Saturday 27 June 2009

Veena/Gayathri Mantra/Upanishads


It is in the spinal chord that the sushumna nadi runs.The thin hollow fibrous passage is also known as 'Brahmarandra'.Just as the veena is ever associated with its strings, the brahmarandra is inseparably associated with the power of the mystic"Om" or Parasakthi, the Supreme Power.The 24 vertebral joints that together constitute the spinal column are aligned in the living organism on the model of the above 24 seed-letters(bheejaaksharaas) of the Gayathri.This clearly means that the macrocosm and microcosm are but a condensation of the exalted splendor of the great Mother,Gayathri Devi.
DARSHANOPANISHAD:-"Prushta madhyasthitha nadi veena dandena suvrathi shamasthakaparyantham sushumnasamprathishtitha."
"O,man of learning,the chord that rises from between the posteriors even like unto the trunk of veena,goes upto the very brain.Inside this chord you find firmly established the Sushumna nerve."
SANDILYOPANISHAD:-"Gudasya prushtabhagesminveena danda sadehabhruthmoordastha dehaparyantham brahmanaadeethi kathyathe.Uchchaarayethparam shaktim brahmarandra nivasineem."
"At the rear of the posteriors there rises a straight nervine chord even as the trunk of the veena which rises upto the head.Inside this nervine chord one must locate the Sushumna nadi,one must meditate upon the Infinite power infusing this nadi,in other words,on the omkara which is the mysterious primival sound."
DHYANABINDOPANISHAD:-"Mooladhara sushumnaacha padmathanthu nibhashubha amoorthovarthathesamuththithaha."
"The nervous tendril that uprises from the mooladhara as sushumna nadi is as fine as a lotus filament and full of bliss-giving potency.There vibrates in this mysterious chord the indefinite primeval sonanteven as gross sounds issue from the sound of the Veena."(click on images to enlarge.)

2 comments:

RAFI-FRIENDS-COMMUNITY said...

Namaskaram
To really see a carnatic music artist educate us with the blog in todays world is really a privelege.
We (myself i.e. Nagendra and my spouse Nalini) both have been fans of your veena wizardy as well as your music for a long time. Actually I have been a silent fan ever since I heard you play the composition "Rama Karunaimpvai" one of the beautiful compositions for the veena.
We sincerely hope you continue playing the composition as many an artist have tried but failed to come upto the standards set by you.
We have enjoyed your blogs - extremely educative as well as very useful.
As an appreciative audience we wish you the very best in all your endeavours and ensure
sprituality and carnaticc music evolves under the responsible hands of your Veena.
Nagendra and Nalini

E.Gayathri said...

Thank you for your kind appreciation of my music.I have read a lot and off late felt the need to share the information I had gathered.God should give me the strength and means to educate myself further enabling me to share the same with you and your Srimathi.Regards,Gayathri