I’m back in the studio for the first time since Devi Demo was released, working with the amazing Dan Johnson on tabla. The vision is to record all the music that’s been in the pipeline these last ten years. Needless to say, manifesting that vision depends on the financial support we receive. That, however, is a topic for another day. For now, I want to share a bit of the current work in progress to readers of this blog. This is an 8-minute clip of the Mangalam Chant. We’re still polishing, embellishing, and refining. This is ***not*** finished work. It has not been mixed down or mastered. So please treat it with care. It’s a very tender new being… And the beginning of what I trust will be an ongoing release of mantra-inspired music and kirtan fusion…
Here’s a quasi-transliteration and commentary. I can’t seem to embed the proper transliteration font into this blog template.
Sarva mangala mangalye, Śive sarvārtha sādhike, Śarayai tryambake gauri, nārāyani namo-stu te…
To the Auspicious of all Auspiciousness, to the Good, to the Accomplisher of all objectives, to the Source of all Refuge, to the Mother of the Three Worlds, to the Goddess Who is Rays of Light, Exposer of Consciousness, Salutations to You
Bhumi-Mangalam, Udaka-Mangalam, Agni-Mangalam, Vayu-Mangalam, Gagana-Mangalam, Surya-Mangalam, Chandra-Mangalam, Jagat-Mangalam, Jiva-Mangalam, Deha-Mangalam, Mano-Mangalam, Atma-Mangalam, Sarva-Mangalam-Bhavatu-Bhavatu-Bhavtu…
May there be peace in earth, water, fire, and air, the sun, moon, and planet, in all living beings, in body, mind and heart. May that peace be everywhere and in everyone. Mangala is an adjective meaning auspicious, lucky, fortunate, etc. With the suffix “m,” it becomes a noun: auspiciousness, luck, etc. It is also related to the goddess Durga suggesting, “one whose touch brings ecstasy.”
Love it Suzin,
So delicate and yes, as you say, tender
Perhaps the lack of technological layering makes it seem to pure So like floating dandelion seeds.
Look forward to the finished work.
You may find as I did after being out of commission for 6 months with these surgeries That you’ve stored up a wealth of creativity — I’ve never experienced a creative outburst like I have in the last month.
Can barely keep up !!!
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. — Meister Eckhart
hi, Suzin! I am just catching up and listened to this chant clip for the first time today! How utterly lovely. The introductory invocation adds so much as well. You and Dan sound wonderful and I can’t imagine the fine-tuning could move it any closer to perfection–already there, to my untrained ear. 🙂 Duane has it right: it has a blessed lightness “like floating dandelion seeds”–so appropriate to its reverence for the whole of creation, the light step humans need to tread.
Thank you for sharing this. I know you posted this awhile ago, so I wonder how the project ended up? I particularly love this chant and I am working on a version of my own. I wasn’t able to hear the link above. Do you have another one somewhere?
Yes. The album released January 1, 2014.
The Mantra Project, Volume I: Daughter of the Mountain
Suzin Green & Daniel Johnson
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All good wishes to you.