"Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Soha (Beyond the Beyond)" is another one of my favorite tracks from BEYOND THE BEYOND: A MANTRA MUSIC EXPERIENCE. That's why it's the #TitleTrack. This mantra--known as the Great Supreme Mantra, the Unsurpassed Mantra, the Mantra that Cures All Suffering--brings us to a state of "perfect wisdom" and bliss and contentment. It takes us beyond the mind, beyond the beyond.
When the music and melodies and harmonies for this mantra first began to percolate in my mind, I realized (to my surprise) that this ancient and revered Buddhist mantra was coming forth as a gospel song. And why the heck not? It's a very celebratory mantra, at least as I feel it.
I am blessed to have yet more amazing vocalists contributing to this track, starting with #LamaKarmaThendup of #KTDMonastery singing the prelude. The one and only #GauraVani takes a solo, sings backup, and set this ship to sail; #CaliaMarshall and #HelenStyringTocci of #KirtanSoulRevival join the gospel choir with #KeithFluitt, #JohnJames, #ReverendKimLesley and#RashmiPierce. #SatyaFranche takes a short solo. The elegant and sublime #JohnMcDowell played piano and djembe (and I'll never forget that recording session, in a snowstorm, in sub-zero temperatures in Amherst MA); #AnthonyMolina plays bass, organ, tambourine and steered the ship to shore. I played the shaker, thereby earning me a #percussion credit.
Please join us in dedicating the merit of this track, and this album, that all beings be free from suffering and that all beings experience happiness. And that this mantra, in particular, takes everyone beyond the beyond. Thank you!
LISTEN TO THE TRACK HERE: