Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nada yoga

Hazrat Inayat Khan,Saraswathi Veena Yogi says-"The music of Universe is the background of the small picture that we call music.Our sense of music,our attraction to music,shows that there is music in the depth of our being.Music is behind the working of the whole Universe.Music is not only life's greatest object:it is Life itself.Hafiz,the great and wonderful Sufi poet of Persia says:Many say that life has entered the human body by the help of music,but the truth is that Life itself is music. "
NADABINDU UPANISHAD-There is no mantra greater than nada,which mixes with the breath and stabilises it.
BHAGAVAN RAMANA-Just as a child is lulled to sleep by lullabies,so nada soothes one to the state of samadhi.
The sound of the abstract is called "anahat" in Vedas,meaning the unstruck sound.Sufis call it Saut-E-Sarmad.
LAHIRI MAHASAYA wrote to a disciple-When a seeker is established in samadhi,his practice becomes natural and spontaneous.Effort is shed,and without even practising the meditation,he enjoys its benefits.LISTENING TO THE INNER SOUND ,the seeker actually sees Gods,seers,and sages of the past in the spiritual eye.(from:Life surrendered in God by Roy Eugene Davis).
PYTHAGAROS,Greece,5th century b.c.-There is geometry in the humming of the strings.There is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Effects of Nada according to Hamsa Upanishad-1.Tremor2.Production of nectar3.Enjoyment of nectar4.Acquisition of secret knowledge5.Higher speech6.Vision of distant things7.Invisibility8.Identification with the Absolute.Hamsa Upanishad, furthermore,compares the nada to a snake charmer since it captivates the fickle mind.
ZOROASTRIANISM-In Zoroastrian religion,heaven has been described as a bright,joyful place where everything is imperishable and perfect.In some Pahlavi texts,the Zoroastrian concept of heaven is described in four stages:1. The place of good thoughts2.The place of good words3.The
place of good deeds4.The fourth and the final stage was called Garothman,The House of Light and Song which was considered the Abode of Ahura Mazda.


alchemister said...

Keep it coming.. great stuff!

Veenaagayathri said...

Thank you very much!

Sathya said...

Good Day Gayathri Aunty,

I am Sathya Narayanan, from Delhi. First let me thank you sincerely for starting a wonderful Blog to throw in our expressions about music. To tell about me, I don't know how i had the wish to listen veena, even before knowing anything about the instrument. Then when you did give a performance at Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, coimbatore, in 2003 (June I think), I was mesmerized.

Reading and listening to your interviews, where in you tell about Nadha Yoga to attain the supreme. Here in this blog if wish, you discuss nuances on veena playing to attain divine, it would be great for a person like me. You do quote, the references from our upanishads and literatures to show the importance of music in reaching god...

Thanks Gayathri aunty,

Veenaagayathri said...

Dear Sathya,
Thank you for your appreciation,I am equally impressed by your interest in our vedic music.The nuances are formed without forethought when the self is immersed in the melody as one is involved in the act of playing.Rehearsed music cannot awaken the inner self which is Divine.For breathing techniques while playing the veena,please visit my website,www.veenagayathri.com.All the best to you,Gayathri Aunty

Unknown said...

Hi, Gayathri

I am Savitri Rangaswami worked in Police Department. I happened to talk with your mother Mrs. Kamala Aswathama. I asked her about you and she only gave this link to me. It was a pleasant memory when my Niece Swarna got nails in a beautiful box. I got retired from Service during 2008. My mother also passed away on 12.1.2010 when she was 90 Yrs. Really both of our mothers are lovely friends. Now i heard everything about you.(Mrs,)Dr. M.a. Bhageerathi Anantharaman is my best friend in facebook. Occationally we used to chat. Really you are born to Music. MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH ALL HAPPINESS.

Unknown said...

When i was living @ Mylapore i bought many audio tapes from " Giri Traders". Youhave played many movie songs in Veenai. I became your fan from 2000. I have lost my best friend Dr. P.B. Srinivas. I had seen him in Shanthi Vihar and Woodlands Drive-in Hotel. Really it is a great lossto your mother and you.. Please keep in touch and let me know your all your talents.

Unknown said...

Wishing you all Success !


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