Monday, November 28, 2011

Madonna - "Shanti Ashtangi" / "Ray of Light"

The first song's lyrics are a variation of the ashtanga opening mantra.

Look for the awesome Supta Virasana adjustment from Lenny Kravitz in the second song, around 4:10.


  1. Hello there, you may just be the lady to ask. I've been looking for a word for word translation of the opening mantra. I have several done sentence by sentence, but would really like to know what each word means. Do you have any idea where I might be able to find this? I do hope so xx Esther

  2. Dear Esther,

    There are three different things to consider: the sound of the mantra, the meaning of the mantra and the translation of the mantra. The last two are not necessarily the same (and sometimes, in my experience, the mind's quest for information can be a hindrance to absorbing the meaning. Adi Shankaracharya's famous hymn "Bhaja Govinada" is a testament to this).

    That said, a simple google search yielded this.

    Hopefully it is not a hindrance.

  3. Thank you so much CK

    Obviously my google skills are lacking. And thank you for the advice, yes my mind is probably really getting in the way. But this has been nagging at me for a while, maybe I can put it to rest now.

    Many thanks.


  4. You're very welcome.

    And I didn't mean *your* mind in particular - just *the* mind in general, in its quest for information, can become unsettled. We all suffer from it.