Monday, January 24, 2022

VEENA AND MELATONIN (3)

ANANDAAMRUTHAKARSHIHI- AMRITHAVARSHINI (SRI MUTHUSWAMY DIKSHITHAR)
Rendered by Sri. T.M.KRISHNA

AMRITHAVARSHINI (RAGA FOR ACTIVATING SECRETION OF MELATONIN)-Ragas are activated when 'jeeva swaras' (main notes of each raga containing the life or core of the raga) are stimulated through perfect rendition by voice or musical instrument. Veena, a divine instrument and the inner voice of a human being is ideally suited for activating ragas .
Amrithavarshini is popularly known for invoking rains. The name of the raga means Amrith- elixir, Varshini- showers. This raga is most effective in drawing out the elixir from the agna chakra (pineal gland), scientifically known as Melatonin. Activation of the Raga Devatha of Amrithavarshini kindles the secretion of Melatonin. Sri Muthuswamy Dikshithar in His krithi states-ANANDAAMRUTHAKARSHINI- Draws out the bliss giving elixir 
AMRITHAVARSHINI- showers of Elixir.
The saint composer hints in the madhyamakalam-"AMRITHESHVARI SALILAM VARSHAYA VARSHAYA VARSHAYA"!
In the real sense Sri. Dikshithar pleads for great showers (Varshaya repeated thrice)  of abundant water (elixir) from the pineal gland in his composition, "Anandaamruthakarshini Amrithavarshini."

RAGA THERAPY OF AMRITHAVARSHINI- Rains (macrocosm), activation of melatonin (microcosm), deep sleep, calmness and tranquility of mind.


Sunday, January 23, 2022

VEENA AND MELATONIN (2)



BRAHMA MUHURTHAM-

The agna chakra (pineal gland) secretes the wonder hormone, Melatonin to its maximum measure during the divinely auspicious time of the day called 'Brahma Muhurtham' (Brahma Muhurtham today is between 5:17 AM to 6:05 AM).

Practice of Veena flawlessly by adapting the correct posture during Brahma Muhurtham accelerates the flow of ambrosia.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

SAPTA SWARA- (dd telecast-1989)


ALAMELU MANGA NEE ABHINAVA ROOPAMU (RAGAM- BHAIRAVI, COMPOSED BY SRI TALLAPAKA ANNAMACHARYA).

LOCATION- SRI KAMAKSHI TEMPLE AND SRI VARADARAJA SWAMI TEMPLE, KANCHIPURAM.

COURTESY-PLAN B PRESENTATION YouTube Channel. Episodes of vocal and instrumental stalwarts can be viewed here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

SWARA BHUSHANI (A 1989 telecast on Doordarshan)

In an episode by One Minute Film Productions, (produced by Sri.Govind Nallappa and Sri Ravichand Nallappa, directed by Sri. Murali Nallappa) featuring Dr. R.K.Srikanthan (Purandara Dasa Krithi) there is a short and crisp composition by Dr. M.Balamuralikrishna. I was asked to sing as well as play the Veena (enacted by Bharathanatyam exponent Smt. Sujatha Srinivasan) in this episode.
(Carnatic episodes of Swara Bhushani and Raga Sudha Rasa telecast by Doordarshan are available on Plan B Presentation- a YouTube Channel)

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

VEENA AND MELATONIN (1)

'GAMAKAM'- PULLING THE STRING BACKWARDS IN ORDER TO TOUCH THE JEEVA SWARA.....


The video shows oscillation (gamakam) of Veena string. The practitioner's breathing slows down when the jeeva swara (core note of the raga) is touched and sustained (not directly, but by pulling the string from the previous swara or note). While sustaining the jeeva swara the breathing almost stops which is known as 'kumbhakam'. Constant practice of this leads to activation of kundalini. It is important to note that this practice is not meant to be clinical. This has to be practiced by rendering frequent raga phrases which and pause at sensitive notes through string-oscillation (gamakam). Oneness of mind and resonance is achieved through this practice which is termed as 'yoga'.

Melatonin is a hormone which is secreted by the pineal gland or ajna chakra. This hormone is said to enhance the quality of sleep, extend the duration of sleep and opens a hidden channel in the brain from where a gush of tranquility engulfs one's mind.

The amritham or ambrosia which is secreted when kundalini shakthi reaches the sixth chakra (ajna chakra) is termed as 'melatonin' according to science. 

It's hard to believe that melatonin tablets can replace the Ultimate Bliss experienced by the kundalini yogis.

Medical research (into melatonin and methods of its enhancement) has concluded that slow, pleasant, essentially classical and instrumental music stimulates melatonin in a big way. 

Playing the Veena of fine jackwood regularly, with spine erect and chin up activates kundalini shakthi. Regular practice of Veena in the correct posture, fine tuning of the instrument and flawless rendition activates kundalini (life-force energy).

The practitioner who is a spiritual aspirant need not dwell into fast or speedy phrases. Slow and long oscillations (gamakas), especially slow oscillation and sustenance of a swara or a note pulled from a previous swara (preferably from behind 2 or more swaras) cause the practitioner's breath to slow down while pulling the string and breath is suspended when the string is held at a certain degree of oscillation in order to touch the perfect jeeva swara. 

