I recently started taking yoga classes in order to improve not only my physical and mental well-being but also to learn more about the cultural aspect of this ancient Hindu philosophy. Later on as I acquire more knowledge and I educate myself more about the physical and spiritual exercises I will write more about this interesting journey.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this less known Madonna song from her “Ray of light” album, from back in the day when she as an avid yoga devotee. I remembered this song as soon as my teacher started the lesson with the prayer “Om Shanti”. This hymn, which probably has many versions, basically celebrates peace of all kind, from the world peace to the inner peace of each individual. As soon as I heard it, the familiar melody of Madonna’s “Shanti/Ashtangi” song came to my mind. The song is entirely written in Sanskrit, the primary liturgical language of Hinduism. As you listen to the audio track below, you can follow the English translation end enjoy the relaxing experience, courtesy of one of the best examples of enlightened pop music.
I worship the gurus’ lotus feet
Awakening the happiness of the self revealed
Beyond comparison, working like the jungle
To pacify loss of consciousness from the
Poison of existence
In the form of a man up to the shoulders
Holding a conch, discus and sword
Thousand headed, white
I bow respectfully