Four Divine States of Mind


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Four Divine States of Mind
Soulful sacred music for cultivating higher virtues, meditation and helping heal a wounded world.

Music by Yuval Ron
Featuring Estrella Morente, Deva Premal, Uyanga Bold, and Chloe Pourmorady

Music composed, arranged and produced by Yuval Ron
Executive Producer: Dr. Richard Gold

Dedicated to the children who will grow up to embody the Four Divine States of Mind.

1. Loving-kindness (Metta)
(Dedicated to Deva Premal, whose soulful Mantra chanting gave the inspiration for this song)
Music and Lyrics by Yuval Ron
Chloe Pourmorady – Vocals
Alam Khan – Sarod
Rachel Valfer – Mawal (ad lib vocal solo)
Somnath Roy - Ghatam
Malek Vossough - Ney
Pei-Hua "Cynthia" Lin - additional arrangements and keyboard
Yueh-Yun "Sandy" Chen and Sky Shin - music notation preparation and digital editing
Abigail Shelton - recording engineer for choir recordings and digital editing
Ben Leinbach - Mastering
Yuval Ron – Oud

2. Compassion (Karuna)
Music and Lyrics by Yuval Ron
Estrella Morente – Vocals
Adam Del Monte – Guitar
Yuval Ron – Oud
Jamie Papish – Udu
Manuel Gutierrez – Back up vocals
Jose Ramon Montero - Translation of Spanish lyrics
Felipe Baron – Associate producer
Pei-Hua "Cynthia" Lin - additional arrangements & keyboard
Abigail Shelton - recording engineer for choir recordings and digital editing
Ben Leinbach - Mastering
Pablo Sánchez – Recording engineer for Estrella Morente recording

3. Vicarious Joy (Mudita)
Music by Yuval Ron, Lyrics: Sanskrit traditional
Deva Premal – Vocals
Pandit Nayan Ghosh - Sitar
Somnath Roy – Percussion
Yuval Ron: Oud
Kamal Engels – Recording engineer for Deva Premal recording
Yueh-Yun "Sandy" Chen and Sky Shin - music notation preparation and digital editing
Raya and Chinmay – Recording engineers for Pandit Nayan Ghosh recording

4. Equanimity (Upekkha)
Music by Yuval Ron, Lyrics: Sanskrit traditional
Uyanga Bold – Vocals
Hirokazu Kosaka and IKKYU Archers group - Sanskrit Chant of the Heart
Sutra, bell and wooden sticks.
Divine Sutra String Ensemble (cello soloist: Dennis Karmazyn)
Yuval Ron: Keyboards and strings orchestration
Pei-Hua "Cynthia" Lin - additional arrangements & keyboard
Yueh-Yun "Sandy" Chen and Sky Shin - music notation preparation and digital editing
Abigail Shelton - recording engineer for choir recordings and digital editing
Ben Leinbach - Mastering
Blair Studio Singers children choir conducted by Kc Daugirdas sang on all four tracks

Additional arrangements and keyboard on track 1, 2 , 3: Pei-Hua "Cynthia" Lin Music notation preparation and digital editing: Yueh-Yun "Sandy" Chen and Sky Shin Recording engineer for choir recordings and digital editing: Abigail Shelton

Thank you for Jose Ramon Montero for the beautiful translation to Spanish and Wakana Kimora for her help with recording Mr Kosaka.

Special thanks for Hirokazu Kosaka for his advise and generous collaboration, Adam Del Monte for opening the door to Andalusia, KC Daugirdas for bringing in the graceful children voices and Dr. Richard Gold for envisioning and initiating this inspiring and amazing project.

Album design: Stacey Clark of Notepad
© Yuval Ron Music (ASCAP)
(P) Metta Mindfulness Music (ASCAP)

"The Brahma-viharas - the four "sublime states” - are considered to be the ideal social attitudes, the springs underlying the ideal modes of conduct towards living beings. They are the great removers of tension, the great peace-makers in social conflict, and the great healers of wounds suffered in the struggle of existence. A mind that has achieved meditative absorption induced by these sublime states will be pure, tranquil, firm, collected and free of coarse selfishness."
Nyanaponika Thera,
Sri-Lanka-ordained Theravada monk, co-founder of the Buddhist Publication Society, contemporary author of numerous seminal Theravada books, and teacher of contemporary Western Buddhist leaders such as Bhikkhu Bodhi.

