Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Unmani उन्मनी Kabir

Here is a bhajan of Kabir sung by Shubha Mudgal, putting the full text for those interested. I was searching for its lyrics and parallely transcribing it ... then I realized this has been also incorporated in Gurbaani. Cool!.

I wont translate this, in the best interest of keeping somethings as they should be. There are some typos in the text ...I corrected some hastily, doesnt matter much though.

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avadhu mera man matavaara .
unmani chadha gagan ras piivai, tribhuvan bhaya ujiyara

gudakar gyan dhyan kar mahuva, bhav bhathi kari bhara,
sushaman nadi sahaj samani, pivai pivanahara ... avadhoo

doi pur jori chinagari bhathi, chuva maharas bhari,
kam krodh doee kiya banita, chhuti gaee sansari ... avadhoo

suni mandal main mandala bajai, tahan mera man nachai,
guruprasadi amritafal paya, sahaj sushamana kachhai ... avadhoo

poora mila tabai sukh upajyo, tan kee tapan bujhani,
kahe Kabir bhavabandhan chhoote, jyoti hi jyoti samani ... avadhoo


अवधू मेरा मन मतवारा ।
उन्मनी चढा गगन रस पीवै, त्रिभुवन भया उजियारा ... अवधू

गुडकर ज्ञान ध्यान कर महुवा, भव भाठी करी भारा,
सुषमन नाडी सहज समानी, पीवै पीवनहारा ... अवधू

दोइ पुर जोरि चिनगारी भाठी, चुवा महारस भारी,
काम क्रोध दोई किया बनीता, छुटी गई संसारी ... अवधू

सुनि मंडल मैं मंदला बाजै, तहाँ मेरा मन नाचै,
गुरुप्रसादी अमृतफल पाया, सहज सुषमना काछै ... अवधू

पूरा मिला तबै सुख उपज्यो, तन की तपन बुझानी,
कहे कबीर भवबंधन छूटे, ज्योति ही ज्योति समानी ... अवधू

I have copied the etxt from here.

The door

He took a deep breath before knocking the door. He was aware how important this was. This could be the last moment of his usual life. Nothing perhaps will remain the same after the knock, he thought.A master stroke of destiny. A vanishing point! A conclusion. The search had led him to this and now he must. So he paused and he knocked.

Knock Knock Knock.
No response.
Knock Knock Knock.
No response.

He wondered, why? Is this not the right door? Has the search-the path-the journey led him to the wrong door? How could this be! So? what course to take? Go back ? Knock more ?

He was clear that he cant go back, he has come too far, and really, there is NO path that goes back. Then ? Then what, he thought?

His inner voice told, 'search a new path, try again'. And his inner voice spoke again, 'I am too fatigued to try again'. If the search-the path-the journey, had taught him anything it was, "there is nothing to be learnt from inner voice--- Inner voice is rubbish". But he knew, not through his inner voice (which he knew is useless), but somehow he knew, He knew that this was it. Call it intuition, call it instinct, call it revelation, he knew this was it, THE DOOR. But why then No answer ? Should he knock differently? He pondered and pondered and pondered. Should he wait more and then knock ? May be!

Total confusion, infinite fatigue and wringing anxiety took over him. He saw how diminutive in significance is human will, human understanding, human judgment. He needed help. Something. Something to pull him out of this rut. He began questioning all the life decisions which led him to this. Pale-jaded-torn, he held on to the knob of the door and he collapsed.

To be continued...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

sarvana bhava: ranjani gayatri

Very very well sung. Invigorating, fast and enthralling. Infact between 2.00 to 3.00 the gamaks/control etc. are remarkable. It reminded me of MSS rendering Raghuvamsha Sudha. Even the audience, acknowledged approvingly.. CLAPS CLAPS!

Also a very good Abhang by R-G. Naryanan Sakha Mazha, kari china nivarana (Naryan my friend, resolved my worries)

Shiv Sutra

I am not an expert of vyakaran but when I hear things like this, I get inspired to learn panini's ashtadhayayi or at least revisit laghu siddhanta kaumudi.

