“oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreniyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt”
Om – God
bhur bhuvah svaha
Giver of all life, remover of all pain and suffering, giver of all happiness.
tat savitur varenyam
That being of light, I come to you.
bhargo devasya dhimahi
Remove my sins the light of all that is good and let us focus on this.
dhiyo yo nah prachodayat
Guide my soul on the path of light.
Although I know Bear McCreary did not dig this up just for Battlestar Galactica’s theme song, this is indeed my favourite version of this.
It’s called the “Gayatri Mantra”.
I love not just the music, chorale arrangement and The Drums, but the meaning behind the words. It’s just another reason why I love BSG. The theme song perfectly reflects the overarching story.
Plus, it is so beautifully sung by Raya Yarbrough, Bear’s wife.
I found this excellent breakdown of the metaphysics and thoughts behind the words by Peter Vis… check it out.