This media clip taps into more than one faith tradition and is included as it shows that when it comes to living a life of service and piety, any borders that one may wish to use to fence off one's beliefs blur and dissolve under the intensity of the light.
Who was Anandamayi Ma? A mystic, a saint, a yogini, a teacher, of Bengali extract. Who is Snatam Kaur? An American singer/songwriter who performs kirtans (religious chants), perhaps particularly those of the Sikh dharma. Is she is in the same East-meets-West tradition as Jai Uttal?
What prayer is being chanted in the video below? A Christian prayer. Thus, here is Snatam Kaur with her wonderful musical rendition of the famous Christian prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace, chanted first in Sanskrit or Punjabi (I am guessing) and then in English.
There is an accompanying male voice who is chanting the notes to the counter-melody that he is singing (sa re ga ma pa da ni sa) (= do re mi fa so la ti do). I believe the bowed instrument you hear is esraj.
The Hindu saint, many photos of whom are shown in the above video, are of Sri Anandamayi Ma. She lived from 1896 to 1982. More on her can be found at this link.
And here is a wonderful poem that expresses nostalgia for the space and thought of yesteryear India. A chaupal is a kind of rural community meeting space, which could be a building or could be under a huge peepul, neem, or banyan tree.
This word is not to be confused with chappals (pronounced chapels, as in small churches) which refers to the word for flipflop sandals used in India.