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Sex Music Tantra Siddhas a Study.


Hinduism is a religion that flows from Nature and its principles.

It understands the limitations of human nature and suggests ways to realize the Self through and with the help of human senses,limited though they are.

The Universe is complex ,mysterious and billions of years old.

It is not obligated to reveal its secrets to a human being,whose life span,in the Universal scale of Time is not even the wink of eyelids.

Hindu Rishis,Seers, with the help of fundamental principles of Nature devised methods to realize Self.

Broadly speaking,the human psyche has two components,Reason and Emotion.

Ideally,discipling of either of these will lead to Self Realization.

However,in most of us a combination of Reason and Emotion rules the roost,though it is emotion that decides ultimately.

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Lord Nataraja,King of Dance.

Huma nature is a combination of three dispositions.

Sattva,calm,contented,knowlegeable,

Rajas,active,dynamic and restless and

Tamas,inactive,dull and morose.

It is rare to find one disposition,Guna, in isolation.

The three gunas are present in all of us in varying degrees.

And this composition changes every minute.

For details please read my article on Gunas.

And there are as many dispositions,Gunas as there are individuals.

So there is no standard procedure for all.

However,Rishis have traveled this path and left their experiences for us to have an idea.

Once an individual starts this process through a, Guru,he shall find his unique path and the Guru will help him identify the path.

So it is left to the individual to choose a path,either from the paths shown by the Rishis ,modify it to suit his disposition with the help of the Guru or follow a path intuitively felt and follow it with guidance from the Guru.

At the broader level the Bhakthi yoga,Path of Surrender to God and emotionally connecting to Him.

At the intellectual level one follows Gnana Yoga and Karma yoga.

Raja Yoga suits those of Rajo Guna.

Apart from this,there paths which have sprung from these paths.

These are the results of the Rishis following any of the four Yogas,Gnana,Karma,Bhakthi and Raja.

These systems that have arisen can be classified under two heads.

Strictly speaking there is no differentiation in respect of the result obtained;we classify them thus to understand them better.

These two principles are based on,

Motion and

Reproductive Energy .

Saint Arunagirinathar addresses Lord Subrahmanya thus in Thiruppugazh.

‘Nadha Bindu Kalaathi Namo’

The origin or the One Beyond Motion and Creation’

Bindhu can be translated loosely as Semen.

For Yogis the Semen or the Nadis associated with Semen flows upwards.

When a Soul reverts to its original state,the Semen/nadi flows upwards,

‘Urdhvaredham Viroopaaksham Viswaroopayay Namaha’-Narayna Suktham.

At some point of time when Yoga is being practiced,when a practitioner is advancing,he shall have sexually stimulating visions,especially during Sakthi Upasna and he can advance only if he overcomes the stimulation and direct the flow upwards.

A section of Tantra sastra has practices thatcare associated with Sex.

For details on Tantra,please read my articles.

The other Principle is Motion.

Motion Creates Vibtation and Vibration creates Motion.

We can not determine whether Motion precedes Vibration or it is the other way around.

Vibration is Sound.

Regulated Sound is Music.

Sources of Sound in the Human body is from three sources.

Mouth,’A’,

Throat’U’ and

Pelvis ‘M’

These three letters form OM,the Pranava of Hinduism,the sacred Primordial Sound.

This is the Ultimate Sound and is used in every Mantra of Hinduism.

The Universe is perpetually in motion.

When movement takes place sound emanates.

The sound that emanates from the Sun is OM. (NASA Report)

Music is one source that elevates one to higher levels of Consciousness.

So much so,a Bhakthi Yoga marga based on Music developed in South India,with the Maestros,Thyagaraja,Muthuswamy Dikhitar and Syma Sastrigal in Tamil Nadu,Purandara dasa in Karnataka and Annamacharya in Andhra.

We also have Meera,Jayadeva and Abhang style of Music in Maharashtra.

Carnatic Music of India is basically a Yoga discipline,Nada Yoga.

One can realize Brahman,Reality through Music.

Thiugh iy may offend some sensibilities, Sex also leads to Realization.

But the experience of Reality through Sex is Transient and Tamil philosophy calls it ‘chitrinbam’,limited pleasure.

Realization of Brahman is ‘Perinbam’ Higher, Limitless pleasure,Bliss.

Reason is that though Sex is the only activity whenball the senses are focussed,this focus by all senses is the object of Yoga Darshana.

The drawback in the path of Sex is that one loses the objective and is engrossed in the process.

And emotional attacment before,after and during Sex clouds the mind and bonds one to desires.

Sex act with detachment to pleasure,though one might feel it,leads to Realization.