"What a person considers and reflects upon for a long time, to that his mind will bend and incline."
Buddha

Loving Kindness (Metta)
“Love, embracing all beings: small and great, far and near, be it on earth, in the water or in the air.”
Nyanaponika Thera

Compassion (karuna):
“It is compassion that removes the heavy bar, opens the door to freedom, makes the narrow heart as wide as the world. Compassion takes away from the heart the inert weight, the paralyzing heaviness; it gives wings to those who cling to the lowlands of self.“
Nyanaponika Thera

Vicarious Joy (Mudita):
“Noble and sublime joy is a helper on the path to the extinction of suffering. Not he who is depressed by grief, but one possessed of joy finds that serene calmness leading to a contemplative state of mind. And only a mind serene and collected is able to gain the liberating wisdom. The more sublime and noble the joy of others is, the more justified will be our own sympathetic joy.”
Nyanaponika Thera

Equanimity (Upekkha):
Upekkha is a perfect, unshakable balance of mind, rooted in insight. But in its perfection and unshakable nature equanimity is not dull, heartless and frigid. Its perfection is not due to an emotional "emptiness," but to a "fullness" of understanding, to its being complete in itself. Its unshakable nature is not the immovability of a dead, cold stone, but the manifestation of the highest strength.”
Nyanaponika Thera

“In the Buddhist tradition, the sound of the gong represents the impermanence of all things. Once it is hit, immediately action disappears, without intervening thoughts. Upekkha is written in Japanese 捨 and this means to throw away. At the end of the Prajna Paramita Sutra (Heart Sutra), we recite " Gyate gyate haraso gyate boji sowaka". This mean "to be gone, gone, everyone has gone!!" Form is empty, Emptiness is form.
Hirokazu Kosaka
Master Artist in residence, Japan American Center, Los Angeles.

1. Loving-kindness (Metta)

Music and Lyrics by Yuval Ron

Chorus (in Sanskrit):
Aham Prema*
Verse (In Hebrew):
Ve ah havta, et kol habria kula,
Im halev, im nefesh. im nefshama
* An ancient Hindu Mantra meaning: I am Divine Love.

English translation:
Chorus:
I am Divine Love
Verse:
And you will love, the whole entire creation
With the heart, with soul, with the Divine essence of the soul

Mawal (Ad-lib vocal solo):
My hope, my Beloved
With soul, with the Divine essence of the soul
With the wings of the Sekhina (Divine feminine)
With soul, with the Divine essence of the soul
With soul and love
We are all as one
We are all under the wings of Shekina
I am Divine love, with the wings,
With the wings of Shekhina


2. Compassion (Karuna):

Music and Lyrics by Yuval Ron

Verse (In Spanish):
La joya está en el loto.
Purifica el cuerpo, la mente y la palabra.
Sigue el camino de la sabiduría con amor y compasión
y encontrarás la iluminación.
La joya está en el loto.
Chorus (in Sanskrit):
Om Mani Padme Hum*

English translation:
The Jewel is in the Lotus
If you purified your body, mind and speech
and if you follow the path of wisdom with love and compassion
you will find enlightenment.
The Jewel is in the Lotus

* An ancient Buddhist mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, The mantra calms
fears, soothes concerns and heals broken hearts.
Literally, it translated as, “The jewel is in the lotus,” but symbolically means “Be pure
in body mind and speech. Follow the path of wisdom with love and compassion, and
reach enlightenment."  


3. Sympathetic Joy: Mudita

Music by Yuval Ron
Lyrics: Sanskrit traditional

Lokah Samastah
Sukinoh Bhavantu*

*The first line of an ancient Hindu Mantra used in Buddhist traditions as well, which
arises out of the Vedas. The full Mantra has been translated most commonly as:
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and
actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom
for all.”


4. Equanimity (Epekkha)

Music by Yuval Ron,
Lyrics: Sanskrit traditional

Om Shanti Om
English translation:
Aum, Peace, Aum

Practice 1:
Chant the four Sanskrit Mantras along the music of the four tracks of the album.
Track 1: Loving Kindness (Metta)
Aham Prema
(I am Divine Love)
Track 2: Compassion (Karuna)
Om Mani Padme Hum
(The Jewel is in the Lotus)

Track 3: Vicarious joy (Mudita)
Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu
(May all beings everywhere be happy and free)
Track 4: Equanimity (Upekkha)
Om Shanti Om
(Aum, Peace, Aum)

Practice 2:
Meditate on the higher virtues of each of the Four Divine States of Mind while listening to the corresponding track. For example, listen to track 1, Loving-Kindness (Metta), and meditate on Divine Love, motherly love, tenderness, abundance of kindness, mother Earth, etc.
With track 2, Compassion, (karuna,) contemplate compassion, the suffering of yourself and others and try to cultivate a compassionate attitude towards these suffering beings.
Start with yourself, then the most closed and dear, most close and dear people, then to neighbors, to far away being, all the way to disliked people and enemies. Do not to include people who passed away and people who one has sexual attraction to.
With track 3, Vicarious Joy (Mudita), meditate on sending honest wishes for joy and happiness to all beings. Start with yourself, then the most closed and dear, most close and dear people, then to neighbors, to far away being, all the way to disliked people and enemies.
Do not to include people who passed away and people who one has sexual attraction to.
With track 4, Equanimity (Upekkha), contemplate on the Oneness of all beings.
Meditate on the Emptiness of all Forms, Emptiness that is behind all forms, as a blank paper that holds drawings and paintings.
Contemplate life and death as a continuum, Aum as a vibration that existed before all life, sustaining life and will remain after all life will deteriorate and disappear.

Practice 3:
The Four Immeasurable Prayer:
May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the supreme joy that transcends all sorrow.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.

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