Original Release Date: June 1, 1998
Label: White Swan
Cover and inlay included
Already considered a yoga music classic, The Essence is one of the New Age genre's top selling records.
Backed by ambient grooves, subtle electronica and hand percussion, Deva Premal’s transcendent vocals induce ecstatic contemplation. The Gayatri Mantra, the world's oldest known mantra for purification and healing, is the centerpiece for this truly meditative album.
As Deva Premal’s first release, The Essence lit a musical fire whose white hot flame continues to burn.
Deva Premal è una delle più apprezzate interpreti di musiche dedicate ad Osho: l’album contiene il famosissimo Gayatri Mantra. Capace di toccare il cuore di chiunque lo ascolti.
Miten (Executive Producer) : vocals, guitar
Rajrishi (Producer): drums, hand percussion, keyboards
Reiff Jnr.: guitar (on "Sammasati")
Deva premal: vocals, tanpura
Maneesh de Moor : piano, keyboards
1.) Gayatri Mantra -9:49
2.) Om Asatoma -2:23
3.) Tumare Darshan -8:14
4.) Om Namo -7:28
5.) Shima Shima -10:05
6.) Sammasati -7:13
7.) Yemaya Assessu -3:34
8.) Gayatri Mantra (bonus version) -9:47
For years now I have encouraged people to use play lists to provide a soundtrack for work, recreation and contemplation. If done properly, they can quickly put your mind and subtle systems into perfect alignment to carry out whatever you want or need to do. Constructing play lists has become so much easier with the advent of the iPod. One of the fun things about iTunes is being able to see how many times you have played a particular song.
I was a little surprised to see that I had played the crown jewel of this collection - the Gayatri Manta - well over a hundred times over the last five years or so. Deva Premal's interpretation of this famous piece is extraordinarily fine, as is the entire album. It is almost impossible not to be uplifted by her amazing voice, which is rich, resonant and deepened by the most extraordinary sub-harmonics. Indeed if you are not, it may be a helpful pointer that something is not going quite right in your body or in your life, and that it's time to get some guidance about how to help yourself.
So much more than music, this is sound therapy.