May 19, 2010

Chadariyaa- Kabir

  • kabīrā jab ham paidā hue jaga hańse ham roye aisī karanī kara calo ham hańse jaga roye chadariyā jhinī re jhinī he rāma nāma rasa bhinī
  • aṣṭa kamalā ka carkhā banāyā pañca tattva kī pūnī nava dasa māsa bunana ko lāge mūrakha mailī kinhī
  • jaba morī chādara bana ghara āyā rańga reja ko dinhī aisā rańga rańgā rańgare ne lālo lāla kar dinhī
  • cādara oḍha śańka mat kariyo yeh do dina tumko dinhī mūrakha loga bheda nahi jāne din din mailī kinhī
  • dhruva prahlāda sudāmā ne oḍhi śukadeva ne nirmala kinhī dāsa kabīra ne aisī odhī jyoń kī tyoń dhara dinhī

  1. Poet Kabir says, “When I was born, the world smiled and cried. However, I will do such deeds that when I leave, I will be the one smiling and the world will be the one crying.” This life is like a very thin transparent shawl which should be drenched in the holy name of Lord Rama, the Reservoir of Pleasure.
  2. The eight lotuses is the spinning wheel using the five earthly elements to make the chadar (the body). In nine of ten days, the chadar is completed; however, the fools will destroy it.
  3. When the chadar is completed, it is sent to the dyer (the spiritual master) to color it. The dyer (the spiritual master) colored it as such that it is all red (the color of self-realization).
  4. Do not have doubts or fears while wearing this chadar. It is only given to you for two days and it is temporary too. The foolish people do not understand the temporariness of this chadar, and they day by day destroy it.
  5. Great devotees such as Dhroo Maharaja, Bhagat Prahlad, Sudama, and Brahmarshi Sukdev have worn this chadar as well as purified their chadars as well other chadars (souls). The servant, Kabir Dasa, is attempting to wear this chadar as given to him originally by his guru.

Some popular Kabir doha's...

Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar, Diya Kabira Roye

Dui Paatan Ke Beech Mein,Sabit Bacha Na

[Looking at the grinding stones, Kabir laments

In the duel of wheels, nothing stays intact.]


Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye

Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye

[I searched for the crooked man, met not a single one

Then searched myself, "I" found the crooked one]


Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub

Pal Mein Pralaya Hoyegi, Bahuri Karoge Kub

[Tomorrow's work do today, today's work now

if the moment is lost, the work be done how]


Aisee Vani Boliye, Mun Ka Aapa Khoye

Apna Tan Sheetal Kare, Auran Ko Sukh Hoye

[Speak such words, sans ego's ploy

Body remains composed, giving the listener joy]


Dheere Dheere Re Mana, Dheere Sub Kutch Hoye

Mali Seenche So Ghara, Ritu Aaye Phal Hoye

[Slowly slowly O mind, everything in own pace happens

The gardiner may water with a hundred buckets, fruit arrives only in its season]


Sayeen Itna Deejiye, Ja Mein Kutumb Samaye

Main Bhi Bhookha Na Rahun, Sadhu Na Bhookha Jaye

[Give so much, O God, suffice to envelop my clan

I should not suffer cravings, nor the visitor go unfed]


Bada Hua To Kya Hua, Jaise Ped Khajoor

Panthi Ko Chaya Nahin, Phal Laage Atidoor

[In vain is the eminence, just like a date tree

No shade for travelers, fruit is hard to reach]


Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai, Jyon Chakmak Mein Aag

Tera Sayeen Tujh Mein Hai, Tu Jaag Sake To Jaag

[Just as seed contains the oil, fire's in flint stone

Your temple seats the Divine, realize if you can]


Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein, Mange Sabki Khair

Na Kahu Se Dosti, Na Kahu Se Bair

[Kabira in the market place, wishes welfare of all

Neither friendship nor enmity with anyone at all]


Pothi Padh Padh Kar Jag Mua, Pandit Bhayo Na Koye

Dhai Aakhar Prem Ke, Jo Padhe so Pandit Hoye

[Reading books where everyone died, none became anymore wise

One who reads the word of Love, only becomes wise]


Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare, Sukh Mein Kare Na Koye

Jo Sukh Mein Simran Kare, Tau Dukh Kahe Ko Hoye

[In anguish everyone prays to Him, in joy does none

To One who prays in happiness, how sorrow can come]

List of Kabir Doha's:

