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Quote by Jean Houston

Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)

Urban Mantra

Urban Mantra

Extended lyrics, interpretations (by each artist) and musicians for each track

CD1 - Vitality:

SecurePay1. Dance Of Kali by Prem Joshua (Prem Joshua/Manish Vyas)
This piece contains two strong mantras - the first one, awakening the female energies as the goddess Shakti Ya devi sarva bhuteshu shakti rupena sansthita! The other one, evoking the goddess Kali, who symbolises both - birth and death: Om rim dim shree kalye namaha! This mysterious song is set to the Indian raga of Purvi, which is played at twilight.
Prem Joshua: vocals, sitar - Manish Vyas vocals, tabla - Rishi: rhythms, percussions, loops
Padamakar Gujar: pakhawaj - Sheela Josh: vocals - Maneesh de Moor: analog synthesizers, bass

2. Sri Rudram by Anant Jesse
Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya - everything is light, everything is God (In Recognition Of Source)
Taken, from the Krishna Yajur Veda, this sanskrit text is almost 4000 years old. The mantras that comprise Sri Rudranp are well known in ayurveda for their medicinal properties. Chanting these mantras produces a strong and resonant calmness. The Rudram beautifully describes the omnipresence of God in sentient and non-sentient beings and celebrates the play of Source endlessly revealing Itself to Itself. Sri Rudram is a universal love, song dedicated to all.Anant Jesse: drums and voices - David Kingsley:Keyboards - Ramadhan Suissa :Santoor

3. Amba Amba by Larisa Stow & Gathering Guru (traditional kirtan)
Amba Amba, Jai Jagadamba, Jai Bhuvaneshwari, Jai Jai Mukamba
Mata Mata, Jai Jagan Mata, Jai Param Eshwari, Jai Jagan Mata
Shakti, Shakti, Jai Shiva Shakti, Jai Kameshwari, Jai Maha Shakti
Devi Devi, Jai Maha Devi, Jai Chamundeshwari, Jai Gauri Devi

Mother (Divine), Divine Mother, I praise you mother of the universe, I praise you sovereign Goddess of the worlds. I praise you, victory to you mother. The whole song speaks the same message over and over using different words to describe subtle differences of the Divine mother...praising her/unconditional love thus drawing it towards us...merging with the unconditional love we are.
Larisa Stow: vocal, harmonium - Kimo Estores: guitar - Christo Pellani : percussion - Rick Hahn: keyboards

4. Om Tara - RainForest Mix by Darpan & Bhakta
Om Tara tu tare bodhisvaha - Compassionate Tara, liberate us of all fears, remove obstacles, and bring good intentions to the world. I bow to you.
Darpan: vocals - Bhakta: guitar drums programming, keyboards - Amir: Santur

5. Gayatri Mantra by Chloe Goodchild
Om Bhurr Bhuvah Svaha, Tat savitur varenvam, Bhargo devasya dimahi, Diyo yo nah prachodayant .'He who creates preserves and destroys, whose form is universal, He Himself inspires our intellect, He Himself is Supreme Being and the knower within each creature. I meditate on His sublime countenance.' This Hindu mantra, is an invocation to the sun.
Chloe Goodchild: voices - David Lord: keyboards - Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors: percussion

6. Teyate Om Muni by Ariel Kalma
Teyate om muni muni maha muniye svaha
'O you who has achieved, Silent one, great Silent, I salute you.'
Tibetan text in reverence to enlightened masters. A waken the Buddha in me.
Ariel Kalma: vocals, keyboards, saxophones, bowls, programming - Kamal M. Engels: additional drums programming - Siddhant Bhartia: tempura

7. Chen Rezi by Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors
Om mani padme hung - Chant to Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara, also called 'the mantra of compassion'. ' Om mani padme hung" means 'praise to the jewel of the lotus'. The flower blooms its beauty on the water. bloom Buddhahood into our heart.
Boris Grebenshikov: vocals - Harvey Jones: synthesiser - Alison Cornell: viola - Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors: percussion & vocals


CD2 - Essence:

1. Om Namo Narayana by Manish Vyas
Om Namo Narayana Jaya Govinda Hare Govinda, Narayana Narayana, Jaya Gopala Hare Gopala, Narayana Narayana
I bow down to Narayana, Govinda, and Gopala (all different names for Lord Krishna). This song pays loving homage to Lord Krishna, offering Him salutations and surrender.
Manish Vyas: vocals, keyboards - Tanmayo: vocals, violin - Prem Joshua: flute - Raj Rishi: drums

2. Om Namo Bhagavate by Deva Premal
Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya
Om is the name of that inside of me which is aware of the Oneness of all things
Deva Premal: vocals - Miten: guitar - Kit Walker: keyboards, programming

3. Tibetan Tantra Tara Mantra by Subway Bhaktis
Om Tare Tutara Ture Svaha - Merciful mother of all beings emerging within all our experience, empower our eyes to see your beauty and open our hearts to receive your compassion.Tara is the Tibetan goddess of compassion she ferries us gracefully from one world to the next and supports us through times of transition.
Rachel Zinman : vocals - Nyck Jeanes : guitar - Kamal Engels : bass, programming - Greg Sheehan: percussion

4. Ascension by Sacred Earth
Om bhur bhuva swaha tat savitur varenyam bhargo day vasya de mah dyoyo nahah ratshodayat
This song is an offering to the Holy Mother Mary. It is sung in recognition her incredible journey as the mother of Christ. Her suffering and her surrender. The Gayatri mantra is the one of the most powerful of all mantras known for clearing, cleansing and dispelling darkness.
Jethro Williams: flutes, guitar, percussion - Prem Williams: vocals, keyboards.

