Friday, October 15, 2021

SRIMAD BHAGAVAT BHARATHI-2 CHAPTER (1)

BHAGAVANJI VISWAGURU SRI VIDYARANYA SWAMI

(Bhagavanji's bhajan playing in the background of the video is my Veena, "Vidyaranya Pahimam Vidyaranya Rakshamam..." which I played and recorded at home and sent to my husband who was in ICU from April 28th to May 10th, 2021...till the day he left this world....)

11)  SARVAPAAPA VIMUKTHASYA SARVAKAAMA VIRAAGINAHA

SARVAVIGNYAANA POORNASYA SARVAANANDO BHAVEDDHRUVAM.

Meaning- One who is rid of all sins (purged), who has detached himself from all desires and who is filled with Supreme Knowledge can definitely attain the Ultimate Bliss.

12) SVAYAM SHRADDHAA VIHEENASYA GURU STHASYA KAROTHI KIM

PARAAM SHRADDHA MUPAASHRITHYA GURUBHAKTHIM SADAAKURU.

Meaning- What can the Spiritual Master  do when the disciple himself is not respectful and obedient (lacking essential qualities such as reverence and humility towards Guru)? Therefore the disciple must practice absolute dedication and reverence in worshipping the Spiritual Master.

13) MAYAAVYAKTHA SWAROOPENA VYAAPTHAM SARVAMIDAM JAGATH

ASANGAM BHOOTHABHARTHAARAM SARVAATHMAANAM BHAJASVAMAAM.

Meaning-I pervade the entire Universe in my unmanifested form. I am unattached while bearing the 5 elements and I am the soul in all living beings. Worship Me.

14) GAMISHYASIYADAA MAUDHYAM DHARMAADHARMAVINIRNAYE

MAAMKURUTHVAM THADAADHYAANAM GNYAANAM PRAAPYA THARISHYASI.

Meaning- Due to your ignorance when you find it difficult to identify the difference between right and wrong, meditate upon Me. Then you will be able to acquire knowledge and liberate yourself.

15) NIRUDDHAMAPI THEY CHITTHAM MOHAM YADAA GAMISHYATHI

MAAMEESHWARAM THADAA DHYAATHVAA MOHAATHVAMHI VIMOKSHYASEY.

Meaning- Against the strength of your willpower if your mind is still weakened by illusion, then meditate on Myself who am Lord Isvara and you will then be able to disentangle from illusion.

16) SHRAUTHAANYA VAIDIKAANEETHI DWIVIDHAANI MATHAANIVAI

SHRUNU VAKSHYE YADHAASATHYAMVAIDIKAM THU MATHAM HI MEY.

Meaning- There are two religions, namely-Vedic (Vedas) and non-Vedic (against Vedas). Listen as I speak the Truth. Vedic (Vedas) is my religion.

17) ADHIKAARA VIHEENAAYE THAARANAARDHAMCHA THAANAPI 

MATHAANYA VAIDIKAANEETHI THVAM SVASDHOBHAVAVAIDIKAHA.

Meaning- There are non-Vedic religions to promote the ineligible ones, therefore belonging to the Vedic religion, dwell within your Self (Atma).

18) RAAGADVESHA VIYUKTHOSMI SARVEYSHAAMCHA SAMOSMYAHAM

YADHAA BHAKTHISTHADHAA MUKTHIHI BHAKTHIM MAYISDHIRAAM KURU.

Meaning- I am free of attachment and resentment. I am impartial to all living beings. The quality of devotion determines the state of liberation. Therefore be firmly devoted to me at all times.

19) SDHITHVAA HAM THAVA HRUDDESHEY BODHAYAAMI HITHAAYATHEY

SARVAVEDARAHASYAARDHAM ANTHARVAANEEM SHRUNUSHVAMEY.

Meaning- For the sake of your welfare, established in your heart region, I am preaching all the secrets of the divine Vedas. Listen to my Inner Voice (antharvani). 

20) VAARIDAATHPATHITHAM NEERAM YADHAAGACHCHATHI VAARIDHIM

GURUDAIVA NAMASKAARAHA MAAMEYVA PRATHIGACHCHATHI.

Meaning- Just like how the water which falls from the clouds reach and mix with the oceans, in the same way your prayers and prostrations to all the Spiritual Masters and Gods will attain Myself.

(TO BE CONTINUED.....)



Thursday, October 14, 2021

SRIMAD BHAGAVAT BHARATHI-1 CHAPTER (1)

BHAGAVANJI Viswaguru Sri Vidyaranya Swami, Narasaraopet, Guntur District, AP

1) YADRUCHCHAYOPALABDHAM HI MOKSHADWAARA MAPAAVRUTHAM

SEVITHVAA MAAM KRUTHAATHMAANO LABHANTHEY SHAASHVATHAM PADAM.

Meaning- Those who are fortunate are those who serve Me. They effortlessly within the spur of a moment reach the opened doors of 'Moksha Dwaaram' to attain the state of eternity.

2) BALOVAASTHU YUVAACHAANYAHA YO MAAM VETHTHI MAHESHWARAM

MAHAAN BHAVATHI DHANYAATHMAA SA POOJYA SSARVA SAJJANAIHI.

Meaning- Whether it is a boy or a young man, whoever realizes Me as Lord Maheswara is most fortunate and he will be worshipped by the noble ones.

3) SARVA DHARMAANSSAMUTHSRUJYA MAAMEKAM HI SANAATHANAM

SEVASVA SARVA BHAAVENA SARVAPAAPA VIMOCHAKAM.

Meaning- By recognizing and worshipping me as the One and Only who is Eternal and timeless my devotees transcend all the worldy laws (dharmas) and are freed from sins.

4) MAAMEESHWARAM VIJAANEEHI SARVASYA HRUDI SAMSTHITHAM

MAAMEVA SHARANAM GACHCHA SARVA VYAAPINA MAVYAYAM.

Meaning- Recognize me as Iswara residing in the hearts of all living beings. Seek refuge in Me, who am the All-Pervading, and undiminishable.

5)MADBHAKTHA SSARVA DURGAANI MATHPRASAADAA THTHARISHYATHI

GNYAATHVETHDHAM SUJANAASSARVEY BHAJANTHEY MAAM JANAARDANAM.

Meaning- My devotee crosses over unimaginable and impossible challenges due to My Grace. The noble ones who realize this fact worship me as Lord Janardana.

6) MAANA GARVAADI DOSHAIRYE PRANASHTAA HYAVIVEKINAHA

NABHAJANTHI NARAA STHEY MAAM MANUSHYA DEHA DHAARINAM.

Meaning- Those who have lost their wisdom due to negative traits like arrogance and ego do not worship Me as I am dressed in a human body.

7) VEDASHAASTHRA PURTAANESHU YATH GNYAANAM HI SUNISCHITHAM

GNYAANAM THATHSAMUPAASHRITHYA PAALAYAAMI JAGATHRAYAM.

Meaning- I reign over the 3 worlds (Bhuloka, Antarloka and Shivaloka) with the authority of the knowledge which is established through vedas, shasthras and puranas.

8) KADHAYISHYANTHI THEYGNYAANAM AACHAARYAASTHATHVA DARSHINAHA

GNYAANAVIGNYAANA SAMTHRUPTHAAHA SARVABHOOTHA DAYAALAVAHA.

Meaning- The Enlightened Spiritual Masters, with compassion, reveal the Supreme Knowledge to people who are satisfied by the mere knowledge of science and academics.

9) PRANIPAATHA PARIPRASHNA SUSROOSHAA VINAYOKTHIBHIHI

BRAHMACHARYA THAPOBHYAAMCHA PRANANEEYAA GURORMATHIHI.

Meaning- One must please the mind of the Spiritual Master by prostrating to His feet, relentless analysis and inquisition, dedicated service, respectful speech, celibacy and penance.

10) SHRUTHISMRUTHI PURAANESHU SOOTHRABHAASHYAKRUTHISHVAPI

PURAAMAYAA THADUKTHAM HI YATHGNYAATHAVYAM MUMUKSHUBHIHI.

