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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mainu teri diwani ve Ranjhna...

Sufi Qawwali is a genre of music developed trans cultures. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sings a song from the famous folk collection of Heer-Ranjha songs, originally written by Sufi saint Waris Shah. Here are the lyrics to 'Mainu teri diwaani ve, Raanjhanaa, duniyaa kehndi e...' It is difficult to draw lines in love, be it sensual or spiritual. Waris Shah eulogises a sensual love story from rural Punjab, dedicating it to his love - God. More...

Vedic chants of India for wellness and peace

The album, 'Chants of India' by Music Maestro Ravi Shankar is a great introduction to Indian prayers in tune with Classical Hindustani Music.

Pandit Ravi Shankar

Sanskrit chants from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other texts have been handed down through the centuries by Traditional Scholars in India. In these renditions, Ravi Shankar reconfigured existing forms and composed new numbers to convey the spiritual force of these Sanskrit mantras and chants.

Oftentimes, it's the repetitive use of mantras that calls upon the internal spiritual self. And, it's the primordial, and shortest, sacred sound Aum or Om that is used before or after each prayer.

These chants, Shankar notes, "were mainly prayers for the well being of the universe, physical, mental, and spiritual selves of everyone, without pollution, turmoil, illness, discomfort, and misery of any kind and for overall Shanti (peace)."
The following Sanskrit prayer sung by Ravi Shankar echoes the message that transgresses cultures, boundaries, and even time.
Bhoomimangalam. Udakamangalam.
Agnimangalam. Vaayumangalam.
Gaganamangalam. Sooryamangalam.
Chandramangalam. Jagat Mangalam.
Jeevamangalam. Dehamangalam.
Manomangalam. Aatmamangalam.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.

May there be tranquility on earth, on water, in fire, in the wind, in the sky, in the sun, on the moon, on our planet, in all living beings, in the body, in the mind, and in the spirit. May that tranquility be everywhere, and in everyone.
This is the essence of Vedic chants: invocation of well-being for all existence, because we are all interdependent :-) Read More

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