Song of the Day: Navras by Juno Reactor / Don Davis

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Navras” is a song from The Matrix Revolutions soundtrack by goa trance band Juno Reactor, composed by Don Davis and featuring vocal elements by Lakshmi Shankar and Azam Ali. The song contains an adaption of the Asato ma mantra found in the Hindu sacred text the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, section I.iii.28, used in the soundtrack of the movie trilogy The Matrix. The name Navras might refer to the notion of nine rasas (nava rasa) in Sanskrit aesthetics.

Lyrics

Asato ma sad gamaya  (From untruth lead me to truth)
Asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya   (From darkness lead me to light )
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya  (From death lead me to immortality) –Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Asato ma sad gamaya
Asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrtyor mamrtam gamaya

**The women’s lyrics (1:45-1:59) remain unknown.**

Umasa Detore bappaï iyo
Dessare bae gae iyo
Nanana sulle baghu gabbaï iyo
Dessare bae gae iyo

Umasa Detore bappaï iyo
Dessare bae gae iyo

Om shanti shanti shanti
Om shanti shanti shanti
Om shanti shanti shanti om…  (Let there be peace everywhere. Shanti means peace in Sanskrit)

Om adityaya namoh namah  (Prostration to Him who is the son of Aditi / God of gods)
Om adityaya namoh namah
Om adityaya namoh namah

Asato ma sad gamaya

Asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

Narayanaya vidmahe (I offer my respects to Naarayana )
vasudevaya dhimahi (I meditate on Vaasudeva )
Tanno vishnu prachoyat  (May Vishnu give us enlightenment)

**The women’s lyrics (7:08-7:22) remain unknown.**

Umasa Detore bappaï iyo
Dessare bae gae iyo
Nanana sulle baghu gabbaï iyo
Dessare bae gae iyo

 

Om shanti shanti shanti
Om shanti shanti shanti
Om shanti shanti shanti om…

Jnani manasa saha  (When the five senses and the mind are still)
Buddhis ca na vicestate  (and reason itself rests in silence)
Tam ahuh paramam gatim  (then begins the Path supreme)

Ya ya ya ya yada yadaya
Ya ya ya ya yada yada yada yada
Yada yada yada yada yada

……

The translation is incomplete, so if you know something about the missing part, please comment here below. ^^

[filmtracks] [bas kir] [theosophynexus]

Juno Reactor is a musical and performing group known for their cinematic fusion of electronic, global influences, and orchestral symphonic approach, collaborating with composer Don Davis and composing for the musical score of The Matrix. Central to the project is Ben Watkins and his collaborations with a constantly changing ensemble of musicians from across the world. This ensemble has included Mabi Thobejane, Amampondo, Steve Stevens, Eduardo Niebla, Greg Ellis, Taz Alexander, Sugizo, Budgie (drummer) and recently Hamsika Iyer, Mali Mazel and Maggie Hikri.

Donald Romain Davis (born February 4, 1957) is an American film score composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Best known for his work on The Matrix, he has worked on a variety of films, from horror to comedy.

Lakshmi Shankar (born Lakshmi Sastri, 16 June 1926 – 30 December 2013) was a noted Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala Gharana. She was known for her performances of khyal, thumri, and bhajans. She was the sister-in-law of sitar player Ravi Shankar and the mother-in-law of violinist L. Subramaniam (her daughter Viji (Vijayashree Shankar) Subramaniam being his first wife).

Azam Ali (Persian: اعظم علی‎‎) is an Iranian American singer and musician. As of 2013, Ali has released eight full-length albums with the bands VAS and Niyaz, as well as four full-length solo albums.

 

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