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Nirvana (Elbosco) (& Latin)
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A new age hit from the 90's.

Elbosco was the name of a joint Spanish musical group consisting of the mixture of a boy choir with adult instrumentalists and soloists. The boys belong to the choir of the El Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo (a.k.a. El Escorial), all between 9 and 14 years old. The music is a mixture of Gregorian chants, classical music, hip-hop and techno, with a mixture of Latin and English vocals. The result is similar to that of the group Enigma. In 1995, the group released the disk "Angelis", and they achieved international fame with the hit song Nirvana.

This song is mixing Christianity with Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Jainism and probably some other religions too, so the result has a strong Bahá'í flavour.

The name "Elbosco" comes from the great Dutch painter "Hieronymus Bosch", known in Spain (and now in most countries too) as "El Bosco".

Latin was the language spoken in ancient Rome and all the Roman Empire, and for centuries, it was the language used all throughout Europe for religion and for culture. Religious services were in Latin, scientific books were written in Latin, Universities used Latin and Latin was the ligua franca for commerce and everything. When the Catholic Church stopped using Latin in its religious services in 1965, Latin became definitely a dead language, except for the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City, where it is still official language. Modern Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian and some other laguages are nothing but modern dialects of Latin, but Latin also had an enormous influence in English (about half the English vocabulary comes from Latin). The international names for all animals and plants are also in Latin.

Et erunt signa in sole
Et luna et stellis
Et presura gentium
Prae confusione sonitus maris

Et erunt signa in sole
Et luna et stellis
Et presura gentium
Prae confusione sonitus maris


The Word was in
In the beginning
In the beginning with God
And all the things were made by him
And without him wasn’t anything

The Word was in
In the beginning
In the beginning with God
And all the things were made by him
And without him wasn’t anything

The glory, nirvana, eternal nirvana
The glory, nirvana, eternal nirvana

Et erunt signa in sole
Et luna et stellis
Et presura gentium
Prae confusione sonitus maris


The Word was in
In the beginning
In the beginning with Allah
And all the things were made by him
And without him wasn’t anything

The glory, nirvana, eternal nirvana
The glory, nirvana, eternal nirvana

Et erunt signa in sole
Et luna et stellis
Et presura gentium
Prae confusione sonitus maris

The English part, in one line, would be:

"The Word was in the beginning with God, and all the things were made by Him, and without Him wasn't anything."

THE WORD= Jesus (part of God)

WITHOUT HIM WASN'T ANYTHING= Without God nothing was created, nothing exists = God created everything.

THE GLORY= In Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the glory may be heaven or a state of spiritual liberation and bliss, perfect happiness, or also the splendor of God.

NIRVANA= In Indian religions, Nirvana is a state of spiritual liberation and bliss.

ETERNAL= Something eternal lasts forever, never ends.

ALLAH= The Arabic word which means "God".

Translation of the Latin sentence:

"And there will be signs in the sun and the moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves"

That fragment in simple English:

"And people will see strange things (happening) in the sun and the moon and in the stars. On earth, people from different countries will be very worried and shocked because there will be tsunamis and big storms in the sea."

(consider also that in the Bible the sea is often a symbol for evil, bad things).

Read under the Meaning tab for explanations and translation of the Latin part.

The Latin part of the song is a quotation from the Christian Bible, Luke 21:25 and it means:

"And there will be signs in the sun and the moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves"


This fragment is part of a speech by Jesus explaining the signs preceding his second coming, when the old world will be destroyed and a new world of peace and justice will be established on earth.

The second part, in English, is from John 1:1-3

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

In the Bible the Word is Jesus, who is part of God. When God created the universe, the Bible says, he used the Word, he spoke and said, for example "let there be light, and there was light" (Genesis, 1:3). So if God created the universe through the word, and the Word is Jesus, that means that Jesus is the part of God who created the universe. That is what John is trying to say.

But this song mixes the Christian belief with Hinduism or Buddhism, where the equivalent of heaven, the glory, is a state of liberation from all bonds. With the experience of nirvana the mind (Buddhism) or soul (Jainism) or spirit (Hinduism) has ended its identity with material phenomena and experiences a sense of great peace and a unique form of awareness or intelligence that is called bodhi in Buddhism, Kevala Jnana in Jainism, kaivalya (Asamprajnata Samadhi) in Yoga. The wheel of reincarnations stops and the person is finally free forever.

 

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