1.Chalti Chakki Dekh Kar

2.Bura Jo Dekhan Mein Chala

3.Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar

4.Aisee Vani Boliye

5.Dheere Dheere Re Mana

6.Sayeen Itna Deejiye

7.Bada Hua To Kya Hua

8.Jaise Til Mein Tel Hai

9.Mangan Maran Saman Hai

10.Maya Mari Na Man Mara

11.Kabira Khara Bazaar Mein

12.Kabir Man Nirmal Bhaya

13.Pothi Padh Padh Jag Mua

14.Dukh Mein Simran Sab Kare

15.Gur Dhobi Sikh Kapda

16.Jeevat Samjhe Jeevat Bujhe

17.Akath Kahani Prem Ki

18.Chinta Aisee Dakini

19.Kabira Garv Na Keejiye

20.Kabira Garv Na Keejiye - 221.Kabir Kiya Kutch Na Hote Hai

22.Jyon Naino Mein Putli

23.Jab Tun Aaya Jagat Mein

24.Pehle Agan Birha Ki

25.Aag Jo Lagi Samand Mein26.Kabir So Dhan Sanchiye

27.Aasa Jive Jag Mare

28.Ek Kahun To Hai Nahin

29.Kabir Yeh Ghar Prem Ka

30.Maala To Kar Mein Phire

31.Maala Pherat Jug Bhaya

32.Kabir Maala Kaath Kee

33.Jab Mein Tha Tab Hari Nahin

34.Moond Munddavat Din Gaye

35.Keson Kaha Bigadia

36.Kabir Soota Kya Kare

37.Kabira Teri Jhompri

38.Kabir Soyee Soorma

Ice Ice Baby - Glee Cast

This is what I call contemporary! Miss my growing up days... unbelieveable how many puppy love's suddenly made a quick appearence while I was watching through this video... :)

May 18, 2010

Bharatanrityam OR Bharatanatyam

My expresion of taal perhaps matured because of the wonderful dance form that I have been associated with as a child. Jogging back my memory, going for the regular weekend classes felt such a burden during those growing up days. I'd rather wear my sneakers and play base ball than toast in the sun while cycling down from home to the class, of course not to mention the hammering which one got for not stepping right at the beat of my guru-ji's taal!

A few memories that make you the person you are.

The quest around the dance form has deepend ever since. Today I am back to training under a new guru and feel a renewed rigor with which I pursue my talent. Determined that I will reach my arangetram this time I am readying myself with knowledge beyond the practical. I am reaching out to various sources of content to deepen my historical knowledge of this beautiful dance form.

Bharatnatyam is the one of the oldest classical dance form of India which originates from Tamil Nadu and is also popularly known as the 'fifth' veda. As the name depicts it is the combination of Bha-bhava, Ra-raaga & Ta-taala which gave rise to its name.

The spiritual symbolism of Bharatanatyam is a manifestation of the ancient idea of celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of beauty of the material body.  It consists of elaborate gestures (Mridu Angaharas, movements of limbs), sentiments (Rasas), emotional states (Bhavas). Actions (Kriyas) are its soul. The costumes are charmingly beautiful and love (Sringara) is its foundation.

Some of the well-known interpretations of dance form are by Padma Subrahmanyam that were based on 108 (karana's) brief movement phrases describing specific leg, hip, body, and arm movements accompanied by 52 hasta mudras (hand movements) described in the Natya shastra and other scriptures, and from depictions of the movements in sculpture in five South Indian temples, notably the Chidambaram temple which contains depictions of the full set. Some other Bharatanatyam gurus, such as Adyar Lakshman (Kalakshetra school) and Sheela Unnikrishnan (Mangudi school), as well as the Kuchipudi guru C.R.Acharya have also attempted to reconstruct all the 108 karanas, which were often significantly different from Padma Subrahmanyam's interpretations.

Due to the significant variations in the depictions, and due to the vague textual descriptions, most traditional Bharatanatyam schools considered Padma Subrahmanyam's interpretations as incorrect, which forced her to name her own style as Bharatanrityam rather than Bharatanatyam.

While there are still some elderly devadasis who perform all the 108 karanas, in most contemporary Bharatanatyam or Odissi schools only 50-60 karanas have been transmitted by parampara up to date.

Apart from that, performing of the same karana differ greatly across different classical Indian styles. Currently, as regards the exact technique, there are no established standards and no universally agreed upon interpretations of the texts and sculptures.

I feel like lavendar today!

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May 17, 2010

Parent to a y2k todler...

My first post after the birth of Advaita- my 22 month old son.

y2k? A term that died a rapid death but left back a changed world. A world that has forgotten how a paper envelope looks; a world that reads news on networking apps; a world which is now 'boundary less'!

Diaper rash- a phenomenon that I can't recall my son suffering; thanks to overload of information. Todler cot; a habit that Adi got into from the moment we stepped into our home. Finger food; a step towards independent growing up. Mother-todler montessorie school; a choice made as early as when Adi was 11 months and thus a strikingly independent "not yet" 2 year old todler!

Philosophy of parenting is seeing a rapid change. Complexity of course is unavoidable! We are grappling with schooling options- from straight to international to home schooling! While we are patient in some ways we are silently demanding in others.

Life has become so digital. It is all about bits n bytes...

Wish we could slowdown our pace and go back to the simple and straight magical world that was all about decoding emotions by feeling it...

Processed is in but at the cost of diminishing simplicity.

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