A desperate fate transformed by a mantra.

Voice ‘Fortuna desperata’ : Griet De Geyter Mantra, improvisation & video : Els Van Laethem Fortuna desperata is a secular Italian song, possibly originally by Busnois, who lived in 15th century (but others credit Antoine Brumel). It was used by…

A desperate fate transformed by a mantra.

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Voice ‘Fortuna desperata’ : Griet De Geyter
Mantra, improvisation & video : Els Van Laethem

Fortuna desperata is a secular Italian song, possibly originally by Busnois, who lived in 15th century (but others credit Antoine Brumel). It was used by many other authors in the following 75 years, for both variations and cantus firmus masses, and over 30 such reworkings are known.

The first verse is:

‘Fortuna desperata
Iniqua e maledecta
Che de tal dona electa
La fama hai denigrata.’

‘Desperate fate,
iniquitous and maledicted
who blackened the good name
of a woman beyond compare.’

Mantra : Om Mani padme hum.

This six syllables mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisable union of method and wisdom, you can transform in your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

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