Bhajan – a Devotional Expression

Kum Gheng had the pleasure to meet Raju Bouchard in Lifeworks, Penang and they sat down to discuss about Bhajan, the different forms as well as the album that is in the pipeline.

Bhajan is any type of Indian devotional song. It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical ragas and talas. It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its importance to the bhakti movement that spread from the south of India throughout the entire subcontinent in the Moghul era.

Raju is a gifted healer, musician and spiritual teacher in the holy tradition of Sri Sai Kaleshwar Swami, Raju Bouchard spends 4 to 5 months a year in Asia to offer powerful healings, workshops and spiritual music.

For the past 37 years, Raju has dedicated his life to meditation and the study of yoga, alternative healing and eastern spirituality. Yet it was a miraculous healing that led him finally to become a student of the extraordinary teachings of India’s highly regarded saint, Sri Kaleshwar. Suffering many years from arthritis and chronic fatigue, he attended a Five Elements Process workshop in California, the fundamental knowledge system of Sri Kaleshwar’s teaching, and was inspired to practice this ancient self-healing system with the amazing result of being completely healed from his pain and physical discomfort. This powerful experience inspired him to move to Sri Kaleshwar’s ashram in India to study with this extraordinary master. Since then, his ultimate desire is to share the amazing power and knowledge to help people overcome their suffering and pain.

Raju is a graduate of Sri Kaleshwars’ Soul University in Penukonda, India. He has been one of Sri Kaleshwars’ personal attendants this past year and is an ongoing student in the universal spiritual truths of the Indian Siddha Yoga tradition.

(video by Joie Koo