is to awaken Savitri (another name for Gayatri) at the heart, where our inner sun dwells. This album of sacred mantras is being recorded as an offering to awaken the sun within us all.
May that compassionate and eternal One awaken in our hearts as self-realization.
SPECIAL REWARDS FOR MY BACKERS!
1) SPECIAL REWARD FOR OUR PLEDGING EARLY BIRDERS!
Because Kickstarter often a boost to those who raise a greater amount of funds in the first 24 hours of launching, I’m giving an added bonus to those of you who jump on board and pledge today to support this campaign. Because I love you all already for giving me a little early boost so I won’t feel like I’m sitting at home, all alone, in the dark...
All backers who pledge $50 or more by midnight Day 2 (Wednesday April 24th) will get their names added to the home page of my official www.RaganiWorld.com website and on a special “thank you” post on my personal and artist Facebook pages along with pictures of cute baby animals for helping me to launch this Kickstarter campaign! PLUS... any backers who pledge $108 or more by midnight Day 2 will get ONE ADDITIONAL SIGNED CD shipped to them as my way of saying thank you for the kickstart to my fundraising campaign!
Bonus advance virtual hugs and blessings will go out through the ethers to everyone who shares my campaign posts on any social media and/or with their friends who would benefit from the healing and meditative benefits of the eight Gayatri mantras being recorded in Light of Savitri album.
2) EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK for ALL BACKERS of this Kickstarter Campaign!
ALL BACKERS of this Kickstarter will receive an EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK “Enlightenment” as a digital download at the time of their rewards delivery! This special Gayatri bonus track will NOT be on the forthcoming Light of Savitri CD, and it will NOT be publicly released until June 2020—that’s a full year from now! This track will feature the special Brahma Gayatri mantra (and it will be similar in style to the Gayatri mantra recordings on the Light of Savitri album, but with a slightly Gregorian chant feel). I can’t wait to share this special exclusive bonus track with all of my backers as another way of saying “thank you” to each and every one of you for supporting this project of mine! :-)
3) Special Purification/Illumination Session #1 for ALL BACKERS
Awaken the Light within with Ragani: Names of all backers who pledge by midnight Sunday, April 28th will be included in a special morning prayers, as a private purification/illumination session that I (Ragani) will conduct at 6:30am CT USA Monday, April 29th after my morning meditation. The session will consist of a full 108 silent repetitions of Gayatri mantra (will take approximately 20 minutes to complete). Intentions will be held for each of the backers during these 108 repetitions to bring blessings, clarity, purification and awakening at this time. Backers are encouraged to join me in silently repeating the Gayatri mantra during this time or to sit in silent meditation (if they are not familiar with the gayatri), regardless of where they are in the world (the awakened ones know that there is no separation in the heart while repeating these mantras). I'd be delighted too if you were inspired to share any experiences (no matter how big or small) here on this kickstarter page that you had during/after this special session for purification/illumination... so feel free to post your comments/experiences here after either of the 108 Gayatri repetition sessions is completed. May you all experience the light of illumination in your hearts.
Special Purification/Illumination Sessions #2 and #3 for ALL BACKERS: Two additional ceremonies will take place on May 9th (Thursday) and May 16th (Thursday) at 6:30am CT USA after the Kickstarter is completed for all backers who participated in the Kickstarter. Names of all backers will be included in this special final session for purification & illumination. I again welcome your participation by sitting at home with me during this time in silent meditation and/or with repetition of the gayatri mantra. Comments on any experiences during or after this special session are welcome on the feedback page of this kickstarter. May you all awaken to the light within and share that light with all those around you. Please see updates for free streams/downloads for learning and following along at home with the Gayatri for all backers!
4) SPECIAL JULY PURCHASES OF LIGHT OF SAVITRI FOR $10!
If you pledge $15 or more to this Kickstarter project, you will have the option to buy more Light of Savitri CDs for only $10 each during the entire month of July (month of Guru Purnima, full moon celebration month of the light within), and with only $5 flat rate mailing for addresses within the US (regardless of how many you purchase). Or find Ragani in person and save the shipping! :-)
I need to raise at least $14,000 for the production of this Light of Savitri album, which will feature the sacred mantras used for meditation, healing and awakening. The break-down in costs associated with this CD are as follows:
- CD recording – sidemen/artists fees = $2500
- CD song mixing & mastering costs = $4,500
- CD brochure design/layout costs = $800
- CD replication & printing of brochure costs = $3,800
- Mailing CD’s/packing materials = $1500
- Kickstarter keeps 5% = $700
- Amazon keeps up to 5% (US-based pledges) = $700
This all comes to a little over $14,000, and there may be additional costs in packing/mailing the CD’s and delivering the rewards to all of you, as well as plenty of costs for marketing and promoting this album once it's released.
What if we reach the goal and go well beyond the Stretch Goal (see below) as well?
I'd be elated!!! I'd climb to the top of the tallest building and shout for joy!!! And then I'd come back down and get to work!
I'm keeping the costs for this campaign to a minimum, though if it were to be the case that you all completely overwhelm me and surpass this goal and go well beyond my stretch goal (see below), I will promise to you that each and every dime will be well spent toward the production of my second album this year! Yes, you read that right. If there are any additional funds, I will officially begin my next album recording (which is already fully ready to be recorded and only waiting for funding) THIS YEAR! I've already spoken to Hans Christian and he's on board for this next album, which will include some amazing songs you all have been waiting for. So bring it on!