Meaning- I have prior knowledge and Am the source (origin) of all knowledge which is sought from mumukshus (sages devoid of desires and who pursue the path of liberation), sruthis, smrithis, vedas, dharmas, shastras, puranas  and Brahma Sutras with their interpretations.

(TO BE CONTINUED....)



SRIMAD BHAGAVAT BHARATHI

BHAGAVANJI VISWAGURU SRI. VIDYARANYA SWAMI

ECHAMPATI SRI VENKATA RAMAKRISHNA

While in the midst of translating Sri Guru Gita I instinctively felt my beloved husband late Sri. E.Venkata Ramakrishna's (who is Bhagavanji's ardent devotee and who reached His abode on 10th May, 2021)  instructions (like in all aspects of my life) asking me to translate and upload Srimad Bhagavat Bharathi simultaneously. 
Srimad Bhagavat Bharathi is the divine work of Bhagavanji Viswaguru Sri. Vidyaranya Swami of Narasaraopet, Guntur District, Andhrapradesh. I will start uploading Srimad Bhagavat Bharathi from the auspicious day of Vijayadasami which is tomorrow.

BHAGAVANJI'S DHYANA SLOKAM-

MAHAADEVAM UMAAKAANTHAM SACCHIDANANDA MAADHAVAM
VIDYAARANYAM SHIVAM NAUMI VISWAACHAARYA YASHASVINAM

NITHYESWARAM NIRAAKAARAM NIKHILAADHAARAMAVYAYAM
NISSANGAM NIRGUNAM SHAANTHAM VIDYAARANYAM NAMAAMYAHAM.

SARVAARTHI SHAMANAM KRISHNAM SADAANANDADA SHANKARAM 
VARAM VISWAGURUM VANDE SHREE VIDYAARANYA ROOPINAM.

THAAPATHRAYAHARAM SHUDDHAM LOKATHRAYA SUBHOOSHANAM
SHLOKATHRAYAMIDAM PUNYAM MUKTHIM GACCHATHI YAH PATHETH

VIDYAARANYO PARAMBRAHMA VIDYAARANYO MAHESWARAHA
VIDYAARANYO MAMAATHMAAYAM THASMAI BHAGAVATHEY NAMAHA.




 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

KADAMBAVANAVASINI-BHOOPALAM

SARASWATI POOJA-14th, OCTOBER, 2021

"KADAMBAVANAVAASINEEM KANAKAVALLAKEE DHAARINEEM
MAHAARHAMANIHAARINEEM MUKHASAMULLASADWAARUNEEM
DAYAAVIBHAVAKAARINEEM VISHADAROCHANAA CHAARINEEM
TRILOCHANAKUTUMBINEEM THRIPURASUNDAREEM AASHRAYE!!!"
(Extract from Tripurasundari Ashtakam, indicating Goddess Tripurasundari as a form of Goddess Saraswati)
"O Goddess Tripurasundari, residing in the woods of Kadamba trees and holding a golden Veena, who is adorned with beautiful jewelry studded with precious gems and whose face shines with ambrosia!
The compassionate Goddess who bestows abundance, the One with large eyes and whose sight is all encompassing, pervading the Universe and the Divine Consort of the three-eyed One, I seek refuge in Thee."



Tuesday, October 12, 2021

SRI GURU GITA-11 (Chapter-1)




BHAGAVANJI SRI VISWAGURU VIDYARANYA SWAMI, NARASARAOPET, GUNTUR DISTRICT, ANDHRAPRADESH


101) GNYAANAM VINAA MUKTHI PADAM LABHYATHEY GURUBHAKTHITHAHA

GURO SSAMAANATHO NAANYATHSAADHANAM GURUMAARGINAAM.

Meaning- Liberation is attained even in the absence of knowledge through pure devotion towards the Spiritual Master. For those who are in the path of their Spiritual Master will realize that no other penance can equal the path of their Guru.

102) YASMAATH PARATHARAM NAASTHI NEYTHI NEYTHEETHI VAI SHRUTHIHI

SAAMARDHYA MABHAJANSARVEY SRUSHTISDHITHYANTHAKARMANI.

Meaning- The Spiritual Master who the religious doctrines declare emphatically as unparalleled and Supreme most has to be worshipped by prayers and a sincere mind.

