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My Little Brothers

Rehearsing a new devotional song I wrote, set to the traditional melody He. The lyrics use Khmer, Middle Khmer, and Sanskrit, and employs Buddhist imagery derived from ancient sutra to pay respects to the sacred beings who care for us and our world. Translation:


"He! I bring my hands together in prayer,

Lifting them to every direction and place,

Offering my heart like the moon,

He, he, he, he, offering my heart like the moon."


"Oh ancestors, spirits who protect our lineage,

Masters of the lands and waters ever eminent,

Sacred teachers and gods,

He, he, he, he, sacred teachers and gods!" "May you bestow blessings,

Glory, well-being, victory,

Upon us all,

He, he, he, he, upon us all."





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