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  1. Gayatri Mantra

From the recording Bliss of Kirtan

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There is also much written about this ancient mantra from the Rig Veda, and the first line (which is considered to be an invocation rather than part of the mantra). I show one of the simpler interpretations following the lyrics.

This composition has two melodic parts. The track opens with a cello intro by Eddie Young. After a couple of passes through the typical call-response-call-response for each melody, the chant then goes to one pass through each melody, with Gina Salá and I singing each part together, which would be the equivalent of shifting to everyone singing together rather than singing call and response.

Note that the mantra does not traditionally close with 'Om" but doing so in this composition creates a powerful 'pause' between each iteration.

Features: Gina Salá - call, response and additional vocals; Eddie Young - cello; Ben Leinbach - bass guitar, drums and hand percussion; Natesh - call and response vocals, guitar, drums and hand percussion.
(from Bliss of Kirtan, released January 2, 2014)

Lyrics

Om Bhur Bhuvaha Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam*
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayaat OM

* pronounced like 'Vareniyam'

Meaning:

O Supreme One, who pervades all matter, space and consciousness,
Whose Radiance illumines Existence, deserving all worship,
Pure and resplendent, we meditate upon you.
Lead our Intellect (towards Illumination).