103) GUROHO KRUPAA PRASAADEYNA BRAHMA VISHNU MAHESHWARAAHA

SAAMARDHYA MABHAJANSSARVEY SRUSHTISSDHITHYANTHAKARMANI.

Meaning- It is only due to the Grace of the Spiritual Master that the Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara obtained the power to create, sustain and destruct.

104) DEVA KINNARA GANDHARVAAHA PITHRUYAKSHAASTHU THUMBURUHU

MUNAYOPI NA JAANANTHI GURUSUSHROOSHEYNA VIDHIM.

Meaning- Even Gods (Devas), celestial musicians who are part human and part birds (Kinnaras), celestial singers and dancers (Gandharvas), departed ancestors (Pithru devathas), spirits (Yakshas), the best among Gandharvas and a Gandharva King was the cause for Shiva Purana to be narrated in the Vindhya mountain range (Tumburu) and sages/monks are not equipped enough to grasp the nature of the Spiritual Master.

105) THAARKIKAA SHCHAANDASAA SHCHAIVA DEIVAGNYAAHA KARMATAAHA PRIYE

LAUKIKAA STHEY NA JAANANTHI GURUTHATHVAM NIRAAKULAM.

Meaning- Philosophers, vedic scholars, renowned astrologers and pundits who conduct religious rituals due to their expertise in worldly and material matters are incapable of comprehending the true nature of the Spiritual Master.

106) MAHAAHANKAARAGARVEYNA THAPO VIDYAA BALEYNA CHA

BHRAMANTHI CHAASMIN SAMSAAREY GHATEEYANTHRAM YADHAA PUNAHA.

Meaning- Those who are highly egoistic and arrogant, those who are empowered by meditation and education go astray and struggle due to the lack of correct knowledge and understanding.

107) YAGNINO PI NA MUKTHAA SSYUHU NA MUKTHAA YOGINA STHADHAA

THAAPASAA API NO MUKTHAA GURUTHATHVAA THPARAANMUKHAAHA.

Meaning- Performers of religious rituals, yogasanas or meditators can never become liberated if they go against the nature of the Spiritual Master.

108) NA MUKTHAASTHU GANDHARVAAHA PITHRUYAKSHAA STHU CHAARANAAHA

RUSHAYA SSIDDHA DEVAADHYAA GURUSEYVAA PARAANMUKHAAHA.

Meaning- Likewise celestial musicians and dancers (Gandharvas), departed ancestors (Pithru Devathas), spirits (Yakshas), medieval musicians (Chaaranas), ascetics (Siddhas), Gods (Devas) and sages (Rishis) who are against the worship of the Spiritual Master are incapable of attaining 'mukthi' (liberation).

END OF CHAPTER-1

(To be continued.....)

Monday, October 4, 2021

SRIVIDYA VEENA (4)-KUNDALINI YOGA (SARASWATI VEENA-24)