Legend has it that these sounds came out of Shiva's damaru which then led to formation of sanskrit varnamala(alphabet)as we know it today.The way these letters are organized, is in itself a phenomenal way of indexing. Most modern linguist acknowledge panini's genius in creating this phenomenal meta structure. Here are complete shiva sutras, that I have copied from the wiki page on SS.
१. अ इ उ ण् |
२. ऋ ऌ क् |
३. ए ओ ङ् |
४. ऐ औ च् |
५. ह य व र ट् |
६. ल ण् |
७. ञ म ङ ण न म् |
८. झ भ ञ् |
९. घ ढ ध ष् |
१०. ज ब ग ड द श् |
११. ख फ छ ठ थ च ट त व् |
१२. क प य् |
१३. श ष स र् |
१४. ह ल् |
You can read more about Shiv Sutras on the web. Here Pt. Channulal mishra is reciting them, see from 0.30 to 0.60 in the video.

Kaun Samjhega ?

क्या हुआ है मुझे ?
कौन समझेगा इसे?
किससे कहूँ ?
पर चुप भी कैसे रहूँ ?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gurbani: Shabad

Kaun jaane gun tere ?
Simple soothing comforting gurbaani.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hath Yoga Pradeepika

I had read this text as a child, that too in Hindi. I clearly remember the greenish cover of the book and my experiments with it, as soon as it had arrived by VPP. Anyway, my fascination those days was more with the first and second chapter of this book as it offered to me things which were both illogical and promising(you know what kind of promises these books offer!). I discussed them with my father, who had seemingly difficulty in trying to rationalize the irrational, esp when you are talking to your own child, who is enthusiastic about self-mutilation. :)

Anyway, here are some verses from the book. Book is by Svatamarama and find the full text here.

I have changed the translation at some places. Translation is actually very poor, though it manages to convey the essence. Sanskrit used however, is simple enough to comprehend if you can follow sanskrit. I might talk about Samkhya and connection of senses with reality some other day.

हेतु-दवयं तु छित्तस्य वासना छ समीरणः |
तयोर्विनष्ह्ट एकस्मिन्तौ दवावपि विनश्यतः || २२ ||
There are two causes of the activities of the mind: (1) Vâsanâ (desires) and (2) the respiration (the Prâṇa). Of these, the destruction of the one is the destruction of both. 22.

मनो यत्र विलीयेत पवनस्तत्र लीयते |
पवनो लीयते यत्र मनस्तत्र विलीयते || २३ ||
where mind ceases, breath creases, where breath ceases, mind does.

लयो लय इति पराहुः कीदॄशं लय-लक्ष्हणम |
अपुनर-वासनोत्थानाल्लयो विष्हय-विस्मॄतिः || ३४ ||
Laya laya, it is said, what are the signs of laya?
Laya is forgetting of the objects of senses when the Vâsanâs (desires) do not rise into existence again.

वेद-शास्त्र-पुराणानि सामान्य-गणिका इव |
एकैव शाम्भवी मुद्रा गुप्ता कुल-वधूरिव || ३५ ||
Vedas and the Śâstras are like ordinary prostitute. Śâmhhavî Mudrâ, alone, is hidden, daughter of house.

बाह्य-छिन्ता न कर्तव्या तथैवान्तर-छिन्तनम |
सर्व-छिन्तां परित्यज्य न किंछिदपि छिन्तयेत || ५७ ||
He should be neither of his inside nor of outside world; and, leaving all thoughts, he should think of nothing.

सङ्कल्प-मात्र-कलनैव जगत्समग्रं
सङ्कल्प-मात्र-कलनैव मनो-विलासः |
सङ्कल्प-मात्र-मतिमुत्सॄज निर्विकल्पम
आश्रित्य निश्छयमवाप्नुहि राम शान्तिम || ५८ ||
The whole of this world and all the schemes of the mind are but the creations of thought. Discarding these thoughts and taking leave of all conjectures, O Râma! obtain peace. 57.

कर्पूरमनले यद्वत्सैन्धवं सलिले यथा |
तथा सन्धीयमानं छ मनस्तत्त्वे विलीयते || ५९ ||
As camphor disappears in fire, and rock salt in water, so the mind united with the âtmâ loses its identity.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thillana: Prince Rama Varma

The energy in this thillana is amazing. Prince rama varma is , genius.(BMK composed it)
Watch it till the end.

Nada Vindu Kaladi

Very well sung, simple light and 'easy on the ears' classical. :. Need to write something abt Arunagirinathar swami, Its a pity that I dont follow tamil!

And here is MS Amman singing the same. I dont need to use adjectives here, do I ?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Malladi Brothers: Bhaja Bhagavantham

Very sweet! The "maun vyakhya samudit darpam" line in this rendition reminded me of Dakshinamurti strotam. Especially a verse from Dakshinamurti strotam, where Dakshinamurti Shiva is expounding Vedanta to Rishis.

