The Aramaic Lord's Prayer

Abwoon d'bwashmaya
Nethqadash shmakh
Teyatey malkuthakh
Nehywey tzevyanach aykanna
d'bwashmaya aph b'arha.
Hawvlan lachma, d'sunquanan yaomana
Washboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn)
aykanna daph khnan shbwoqan l'khayyabayn.
Wela tahlan l'nesyuna
Ela patzan min bisha
Metol dilakhie malkutha
wahayla wateshbukhta
l'ahlam almin

(Source : Neil Douglas-Klotz : "Prayers of the Cosmos")

On the meeting of the tides
The fullness of the ocean,
We will take our ride together
Taking our steps as one.
On the breath we are then born
In the spaces we find love,
We will take our form right now
Our hearts are full of love and joy.

l'Ahlam almin

When I move out from this place
I join with you upon the road,
We are carving out our lives
Our souls are like a living song.
Hold me, guide me as I listen
To the Sacred song within,
Awe and wonder always present
Trust and love show me the Way.

l'Ahlam almin

Share all of your gifts
Hold only what you need
Open your heart
Open your mind
Open your soul
l'Ahlam almin

You and I sing a melody through life
You and I sing a melody through life
l'Ahlam almin  Amin, Amin



Aramaic Lord's Prayer New English Version
by Mohini Chatlani

From the un-manifest, the place of sacred unity,
All creation is born.
Born on the breath
Filled with the Beloved.
Let me be an empty vessel
And clear my heart of all obstructions,
To hear and receive the Beloved
Who may come and live within me.
As I move quietly from this new place in me
I meet the other, equally,
And we dance together through life
Embracing all opposites.
Let me be attentive to accept only what I need
In each moment.
Let me release conflicts that my heart may open
As I heal my relationships and bonds with others.
May I always be guided
And be in the right place at the right time;
May I find my life's true purpose
Responding wisely and compassionately
From this animated loving field of life
Filled with abundance and fertility,
I hear the Song of the Beloved
A beautiful song of wonder springing forth
Whose power echoes in the stones, the caves
The hills, the lands and the seas,
As the solid hum of the earth.
May I seal this truth as the ground of my being always
And may my life spring from That.  (21.08.09)



  • I originally conceived this track when recording my first album "Monumental". I had wanted to rework and re-record it.  As the track evolved, it became obviously "meditative" in flavour. However with the original backing music being fairly short, and therefore being slightly restricted in creative and artistic expression, I found that the "Call To Joy" would be the beacon in lighting the way into my next album. It certainly has.  I hope you will agree!

  • The actual Aramaic Lord's prayer I heard recited, in English, at a 'Salon' - a musical evenings in a friend's house, a few years back. Again like with "The Eleven Principles", I kept this prayer, with the deep knowing that it would arise again.

  • As I began conceiving the arrangement and backing, a personal shift began to happen within. Where I had been led and directed, if you like, by my former producer, I found that part of me was still hanging on to the influences, musical nuances and expressions. As I progressed through the arrangement, there evolved more of my own ideas as I gradually let go of the past and moved into the present with confidence and excitement. This was and is thrilling. 

  • I began to grow into myself, into the piece, exploring with baby steps this new and what I intrinsically felt, would be an extremely satisfying process.