SRI RAMANASHRAM, TIRUVANNAMALAI

Usually, my frequent trips to Ramanashram, Tiruvannamalai are meant for soaking in the sheer peace, tranquility and vibrations of Sri Ramana Maharshi's presence. I got the same feeling of bliss in Himalayas, when I went there for A.R.Rahman's 'Jana Gana Mana..' in 1999. Prayers, mantras, slokas and meditation are not necessary in charged places such as these. An inexplicable bliss of inner silence and stillness fills our hearts in such places. I just sit down, do nothing...stare into space...nothing matters as GOD is felt through every moment...all around and within oneself.
I sat leaning against the wall in Ramanashram (almost 2 decades ago) and stared idly at an unkempt man seated right opposite to me in the men's section. He wore a soiled veshti, his long beard and hair were matted. I would have shifted my gaze if I didn't catch him smiling at me. Puzzled, I looked around wondering if the smile was directed at me or at somebody else.
I realised that he was smiling only at me and I smiled back. He immediately got up and walked steadily towards me. I thought he was going to ask me for money or assistance. 
(Conversation in tamil)
There was a wealth of wisdom in his eyes as he addressed me, "You were the one who played Veena here last night, isn't it?"
"Yes" I smiled.
He declared with a smile, "I normally don't come down here often. You are fortunate that I came in time to listen to you and that I am talking to you right now." There was an air of authority about him which was in sharp contrast to his dishevelled appearance.
"Oh"! I wondered who he could be.
He sat right in front of me. In close quarters it appeared as though he did not bathe for many days.
"Do you know Khechari Mudra?"
His question caught me unawares. I was stunned, not expecting him to ask me something like that.
"What is it? I don't know." 
He opened his mouth wide to show me the khechari mudra. 
"Do it."
He said in a commanding voice.
Embarrassed I looked around.
He urged, "You need to do it for your Veena playing. Very very important."
He got my complete attention. 
My eyes widened in fascination, "Why...how?" I asked
"If you do it while playing Veena, your kundalini will lead you to a higher state of consciousness."
"Really??!!"
"Do it."
Forgetting my surroundings I did the khechari mudra. 
"No...like this.."
He did the mudra along with me for a few seconds after ensuring I did it the correct way.
He got up abruptly and started to leave. Even I got up hastily to follow him. 
I addressed him anxiously, "Where do you stay? I want to meet you again. I need to know a few things about Veena and yoga."
"I live somewhere up the hills, I don't stay in any particular place. You can't meet me. You carry on with what I told you. That's enough."
"No...please I want to see you again,  just one more time." I pleaded, feeling like a kid.
Looking straight he kept walking ahead, "No child.. please go on...Keep doing what I showed you. I have to leave."
I stopped in my tracks, a feeling of sadness washing over me as I watched his retreating figure helplessly.....

Thursday, September 30, 2021

SRI GURU GITA

GURU BHAGAVAN, THITTAI, TAMILNADU

Planet Jupiter's direct transit in Aquarius from April 6th,2021, 1.50 AM  turned retrograde in the same sign on June 20th, 2021 at 8.35 PM. Jupiter entered its sign of debilitation, Capricorn on 15th September, 2021 to remain in Capricorn till November 20th, 2021 and re-enters Aquarius on November 20th, 2021. The planet gains direct motion from the 18th of October, 2021in Capricorn. Unfinished business, settling karmic issues, and huge turning points are in store for most people during the 2 month transit of Jupiter in Capricorn this year. Many people went through untold miseries, unexpected turning points and heartaches, evidently, as Corona touched its peak just when Jupiter slowed towards retrogression in Aquarius this year. 
I am uploading Sri Guru Gita for the benefit of all. The 'Neechbhanga Rajayoga' of Jupiter caused by its conjunction with the Lord of Capricorn, Saturn is expected to yield beneficial results during the direct motion of Jupiter from October 18th to November 20th this year. Significantly Saturn turns direct just one week ahead of Jupiter on the 11th of October, 2021. Coincidentally even Mercury turns direct in its sign of exaltation, Virgo, on the very same day as Jupiter (October 18th, 2921). Mid October to November end is a period that will be noteworthy.

SRI GURU GITA-10 (Chapter-1)

MAHAPERIYAVA


91) GUKAARAM CHA GUNAATHEETHAM RUKAARAM ROOPAVARJITHAM

GUNAATHEETHA MAROOPAM CHA YO DADYAA THSA GURU SMRUTHAHA.

Meaning- 'GU' means beyond natural tendencies. 'RU' means the state of formlessness. The true Spiritual Master is one who grants that which is beyond nature and form.

92) ATHRINETHRA SSHIVA SSAAKSHAATH DWIBAAHU SHCHA HARIHI SMRUTHAHA

YO CHATHURVADANO BRAHMAA SHREEGURUHU KADHITHAHA PRIYE.

Meaning- O Beloved! Spiritual Master is truly and absolutely Lord Shiva without third eye, Lord Hari with only 2 arms and Lord Brahma without 4 faces.

93) AYAM MAYAANJALI RBADDHO DAYAA SAAGARA SIDDHAYE

YADANUGRAHATHO JANTHUHU CHITHRA SAMSAARA MUKTHI BHAAK.

Meaning- Man is freed from the complex material world due to the grace of the Spiritual Master. I stretch my arms with open palms to appeal to such a Supreme Spiritual Master.

