Guru Brahma

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I first learned this mantra from a dear friend and mentor back in 2005. She had offered it to me as a mantra to use before teaching yoga classes and though I found it to be a grounding practice, I did not love its traditional vedic melody. This winter, on my way to teach, a new version came to me, and this is what Mas and I worked with to create this song.
I am not a Hindu, and yet I love to chant and sing mantras in Sanskrit. When I first started singing Kirtan and working with mantras, my teacher explained to me that we do not need to be "praying to" Gods and Goddesses outside our self but that we can be calling forth and celebrating the energies of these deities or "shining ones" that are within all of us. Because we are ultimately all One, we can find the whole gammit of possibilities within our being, and I personally feel that as I bring more love and acceptance to All of me, I am also activating divine compassion and finding a truthful starting place for my continual evolution. This particular chant is to the Hindu "Trimurti" or the "three forms": Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Rudra (a form of Shiva, the destroyer).
I chant this mantra in recognition of the natural cycle of life as I know it... the ebb and flow of birth, life and death. I call forth the spark of my creativity, the persistence in preservation, and the grace to surrender and let go.

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Guru Brahma
Guru Vishnu
Guru Rudra
Guru Deva

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from Medicina, released October 1, 2013
Vocals & Composition: Jila
Guitar & Composition: Masaru Higasa

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AjA Seattle, Washington

AjA blends acoustic guitar, vocals, flute, and percussion, weaving a soundscape to invoke heart resonance and presence. They traverse various spiritual traditions, yet always the essence of each song is being guided through their own spirits.

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