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Perceptions

Good_vs_Evil_by_Dk_Raven
Our perception of good and bad may actually  be flawed. I need the so called  “bad” to shape me. We are constantly being shaped like a beautiful statue… Many times along the way we cry for help and want to come out of the fire in the furnace. We ask and beg for the whole process to be stopped in our pain. But it looks like the fire is needed to make the pot. Or the chisel is needed to carve the statue. But when they were used to create the statue or pot, the chisel and fire seemed “evil” and “cruel”. But once the total creation is complete these tools would have served their purpose… The so called “Evil” may be there to mould and prepare us .
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Nila Kaigirathu – A violin cover by Karthick Iyer

Happy New Year (2013 ) everyone. May this year bring us more clarity, hope, strength and energy to move forward. May we all be blessed by the Almighty with everything that is needed  to grow, prosper, succeed and flourish in our lives. May this year be a joyous and peaceful one !!!

I’ve been wanting to upload one of Karthik Iyer’s videos for sometime. Somehow due to some health issues and other things cropping up, have been unable to come to my blog. It’s been ages since I put up any post. Starting this new year with a video of Karthik Iyer’s violin cover – Nila Kaigirathu. Karthik you do rock.  I love your Charukesi, it is so soothing and peaceful….  May this year bring lots of success to you Karthik Iyer!  Wishing you all the best…

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Getting in touch within

 

It is not about fixing things around us.

It is about getting in touch with the peace within us.

Sometimes it is hard to believe that it is the other way around. All our lives we have been taught that to solve our problems, we have to focus on getting things right on the outside. We think that things will be perfect when we start to fix things around us. We fail to realize that most of the time as we clear up something, something else gets messed up.

We presume that everything will work out fine so long as we we keep solving our problems around us. But somehow each time we fix something, another thing pops up waiting to be fixed or solved.

Each time we fill one pothole, another pothole crops up. Each time we are satisfied that we have achieved something, another desire or goal arises to be fulfilled. Each time we think we have got what we had wanted, there is one more thing that we want.

When I get in touch with the peace within me, things change miraculously !  Everything may or may not remain the same on the outside. But my feelings, my perspective, my state of mind takes a complete U turn…  I no longer feel the frustration, anger and sadness that I had felt before.

The magic lies in this simple turning of my consciousness from the outside to the inside, even for a short period of time constantly … When I get in touch with that peace within me, it also embraces me in it’s arms. I too take on the shade of the colour of peace and clarity …

Real freedom is not when I free myself from external forces, but when I free myself from the clutches of my mind .

Then I can deal with the problems around me, not coming from a place of confusion, anger and frustration but  from a place of peace, clarity and tranquillity.

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Divine…

I am not an expert in commenting on dance. But came across this video when I was searching for the song Venkatachala Nilayam. Very beautifully sung by Vijay Prakash. Loved the opening scene which somehow captivated my attention. Sharing this  divine video. Vijay Prakash is an awesome singer, he produces such bhavam in his singing… The dance and dancer, Nirmala Madhava also complimented his singing. Overall I found this video divine….

The dance is enhanced by its innovative style of presentation. Found out that the  PAMPA Dance Academy has created stage history with a unique blend of tradition and sophisticated modern stage techniques. What makes this group distinctive is its ability to communicate effectively, by employing innovative audio visual craftsmanship blended with pure traditional art form.

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“Kinara” and Moving on…..

So much has been happening.  Outside and inside of me. A time to pause once more. Another crossroad in my journey. We all come across many a times in this journey of life.. A time to contemplate. I know I can decide to fight or to let go. I want to let go. I know there is a lesson to be understood, to be learnt…. It takes lots of will power and letting go to finally understand what is happening.

When I stop struggling and fighting with that which is taking place, something starts to dawn. The immediate reaction, is to struggle.  But after a while, we give up. There are times you know you can’t win. Or so you think. But then this isn’t about winning or losing is it ? This is not a battle.

Somehow my mind perceives that, that which is not to it’s liking  as it’s opponent !   After all the struggle, which by the way is only in the mind.   Most of the time we think we are fighting something on the external.

But the truth is that our battles are always within the mind. It is all about the mind wanting to get things done in it’s own way. But the mind is also fickle. It’s decisions are not always right. I want to see the positive side. I recognize that I need to let go to move on….

How can I hold on to the railings and keep wanting to move on. Moving on requires me to let go …. Letting go of the past. Pain is when I want to hold on tight to that which I perceive as me and mine.. It is easier said then done. But I am open to the next step in my journey of life…

The journey does not stop. This is where I pause to go to the next step….The journey continues with renewed passion and new horizons. I walk slowly but knowing that I am not bound by time. Each step is going forward. I understand that not everything is constrained by time…. There are also some things which are timeless…

 

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Khabaram Raseeda HD, Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad, Coke Studio, Season 5, Episode 2

Amazing vocals…. moving and such emotions !

Fell in love with this.   🙂

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The Flute

The Flute ~  Mira Bai

The song of the flute, O sister, is madness.
I thought that nothing that was not God could hold me,
But hearing that sound, I lose mind and body,
My heart wholly caught in the net.
O flute, what were your vows, what is your practice?
What power sits by your side?
Even Mira’s Lord is trapped in your seven notes …..