Thursday, January 28, 2010

The spectrum of Music

Music is always associated with religion and spiritualism. When you go on musing emotionally, your musing spontanesously becomes music. The very word ‘Rucha’ for the Vedic verses of Rigveda signifies such a process of music. Music besides making you rich with noble and inspiring thoughts creates liking (Ruchi) for religion and spiritualism.

To understand our great heritage of Indian Art and Culture, first we must make certain concepts clear. We should know the difference between religion and spirituality. Religion is our social and moral attitude whereas spirituality is self-development and inner growth. Our various professions and activities are different spokes in a wheel, that meet at the hub of the wheel; and that hub is religion.

In every profession we aim to prosper for the betterment. In arts and in music our aim is to achieve religious heights. If we look into the past lives of devotional poets and saints, we become convinced that their poetry is purely for religious betterment and also for moral uplift. Even our past musicians used to sing only to please and praise the God. Our social and moral attitude leads us to religious behaviour and individually it leads to spiritual bliss.

This rare angle of our life and particularly about music is due to the deep-rooted science of music and its great system of Ragas. Our ancient sages had by their yogic power visualized the power and quality of every note and its various effects through various combinations. No other music in the world has ever conceived such fantastic theory of Ragas according to time, mood and season. There are instances when our great musicians have created divine effects through their musical prowess.

An enlightening event has been documented when Lord Shree Swaminarayan had invited learned musicians of Gwalior and to cut down their over-bearing pride, He ordered one of his musician-saints to perform. To the surprise of all, the early morning atmosphere was created even though it was late afternoon!

Many such incidents can be quoted to establish the fact that our Indian Classical music is able to create magical results. Even plants and animals respond to the musical notes and their growth is enhanced. In today’s medical science, particularly in psychological disorders some of our Ragas have proved to be very effective, and it is a known fact that music can easily reduce our mental stress. Singing or listening to a tuneful Bhajan or chanting Swaminarayan Dhoon takes us away from this painful world (Maya) and puts us nearer to the God.

We should insist that our younger generation should listen to this great music. It is beyond any doubt that when they grow, they will achieve proper psychosomatic and somatopsychic balance. That is why our ancient Sanskrit verse declares:

Sahitya sangeet kalavihinaha,
Sakshat pashuha pucchavishanhinaha.

“A man without poetry, music and arts, is but an animal without its tail and horns".

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Nectar Of Divine

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Shikshapatri - The Gospel

All of them (My Satsangis) should contemplate on this Patrilekha with concentration of mind, as it is written with a purpose, i.e. the well-being of all beings......(7)

Q. Why should Shikshapatri be contemplated with concentrated mind?

A. When Shikshapatri is contemplated with concentrated mind, the subconscious mind is imprinted with all the best thoughts about restrictions, observances and guidelines. All our behaviour is the result of such imprinted thoughts in the subconscious mind. Such clear, permanent imprinting is possible only when the mind is fully concentrated.

Q. Why is Shikshapatri called “Patri-lekha” here?

A. “Patri” means a collection of letters. Since Shikshapatri is a collection of different sections it is called “Patri’. Lekha means a document i.e. anything written, relied upon to record or prove something, anything serving as a proof. Shikshapatri thus means a measuring rod to evaluate your behaviour and devotion to Shree Hari?

Q. Shikshapatri is written with a specific purpose. What is that specific purpose?

A. The specific purpose is to do ultimate good to all beings.

Q. How can Shikshapatri do good to all beings, apart from mankind? Why?

A. The welfare of mankind is closely related to aquatic animals, animals upon the earth, birds, insects, germs and to all the forms in which life exists. When a person behaves according to the instructions of Shikshapatri, he helps to maintain ecological balance and keeps the world free from pollution and ‘green effect’. Human life can prosper only when it is in harmony with the welfare of all beings.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chapeta Kaal ka aeisa : by Premanand Swami

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Sukhi Thavano Shresth Upay

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