The world-renowned mantra singer Deva Premal, who was honoured at this year’s Grammy Awards with a nomination for her album DEVA, has just released a new performance of the all-powerful chant that is central to the art of meditation. Read on to learn all about it!
Om Meditation is a spellbinding musical realisation of the “OM” mantra, rooted in Hinduism, which the guru Osho described as “the innermost music of your being.”
“OM” is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. And Deva, who learned the meaning of the chant as a young girl from her father, believes the sound should be part of your daily life. “I would encourage you to chant the mantra “OM” three times when you first wake up in the morning,” she says, “And again before a meal, and finally before you go to sleep.”
“OM” is more than a word or combination of syllables. It is the most potent of sounds – the “cosmic Yes”, also known as a “seed mantra”. Just as the seed contains the full potential of the tree, so the “OM” contains the full flower of enlightenment.
To do justice to this universal sound, Deva’s beautifully-realised Om Meditation is recorded at a pitch of 432Hz (as opposed to modern concert pitch of 440Hz). Known as “Verdi’s A”, the 432Hz method of tuning was commonly used in the 19th Century and earlier. Certain musicians and scholars believe the old 432Hz pitch to be more naturally aligned with the vibrations of nature, human biology and even our consciousness than today’s concert pitch. Music performed in 432Hz is thus said to be more pleasing to the ears and more in tune with the spiritual needs of the listener. The effect is such that whole playlists on Spotify are now dedicated to tracks by artists ranging from Pink Floyd to Enya rendered in 432Hz pitch.
Drawing on her knowledge of the “OM” chant based on a lifetime’s experience, Deva performs the Om Meditation with transcendent poise and grace. This “natural” pitch recording transports the listener to a place of inner peace and deep, spiritual wellbeing.
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Deva Premal was born in Germany to parents versed in the Hindu philosophy of meditation and chanting. She journeyed to India as a young woman, where she met the singer and guitarist Miten at the ashram of the world-famous guru Osho (aka Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). Deva Premal and Miten began travelling the world together in the early 1990s, sharing the meditations and sound healing techniques that they had learned from the master. They have since released dozens of albums – both individually and as a duo – and performed in 45 countries. Their admirers range from the Dalai Lama (“Beautiful, beautiful music”) to Cher, who continues to feature a version of Gayatri Mantra on her 2020 world tour.