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!

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