In Senegal

by Hathira Sama

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1.
Opening 03:15
Ô Sublime One Open my Heart So it can blossom Like a flower Before its Creator Open my Heart So each of my words May carry the echo of your exalted Silence So Your Wisdom may appear In each of my thoughts And so Your Serenity May resound in my Silences Ô Irresistible One Open my Heart So it can blossom Like a flower Before its Creator Open my Heart So it may beat for No one or nothing but You So that my laughter as well as my tears May be an expression of Your Joy And so that Your Grace may caress this Earth With each one of my steps Ô Elevated One Open my Heart So it can blossom Like a flower Before its Creator Open my Heart So my outlook on this world Is filled with Your Purity So each of my decisions May find its source in Your Truth And so each of my actions May serve Your Majesty Ô Generous One Open my Heart So it can blossom Like a flower Before its Creator Open my Heart So my eyes May shine with Your Trust So that through these hands The world may know of Your Abundance And so that my Smile May be a reflection of Your Patience Ô Almighty One Open me! Open me! Open me So this entire body May be the instrument of Your Peace, Of Your Wisdom And of Your Light So my life May be an example of Your Benevolence And so my death May honour Your Permanence
2.
La ila ha il Allah (free) 07:11
La illaha illallah There is no God but God Muhammadu Rasull ullah Muhammad is the Messenger of God Nuh Naji ullah Noah is the Secret of God Ibrahim Khalil ullah Abraham is the Friend of God Musa Qaleem ullah Moses is the One who talked with God Isa Ruh ullah Jesus is the Spirit/Breath of God
3.
Al Wasia 06:48
4.
Wild Forces 08:35
5.
Bring us from deception to truth, from darkness to light, and from poison to the nectar of immortality.
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7.
Allah Hu 06:54

about

This album was developed and recorded in Dakar, Senegal for the 2011 Sufi Festival of Unity. Featuring traditional chants in Arabic, from the Sufi traditions of Islam, in Sanskrit, from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of India, and poetry in French and English, each piece is offered as a prayer or meditation for the Heart.

We wish to pay our respects to the traditions and teachers who have inspired us and shared their knowledge with us: Ustad Khalil Gudaz, for introducing us to the Chisti Sufi tradition; Ummaji, for introducing us to devotional singing and for her enthusiasm and encouragement; Baluji Shrivastav, sitar master and tabla teacher, for his inspiring teachings and beautiful spirit.

Special thanks to Carol, who kept us sane, and to all who shared the journey with us in Senegal.

And most of all, our gratitude goes to the Mystery that allows everything to be as it is.

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released August 19, 2012

Rebecca Lemaire - Vocals, Bansuri, Singing bowls, Harmonium
Rajinder Deo - Tabla
Mark Pedersen - Electronics, Vocals

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