Anjali means offering. Traditional Indian bhajans (devotional songs) are truly offerings to God, composed and sung as expressions of the soul’s homage to the Divine. In August 1997, Brahmacharini Mirabai traveled to the United States to visit the Self-Realization Fellowship ashram centers founded in the West by Paramahansa Yogananda, and to share the spirit and inspiration of Indian bhajans. The selections on Anjali were recorded during her visit — most of them live performances at Self-Realization Fellowship temples and ashram centers, where audiences were deeply moved by her beautiful renditions of these heartfelt songs of devotion.
Brahmacharini Mirabai (1926–2006) was a nun of Yogoda Satsanga Society whose devotional singing expressed the divine longing and “soul force” that Paramahansa Yogananda extolled in Indian music. Formerly Srimati Renuka Sen, shewas an acclaimed devotional singer, instrumentalist, and teacher of classical and religious music. She and her late husband, Sri Sachinandan Sen, were longtime disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda, and founded the Yogoda Sangeet Kala Bharati (Yogoda School of Indian Music) in India. Prior to becoming a renunciant, Brahmacharini Mirabai performed regularly on All-India Radio and became known throughout India for her artistry and beautiful interpretations of classical Indian bhajans and chants.