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  1. Mandala

From the recording Sacred Flow

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The first song idea that came to me for this album was The Mandala ~ A perfect first song for this project. When the idea came to me I nearly fell over myself to begin it... and yet since Buddhist practice has been one of my greatest teachers, I felt overwhelmed and truly humbled by the responsibility of turning this most sacred practice into song. Where would I begin?

So I set to work. It begins with the drums and a low drone signifying the solid focus of intent as the practitioners being their work. They start at the center with a single dot (much like the single point from which all life emerged) and then work outward creating layers of sacred geometry that represent the circle of the universe and its wisdom. Likewise in the song, I layer sounds building in intensity and dynamic until the climax at the end. Just as the Mandala is traditionally destroyed after completion to symbolize the impermanence of life, the end of my song peels away all the layers of sound until all that is left is the four wisdoms - Sympathy, equanimity, loving kindness and compassion.

Lyrics

Mandala
Words and Music ginger doss
Recorded Produced and arranged by ginger doss
Mixed by Damien Rodriguez Zinc Media Pro

ginger doss: Lead Vocal Keyboards loops and djmebe
Lynda Millard: Background Vocal, Bass
SJ Tucker: Zills


Fall Into the mandala
And find the path to within
Beyond the sand

Gaze upon divinity and your destiny
Revealed through the journey to eyes of your heart
Mandala

Sacred made to contemplate and to radiate
The light and the wisdom
Revealed through the form

Essence of eternity
And reality
Sand will fall through your fingers
Yet the soul is reborn
Mandala

From the center temple form a Circle in a circle
step into the ring of fire
To transform your ignorance
Move with balance through the quadrants
though the winds of change will stir the sands
Samsara binds you here