Friday, February 22, 2008

Hansadhwani -Laagi Lagan

This is my fav raga. I was told, it was inducted into Hindustani style by Ustad Amir Khan(?). This is a very popular raga in carnatic style.

here is an excellent rendition by Ustad Ghulam mustafa khan saab

Another good rendition of this compostion is by Ajoy Chakravarthy.

Those who know carnatic would like to compare it with Vatapi Ganaptim, best sung IMHO by Maharapuram Santhanam.


Element Sense Chakra Colour Direction Planet
Prithvi Smell Mooladhara Red Mercury
Jal Taste Swadhisthana Orange West Moon,Venus
Agni Vision Manipoora Yellow South West Sun, Mars
Vayu Touch Anahata Green North West Saturn
Akasha Hearing Vishuddha Blue North East Jupiter

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Love and its usage

Love is just a label that you attach to a human reaction.
In reality you respond uniquely to every moment.This response is dependent on your state of consciousness, means your awareness -- your intelligence, your accumulated past impressions, your worries your tensions your frustrations and your expectations from this moment.

As long as u understand this and realize its just a label, a utility that u call love, its fine.

Its for purpose of pointing to a unique feeling.

You dont love your wife ! or mother or brother or father. In reality you undergo all emotions , love, hate, detachment, sympathy with the same person at different instances of time.

While verbalizing, You just stitch these responses together and give it this name, Love. All of this is socially conditioned.

Monday, February 11, 2008


मन मे रखूं तो मोरा मन जले
कहूँ तो मुख जल जाए
जैसे गूंगे को सपना भयो
समझ समझ पछताए

पीतम हम तुम एक हैं
कहन सुनन में दो
मन को मन से तोलिए
दो मन कभी न होय

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Some wounds are nursed
not to be healed
but to suffer

For sometimes
with the end of suffering
the sufferer also ends

And those times mark
the beginning of an ending

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Ramana Speaks-2

Absence of thoughts does not mean a blank. There must be one to know the blank.
Knowledge and ignorance are of the mind. They are born of duality. But the Self is beyond knowledge and ignorance. It is light itself. There is no necessity to see the Self with another Self.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bhaja Govindam

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There are two version of Bhaja Govindam that i have read, one is the south indian one rendered by MSS, the other is available in the gita press works, as Charpat Panjakrika strotam. Both are similar with minor differences.

here are my fav verses from the chant

नलिनी दलगत जल मति तरलम
तद वज्जीवितम अतिशय चपलम
विद्धि व्याध्य अभिमाना ग्रसतम
लोकं शोकहतम च समस्तं

काते कांता कस्ते पुत्रः
संसारो यमतीव विचित्र:
कस्य त्वं क: कुत आयातः
तत्त्वं चिन्तया तदिह भ्रातः

सत्संगत्वे निस्संगत्वं
निस्संगत्वे निर्मोहत्वं,
निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्वं
निश्चलतत्वे जीवनमुक्तिः

वयासिगते कः काम विकारः
शुष्के नीरे क: कासारः
क्षीणे वित्ते क: परिवार:
ज्ञाते तत्त्वे कः संसार

भजगोविन्दम भजगोविन्दम
गोविन्दम भजमूढ़मते
संप्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले
नही नही रक्षति डुंक्रुजकरणे

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Q:What is moksha?

It is freedom.

Q: Freedom what kind of freedom, freedom from this endless cycle lives?

I cant say about that. In my own way we live many lives in this one life itself. Think about this. Every life situation which occupies you emotionally is a new life in that sense, and you go on entering them, hunting for pleasure, trying to eradicate pain and all this business goes on and on. In the process you accumulate, memories of struggle-pain-joy etc. All these are our multiple lives in this one life.

Freedom then is nothing but freedom from this. Freedom from creating these multiple lives. This realization, that life is not a life situation is Moksha. Your life is not a victim of circumstances. Your life is not a victim of an outer scenario, job, wealth, prestige, relationship, adventure, excitement and all what you think is important. Unfortunately one doesn’t understand this early.

One has his own logic of life and is governed by these life situations, trying to improve on them or running away from them, unless Life (note personification) itself shakes his body and says, Enough ! Your falling hair, your wrinkles, your debilitating health with age, is life’s own way of telling you, Enough! Enough of trying to change life situations. Life situation is not life. But who understands this?

Q: I Do, in a way I do, I realize that there is something beyond all this madness of survival, accumulation, ego and all. But then again I don’t understand some things, I am sure life is not this, then what is Life ?
A: Aah!!, the answer has the question, holding on with your reason and using this method not this, not this not this, has the answer. Just like when u strike out all whats not real, what will remain is real. This is the famed neti neti neti technique.


Now that you are here
Now that we are near
Why cant I see you ?

Will this strife
End with my life ?