Hindu scriptures do not consider sex as a sin.

Sex is to be indulged in with the motive of begetting good children and this one of the basic duties of a Gtuhastha Asrama.

So when a Tantric engages in Sex for sex’s sake he falls.

The Siddhas as found in Tamil classics follow the path of Gnana and Bhakthi and have Shiva as the first Siddha.

The tradition of Siddhas from the south differs slighly from the Siddhas of North India.

More to followvin the next post on the differences and the schools of Siddhas,South and North.

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‘Stuck With Tune’ Earworm Why


You would have noticed that some songs,may be any Genre,Classical,Light Music or Film Music, or tunes get stuck with you.

On would try to explain away by saying that the Lyrics,Composition,BGM, or in the case of Cinema the visual presentation of the song or the acting that goes.

But this can not explain why some tunes/songs remain with you or become a Hit.

Take for instance the song(?) Vaazhvil Kolaveridi’ in Tamil!

It is a classic case of a Hit for  unfathomable reason

Arguably it is  a very poor rendition in terms of Lines(I would not call them any thing else) or picturization.

Yet even people who do not know the Lyrics were captivated by it.

I am attached to some Tunes/Songs in Tamil,Kannada and Hindi.

But those are the songs, including Classical Music, that are rich in Lyrical content, Melodious tune and the Bhava or the expression with which the songs were sung.

As is usual with the West some people have researched into this, coming up with fancy terms like ‘Earworms’!

To me the reasons for any tune or song being attached to you, even to the extent of being heard in your mind are,

1.Quality of the Tune.

2.Lyrical richness.

3.In the case of a Movie, either any of these or all blended together with nice Visuals and acting.

4.A catchy tune, normally a simple tune, with few instruments.

5.Repetition of the song / tune to your ears , normally by TV, Radio Commercials.

6.There is yet another case where the lines’ or tunes keep being heard in your mind.

Add to this the Images which are formed in your mind when you listen or watch the songs in Films.

The slokas or mantras of Hinduism

Some slokas or Mantras have this attribute.

This also depends on the individuals’ disposition.

Sri Rudram , Soundarya Lahari .Sri Lalitha Sahsranama have this attribute.

My eldest sister , who is no more, usd to tell me she is hearing non stop the sloka ‘Bhavanithvam Dasemai'( Soundarya Lahari )in her mind.

The reason for this is that some Mnatras. Slokas are locked ina Mystical way, even Letters are locked in a Mystical way to penetrate into your consciousness.

That is what Mantra is all about.

I will be posting more on this,

Mean while read this from the Atlantic. com on ‘Tunes getting stuck with You”

Story:

On some of its replays, I might be driven to sing along, or hum a bit, or tap the rhythm on the table, and it’s usually only when the music breaks into the external world in this way that I become aware of the extent to which it has ensnared my mind.

This odd cognitive phenomenon, although quite common, remained unstudied until recently, and even the handful of studies that approach the topic have remained at the descriptive level, failing to provide a theoretical account. There is, however, no shortage of words in general circulation that attempt to capture the experience. Germans call it Ohrwurm, and the English language has adopted the translation of this word, earworm. It can be called musique entêtante in French and canzone tormentone in Italian, which translate respectively to “stubborn music” and “tormenting songs.” Among scholars, James Kellaris refers to it as cognitive itch, Daniel Levitin as stuck song syndrome, Oliver Sacks as sticky music, and Lassi Liikkanen as involuntary musical imagery (INMI).

In 2008, Liikkanen surveyed 12,420 Finnish Internet users about their experience with INMI. An amazing 91.7 percent of them reported getting a tune stuck in their head at least once a week. 33.2 percent said a tune got stuck in their head at least once a day, and 26.1 percent said it happened several times a day. The fact that more than 1 in 3 respondents identified earworms as a daily occurrence, and more than 1 in 4 reported experiencing them several times a day, suggests that the phenomenon is not only widespread but also relatively frequent.

In 2007, University of Hull musicologist Freya Bailes used a different methodology to see if earworms are really as pervasive as Liikkanen’s account claims. She contacted participants at random intervals over a weeklong period and asked them to report their experience of musical imagery at the moment they received the request. The prevalence rate varied widely among participants, but was still surprisingly high, with the participant who experienced the least frequent imagery reporting it on 12 percent of the sampled occasions, and the participant who experienced the most reporting it on 53 percent of them. Between 10 percent and half of randomly selected moments throughout the day, in other words, were moments when people were experiencing musical imagery.

Source:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/why-songs-get-stuck-in-your-head/282997/

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‘Direct Experience ‘ Yoga Sutra Explains


Patanjali ,in his Yoga Sutra 1.7, suggests  these three instruments of Knowledge.

