Wednesday 24 November 2010

TIME


"Bhgavad Gita (11th Chapter-32nd Verse)

"Kaalosmi Lokakshayakruth Pravrudhdho
Lokaan Samaaharthumiha Pravruththaha.
Rutheypi Thvaam Na Bhavishyanthi Sarve
Ye 'Vasthithaah Prathyaneekeshu Yodhaaha"


Meaning: Lord Krishna stated: Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people. With the exception of you (the Paandavaas), all the soldiers here on both sides will be slain.

"Kaalosmi" (I am TIME), Lord Krishna stated in Bhagavad Gita. Any mantra yields sure and fast results when recited at the same time everyday. As God and Time are one and the same, a time-conscious mantra becomes power-packed due to the grace of God and yields amazing results. Time is God and the needles on a clock are to be regarded as the representatives of God!
Timing of the mantra is very important, if somebody is able to recite the mantra only at 8.00 am everyday, it is advisable to maintain the same time everyday for the enhancement of the mantra-power. There are people who recite mantras at 12 noon sharp when all the three needles on the clock join together. Late Sri.Kama Sastri, music director and conductor of Vadya Vrinda, All India Radio, Chennai used to bring work to an abrupt halt at 12 noon to observe a minute's silence for offering prayers. There are many who keep awake at 12 midnight to repeat the recitation for further power-inducement into their mantra (it is best if the mantra is given by a spiritual Guru or a Srividya Upasaka if it is a Devi mantra). I have known few devotees who recite the same mantra four times in 24 hours, at 12.00 midnight, 6.00 am, 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm everyday.

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Wednesday 17 November 2010

VAINEEKA MUSIC -SINGAPORE (KARAIKUDI BANI)

Veena Vidushi and Guru Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar
(Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar is the grand daughter of veena legend, late Sri.Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer, founder of the magnificent Karaikudi Bani and the daughter of veena vidushi, late Smt.Sankari Ammal.Smt. Jayalakshmi Sugumar had taught in Kalakshetra from the year 1966 and shifted to Pondicherry in 1976 where she continued her services till the year 1981.After this she worked for Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society for 7 years to return to Pondicherry to teach in the prestigious music college of Pondicherry- Bharathiyar Palgalaikoodam.Smt. Jayalakshmi once again returned to Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society after her fruitful work in Pondicherry music college for 7 years. Her service for SIFAS was from 1995 to 1998. In 1998 Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar started her won veena school on the lines of her illustrious grand father, Sri.Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer-VAINEEKA MUSIC.She is not at all for awards or rewards. Her affectionate, selfless and soulful approach to her students is evident in the high quality of music she imparts to them.)
"Veenayin Edirkaalam Singapoorla...." phrase from my extempore speech for the veena arangetram of Kumari G.V.Abhirami (disciple of Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar) was greeted by thundering applause from the audience.
The veena arangetram was designed on the lines of an elaborate and colourful opera. While appreciating the noteworthy effort and talent of the performer G.V.Abhirami, my mind registered the powerful role of Abhirami's Guru in the entire presentation of the veena arangetram. The style was unique and classy! As we all know, Karaikudi Bani is highly conservative and well known for combining voice with veena. Singing while playing the veena is no mean feat. Apart from sruthi alignment it is also difficult to coordinate voice with veena. Despite the ordeals, Karaikudi Bani is steadfast about not losing voice with veena and the school does a splendid job of the same!
The arangetram was also an informative affair with the opening Ata Thala varnam in Bhairavi (Viriboni) displaying all the "Dasa Vidha Gamakas" that are so important for veena. I was amazed at the meticulous thought and effort that went behind the preparation of the aragetram and the soulful guidance of Guru Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar.
The highlight of the arangetram was the ragamalika thanam. The design of the thanam was like an exotic piece of jewelry, the tonal modulation and the musical thrust, especially in the Malayamarutham segment were breathtaking.
The world of veena music need teachers like Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar to put an end to meaningless questions like ,"Is there a future for veena?" or "Why aren't there many veena players?" etc.
Owing to the fact that Smt.Jayalakshmi Sugumar lives in Singapore, "Veenayin Edirkaalam Singapoorla............."

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Thursday 4 November 2010

Ultimate Bliss


Ananda Acharya on Rest

You need rest, perfect rest. There comes a time in the life of man when the body and the brain and the mind want to feel the stillness of the Universal Spirit. Then, the best thing is to do nothing, to think about nothing. That takes away all misfortune, that cures all disease, that soothes all sorrow, that alone makes man whole again.

Ananda Acharya, Yoga of Conquest (Hoshiarpur, India: Vishveshvaranand Institute, 1971) pp. 33-34 [February 29, {1924}]

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