94) SHREEGUROHO PARAMAM ROOPAM VIVEKA CHAKSHU RAGRATHAHA

MANDABHAAGYAA NA PASHYANTHI ANDHAA SSOORYODAYAM.

Meaning- Man who is wisest is able to witness the Supreme form of the Spiritual Master right in front of himself. People who are unfortunate and blind are unable to find the Guru's form which is like the sunrise (meaning- only the wisest witness sunrise, even if unable to witness sunrise with naked eye, one should be up and about before sunrise to welcome it).

95) KULAANAAM KULAKOTEENAAM THAARAKA STHATHRA THATHAKSHANAATH

ATHA STHAM SADGURUM GNYAATHVAA THRIKAALA MABHIVAADAYETH.

Meaning- The true Spiritual Master is One sho grants liberation to people belonging to crores of religions/castes. Therefore it is essential to identify such a Guru and offer prayers to Him during 'thrikalam' ( 3 times of the day- morning, noon and evening. To my knowledge any sloka or mantra when recited punctually at 6 AM- 12 NOON- 6 PM yields powerful results).

96) SHREE NAADHA CHARANA DWANDWAM YASYAAM DISHI VIRAAJITHEY

THASYAAM DISHA NAMASKURYAATH BHAKTHYAA PRATHIDINAM PRIYE.

Meaning- One must offer prayers everyday in the direction shown by the two feet of the Spiritual Master who is the form of Lord Vishnu.

97) SAASHTAANGA PRANIPAATHENA STHUVA NNITHYAM GURUM BHAJETH

BHAJANAATH SDHAIRYA MAAPNOTHI SWASWAROOPAMAYO BHAVETH.

Meaning- One must perform 'sashtanga danda pranamam' (lying on the stomach,  prostrate and erect on the floor like a stick). SASHTANGA- 6 PARTS OF THE BODY- TOES, KNEES, HANDS, CHIN, NOSE AND TEMPLE TOUCHING THE GROUND;  'DANDA PRANAMAM'- 2 PARTS OF THE BODY- KNEES AND FOREHEAD TOUCHING THE GROUND. By prostrating like this one will be able to retain the wisdom of knowledge. He becomes the Supreme form.

98) DORBHYAAM PADBHYAAM CHA JAANUBHYAA MURASAA SHIRASAA DRUSHAA

MANASAA VACHASAA CHETHI PRANAAMO SHTAANGA UCHYATHEY.

Meaning- Ashtanga namaskaram means prostration performed by hands, feet, knees, chest, head, eyes, mind and speech.

99) THASYAI DISHEY SATHATHA MANJALI REYSHA NITHYAM

PRAKSHIPYATHAAM MUKHARITHAI RMADHURAIHI PRASOONAIHI.

JAAGARTHI YATHRA BHAGAVAAN GURUCHAKRAVARTHEE 

VISHWASTHITHI PRALAYA NAATAKA NITHYASAAKSHEE.

Meaning- One must offer prayers akin to fragrant flowers in open palms to the God and Spiritual Master who is the Eternal Witness of the existence of Universe and the drama of Destruction.

100) ABHYASTHAIHI KIMU DEERGHAKAALA VIMALAI RVYAADHIPRADAI RDUSHKARAIHI

PRAANAAYAAMASHATHAI RANEKA KARANAI RDUKHAATHMAKAI RDURJARAIHI

YASMI NNABHYUDITHEY VINASHYATHI BALEE VAAYU SSVAYAM THATHKSHANAATH

PRAAPTHUM THATHSAHAJA SVABHAAVA MANISHAM SEYVEYTHA CHAIKAM GURUM.

Meaning- There are innumerable varieties of 'pranayama' (breathing techniques in 'yoga'). Many of them are general and easy to practice, many of them may result in health complications if they are not practiced correctly, many are not meant to be practiced and require stringent rules to be followed, many of them are impossible to master. Where is the need for hundreds of such 'pranayama' techniques? The knowledge of the Spiritual Master gives us natural control of our most potent life force energy. We must at all times worship such a Spiritual Master who is one with nature.




