Franklin Veaux (tacit) wrote,
Franklin Veaux

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Battlestar: Galactica, now in Sanskrit!

I'm a big fan of the new Battlestar: Galactica television show. It's arguably among the edgiest and most brilliant things that's ever been attempted in a mainstream TV show. It's also unremittingly grim and depressing; fitting, I think, for a program whose premise is the genocide of the entire human race.

One of the things I particularly like about the show is the music in it. It's unlike any science fiction program's music I've ever heard before; stark, simple, and absolutely lovely. I'm especially fond of the opening title music, which I use as hypnagogie's ringtone on my phone:

What I didn't know, though, is that the lyrics are in Sanskrit. Specifically, they are the Gayatri mantra (Sanskrit: गायत्री), an ancient Hindu hymn:

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।
तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

Transliterated, it reads:

oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreniyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

It's a mantra that appears in the Ŗg Veda, and it's the second most important mantra in Hindusim.

And I think that's pretty cool.
Tags: too cool for words
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