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Sundara Manmatha Koti Prakaasha,Hare Sri Krishna
When i am about to die, the only forms that should appear b4 me should be that of the Lord (Krishna) with the beautiful flute kept on his lips , with the peacock plumes slantingly placed on his head and with the body as blue as bluestone
Swami Desikan in GopAla Vimshathi

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Musical Musings of a different kind

Music means different to different people. I have come across the differnt kinds of music listening folks.

Here, I' d like 2 catergorize them into 3 broad categories and also i'd like to take a view point of a purist to say how much they actually like the music they listen to .

1. Some like the words expressed or the thoughts conveyed in the music more than the music..(definitely not music lovers)

2.Some like the proper melange of the music and the words other words they think the music to be fitting the thoughts expressed and the words used..( quasi-music lovers)

3. Some people dont give a damn about the words,, they just want 2 enjoy listening to the music..( true lovers of music)

Having said all that. let me go one step further...y do true music lovers enjoy listening to the music they like,,There can be varied reasons again.Some of them are

1. It drives them crazy..

2. It makes them feel like floating in the air

3 It takes them 2000 miles 2 their home

4. It rocks..

But they alll listen to music primarily because IT SOUNDS GOOD . ( if u are a music lover , u won't say that the music that u like actually sucks and if it does , u wud fend it away)

Now , coming 2 the point that i wanted to convey thru this post ..... the purpose behind the music and its importance...

From the above lines of thought, It has become clear that the primary purpose behind the music they listen to is aural pleasure..So, u dont actually gain nothing by listening to it except sensual pleasure..

This is where i feel carnatic music goes a step beyond. Eventhough it may or may not evoke aural pleasure (depending upon the listeners musical taste) ,it definitely offers something EXTRA to the listener that enjoys and appreciates it ..

The extra thing that's pretty much unique to this form of music is DEVOTION (bhakthi )towards the Supreme , which is one of the 3 ways(jnana and karma being the other 2) to reach the Supreme. and this is priceless. No matter how much wealth or fame u acquire, if u don' get 2 like this form of music , ur path to the Supreme is definitely long-routed.

By uttereing and listening to the name of the Supreme, u are only taken a step closer to him...take this analogy,, the more u listen to and talk about ur friend, the more clearer u are in getting 2 know about him..

This is a remarkable aspect of this form of music, unfortunately perceivable only to a few people.

Guess that explains the few difference of opinions on my last blog post . I can only hope and wish that the ignorant (especially young folks) would understand the importance of listening to music for reaching god over listening to music for mere aural satisfaction.

A quick question b4 i quit , Did I sound pig-latin??? :)

Comments on "Musical Musings of a different kind"


Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (12:11 AM) : 

wonderful Krishna

carnatic music is defnitely a means for attaining Narayana as sravanam and keerthanam or listening and singing are limbs of Bhakti according to SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM!
I would also add that listening to the scholarly exposition and rendition of a raga in the form of an aalapana is not as benefiacial as a kriti which has lyrics of spiritual or philosophical import like those of ANNAMAAYA, TYAGARAJA, PURANDARA DASA AND SO ON.
indeed in the kriti NARAYANA TE NAMO NAMO (ANNAMAYYA\ BEHAG), THE LORD Venkatehwara is referred to "Naadhapriya".
nice post.


Blogger krishna said ... (12:36 AM) : 

thnks anand..

yeah,,definitely naama sankirthana is more's more god like..when rendered with pure devotion ...


Blogger TJ said ... (4:24 AM) : 

Nice post!
Well written. Thanks


Blogger krishna said ... (8:48 AM) : 

thnks TJ..


Blogger sharana said ... (9:02 AM) : 

do agree with ur 3 categories of music listeners......carnatic music really imbibes spirituality and devotion!!!....well written


Blogger krishna said ... (9:44 AM) : 


thnks for droppin in ur comments..


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