Wednesday, September 22, 2021

SRIVIDYA VEENA (3)- KUNDALINI YOGA (SARASWATI VEENA-23)

SHANKARACHARYA OF SHAKATAPURAM MUTT, SRI KRISHNANANDA THEERTHA MAHASWAMI, SRIVIDYA PEETHAM
 
                                    VEENA SHYAMALA/ RAJAMATHANGI 


90S, SANSKRIT COLLEGE, LUZ, CHENNAI-

It was an auspicious full moon day in the month of August in the 90s (I do not recall the exact year). The campus of Sanskrit college in Luz, Chennai was crowded with devotees of Sri. Shankaracharya of Shakatapuram Mutt which is Srividya Peetham.
I stood waiting in the queue wearing a 9 yards saree, my hands full with bags of fruit and flowers and a huge plate to place them at the time of offering to Periyava of Shakatapuram Mutt, Sri Krishnananda Theertha Mahaswami.
I was thrilled and eager to take the Rajamathangi and Veena Shyamala 'upadesham' from Periyava.
"Did you know that Veena has a beejakshara?" Preparing for the upadesham Periyava asked me matter of factly.
"No". I shook my head.
He proceeded with the upadesham, I felt sanctified as I left Sanskrit college. And fully authorized to play whatever little I knew of Veena.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

SRIVIDYA VEENA (2) KUNDALINI YOGA (SARASWATI VEENA-22)


 
                             (1977-HANUMAKONDA, ANDHRAPRADESH) SRI SIVANANDA MURTHY IN HIS POOJA AND WITH HIS FAMILY. The photographs were taken when I was invited to perform in Warangal. Concert was organised by  the devotees of  Sri Sivananda Murthy in the year 1977.
Most of the content about Veena and the instrument's spiritual benefits in this blog was given by Sadguru Sivananda Murthy in 1998, during one of my many visits to His ashram in Bheemli, Andhrapradesh.
RECEIVING THE GANGA DEVI AWARD FROM FORMER GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH, SRI. KRISHNA KANT, IN THE PRESENCE OF SRI. SIVANANDA MURTHY IN VIZAG.

1996, BHEEMLI, AP-
After His morning pooja Sri Sivananda Murthy sat down to talk. Excerpts regarding Veena-

CONVERSATION IN TELUGU-
"Wear an abdomen belt." His face had the serious look of someone who was imparting the most precious secret.
My eyes opened wide, "Abdomen belt in concerts?" I could well imagine the discomfort of performing for 2 and a half to 3 hours, with an abdomen belt around my waist. 
He watched the confusion and doubt on my face. He said vehemently, "But you can't waste precious 3 hours!"
I didn't answer as I tried to figure out how it would feel to play Veena with an abdomen belt. I looked at him uncertainly.
His voice was serious, "How many concerts do you have in a month?"
"Hmmmm...minimum 10, sometimes 15 to 20."
"All for 3 hours?"
"Not less than 2 hours."
"Just look at how much time you are losing!"
I nodded in agreement.
His voice was firm, "Every minute of Veena playing is precious. You need to apply your Veena playing to your kundalini. While you are immersed in playing you will not be able to maintain posture. You will naturally stoop." He paused to look at me. I nodded.
He continued, "To keep the base of spine erect you need to wear the abdomen belt. Your mooladhara to Swadhishtana to Manipura chakras will be held in alignment and erect by the belt."
I said hesitantly, "I am only worried if it will be too tight. If it's like that I may not be able to give my best because of the discomfort...." my voice trailed off.
"Start by playing Veena with the belt at home."
Looking at Him decisively I nodded in agreement. "I will, I will buy one immediately."
His face relaxed into a gentle smile.
"Good. Any other doubts?"
I smiled hesitantly as I shook my head negatively, unable to express my fears of managing the heaviness of silk saree on an abdomen belt. As though reading my mind He smiled gently and said, "It's a matter of getting used. Try to wear something comfortable on stage and nothing too heavy so that the abdomen belt won't be an added weight."
My eyes widened. Finding my voice I said in reverence, "I will surely do as per your instructions. Please bless me!" (TO BE CONTINUED....)


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