J. Donald Walters, Kriyananda, chants two sacred Sanskrit mantras, "Gayatri Mantra" and "Mahamrityunjaya Mantra," each lasting 35 minutes and backed by the lazily swirling drone of the stringed tamboura, played by Joseph Ferraro. "Gayatri" (the most sacred chant of the Vedas, according to Walters) proceeds at a languid pace, chanting (translation) "We meditate on the Supreme Effulgence of the three universes. May It enlighten our consciousness." The "Mahamrityunjaya" mantra has a more buoyant cadence and translates: "Om. We worship that One of divine vision who nourishes all living beings. May he free us from death and grant us immortality." Walters points out in the liner notes that the mantra is more than prayer, "it is a formula for sound. You don't need to know the meaning of the words to be profoundly influenced by the power of these sounds." The Sanskrit words are written in the liner notes for those who wish to chant along. Mantra is an extremely relaxing experience.
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AllMusic Review by Carol Wright