Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yashoda-maiya: unselfconscious tenderness and maternal bliss

Yashoha-maiya, perhaps the best ever description of a mother-child relationship. Selflessness, pride, shelter, support, fear, affection, love, stimuli, sacrifice; so much more that words cant express.

Yashoda-maiya though orchestrated as one of the character in Mahabharat has been a pivotal role in making this epic come alive.

I derive a lot of strength from her personality. Her sacrifice was the greatest and her affection was in comparable.

This picture has been one of my favorites for a very long long time.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dance of the flute

ananyāś cintayanto māḿ

ye janāḥ paryupāsate

teṣāḿ nityābhiyuktānām

yoga-kṣemaḿ vahāmy aham

Created by Krishna, this world around us exists only for a short time. Infinite in it's expressions.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mere toh giridhar gopal dusro na koi....

A song to which I danced on stage for the first time when I was 12. My little sister swayed around the stage as baal krishna while I performed the KrshnaPriyasi Meera with an ektara in my hands. Least did I know that my quest of KrsnaPrem and bhakti was born on that day.

My mother played an instrumental role in kindling my thoughts on Krsna conciousness. She fuelled my aptitude for bhakt with her timely and practical inputs on being spiritual rather than religious.

Today at 31 while I am leading the life of maya somewhere deep within I feel the pain of karuna sunoh shyaam more and want to submit myself to the world of spiritual knowledge.

Can maya and eternal survive together?

Karuna suno Shyam mori - Meera

Jo tum todo piya - song from 1979 movie Meera

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi..

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi

Sooli Upar Sej Hamaari (2) Sono Kis Bidh Hoye (2)

Gagan Mandal Par Sej Piya Ki (2), Milano Kis Bidh Hoye

Dard Na Jaane Koi

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi..

Ghayal Ki Ghat, Ghayal Jaane (2), Aur Na Jaane Koi (2)

Meera Ke Parbhu Peer Mite Jab (2), Bairi Sanwariya Hoye

Dard Na Jaane Koi

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi

Ae Ri Main Toh Prem Deewani, Mero Dard Na Jaane Koi!

Mai to saawre ke rang raachi

Mein Tho Sanware Ke Rang Raachi
Saji Sringar Baandhi Pag Ghoongharoo
Lok Laaj Taji Naachi
Mein Tho Sanware Ke Rang Raachi

Gayee Kumathi Layee Sadhu Ki Sangati
Bhagath Roop Bhayee Saanchi
Gaay Gaay Hari Ke Gun Nisdin
Kaal Vyaal Soon Baanchi
Un Bin Sab Jag Khaaro Laagath
Aur Baat Sab Kaanchi
Meera Sri Giridhar Lal Soon
Bhagathi Rasili Jaanchi


I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock's feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids!

8 famous names of tulsi.

Tulasi: One who has no comparison.

Vrindavani: One who first manifested in Vrndavana.

Vrinda: The goddess of all plants and trees.

Visvapujita: One whom the whole universe worships.

Puspasara: The topmost of all flowers, without whom Krishna does not like to look upon other flowers.

Nandini: Seeing whom gives unlimited bliss to the devotees.

Krishna-jivani: The life of Sri Krishna.

Visva-pavani: One who purifies the three worlds.

Tulsi- holy basil

Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for "the incomparable one", is worshiped throughout India, most often regarded as a consort of Vishnu in the form of Mahalakshmi. There are two types of Tulsi worshiped in Hinduism—"Rama Tulsi" has light green leaves and is larger in size; "Krishna Tulsi" has dark green leaves and is important for the worship of Vishnu. Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their home, often in special Tulsi pots. It is also frequently grown next to Vishnu temples, especially in Varanasi.

In the ceremony of Tulsi Vivah, Tulsi is ceremonially married to Vishnu annually on the eleventh bright day or twelfth of the month of Kartika in the lunisolar calendar. That day also marks the end of the four month cāturmāsya period, which is considered inauspicious for weddings and other rituals, and so the day inaugurates the annual marriage season in India. The ritual lighting of lamps each evening during Kartika includes the worship of the Tulsi plant, which is considered auspicious for the home. Vaishnavas especially follow the daily worship of Tulsi during Kartika.

Vaishnavas traditionally use japa malas made from tulsi stems or roots, which are an important symbol of initiation. Tulsi malas are considered to be auspicious for the wearer, and believed to put them under the protection of Vishnu or Krishna. They have such a strong association with Vaishnavas, that followers of Vishnu have long been called "those who bear the tulasi round the neck".