Here's a little ancient wisdom finding its way into popular
During the Matrix movies, there are two key songs that are sung
in Sanskrit. The verses are drawn from ancient Vedic texts,
chiefly from theUpanishads.
Here's a couple of videos with the songs and lyrics (I've added
complete lyrics below, with translations, for anyone
Neodämmerung, by Don Davis
Note: this is the song that plays during the final fight between
Neo and Smith. When viewed in context, the lyrics are quite
significant and demonstrate the creator's symbolic intent.
(The knot of the heart is untied, all doubts are cut;
his bondage through works wears out, when That is known, which
is above and below.)
Navras, by Juno Reactor & Don Davis
Note: this song closes the whole trilogy, playing during the
final credits of the final movie. There is one verse I'm unsure
of, which isn't covered in the video either, so I've simply
included a phonetic version of it. Perhaps someone else will
recognize the Sanskrit of it and can help us fill it in. I'm
also unsure of the translation of the Aditya salutation.