Did You Hear the Ancient Call – Qing Zang Plateau by Li NA

This is a post published on May 9, 2015, I’m reposting it with updates.

This morning when I got up, this tune was lingering in my mind over and over again. It is one of my soul-felt songs, don’t know how many times I have sung it by myself whenever it touches me, and sometimes moved into tears. And this morning again with full of tears raining down my face and waves surging through my heart. As I believe the souls of all life forms have passed many life times through the physical manifestations, and on each life time journey at some point the soul starts to awaken and recalls the connections from your previous lives.

I remember in 2005 back in China, I and my ex-husband went to visit Wutai mountain in Shanxi, about 210 miles (337km) away from Beijing. Wutai mountain was one of the four well known Buddhist mountains in China, and it was believed the sacred place where Bodhisattva Manjushri gave discourses. In Chinese Manjushri is call Bodhisattva Wenshu associated with Wisdom. I was not a keen Buddhism temple visitor at that time since I believed in Jesus, I went to Wutai Mountain only because my ex was enthusiastic about a broad range of cultures and ancient buildings. There were not as many visitors as today. All other details may have faded in my memory with time passing but one scene could never left and came back to me over and over again: when we were walking into the vicinity of the temple bathed in serenity, the soothing Buddhist chanting was also drifting into our ears from inside the temple; at the moment I saw a few scattered pilgrims making prostrations with every step forward around the temple, a surge from my heart almost couldn’t hold the tears in my eyes, I did not want to say anything, walk to anywhere but silently moved to the side and sit there quietly watching, let my mind drifting…, and my ex probably caught the contagion so found his own place a few feet away from me sit down as well without any words. And I don’t remember exactly for how long but was sure we were sitting there for a very very long time before quietly moved to our next spot.

In later years when I consulted an clairvoyant she saw one of my previous lives incarnated as a monk who was drawing murals in a Tibetan monastery. I do believe this since the first day when I heard this Qinghai/Tibet Plateau, the remote calling seemed activated something deep in my heart and together they made a chorus spinning out of my very soul… I don’t know what you want to call it, I believe it is the Universal Spirit that resonates in all created beings…


Here is the post and the song:

Who was it that brought a call from remote antiquity?
Who was it that left behind the earnest hope of thousands of years?
Is that true there is still a song without words,
or is that the deep, long lasting and unforgettable feelings of love?

Ah, I have seen ranges of mountains and rivers.
Rivers and mountains are linking to each other.
Ya La So*, is that the Tibet-Qinghai/Himalaya Plateau?

Who was it that looked into the blue sky in distance days and nights?
Who was it that longed for the everlasting dream?
Is that true there are still songs of praise,
or is that vaguely the unchangeable dignity?

Ah, I have seen ranges of mountains and rivers.
Rivers and mountains are linking to each other.
Ya La So*, that is the Tibet-Qinghai/Himalaya Plateau!
This song was written and composed by one of the Chinese most famous and proliferative musician Zhangqinyi in 1994, staged in 1997 by Singer LiNa. Combining pop and Tibetan music, through the performance of Lina’s volatile and wide range of voices, it immediately brings you to a land of magnificence, myths and serenity. Upon this performance it immediately became a household song in China, and later spread to the world; it also became a must for any adequate singers to show their singing capacity.

Why is it so overwhelmingly accepted by people of all ages and backgrounds, I’m sure you would find the answer yourself! In case someone wishes to learn to sing the song, I pasted the Pinyin (pronunication) Lyrics below:
ya la suo, ai. shì shuí dàilai yuǎngǔ de hūhuàn? shì shuí liúxia qiānnián de qípàn?
nándào shuō háiyǒu wúyán de gē, háishì nà jiǔjiǔ bùnéng wànghuái de juànliàn. ou! wǒ kànjiàn yí zuòzuò shān, yí zuòzuò shānchuān, yí zuòzuò shānchuān xiānglián.yā la suo, nà kěshì
Qīngzang gāoyuán?


shì shuí rìyè yáowàngzhe lántiān? shì shuí kěwàng yǒngjiǔ de mènghuàn? nándào shuō háiyǒu zànměi de gē, háishì nà fǎngfú bùnéng gǎibiàn de zhuāngyán. ou! wǒ kànjiàn yí zuòzuò shān,
yí zuòzuò shānchuān, yí zuòzuò shānchuān xiānglián. yā la suo, nà jiù shì Qīngzang gāoyuán?
Note: And not long after singing this song, the singer Li Na became a devoted nun. Listen to her chanting Amitabha Mantra here
You may also want to listen to another famous singer, HanHong’s performance below

With Love and Peace


Helen Xinhui Zhu is a visionary, teacher, facilitator of soul awakening and Green Earth Life Initiatives. She provides consultation for Green Earth Life Initiatives for policy makers, and she initiated and is organizing the New Earth New Life Walking Meditation Network, hosting the New Earth New Life Golden Phoenix Forum. For more details, please visit our website www.learnwithuniversalmind.com

Books involved written: 2 in 1 in 2 The Supreme Revelation (Part I and Part II); Stop Stop Stop undust the common sense of timeless wisdom – transformational initiatives to the Green Earth Life

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