Direct Experience-Pratyaksha

Inference-Anumaana

Pramaana-Testimony.

Direct Experience.

How do we experience?

Through the instruments , the senses.

Indian Philosophy categorizes  Five Senses,

Eyes, Ears,Nose,Mouth,Touch(Tactile )

These are called Gnadendriyas.

Jñānendriyas are the five sense organs.

1. ghrāṇa – nose 2.rasanā – tongue 3.cakṣu – eye 4.tvak – skin 5.śrotra – ear

And it includes Mind as a sense organ.’unlike Western Philosophy where Mind is categorized as an entity along with Matter.

The senses alone will not provide us with experience,

One may have eyes, but can not see,Blind.

So the ‘act of seeing’ is a  separate function.

Organs of Perception.

Organs of Perception.

Same with the other senses.

Therefore, Indian Philosophy ascribes these actual acts, as additional Instruments for Direct experience.

These are called Karmendriyas (That perform’ the action of’seeing’ etc)

1.pāyu – the excretory organ.
Is the organ of excretion. Associated with the mooladhara chakra and the earth element.
2.upastha – the sexual organs
This is the generative organ.
3.pāda – the locomotion organ
Legs are the locomotory organs.
4.pāni – the organ of apprehension
Hands are the most complex organ of action as they can express,feel and touch.
5.vāk – the speech organ

With these we experience.

This is at the individual level, that is, it is for each individual.

For experiencing the world, the world has to exist(‘Exist’ is being used here in the normal meaning, not with Philosophical connotations).

Like the individual, the World has the following.

The Five Elements.

a)Prithivi (earth)
b)Apas or Jala (water)
c)Agni (fire)
d)Vayu (air)
e)Akasha (ether)

These elements by themselves can not be experienced;they have certain qualities, corresponding to each of these.

These are called Tanmatras,

The five tanmātras – subtle mediums of the sensations
gandha – is the olfactive impressions, smell. Is the quality of earth.
rasa – is the the taste sensations. Is the quality of water element.
rūpa – is the visual sensations. Is the quality of fire element.
sparśa – is the touch sensations. The quality of air element.
śabda – is the auditive sensations.The quality of ether.

These two groups are linked by The Mind.

We shall take this up in the next post.

 

 

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How MS Recorded Annamacharya Kritis, Mahaperiyava Sathya Sai


Annamacharyas keerthanas are quite to popular day,thanks to MS Subbulakshmi a Noble Soul of Dedication to God, Maha Periyava of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt.

MS. as she is fondly called ,MS Subbulakshmi is a Noble soul who with her dedication to God and Maha Periyava of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt proved that by Emoting songs with total identification would take one nearer to God.

One has to feel it by listening to MS.

MS, at one point of time was undergoing a financial crisis;being a pair of high self esteem MS and her husband Sadsivam never let it be known to others their condition and MS, as usual went on donating her income to the Lord.

One day the Executive Officer of TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam received a note fro the Maha Periyava of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt and Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi.

“The noble couple of M.S. Subbulakshmi (MS) and Sadasivam is in a serious financial crisis and need some urgent help. Please plan something to bring them out of this crisis immediately”. In the beginning of 1979 PVRK Prasad, the Executive Officer Of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) received two such urgent telegram messages from His Holiness the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati and from His Holiness Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba Of Puttaparthi”

What transpired later is  something to heard from the narrator.

MS Subbulakshmi

MS

Here it is.

“What happened to MS and why did she land in such a situation that demanded the intervention of divine personalities?” and why do the divine personalities want Prasad to help?

MS has millions of fans all over the world and they will not keep quite if they come to know that their beloved music queen is going through such a bad financial crisis. However, the noble couple will not accept any unsolicited favor and it is now for the TTD to plan something for her and see that she’s adequately compensated for that. TTD has done that earlier and something similar should be done now and that is also what the holy giants are expecting Prasad to do.

However again, it is not as simple as it sounds and there is no better person than Prasad to understand that. Prasad conducted an immediate inquiry through his official sources in the city of Madras, where the noble couple lives, and found out that “MS and Sadasivam have sold off their Kalki estate in Madras and moved into a small rented house in Valluvar Kottam, a desolate place those days in the suburbs of old Madras.Sadasivam was running a newspaper by name Kalki that unfortunately ran into huge losses forcing the couple to resort to such an extreme measure of selling their huge asset to clear off a large amount of loans”.

This unpleasant information really saddened Prasad, a great fan of MS. Wiping off his tears he stood in front of the huge portrait of Lord Venkateswara with folded hands and made a very humble submission. ”Swamy, singing your bhajans all over the world this great lady served you with utmost devotion so far in her life. Organizing everything for her in time Sadasivam was always there with her at every point.