5. Gate Param Gate by Ariel Kalma
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha - Gone, gone, gone beyond, completely gone, enlightened, I bow to you. Mantra for perfect wisdom: Go beyond all illusion to the ultimate liberation.
Ariel Kalma: vocals, guitar, keyboards.

6. Lakh Khushian by Dya Singh
Romanised text:
Lkh Khusiaa Patesahiaa Jey Stegur Ndre Kreyee
Nemkh Eeyk Hre Nam Deyee Meyra Mn Tn Sitl Hoee
Jes Ko Poorbe Lekheaa Tene Stegur Chrn Ghey
Sphl Moort Sphla Ghari Jet Schey Nale Peaar
Dookh Santap N Lgei Jes Hre Ka Nam Adhar
Bah Pkare Gure Kadeaa Soei Outreaa Pare
Than Suhava Pvet Heh Jetheh Sant Sbha
Doei Tes Hi No Meleh Jene Poora Guroo Lbha
Nank Bdha Ghr Than Jetheh Mert N Jnm Jra
Lkh Khusiaa Patesahiaa Jey Stegur Ndre Kreyee
Sbhey Thok Praptey Jey Aaveh Eek Hthe
Jnm Pdarth Sphl Heh Jey Scha Sbd Kthe
Gur Tey Mhl Praptey Jes Lekheaa Hoveh Mthe
Lkh Khusiaa Patesahiaa Jey Stegur Ndre Kreyee
Meyrey Mn Eeyks Seo Chet Laee
Eeyks Ben Sbh Dhandh Heh Sbh Metheaa Moho Maee Rhao
Lkh Khusiaa Patesahiaa Jey Stegur Ndre Kreyee

Hundreds of thousands of princely pleasures are enjoyed, if the True Guru bestows His Glance of Grace.
All things are received if the One is obtained. The precious gift of this human life becomes fruitful when one chants the True Word of the Shabad. One who has such destiny written on his forehead enters the Mansion of Waheguru Ji's Presence, through Guru Ji. O my mind, focus your consciousness on the One. Without the One, all entanglements are worthless; emotional attachment to Maya is totally false.
Hundreds of thousands of princely pleasures are enjoyed, if the True Guru bestows His Glance of Grace . If He bestows the Name of Waheguru Ji, for even a moment, my mind and body are cooled and soothed. Those who have such pre-ordained destiny hold tight to the Feet of the True Guru. Fruitful is that moment, and fruitful is that time, when one is in love with the True Waheguru Ji. Suffering and sorrow do not touch those who have the Support of the Name of Waheguru Ji.
Grasping him by the arm, Guru Ji lifts them up and out, and carries them across to the other side. Embellished and immaculate is that place where the Saints gather together. He alone finds shelter, who has met the Perfect Guru.
Nanak builds his house upon that site where there is no death, no birth, and no old age.

Spirit-inspired hymn from Sikh scriptures. " Materialism does not bring happiness. True happiness is only obtained if one is in tune with 'the source of all reality"
Dya Singh: vocals, harmonium, keyboards - Parvyn K. Singh, Harsel Singh, Jamel Singh : vocals - Dheeraj Shresta: tabla

7. Satguru Vachoni by Azar Baksh
Satguru vachoni sapday-ne soye Dharave-te paye adhee adhee
Without the Grace of the Perfect Master you will not find the way to the End. Above all stay true to His Feet - written by Tukaram.
Azar Baksh: vocals, keyboards

8. Closing by Wah !
Lokaha Samastaha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om asato ma sat gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya Mrityor ma amritam gamaya
Om shaanti shaanti shaantihi Om sarveshaam svastir bhavatu Sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu Om shaanti shaanti shaantihi
Om poorna mada poorna midam Poornaatpoornam udachyate Poornasya poornam aadaaya
Poornam evaa vasishyate Om shaanti shaanti shaantihi
Om shree gurubhyo namaha harihi om

From untruth to truth, take us to Dullness to light, take us Death to bliss, take us Peace peace peace
All beings: peace, let there be. All beings: auspiciousness, let there be Peace peace peace. That is perfect. This is also perfect. From perfection, the perfect thing arises Taking the perfect thing from perfection, Perfection remains. Peace peace peace. Salutations to the Guru. So, please, feel free. In your mind's eye, take the perfect thing and make it yours. What is present in you is perfection. What you see outside yourself is also perfection. How can you compare infinites? Feeling your soul at perfect peace in the world, you can do the perfect thing.
' May all beings in the universe be peaceful.'