I am truly so grateful to you all for supporting me in this endeavor to create this sacred healing mantra music and to help me share it with all the world. Once this project is completed and all rewards are mailed out, I would love to hear any beautiful stories of changes in your lives that resulted from these Gayatri mantras being played. They are powerful mantras of awakening, and I am so inspired to be sharing them with all of you!
KICKSTARTER STRETCH GOAL & REWARD FOR ALL BACKERS:
If my initial goal of $14,000 is passed and we reach my stretch goal of $16,000, I have a wonderful surprise in store for you! If my stretch goal is reached, I’m going to pitch a tent in my studio for the rest of this spring (yes I am!) and complete the dance-able mantra beat track “Bring Me Home” (featuring our beloved rapper Mr. Logek) with my mix-master ninja friend Kyle White for you to listen to when you want to get up off your meditation cushion and dance with all the world! It will be a song for celebration and if we reach $16,000, EVERYONE who backs this Light of Savitri Kickstarter will get a BONUS ADVANCE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of this song! If you love to dance to music, you’re going to love this song and it's got a beautiful message too! [Deliver by August, 2019]
Details of Special Rewards & Goodies:
For all levels of this Kickstarter, there will be the 4 additional rewards as described above. In addition, there are the following rewards (limited offerings):
FULL PASS TICKETS to the Midwest Yoga & Kirtan Fest! This festival is taking place September 20-22, 2019 in Jefferson, WI (see http://midwestykf.com) for more details. These tickets are selling for $200 each, so you can enjoy both the festival AND supporting my next album! Special thank you to Gary Brachmann for a single full pass ticket donation!
Devi Malas Gayari-infused, Ganga-dipped hand knotted mala! This unique original design 108-bead mala from Devi Malas was hand-knotted by master designer, Jackie Ratcliffe, and “Gayatri-infused”, as she recited this Sanskrit mantra of purification during the mala’s creation. This particular mala was hand bathed in the Ganga in India. It has been hand-knotted for longevity (with handmade tassel as well) and comprised of natural opaque howlite (for calming, peace) and grade A crystal quartz (full light spectrum crystal for healing, optimism, clarity) with accent beads of rudraksha seed (inner peace, knowledge, enlightenment) with a pyrite followed by rose quartz (unconditional love) nugget center bead setting, which rests at or near the solar plexus when worn. Special thank you to Jackie for this unique mala contribution!
Ragani on your Voicemail Message! Yes, Ragani will record an mp3 of one of her signature style messages for you to upload or record onto your phone. Who knows? You may have had a change in spiritual elevation and are no longer able to actually retrieve your messages. Or maybe you are off slaying dragons in the distant lagoons. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you are clearly unavailable to your callers, and Ragani will make that an obvious fact.
Dinner with Ragani at Beans & Barley. We've all got to eat. And this is one of Ragani's favorite places to go!
Sit in with the Ragani's Band! You will enjoy a night of kirtan from the perspective of the band (Milwaukee only). Get a behind-the-scenes scoop of all that goes on during our soundchecks, and enjoy being surrounded by some of the funnest (yes, that is actually a word!) people and musicians on the planet, and sing backup with our band for a first Friday Kirtan with Ragani in Milwaukee! These are really fun nights, and you are likely to be smiling for weeks after you join us in the band. (We do sit on the floor, so if that's a challenge, we'll bring in a special seat for you to sit upon... but then we'll probably also be tempted to decorate it with shiny things...)
Skype Session with Ragani! Feel free to bring your questions or your challenges... you are free to use this time to share/process/ask whatever you'd like with Ragani. Bring your inner goals and dreams, and allow yourself to open into ways of thinking and being. (For those of you who are already Transformational Consultant Clients, this session will add an additional session to your packages.) All levels of experience are welcome.
Gayatri & Self-Transformation Session with Ragani! Learn the basics of mantra repetition practices, with a focus upon the Gayatri mantra, its pronunciation and use, so you can begin to incorporate these practices into your daily life. In addition, feel free to bring your personal questions in inquiries to this session as well. All levels of experience are welcome.
Self-transformation/Stress Reduction Session with Ragani! Bring your questions and challenges as well as your requests and we will tailor these sessions to best suit your needs. Process an issue, open the doors to a new dream or a new way of being, or use the time for a personal guided meditation or practice for yourself. The sky's the limit! (For those of you who are already Transformational Consultant Clients, this will add an additional session to your packages.) All levels of experience are welcome.
NEW! HOUSE CONCERT & SATSANG WITH RAGANI! Invite Ragani into your home for this very special evening program of heartfelt kirtan chanting, stories and inspirations. Includes roundtrip airfare to US location (up to $500). One good local drummer & guitar player will be needed for this event. Room & board not included. You won't find her on tour, so make Ragani come to your home instead!
Risks and challenges
While there are always some risks & challenges when creating and delivering a brand new album, I've been working hard to minimize them by having the entire process, from production to delivery, already set and arranged. Much of the album itself is nearly completed, but we need some assistance with the funding to help pay for the production costs and to make it available to the world. To ensure timely delivery of your rewards, we have allotted a month extra time for production of brochure/design and manufacturing of the CD, as those have been areas we've experienced delays in the past. With that extra cushion of time we feel hopeful that we will gracefully meet our deadlines and goals, and we can't wait to share this new Light of Savitri album with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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