"Chitram vata tarur moole
Vridhha shishya gurur yuvaa
Grusutu maunam vyakhyaanam
Shishyastu chinna samshaya"

The scene: under the vata treee, a young guru and aged disciples are sitting.
Guru is elucidating through silence, dispelling doubts of disciples.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kaivalya Navaneeta: The Cream of Emancipation

Written by Tandavaraya Swami, this is a famous work in Tamil. Thanks Nari for transcribing it :).

Here are some snippets. Some lines have been emboldened by me.

--> The perfect enjoyer is he who partakes of anything that comes his way without discriminating, whether it be tasty or not, clean or unclean, healthy or unhealthy like a blazing fire consuming all that lies in its way.

--> Brahman is not an object of the senses nor of inference, and there is no second to it. It is beyond direct perception, inference or analogy. Also know that being free from attributes it cannot be expressed by words.

--> Q: When I dissociate myself from the five senses and look beyond there remains only a blank. I see nothing more than that.Am I to take this blank as the supreme experience of the self?

A: In the anecdote of the tenth man of deluded intellect, after counting only nine men and not recognizing himself as the tenth, was stupefied. Can such stupor be the tenth man! Good son! you are the seer of all.. The blank and the five sheaths!

--> Q: There cannot be any kind of experience in the absence of mind. if the mind persists how can they said to be liberated ?

A: The annihilation of mind is of two types namely of the mind patterns and of the mind itself..the former applies to liberated sages while the life the later to disemobdied sages. elimination of rajas and tamas leaving satva alone is the dissolution of the patterns of the mind. when the satva vanishes with the subtle body the mind itself is also said to have vanished too... In such a state the sage will partake of what comes unsolicited.... not thinking past or future, getting over their doership witnessing the mental modes and the three states, they can remain liberated.

If you always remain aware that 'I' am perfect Consciousness, what does it matter how much you think, or what you do? All this is unreal like dream visions after waking. I am all-Bliss!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

janaki vallabh shastri - poem

Read this poem by janaki vallabh shastri titled Mauj.


सब अपनी-अपनी कहते हैं!

     कोई न किसी की सुनता है,
     नाहक कोई सिर धुनता है,
     दिल बहलाने को चल फिर कर,

फिर सब अपने में रहते हैं!

     सबके सिर पर है भार प्रचुर
     सब का हारा बेचारा उर,
     सब ऊपर ही ऊपर हँसते,

भीतर दुर्भर दुख सहते हैं!

     ध्रुव लक्ष्य किसी को है न मिला,
     सबके पथ में है शिला, शिला,
     ले जाती जिधर बहा धारा,

सब उसी ओर चुप बहते हैं।
सब अपनी-अपनी कहते हैं!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Janani Janani Jagam Nee Jagam Nee

Was searching youtube for some grave/serious kind of music, somewhat Shree Raga like and found this. Almost shocked me too, to see that he opens with Saundarya Lahiri's verses. Bhayyia had asked me to translate the same for stutimandal, few days ago... but everyone knows I live in perpetual postponement.

Cant think of anything now except ..reading and commenting on Saundarya Lahiri!
My deep thanks to all those people who are involved in creating such things and also to youtube up-loaders.

Anyway Saundaryalhiri reading is warranted now !

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Kahe Maan Karo: Jasraj

Friday, December 04, 2009

Aaj sakhi anand ni heli

This is a beautiful gujrati bhajan. I dont know the composer etc. Will translate it perhaps.Undermentioned are the lyrics and youtube link. Lyrics have been copied from here.

Aaj Sakhi Anand-Ni Helli, Hari Mukh Joine Hu Thaai Chhu Gheli……
Maare Munina Dhyaan-Ma Naave, Tere Shaamarriyoji Mujne Bolaave…..1
Je Sukhne Bhav Brahma Re Irchhe, Te Re Shaamarriyoji Mujne Re Prichhe…..2
Na Gai Ganga Godaavari Kaashi, Gher Bethhaa Malyaa Akshaarvasi…..3
Tap Re Tirth-Ma Hun Kayi Navjanuh, Saheje Saheje Huto Sukhddaa Re Maanu…..4
Jeraam Kahe Swami Saheje Re Maalya, Vaat-Ni Vaate-Vaalo Adharrak Dhariyaa…..5

if the embedded link doesnt work try here