Gamaya

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SA, or TB, or any combination of two equal voices

The "Gamaya" text is commonly known as the mantra, Asato Ma Sadmagaya. In Hinduism, a mantra is a sound, word, seed syllable, or prayer verse that is repeatedly chanted as a meditation or spiritual invocation. This Vedic mantra comes from one of the Upanishads, sacred Sanskrit books likely written between 500-200B.C. These books form the philosophical and theoretical basis of the Hindu religion. Can be sung by any combination of voices. Alto saxophone part included.

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Catalog Number: 
VMP036
Duration: 
3:15
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/17/2011
Premiere Ensemble: 
Aurora Chorus
Premiere Conductor: 
Joan Szymko
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Text
Text Author or Source: 
Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28
Language: 
Sanskrit
Text: 

(transliteration from Sanskrit)

asoto ma sat gamaya

tamaso ma jyotir gamaya

mrityor ma amritam gamaya

Om, shanti, shanti, shanti

Translation: 

From ignorance lead me to truth

From darkness lead me to light

From mortality to the immortal—lead me 
Peace, in thought.

Peace, in word.

Peace, in action.