Wednesday, December 28, 2011


attachment to attachment
attachment to detachment
he knows it all.


Friday, November 04, 2011

Paimona Bideh

Beautiful sarod with Zeb n Hania's soulful vocals.

Paimana bideh ki khumaar astam;
Bring me the glass so I may lose myself;

Man aashiq-e chashm-e mast-e-yarastam;
I am in love with my beloved's intoxicating eyes;

Find the complete lyrics here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Naam Sankirtan: OS Arun

Hearing to OS Arunji can be defined in just one phrase: "Uplifting Relaxation"
He deserves Padma Vibhushan. Dont you agree ?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Of late I have been deeply intrigued by jewish scriptures. Jewish traditions of kabalah etc. What I find very striking is, that in its most sacred transcendental form, God in judaism is called "the name", in Hebrew its called "hashem". Infact so scared is this name that, traditionally in Judaism, the name is not even pronounced but read as Adonai, "my Lord" during prayers. Its not meant to be said openly lest it gets defiled.  

Since then I have trying to correlate it with Vedic tradition and perhaps the closest we get to is Pranava (ukar akar makar yati).But still, even though divinity is referred to as "the word" it is never mentioned in the nominal sense. So while God/brahman is codified as sound/syllable/word. There is no direct mention of god/divinity being referred to as "Name". Infact even in the later classical sanskrit tradition, we have many shasranaams but God is never called Name, only other flowery adjectives are used. So god's name is important but god is never referred to as "Name".

However little later during bhakti age, we find repeated references of this sort i.e. god being referred to as naam. Kabir Nanak Dadu etc. do it quite often. And in the modern thinkers also we see Name being given a special emphasis by JK/UG etc. Even eckhart etc. 

What are your thoughts on this, i.e. "God" being referred to as "Name". Or I am just thinking too wildly ?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pashto Music: Javed Akhtar Zalim Music

I dont know why but the northwest part of Pakistan fascinates me a lot. Not only it is perhaps the "probable" entry point of Aryans(or now a days Aryan languages) in India but it is also a unique and fascinating area for culture-vultures like us. Whether it is the slik route or the kalash people or the Uzbecks/kirgs/Tajiks, the whole region to me is sort of a place where central asian meets greek meets indo-european. Enough now, and lets hear a folk beautiful song in Pashto/urdu. Pashto is the language of Pathans(Pakhtuns/Pashtun). Notice the beautiful folk instruments, IMHO little sound effects and some polish can make it a numero uno chart topper.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vedic Shakas patha recital

A beautiful beautiful video of different forms of vedic recitals(Shakhas literally branches) from all parts of India(TN,KL,UK,UP,RJ,KN,BI). It contains portions of all 4 vedas and some brahmanas (Shatapatha and Gargi IIRC). Samveda portions are really exhilarating. I only wish there was more ghanapatha but then I have some good ghanapatha recordings with me. One thing which struck me was the White Yajurveda in Tamil nadu. Thus far, I had the impression that Shukla yajur is only in north India but anyway it was nice to hear that too. Transported me back to my grandfathers reciting the Shruti. Enjoy.

Vedic recitation of various recensions of the Vedas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies on Vimeo.

If the embedded video doesnt work try here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Saraswati Stuti - Veena Sahasrabuddhe

Beautiful saraswasti stuti sung by veena madame.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Man Mast hua phir kya bolen and leher leher

I had heard a fascinating rendition of this bhajan in fast tempo in Shanti Kunj some 15 yrs ago, since then I have been trying to find that version.... never been able to.

Here is one version by Tipannya, nice and  fast but still not quite the one I was looking for. Furthermore another composition by Kabir , "leher leher" might interest you.

Man mast hua

leher leher

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Kabir on Guru

Kabir on guru(or sad gurus) , Channulal's voice.  "quick and dirty" lyrics and translation.

so guru satya kahawein
Regard such a guru to be a true one
koi nainan alakh lakhawein
who makes the eyes see the trasncental (alakh=a-lakshan)
dolat dige na bolat phisle, as upadesh dikhwaein 
whose teaching stays steady, in speech and action
jap tap jog kriya te nyara, sahaj samadhi sikhwaein 
 who teaches sahaj samadhi, which is beyond japa tapa and kriya
so guru satya kahawein 
Regard such a guru to be true(one)
kaya kasht bhooli nahi dewaein
One who doesnt prescribe mortification, or any physical discomfort. 
nahi sansar chudawain 
neither asks you to renounce the world
yeh man jaaye jahan tahan tahan
wherever the mind wanders
paramata darsawein
he makes you see the param-atma(beyond self/transcendental)
karma karien nishkarm rahein , kuch aise yukti batawein
One who teaches the art of inaction in action 
sada vilaas bhog mein jog jagawein 
in pleasure, enjoyment one who kindles yoga
bheetar bahar ek hi dekhein , dooja dristhi na aawein 
Who grants a non dual perception
kahe kabir koi sadguru aisa
aawagaman chudawein 
kabir says, such a sadhguru can deliver one from the cycle of rebirth

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

No return

If you have ever walked
 you would know
If you have ever desired
 you would know
that to begin
is to cross the point of no return.

