If the soul could sing, here would be its voice. Listen to this hauntingly beautiful music and feel an ancient stirring in your heart—to be released from all earthly limitations, free to embrace infinity itself.

I, Omar is inspired by The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the poetic and mystical masterpiece penned nearly a thousand years ago in Persia. The melody is taken up in turn by cor anglais, oboe, flute, harp, guitar, strings, and gypsy-tinged violin. The reflective quality of this instrumental music makes it a perfect companion for quiet reading or other inward activities.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters, 1926–2013) was a direct disciple of the great spiritual master Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi), a bestselling author, and an internationally known lecturer and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968 Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world, and more than 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands visit annually for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto of Awareness Magazine wrote, “[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times.”

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 25 languages.

To learn more, visit the Swami Kriyananda website.

"Cello, violin, harp, flute, and keyboards gracefully embrace variations on a romantic melody with just a touch of Persian flavoring. Beyond its beauty, I, Omar creates not only the direct feelings of love, but a longing for it as well. Desire and fulfillment. What more could one ask."

NAPRA Review

"Using eleven variations on a theme, Kriyananda offers a paisley platform for the soul’s repose…Ahhh! I’ve spent many spins with this album and never tire of the theme."

Carol Wright, New Age Voice