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Karunesh (Hindi: करुणेश, "God of Compassion"; born Bruno Reuter in 1956)[1][2] is a German-born new-age and ambient musician. His music has strong Indian, African, Australian, Native American/Aboriginal music of Canada, and Middle Eastern influences prevalent throughout with liberal use of Indian instruments such as the violin, sitar, didgeridoo, bouzuki, Native American flute, Chinese temple flutes, tamboura, bamboo flute, and various world percussion instruments.

Karunesh was born in Cologne, Germany in 1956.[2] Although he had been drawn to music as a child and played in bands as a teenager, he chose to study graphic design as a career. However, after obtaining his degree, Karunesh was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. His brush with death prompted him to choose music as a career instead of graphic design. He rethought his life and traveled in 1979 to India, where he met Osho in his ashram in Pune. He became initiated and took on a new spiritual name, Karunesh (meaning "compassion" in Sanskrit).[2]

Back in Germany, Karunesh lived in the Rajneesh commune of Hamburg for five years. There he came in contact with musicians from all over the world and developed an eclectic style of music.

In 1984, Karunesh released his first album, entitled Sounds of the Heart.[2] His next albums were Colors Of Light (1987) and Sky's Beyond (1989).

Karunesh has lived on Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii, since 1992.[2]


Album Name Year
Sounds of the Heart 1984
Colours of Light 1987
Sky's Beyond 1989
Heart Symphony 1990
Heart Chakra Meditation 1992
Beyond Body & Mind 1994
Osho Chakra Sounds[3] 1997
Secrets of Life 1998
Global Spirit 2000
The Wanderer 2001
Zen Breakfast 2001
Silent Heart 2001
Nirvana Cafe 2002
Way of the Heart 2002
Beyond Heaven 2003
Call Of the Mystic 2004
Global Village 2006
Joy of Life 2006
Enlightenment – Compilation 2008
Heart Chakra Meditation 2 – Coming Home 2009
Path of Compassion – Compilation 2010
Beyond Time – Compilation 2010
Enchantment – Compilation 2010
Colors of the East 2012
Baby Massage 2012
Yoga Love 2014


  1. ^ Karunesh MTV. 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Karunesh. Real Music. 2012.
  3. ^ Co-artist Osho is sometimes dropped from the title.

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