And there-after,
you will perish with it, without out it
and curse the day, you had first dreamt of starting.

There is no way forward
and there is no way at all
once you have crossed the point of no return

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


He is still suffering
He is still thinking
First he had thought,
that thinking is suffering
Now he knows,
suffering is thinking. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011


It has been said umpteen times by me that if we were to find someone who matched Shankara in terms of intellect, impact and clarity of expression it would be Gyaneshwar( Dnyaneshwar) . Yes Abhinavgupta and Ramanuja were great too and perhaps in lot of ways greater but I think you got what I am got trying to put accross.

We have in the past delved into Gyaneshwar's greatness here and especially his lesser known work i.e. Amritanubhav. I remember reading it verse by verse to Nari, who was totally blown by it!(yaad aaya Nari?)
 I hope one day, I delve more deeply into Dnyaneswari and read it cover to cover.

There are also some peculiar similarities which both of them(Shankara and Gyanoba), share i.e. early flowering, early demise, castigation by the orthodox brahmins, great transcendental as well as devotional works and of-course a GREAT fan-club, which survives down to the present day. Here is a small excerpt from Dnyaneshwari.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shri Vidyabhusana - 2

Another beautiful Bhajan by Vidyabhushanaji

Shri Vidyabhusana

After a long time, I have heard something like this! Incredible. Shri Vidyabhushana is just amazing!

And of-course also sample this,

A question: Why is sundarkand called sundarkand ?

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Vrindavani sarang

Was trying to find a composition in vrindavani sarang and found this gem. Surdas bhajan in Brindavani sarang sung by Purshottam Jalota(f/o Anup jalota).  Lyrics are in the comment section of this Youtube video. It recounts the oft potrayed episode,Uddhav with Gopikas.

One line struck me "nahi chaiyat yeh jap tap hamko, har dam tum dam sadho" Vipasana by Gopis..right? :D And now compare this with kabir, "ram nam  ki khoonti daali, nabh mein dala pantha, chadhte uthte dam ki khabar le, phir nahi aana banta". 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Luigi Boccherini

Fandango G 448

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Vishnu sahasranaam

Despite all the great and truly praise worthy renditions of Vishnu Shasranaam, I dont know why , I particularly like this rendition of Sahasranaam. I often burst into chanting sahasranaam in metro bus or in get-togethers.....basically wherever I am enjoying my own company. I am not able to fathom why :D

Suddenly two days ago I found it online and Yay here it is now for your listening pleasure. I will very soon also put my preferred version of Lalitha sahasranaam. Btw this one starts directly no nayasa, no bhishma uvaach etc. Three parts and VS starts at 2.50 Part-1 and ends 1.20 Part-3.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Death feast

He is caught
between life and death

She is ruining him
each passing moment
and he knows.

He knows
that her presence
bears testimony to his
diminishing existence.

Yet he wants her to live
and orchestrate his end
Because for him
the only way to live now
is for her to live.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Come as you are

My friend Nari asked to me post something that redeems the purpose of this blog. Here it is.

I dont have a gun

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Nayyara Noor - raat yun dil mein teri khoyi hui yaad

Aaj baazaar mein pabajola chalo.
poet: faiz ahmad faiz
singer: Nayyara Noor

Friday, January 21, 2011


Q: I think or the mind thinks ?
A: If you think you think you do, If you do not think you think, you do not.
Q: How come?
A: Both your I and your mind are mind made. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Chola maati ke

The search for immortality is a recurrent theme in Jnaana kaand of Vedas, the Upanishads. Similarly I sometimes that feel 'mortality' and all that ensues from it is the recurrent theme of medieval Indian saint poetry of the Bhakti age (I know this is only approximately true).  Perhaps mrityorma amrutam gamaya subtly means that mortality has be to understood in its depth before one enters in the realm of immortality.

Here is a folk song from the state of Chhatisgarh. Its from the movie, Peepli live.
You can find the lyrics and its meaning on the web. Even though lyrics have nothing new still when the poet says "ye dunia maya ke re bande jivanmukti kar le" somehow it sounds much better than the Champion's rant 'satsangatve nisangatvam...nishchaltattve jivan mukti"

Music is pleasant and soothing.