Although she could have demanded any amount of money from the organizers of her concerts she was always happy with whatever was offered to her. Above all, she has donated most of her earnings to charity and now at this stage of her life is this what you offer her Swamy ? Don’t you think this is unfair? They are also couple of high self esteem and do not seek favors from anyone not even from God.. How do you expect them to lead a normal life hereafter? I am really feeling sad for them now and don’t know what to do. Swamy Venkateswara, it is for YOU to guide me properly and help me in doing something for her immediately.”

Without wasting any more time Prasad called for an emergency meeting of the TTD Board and sought measures from its experts to provide whatsoever relief possible to MS immediately…

A real tricky situation arose for the government run body to offer some relief to a great personality like MS who definitely deserves a better and more appropriate attention. But quite miraculously and almost immediately that appropriate attention came from none other than The Holy Lord Sri Venkateswara Himself. And this incident is a standing testimony to that.

That evening a much disturbed Prasad went to offer his last prayers of the day to Lord Sri Venkateswara, the presiding deity of the holy Tirumala temple. After offering his prayers, Prasad was walking out of the main temple and exactly at that time a very small incident occurred there…Quite miraculously; this small incident later heralded a golden era in the history of Indian classical music. As he was walking out of the main temple Prasad found a small group of poor singers sitting right in front of the temple singing bhajans in praise of the holy Lord. As though halted by an invisible hand Prasad stood there for a few minutes. He was spellbound by the amazing talent of those folk singers and more so by their rustic style of singing.

After a few more moments of silent listening Prasad smiled and smiled with a great sense of relief and smiled with an amazing feeling of satisfaction. Watching Prasad smile the holy Lord smiled and watching the holy Lord smile the whole of Tirumala smiled and watching the whole of Tirumala smile the five elements of Nature too smiled. And later those historic smiles scripted an epoch making chapter in the history of Indian classical music that not only provided immense relief to MS forever but also launched her into immortality in the world of devotional music that later earned her a well deserved highest civilian award of India, the “Bharat Ratna”.

The very next morning a much more relaxed Prasad left for Kanchi and met Kanchi Paramacharya in His holy abode. After he was granted private audience by the Paramacharya of Kanchi,Prasad explained Him in detail about his plan of action to offer assistance to MS . Prasad said “Swamy, after receiving your telegram about MS amma I was very disturbed.I called for an emergency meeting of the TTD executive board and asked for suggestions but nothing concrete came out. With a disturbed mind, the same evening I visited Lord Venkateswara and sought His guidance and blessings in helping MS amma immediately. As I was coming out of the holy sanctum sanctorum I saw a group of poor singers sitting in front of the main temple singing Annamacharya keerthanas in praise of the holy Lord. Not only was I spell bound by their devotional singing but also felt immensely light and happy as a great idea to help MS was born in my mind at that moment. I have then decided to visit your Holiness and explain in detail about my plan of action”..

Prasad said “Maastaaru,you know pretty well that TTD does quite a lot of promotional activities to promote rich Indian culture and traditional values. Now we want to actively promote many Annamacharya keerthanas that are so far unknown to the world..Our plan is to bring out a five volume LP records (Long Play microgroove record used for recording sound in analog format for gramophone records in olden days) containing some rare Annamacharya keerthanas. Each volume may have up to ten keerthanas and all in all there may be about fifty keerthanas in the whole album.”

Initially Sadasivam felt very happy with the offer but rejected it when he came to know that the keerthanas are written in Telugu language. He said “Our sincere thanks to TTD for coming up with this offer but you know pretty well that M.S likes to have command over the language she sings in. Though in Telugu, she has still recorded many Thyagaraja keerthanas earlier as she was practicing them since her childhood. However, to do the same now at this age will be very difficult for her since she never practiced Annamacharya keerthanas so far and it will be a herculean task for her to do it now..She needs at least one week time to practice one Telugu keerthana and you say there are about fifty keerthanas for which she may need almost an year…At this age of sixty three it’s not fair to trouble her with such a strenuous job…It doesn’t work Prasad and am very sorry for that.”

As the problem came back to square one, Prasad started feeling jittery and nervous. With all the helplessness in the world he gave a blank look at Lord Venkateswara in the portrait lying in front of him. And it was exactly at that moment, the Great Music Queen walked In Prasad and other TTD officials quickly got up in her honor and greeted her with folded hands. Requesting them to feel comfortable she then looked at the portrait of Lord Venkateswara that was kept on a small table in front of her.

