SACRED PHRASES and TRANSLATIONS
translations and transliterations are offered to help in learning
the dances. Your own realization of the phrase may transcend
any and all verbal descriptions. The most important aspect is
the feeling they invoke.
ALLAH: Literally: Oneness or
ALLAH HO AKBAR: "There is no power save
in Allah.” “Peace is power.” “God is
ALLAH HUMA SALLE ALLAH, MIFTAHI DARUSSALAMI:
"Allah is the opener of all paths to peace."
ALHAMDULILLAH: "All praise to the One
Being." Or, "Glory to God."
ANTAL HADI, ANTAL HAQQ: "Thou art the
Guide, Thou art the Truth."
AS-SALAAM ALEIKUM, WALEIKUM AS-SALAAM: "Peace
be with you; with you be peace.” (call and response)
BISMILLAH ER-RAHMAN ER-RAHIM: "In the
name of Allah, who is Mercy and Compassion.”
ESTAFERALLAH: "Allah make pure."
Or, "We take refuge in the purifying presence of Allah."
HU: The non-manifest. The sound Sufis use to
refer to the Absolute. (Human -- HU-man -- man created in God's
ISHQ ALLAH MAHBUD LILLAH: "God is Love,
Lover, and Beloved." Or, "God is all aspects of Love."
LA ILLAHA ILLA 'LLAH HU: Most sacred phrase
in Islam. "There is no God but God; none else exists."
Or, "There is no reality except the One Reality."
MOHAMMED AR-RASSOUL LILLAH: "Mohammed
is the Prophet or Messenger of God."
SUBHAN ALLAH: "All praise to God in His
YA HAYY, YA HAQQ: "O Life, O Truth."
YA RAHMAN, YA RAHMIN: “O Compassionate
One, O Merciful One.”
YA SHAFEE, YA KHAFEE: "O Healer, O Remedy."
ZIKR: "Remembrance." The remembrance
of perfection, the perfection of remembrance. The practice of
repeating aloud some form of the phrase, LA ILLAHA ILLA 'LLAH.
EV DU HASHEM B'SIMCHA: "Come
and serve the Holy One with joy."
HEENAY MAHTOV, UMAH NAYEEM, SHEVET AHEEM GAM YAHAD:
Psalm 133: "How wonderful it is for brothers and sisters
to live together in peace."
SHABBAT SHALOM: "Greetings of peace to
SHEMA YISRAEL, ADONAI ELOHAYNU, ADONAI EHAD:
Most sacred Hebrew phrase. "Listen, O Israel, the Lord
our God, the Lord is One."
SHALOM ALEICHEM, ALEICHEM SHALOM: "Peace
be with you, and with you be peace."
BODHISATTVA: An enlightened one
who remains connected to the earth realms in support of all
beings traveling toward enlightenment.
GATE, GATE, PARAGATE, PARASAMGATE, BODHISVAHA: "Going,
Going, Going Further, Going All Together to Enlightenment. Released!"
KWAN ZEON BOSAI (Korean): Refers to the Bodhisattva
of Compassion. In Sanskrit this is KWAN YIN: "She who hears
the cries of the world and accords them Mercy and Compassion."
OM MANE PADME HUM: "Hail to the Jewel
in the Lotus."
GANGA KI JAI JAI, JUMNA KI JAI JAI, KAILASH
PATI SHIVA SHANKAR KI JAI JAI: "Hail to the holy
Ganges and Jumna Rivers and hail to the sacred mountain, Kailash,
the earthly abode of Lord Shiva."
GOPALA, DEVAKI NANDANA: Refers to Lord Krishna
in his incarnation as a Goat-herder, a happy, playful love-maker.
HARE KRISHNA: "Praise to Lord Krishna,
the God of Love and Divine Ecstasy."
OM NAMO SHIVAYA: "Praise to God in the
name of Shiva who is the Lord of the Dance."
OM SRI RAM JAI RAM JAI JAI RAM: "God who
at once is Truth and Power, Impersonal and Personal, Victory
to Thee, Victory, Victory to Thee."
EK ONG KAR SAT NAM, SIRI WAH (e) GURU:
"There is but one God, Truth is God's Name, Indescribable
is God's Wisdom."
AHURA MAZDA: Divine name meaning,
"Indestructible Supreme God," or "Lord of Wisdom."
ARMAITI ANAHITA ATAR VAYU: Four angels representing
the four elements: earth, water, fire, air.
ASHEM VOHU: One of the most sacred Zoroastrian
phrases. It identifies that light of truth found in the human
heart (Asha) with the ultimate principle, the source of that
AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA (Latin):
"Hail, Mary, full of Grace."
KYRIE ELEISON, CHRISTE ELEISON (Greek): “Lord,
have mercy; Christ, have mercy.”
MIR MIRU MIR (Russian): "Peace, Peace
UBI CARITAS ET AMOR, DEUS IBI EST (Latin):
"Where compassion and love are, there God is also."