At the end of Matrix Revolutions (Matrix 3), before the words "it is done", the Hindu mantra Navras is played. What context is Navras usually placed in? How do the Hindus view the mantra and how is it used, i.e. in ceremonial uses? Since Matrix universe is very much a mixed bag I do not think it has very much meaning in Matrix 3. Other than being a nice way of tying things together and to create a nice atmosphere.

  • It's a bit difficult to understand your question, but I'm guessing the answer is very similar to this question's answer: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/12588/…
    – HNL
    Mar 20, 2012 at 3:32
  • Better now? Hope so. Yes, but a quite more specific than your linked one. My question is basically how a tune is used in traditional ceremony. Not about buddism in general. Thanks anyway!
    – r4.
    Mar 20, 2012 at 4:00
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    Mar 20, 2012 at 10:05

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I am a hindu myself, The mantra that u speak of is actually called "Navras" and not "Narvas". This song is from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, a philosophical text, with the famous shloka "Asatoma Sat gamaya" which in sanskrit means "Lead us from the unreal to the real". There is also a very elaborate translation by Swami Vivekananda on this upanishad which you should check out here - http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/brdup/brhad_intro.html.

P.S : The tune that is potrayed in the matrix credits is not how its used in traditional ceremonies.

  • I suspect they have changed it. To something their 'spot audience' is more used to. Now it sound like a gregorian hymn, to me very much alike those hymns sung by monks in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
    – r4.
    Mar 20, 2012 at 21:11
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    – r4.
    Mar 20, 2012 at 21:19
  • Maybe you are right. But i havent heard the hymns sung by the monks in the Notre Dame Cathedral. I like the song, in a different way aside from the religious/philosphical context. Also, thank you for the blog comment! Mar 21, 2012 at 7:05
  • Well. Gregorian music is old, catholic church music? Not an expert in anything so don't take my word for it. 2 good examples. Kyrie and Messe de Nostre Dame. Guess mantras are older still.
    – r4.
    Mar 21, 2012 at 10:42

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