What happened later was a scene to be seen to be believed. With extreme devotion MS immediately picked up the portrait with both her hands; closed her eyes for almost a minute; offered silent prayers to her beloved Lord Venkateswara in the portrait; later with tears running down her cheeks she gently placed her head at His holy feet saying in a low tone “Perumaal,ennai aasirvadhikka ithana dhooram neengale vandhuttela .. ??” (Tamil) (Oh my Venkateswara did you come all the way to bless me).

What a voice? What a devotion? And what a total surrender to her Lord Perumal? How did she get it and where did she get it from..??But why is that hidden pain in the great singer’s voice..??What happened? Is it due to the poor and stress filled conditions this evergreen queen of music is forced to live in for some time? Hey Bhagwan, what a painful time for this great lady?..

n the meantime Sadasivam gave a brief explanation to MS in Tamil about the Annamacharya music album proposal from TTD. She immediately said”..It’s a God sent opportunity to me and am ready to face any hardships to accomplish this task.I have got a chance to offer my services to Perumal and I will not let this opportunity go” With her firm statement MS brought smiles on everyone’s face there.

After a lot of deliberations it was decided not to burden the music queen with too much of practice and confine Annamachaya keerthanas only to first three LP records and then fill the rest of the two records with great Sanskrit literary works of other divine personalities.

Thus according to their revised plan the Annamacharya music album shall contain three LP records with rare Annamacharya keerhanas like Brahma kadigina paadamu, Naanaati batuku naatakamu,Jo Acyutananda Jojo Mukunda,Sri Mannarayana and a few more gems.

The other two LP records shall include Ganesha Pancharatnam, Madhurashtakam, Gita Govindam, Nama Ramayanam, Hanuman Chalisa, Lakshmi ashtotram, Sri Venkateswara Karavalamba Sthotram, Govindashtakam, Kanakadhara Sthavam, Durga Pancharatnam, Ranganadha Gadyam, Dwadasa Sthotram and Sivashtakam.

After all the discussions related to the music album are over, then came the most crucial phase of finalizing remuneration to the music queen which Prasad was feeling very nervous about.

Since that was the main motive behind their gathering there, Prasad mustered some courage to initiate the dialogue by saying “Amma,we are all very happy that you have agreed to take up this assignment. .May your Perumal’s blessings be with your family forever..Now with your kind permission Ammaa, I would also like to discuss about the remuneration” Prasad has not yet completed the sentence…”

http://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/amazing-incident-from-the-life-of-ms/

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M S Subbulakshmi::Brahma Kadigina Paadamu

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Binaca GeetMala of Ameen Sayani For Music Lovers. Audio.


I recall the days when I used to await Ameen Sayani‘s ‘Binaca Geethmala’

The songs that had been promoted on the basis of Listeners’ Preferences became a hit, invariably.

I had a touring job .

I used to finish my work early and wait for Bianaca Geetmala.

Apart from the songs, it is the voice of Ameeen Sayani with his unique style of announcing that scintillated the listeners.

Eternal Songs, Lyrics and Music.

Click the Link and Enjoy.

Binaca Geetmala 1

Ameen Sayani.

The show was first called “BINACA GEETMALA”, then “CIBACA GEETMALA” and, thereafter, “COLGATE-CIBACA GEETMALA”. It commenced over the Commercial Hindi Service of RADIO CEYLON towards the end of 1952 and shifted to All-India Radio’s VIVIDH BHARATI network in 1989.
The initial half-hour “Geetmala” began as an experimental weekly jackpot show based on a random selection of songs. It dropped into Ameen’s lap only because other leading broadcasters declined it. For all of Rs. 25 a week, he was required to select the songs, produce, script and compere the programme, and also process the mail.

The mail-response competition required every letter to be checked, and hardly 40-50 letters were expected. The first episode brought 9,000 ! Within a year, that number touched 60,000 per week. The show, and the station, both began ruling the Asian airwaves – but Ameen was fast becoming a nervous wreck managing the mail response with a mini-group of volunteers! Fortunately, the competition was shelved in 1954, and was replaced by a 1-hour countdown hit-parade.

The new format became a rage in no time, drawing an estimated nine to twelve crore (90 to 120 million) listeners from all over Asia, and even from East Africa, with its powerful Short Wave sweep. “That was the golden period of film music”, Ameen reminisces. “The songs were not only fabulous, but also helped in integrating our huge, intricately multi-lingual nation. Everyone loved Hindi film songs, and everyone was latched onto Geetmala and Radio Ceylon – particularly because the gigantic network of All-India Radio had suddenly decided to totally ban Hindi film music in the early fifties!

http://ameensayani.com/geetmala.html

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