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THIS TRUTH, a collaborative album between Tania Alexandra (Gitali) and Collective Acoustics, fluently blends the ancient lyrics of Sanskrit with tranquil and ambient harmonies to construct an intentionally modern, but seemingly timeless spiritual tone. Just as the practice of Yoga continues to evolve, these artists have put forth sacredly antiquated mantras into a harmonically rich formation. The sound is trancelike. Its mixing of kirtan chants, acoustic beats, and serene but stimulating galvanic undertones work together to draw out peaceful spirits. The project’s organic development, through its free form exploration in song writing and production, has culminated in a collection of intimate spiritual expressions; ones of healing, of subtle revelation, and of the mystically unfolding nature of contemplation. The artists’ experimentation in dynamic musical integration has given rise to a euphonic work that will appeal to each listener’s own sense of meditative harmony.

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released April 22, 2014

Tania Alexandra (Gitali) - Voice, Guitar
Eric Hastings - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Geoff Hazelrigg - Upright Bass, Electric Bass
George Hazelrigg - Organ, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Piano, Moog

Special Guests:
R.A. Fish - Tabla on "Shri Ram Jai Ram"
Brendan Whipple - Electric Guitar on "This Truth (Guru Om)"

Recorded by Geoff Hazelrigg and Eric Hastings at The Grapevine - Providence, RI and Collective Acoustics Lab - Chalfont, PA.
Mixed by Geoff Hazelrigg and Tania Alexandra at Collective Acoustics Lab, Chalfont, PA.
Mastered by Tom Volpicelli at the Mastering House, Pottstown, PA.

All compositions by Tania Alexandra, Eric Hastings, Geoff Hazelrigg, & George Hazelrigg. Tumbletat Publishing (SESAC), Eric Hastings Publishing (BMI), GAH GAH Music (ASCAP).

Guru Gita translations copyright SGRY Publications

Photos by Savvas Koushiappas
Design by Christopher McNulty

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Described as quirky and kind, Tania Alexandra’s music captures her love of the authentic oddities of life and the spirit that lies within them. An award winning songwriter, recording artist, music and movement specialist, session vocalist, and arranger, Tania (Gitali) is taking her music to new depths, combining her practice of mantra and Bhakti Yoga with her zeal for songwriting and performance. ... more

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Track Name: Sharanam Ganesha
Om Gam Ganapataye Namah
Sharanam Ganesha
Jai Ganesha
Track Name: This Truth (Guru Om)
Tad-ejati tan-naijati tadure tat-samipake
Tad-antar-asya sarvasya tadu sarvasya bahyatah

Ajo ‘ham-ajaro ‘ham ca anandi-nidhanah svayam
Avikaras-cid-ananda aniyan-mahato mahan

Apurvanam param nityam svayam-jyotir-niramayam
Virajam param-akasam dhurvam-anandam-avyayam

Guru Om, Guru Om, Guru Om

This truth moves and does not move. It is far and near.
It is inside all of this, also beyond everything.

I am unborn and undecaying, without beginning and without end.
I am the unchangeable bliss of consciousness, smaller than small, greater than great.
Existing even before the beginning, I am everlasting, radiant, and pure.

I am beyond space, immovable blissful and imperishable.
Guru Om, Guru Om, Guru Om
Track Name: Tasmai Sri-Guruve Namah
Gurur-brahma gurur-visnur-gurur-devo mahesvarah
Gurur-eva parabrahma tasmai sri-gurave namah

Yasya Jnanad-idam visvam na drsyam bhinna-bhedatah
Sad-eka-rupa-rupaya tasmai sri gurave namah

Yasyamatam tasya matam matam yasya na veda sah
Ananya-bhava-bhavaya tasmai sri-gurave namah

Yasya karana-rupasya kara-rupena bhati yat
Karya-karana-rupaya tasmai sri-gurave namah

Nana-rupam-idam sarvam na kenapyasti bhinnata
Karya-karanata caiva tasmai sri-gurave namah

The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu
The Guru is the great Lord Shiva.
The Guru is indeed Parabrahma (the Supreme Self).
To that revered Guru I bow down.

By whose knowledge this world is not seen as divided by differences,
The one true form of forms: To that revered Guru I bow down.

To the One whose thought is not known, whose knowledge is not thought,
The One whose state of being originates in none other:
To that revered Guru I bow down.

To the one who illuminates the form of cause and that of effect,
The One who is the form of both cause and effect:
To that revered Guru I bow down.

All this world appears in various forms
but for the Guru there is no difference among them;
cause and effect are the same.
To that revered Guru I bow down.
Track Name: Saraswati
Om Aim Saraswatyai Namah
Track Name: Tara
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha
Track Name: Shri Ram Jai Ram
Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
Sita Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram Ram Ram
Rama Bolo Rama Bolo Bolo Bolo Ram
Track Name: Srimat Parahbrahma Gurum Bhajami
Srimat parahbrahma gurum smarami
Srimat parahbrahma gurum vadami
Srimat parahbrahma gurum namami
Srimat parahbrahma gurum bhajami

I remember the Guru, the Supreme Self
I address the Guru, the Supreme Self
I bow down to the Guru, the Supreme Self
I honor the Guru, the Supreme Self
Track Name: Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum, Om Mani Padme Hum
Om Mani Padme Hum, Om Mani Padme Hum
Avalokateshvara, Avalokateshvara
Avalokateshvara, Avalokateshvara
Track Name: Just as a Drop
Samudre ca yatha toyam ksire ksiram ghrte ghrtam
Bhinne kumbhe yatha-kasas-tathatma paramatmani

Tathaiva jani jivatma paramatmani liyate
Aikyena ramate jnani yatra tatra diva-nisam

Evam-vidho maha-muktah sarvada vartate budhah
Tasya sarva-prayatnena bhava-bhaktim karoti yah

Just as a drop of water merges with the ocean, milk with milk, ghee with ghee
And just as the space of a broken pot merges with the open space outside,
So too, the individual Self merges with the Supreme Self.

Indeed, just as the individual Self merges with the Supreme Self,
In the same way, one who knows the truth
Delights in his oneness, wherever he is, day or night.

The wise person makes every effort
To live always with love and devotion
In this manner, one is fully liberated.
Track Name: Maha-Mrityunjaya Mantra
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat