perhaps not a song so much as sacred chant , but dulcet tones none the less . i dont know if its the fact im off to an ashram in T minus 3 hours , my lifelong heart-connection to india (land of my SoUuuuuuL!) or just cos i felt like it , but todays musical magic (and mantra , if we want to add alliteration) is one of the many dedicated to Lord Shiva, Om Namah Shivay (औम नम शिवाय, in devanagri). it is actually the most important in the Shaivism branch of Hinduism - its genesis is thousands of years ago. sanskrit isnt the easiest language to directly translate to english ; it is far more beautiful , layred , embued with meaning that spans deep into the spiritual realm - mantras bring us closer to this realm of expanded consciouaness , among else. the words here translate loosely to “oh salute to the auspicious one!” , “universal consciousness is one” , “bow to Lord Shiva”, OR - and perhaps most accurately - “ i bow to the inner self “ . i often listen to chants , and go through times of chanting a decent deal myself . today this brings me a calm feeling in my gut , that feeling when you wake up and theres the beauty of a new day and your really snug in bed. it also helps me feel a sense of clarity ; more of a intuitive clarity than the kind that helps you organise days and write lists — im bad at that and dont care much for it . hearing sanskrit makes me miss speaking hindi and thus sows dream-seeds about my next foray there. i think i will work on a farm , but who knows . maybe lord shiva? peace and light !
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