Juggernaut

UPDATE July 29, 2012 — I completed recording Juggernaut, and uploaded to YouTube:

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Background from 2011:

I decided to try my hand at a bit of home recording. It’s still very rough, but I like the general feel of the song, and the lyrics – and so, wanted to go ahead and share it.

Listen to Juggernaut (Rough Cut, from 2011).

(Click the link above, and then click the Play arrow manually.)

Enjoy!

Lyrics

(spoken)

Aum tryambakam yajamahe
Sughandhim pushti vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mokshiya mamritat

*

Running out of space
Running into time
A cog in the juggernaut of artificial mind
Running out of me
Running into you
Running into all the things we should and shouldn’t do

It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We lost our freedom
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We have control now
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We are not perfect and complete
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We’re not here now

Aum Namah Shivaya

Running out of bodies
Running into mind
Running into memories we’d rather leave behind
Running out of life
Running into death
Running ‘round in circles to be sure that we forget

It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We are not living
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We’re not unbound now
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We are not all and only whole
It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream
We’re not home now

Aum Namah Shivaya

*

(spoken)

Caitanyam Atma
Jnanam Bandhah
Yonivargah Kalasariram
Jnanadhistanam Matrka
Udyamo Bhairavah
Sakticakrasamdhane Visvasamharah

**

The six sutras (spoken, at the end of the song) above are from the Shiva Sutras of Vasugupta.
They are the first six sutras of the first section, translated as follows:

(exact translation/exposition mine.)

1.1  Caitanyamatma

Our (true) Self is Living Unbound.

1.2  Jnanam Bandhah

(objective) Knowledge is bondage.

1.3 Yonivargah Kalasariram

Source (language, concept)-derived classifications create the body/experience of limitation.


1.4 Jnanadhistanam Matrka

The hidden Mother (source) is the place of (objective) knowledge.

1.5 Udyamo Bhairavah

The upsurge (infusing) of awareness is Bhairava

Bhairava is the Terrible form of Shiva.

The Destroyer (of language/concept derived limitation).

The Creator (of Living Unbound).


1.6 Sakticakrasamdhane Visvasamaharah

When the wheel of energies (objectivity and subjectivity) unite, the (objective-only) Universe dissolves and (our true nature) Living Unbound is Realized.

The mantra at the beginning of the song is the Mahamritunjaya Mantra – the Great Mantra of Victory Over Death, chanted to Lord Shiva.

For a somewhat more traditional chanted version, click here.

Aum tryambakam yajamahe
Sughandhim pushti vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mokshiya mamritat

AUM. We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva.
You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us, restores our health, and causes us to thrive.
As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens, and the gourd is freed from the vine.
Free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.

Interesting side note – I sang this song acapella at our AYP Yoga Retreat last fall (2010), and the next day, one of our attendees mentioned having a first-ever vision of the form of Lord Krishna, known as Jagganath.

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity in sound between Jagganath and Juggernaut (a title I had given the partial lyrics to the song above in 2008), and so, Googled, and found this Wikipedia article on the word Juggernaut, which, among other things, states:

“The word is derived from the Sanskrit जगन्नाथ Jagannātha[1] (meaning “Lord of the Universe”), which is one of the many names of Krishna from the ancient Vedic scriptures of India.”

I was wondering a bit, understandably, then, about the Shiva/Bhairava focus of the song, since Jagganath is cited as a form of Krishna … and fortunately Google, and the government of the Indian state of Orissa (Odisha), where the largest Jagganath temple is located) were available to help me out:

“In various other tantric texts, Vimala, the Pitheswari of Puri is described as Bhairavi and Jagannath as Bhairava.

(Emphasis mine.)

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