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Words for "Deliver Us from Delusion"

jeff wells
alaska

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A chant/song on Radio Ananda sounds like it says "banish white lotus impurities". Please clearify what this means and if the words are right. Thank you.

David Eby

David Eby

Ananda Village

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Dear Jeff - thank you for your question, and yes, sometimes it is difficult to grasp all the words in chants, producing humorous results.

For instance, "Lord, I am Thine" can be misheard as "Lord, I am dying..." Always a reminder for us chanters to enunciate clearly!

Here are the complete lyrics to Yogananda's chant "Deliver Us from Delusion":

Think ye in thy heart, lotus feet of thy Guru,

If you want to cross the ocean of delusion.

Shaming the white lotus in purity,

Beyond all duality,

Guru, image of Brahma, deliver us from delusion.

 

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