Kundalini yoga attained through Veena playing taps the most evasive hormone, which is the actual melatonin.

SOUNDARYA LAHARI 36th SLOKA-

"THAVAAGNYACHAKRASTHAM THAPANASHASHIKOTIDYUTHIDHARAM

PARAM SHAMBHUM VANDEY PARIMILITHAPAARSHVAM PARACHITHAA

YAMAARAADHYAN BHAKTHYAA RAVISHASHISHUCHEENAAMAVISHAYE

NIRAALOKEYLOKEY NIVASATHIHI BHAALOKABHUVANEY!"

(The 36th sloka of Soundarya Lahari is for the activation of ajna chakra or the pineal gland).



Friday, December 31, 2021

GARLAND OF 30 RAGAS........

THE DEVI ATMARPANA STHUTHI SLOKAS  (of Sri Vidyaranya Swami) ARE SET TO A GARLAND OF 30 DELIGHTFUL RAGAS.
CONCEPT AND VEENA BY MYSELF, VOCAL BY DR. NIRANJANA SRINIVASAN

Thursday, December 16, 2021

SRI DEVI AATMAARPANA STHUTHI


1) Dr. NIRANJANA SRINIVASAN rendering Devi Aatmaarpana Sthuthi
2) During the recording with Dr.Niranjana Srinivasan on 12/12/2021 at Sai Rocks Studio, Chennai.
Deciding to fulfill my husband, late Sri. E.Ramakrishna's wish to record Bhagavanji Sri. Vidyaranya Swami slokas (this wish of his could not be fulfilled during his lifetime due to lockdown and other factors) I zeroed in on Sri Devi Aatmaarpana Sthuthi (59 slokas) as the subject for recording.
 Dr. Niranjana Srinivasan (Member of Faculty, Tamilnadu Music and Fine Arts University and well known vocal vidushi) rendered the slokas in ragamalika (Viruttam). She sang the slokas beautifully and most melodiously, laden with bhavam.
When my husband was alive we only wanted to record vocal and percussion. After his untimely and sudden demise I decided to record my Veena along with the vocals of Dr. Niranjana Srinivasan as my loving dedication to my husband. My Veena will be recorded shortly.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Sudarshana Chakram- Veena

SRI SUDARASHANA CHAKRAM OF LORD RAMA, BHADRACHALAM 

76th Sloka from Sri Sudarashan Sathakam:-

76) VAANEE POURAANIKEE YAM PRATHAYATHI MAHITHAM PREYKSHANAM KAITABHAAREYEHEY 

SHAKTHIRYASYESHUDAMSHTRAANAKHAPARASHUMUKHAVYAAPINEE THAVIBHOOTHYAAM 

KARTHUM YATTHATHVABODHO NA NISHITHAMATHIBHIRNAARADAADYAISHCHA SHAKYAHA 

DEIVEEM VO MAANUSHEEM CHA KSHIPATHU SA VIPADAM DUSTHARAAMASRARAAJAHA.

Meaning-This slokam reveals where the 'tejas' and the 'Shakthi' of Sri Sudarashana Chakra Rajan are concentrated.

The benedictionis-" SA: ASTHRA RAAJA: VA: DEIVEEM MAANUSHEEM CHA VIPADAAM KSHIPATHU". (May Sri Sudarashana Chakram , King of weapons chase away the dangers that originate from Devas and human beings!)

Scriptures reveal that (Vaanee Pouraanikee Yam Prathayathi) Sri Sudarshana is the sankalpa (resolution) Shakthi of Lord Vasudeva who resides in Vaikuntham (Mahitham Preykshanam Kaitabhaarey:), Sri Sudarshana's power resides during Ramaavataram in His arrows, in His canine teeth during Varaahaavataram, in His nails during Nrusimhaavataaram, in His axe in Parashuraamaavataaram and in the appropriate weapons He chooses for other avatarams. For instance, in Vamanaavataaram His Shakthi entered the 'pavithram' that He was adorning. The true form and inherent nature of Sri Sudarashana is difficult to comprehend fully even by sages like Narada (Yath Thathva Bodha: Karthum Nishithamathibhi: Naradaadyaishcha Na Sakya:) May Sri Sudarashana banish all dangers (Dustharam) that are 'Deivaadeenam' and 'Manushyaadeenam'. (Thank you for the meaning www.sadagopan.org) 

The above 76th slokam of Sri Sudarashana Sathakam  was given to me by a senior Archaka in Periya Perumal temple in Srirangam. The slokam not only started with "Vani" (indicating Veena), the slokam clearly states that Sri Sudarshana becomes the core of the main accessory used by every avataram. As the embodiment of Shakthi and Tejas, residing in the accessory used by the respective avataram. Sri Sudarashana by connecting Himself through the article/accessory becomes the source of power of the avataram. 

Therefore, Veena being the source of power (Shakthi and tajas) for all Veena players, chanting of the above enhances the tejas multifold.

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