Saturday, May 18, 2013

#6 - What I am listening to now...

You must read this post before reading this article!

1ellAme iRai aruLaLe...iLaiyarAjAPazhassi Raja This is an Islamic song - but in a sense it crosses all borders and notifies the oneness of all cultures. But the tone, the mood, the sounds, the lyrics, the chants - all are Islam. The feel is that you are in an Islamic space. Any pompous words or extreme inflexions might tend to dissuade from what I am trying to say - but the song blew my mind!
Especially when the chant starts, the first time I heard it, it was like I was the stone in a catapult launched it 1000 feet high. This chant still twists and churns the insides of me. In a way, this song has one foot on the beyond and other is steeped in Islamic culture. For me personally, it is an experiential proof that all religions lead to that one Source.

“லட்சம் காதம் தூரம் போய் நீ லட்சியம் அடைய முடியாது...
லட்சம் கையில் இருந்தாலும் மருகும் மனம் சுகம் தழுவாது!
எல்லாமே இறை அருளாலே...
எல்லை இல்லாதோர் பலத்தாலே!”

“You may travel a million miles and still not reach your destination.
You may hold millions but your wavering mind will not know peace.
All here is from His Grace!
All here is from that Infinite Power!”

Just beautiful!

A message to fanatics from all religions:
Dear fanatic: whichever religion you may be from, if you as much laid your little finger on another person in an attempt to coerce him or her into your belief, you do not understand what your religion stands for. If you threw a bomb or took a gun or a sword to finish them off, you just went against the deeper sense of whatever faith you came from.There is this incredible, magnificent, Christlike, too-good-to-be-true mystic from India whose name was Ramakrishna. After his enlightenment he discarded his enlightenment and started on the Islamic path and discovered that it reaches the same final Source. He then discarded that and took up Christianity and found it it reached the same Source as well. Osho said that Ramakrishna stands alone in this effort in the whole history of humanity. His sincerity pounds my heart to pulp! Dear fanatic, if you lack this kind of sincerity, you might as well shut up, be a little more humble and see that there might be something that you are missing. The word God and the need to kill to enforce conformist ideas is an oxymoron of sorts.
2intha kOvil mattum...iLaiyarAjABaba Pugazh Malai Ilaiyaraja has this beautiful practice. If he comes out with a devotional album, he bans all advertising for that. His notion is that it will reach anyone who is entitled to receive that. So long after this came out, I did not know it even came out. But I guess I am entitled :)

I read somewhere that the spiritual strength of a single Mahavatar can offset or counterbalance the negativity of the rest of the humanity. It must be true! For the mess that we are and the cruel creatures that we are, if Mother Earth is still holding us together, it must be for those select few who tread a different plane.

This song’s message is the same, in more simpler terms - and in celebration of Shirdi Sai Baba. Evoked very strong feelings in me!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Rate my life - 2013

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 7.3
Mind: 6.7
Body: 8.4
Spirit: 5.7
Friends/Family: 4.8
Love: 7.3
Finance: 9.1
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

I have been doing this quiz intermittently over the past few years.
Tip: Take this quiz when you are in a good mood :)

Body: Want to cut out white. White rice, sugar - big minuses.
Mind: Want to cut out TV from my life (not movies).
Spirit: Actually, this is one part of my life where my concern is near nil. Not exactly sure how the engine computes the score but this is what came up when I answered the questions.
Love: Decent quota? Fair enough :)
Finance: Touch wood! I think 10 is "self sufficient" because that is what it amounts to. It needs to be remembered that debt free is a big deal in a high spending economy.
Friends/family: Err, ehhm.... People don't like me - I guess that's ok!

There is this section where people who have high category scores can type out advice to others who seem to be struggling. I found a few tips enriching.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Music and my disclaimer...

I used to jot down about what I was listening at any point of time whenever I had the time to do so.
I will continue to do so as well, but it is important to also add a disclaimer.

Why? Music, to me, is very powerful. It moves me more than I can explain - which in itself is why I take time to write about what I listen. In the process of writing, I notice that my posts are more biased and prejudiced that it would otherwise be - viz, when I carefully construct my thoughts to whatever extent possible.

So, here goes:

1) I do not know anything about music - nothing whatsoever.

2) I have zero musical knowledge.

3) I am very arrogant to comment about things I have no knowledge about.

4) Do not read these posts unless you are ok to encounter comments like "IR sucks" or "ARR rocks". They are far more intelligent that I can ever comprehend but I may still make such comments because I cannot help it.

5) Whatever I write may be completely wrong or untrue. (See 1, 2 and 3). They are opinions (which can be disguised as facts as well) frozen at a point-in-time and may change later as well! I may write about ragas, operas, staccatos, librettos, harmonies, counterpoints, Scottish bagpipers even though I have no idea what these are. I may also write about the lack of musical knowledge about a composer who has written ten full fledged symphonies.

6) You agree and acknowledge that by continuing to read, you are treading into the head of a madman and the madness might be temporary or permanent beyond a point of recovery.

7) Seriously, please read point 6.

8) Ok - I hope this construes as fair warning!

9) For indoor or outdoor use only.

10) May contain nuts, milk or eggs.
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