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Sundays 06:05-06:35
Rpt: Sunday 23:30-24:00
Each week the programme examines some of the larger questions of life by taking a spiritual theme and exploring it through music, prose and poetry.
Programme details:  Sunday 20 November 2005
'The Meaning of Mantras' is presented by Sir Mark Tully 

Music 1: "Om Mani Padme Hung II" written by Yungchen Lhamo. From the CD ' Tibet Tibet'. Performed by Yungchen Lhamo. Released on Realworld. Catalogue number: CDRW59 . Track 9.
Reading 1: Extract from a prayer by St John of the Cross, translated by Roy Campbell. From the book 'Prayers and Meditations'. Published by Everyman. Page 34.

Music 2: "Chant: Hidden Things (Isaiah 48:6)" with music composed by Linda Larkin. From the CD 'Sounds of the Eternal: Meditative Chants and Prayers - J. Philip Newell with soloist Suzanne Adam' Performed by Suzanne Adam, Sandy Butler, Simon Jaquet, Marion Lees McPherson, Ali Newell and Joel Sanderson. Available from J Philip Newell. Catalogue number: 5060105260001. Track 2.

Reading 2: Extract from "Towards Meditation" by Swami Yatiswarananda. From the book 'Vedanta for the Western World' edited by Christopher Isherwood. Published by Allen & Unwin. Pages 65 - 66.

Interview: with Father Laurence Freeman OSB, the Director of 'The World Community for Christian Meditation' - International Centre, St. Mark's, Myddleton Square , London EC1R 1XX . Tel: 020 7278 2070. Fax: 020 7713 6346. Email: . Website: The World Community for Christian Meditation

Music 3: "Kyrie (Andante moderato)" composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From the CD 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C. Minor'. Performed by Maria Stader, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger, Ivan Sardi, Chor des St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and conducted by Ferenc Fricsay. Released on Deutsche Grammophon. Catalogue number: 4291612. Track 1.

Reading 3: "Avoid visual concepts" by Theophan the Recluse. Translated by E. Kadloubovsky . From the book 'The Art of Prayer'. Pages 100 - 101.

Music 4: "Mantra III (Of Will and Vision of Cosmic Avataras)" composed by John Foulds. From the CD 'Foulds: Mirage, Three Mantras, Lyra Celtica, Apotheosis'. Performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sakari Oramo. Released on Warner Classics. Catalogue number: 2564615252. Track 3.

Reading 4: Extract from "Meditation" by David Fontana. Published by Element Books, ISBN 1862046271. Page 89.

Music 5: "Tubular Bells: Opening Theme" composed by Mike Oldfield. From the CD 'Elements: The Best of Mike Oldfield'. VTCD18. Track 1.

Reading 5: "I sit in church, Lord" by Martin Wallace. From 'The Book of a Thousand Prayers' . Published by Canterbury Press. Page 241.

Music 6: "Prashanti" composed by Ravi Shankar. From the CD ' Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass: Passages'. Published by Saira Music Ltd/23 rd Street Publishing Inc. Released on Private Music. Catalogue number: 206947. Track 6.
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