Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prayers, heaven flung, fall back to earth

The mournful chanting in the beginning of Battlestar Galactica's main title sequence (originally used for the UK version but eventually used in the North American version, too) has always attracted me.
Here's the translation from The TV IV (it's a wiki for all things TV):

The lyrics for this song are in Sanskrit—they are the Gayatri mantra, the most revered mantra in Hinduism. This was the UK main theme song for season 1, and as of S2E01 it became the main theme of the US version as well.
OM bhūr bhuvah svah
tat savitur varēnyam
bhargō dēvasya dhīmahi
dhiyō yō nah pracōdayāt
This can be translated in many different ways, and one of the possible translations is:
O earth, atmosphere, heaven:
May we attain that excellent glory of Savitr the God:
So may he stimulate our prayers
This breaks my heart, especially in the context of Battlestar Galactica, which is the story of fleeing refugees (there's something of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in this saga). It sounds like a lost child crying for its parent.
So many prayers seem this way to me, and I think what hurts is the pain it must take to call out for help.
And the possibility that there will be no answer.
Invite Beauty,
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