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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
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Unity in Diversity

Hello blog-pals,

Note : If u are a returning visitor , please check out Update -2 and comment back..

Listed below are a few names by which people refer god (depending upon the religion or time)

Krishna
Rama
Narayana
Shiva
Govinda
Allah
Yeshua (the actual name of Jesus of Nazareth)
Buddha
Mahavira
Venkateshwara
Ra (Sun God, King of Gods for the Egyptians).

Now, Do u find any thing common to all the names???

Yes, all the names end with a syllable that sounds like "aa". Similarly, one can only hope that people get 2 realize and attain the abode of the universal vedantic God, watever be their religious background and refrain from all the pointless debates.

UPDATE1:

I was pondering quite a bit on these striking similarities...Thot , I can share my accruing thots so that they can accrue even more from ur comments..:)

Another thing to be noticed is the names of most of the female gods end with the syllable that sounds like "ii"..Just to name a few ..

Shakthi
Parwathi
Lakshmi
Saraswathi
Akhilaandeshwari
Kamakshi....

It seems like "ii" always follows the "aa"..For example..in tamil, hindi and sanskrit (may be more) , the alphabets start with the A,AA and then immediately followed by ee,eee...:)..

UPDATE2:

This kind of similarity could also be noticed in the Saptha Swaras of Carnatic Music (Sa, ri , ga , ma , pa ,dha, ni ,sa) . This signifies that all the other sounds originate from the root sounds of "a" or "i".

Also , please take a look at the following names of the avathars of the Lords and their consorts.

1. Rama ( Masculine)
2. Sita (Feminine)
3. Krishna (Masculine)
4. Radha ( Feminine)

Here, the names of "Sita" and "Krishna" are composed of similar syllables of "ii" followed by "aa"..And if you take "Rama" and "Radha" , they have the syllables of "aa" followed by another "aa"..This essentially hints that both the male and female aspects of creation are basically the same despite the differing qualities..I guess u folks are able to see the similarity amidst variousness, which arises out of the application of our finite minds..Hence,we are all none but the universal God..:) manifested in different forms..

Now..time for some good news..No more updates..:)

krishnaarpanam

Comments on "Unity in Diversity"

 

Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (3:32 AM) : 

DEAR KRISHNA,

nice post there

have you noticed that when we are in severe pain or traumatised or experiencing intense anguish ( physical or emotional) we utter the sound AAAH.. maybe this has something to do with your hypothesis
keep posting dude
SARVAM VISHNUMAYAM JAGATH!
SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

 

Blogger TJ said ... (4:23 AM) : 

Wow!, nice comparison. As Anand said, it may be because the 'aa' sound has a 'calling-for-help' effect

 

Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (4:45 AM) : 

Infact the syllable "A" denotes the Akara part of "AUM". "U" denotes the Ukara and the "M" denotes the Makara.

Thus as you said every name of God ends with "A" - which according to the Mandukya Upanishad means the beginning of experiences in consciousness, which is the waking state. This condition of the Atman in the waking state is comparable, therefore, with Akara, the first syllable of Omkara.

Thus according to me - when you start chanting the names of God - you begin the process of experiencing the Eternal Conciousness :)

Its my assumption - your views are welcome :)

 

Blogger krishna said ... (9:57 AM) : 

@anand, tj

thnks a bunch 4 adding ur views on the comparison

yeah...as u pointed out,it definitely asks 4 relation..y dont we shout "ee" or "oo" when we get anguished..:)

@arjuna..

nice point uve got here..:)

in fact ..sumthing related was at the back of my mind when i was writing up..u have brought it upfront...:)

 

Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (10:08 AM) : 

Krishna - did u notice my names also ends with "A" - he he just kidding :)

 

Blogger krishna said ... (1:20 PM) : 

guess all those guys whose names end with the "aa" syllable will now start feeling the same way as u do..:)

also, now i see y naamasankeerthana has so much mahima..

 

Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (2:01 PM) : 

Krishna - there is some interesting debate going on in that thread of dvaita,advaita...

y dont u participate - I am looking for ur views on chutneypopcorn's post :)

 

Blogger IBH said ... (2:48 PM) : 

very very nice post!!! there is another person whom u call when u are feeling any pain or so!

"AMMAA".....:) how true!!!

 

Blogger krishna said ... (3:04 PM) : 

U GOT IT ALL RIGHT (Y)

ammaa...appaaa..

 

Blogger krishna said ... (6:48 PM) : 

btw..ibh..welcome and thnks 4 coming here...:)

 

Blogger pinkmak said ... (8:47 PM) : 

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Blogger ioiio said ... (1:04 PM) : 

Naanum idhey maadhiri oru kuttaiya two three days back kuzhappinen en blogla :))

 

Blogger krishna said ... (6:13 PM) : 

ioiio..ungal blogpostai paarkavum...;)..

 

Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (7:12 PM) : 

Krishna,
I was about to ask you why you haven't blogged for some time. Thank you so much for pointer in my blog-I had the wrong link and I have been checking it almost twice a day to my dissappointment. Anyway, I'll be here as often as possible. Nice post. I think the most beautiful thing that God had made for us is the recognition of patterns in this so called chaotic world. I guess he is first a giver of diversity (materialistic desires) and challenges us to find the unity in them-to which effort he aids us greatly.

 

Blogger krishna said ... (8:28 PM) : 

Thanks a bunch kasthuri..

yeah..i was actually wondering y there werent any comments from ur side..and today i thought i found the problem..:) how true it turned out to be??

As u clearly pointed out..the toughest task and the challenge in life is to get 2 identify , visualize and realize the presence of the infinite, formless, every blissful and merciful vedantic God despite all the infinite manifestations..We can use science and our thots to may be identify them but 2 visualize and finally get in union with him , one should transgress the boundaries of science ..I guess 4 that sake ..stuff like Naama Sankeerthanam et al will be more helpful than science..IMHO

 

Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (11:04 PM) : 

DEAR KRISHNA

Lovely update,
I like the way you have made a case for gender equality. the first thing we ought to do as Krishna-bhaktas is to get rid of even remotely chauvinistic tendencies. great will be the man who can see women as fellow beings and not objects of desire. even greater will be he who can SEE KRISHNA in the love he has fo his wife or beloved.

SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

 

Blogger krishna said ... (3:52 PM) : 

Mikka nandri anand ..

well said..

We can only hope that lot many people get 2 comprehend this

 

Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (9:12 PM) : 

Nice update Krishna - I always considered man/woman great who could see unity in the diversified universe, whatever the field may be. Every small attempt along those lines brings the world closer and creates harmony. Hats off to your attempt.

 

Blogger krishna said ... (8:47 AM) : 

Thnks a bunch..kasthuri

very true indeed wat u commented

 

Blogger Ranj said ... (7:29 PM) : 

HI krishna,

Thanks for visiting my blog. A very interesting post, this one!

 

Blogger kavitha said ... (11:00 PM) : 

hi krishna,

here are some more names that might probably second your point. i have been collecting these names for a while, these are the lesser known forms of lord shiva and Kali. you can remove the "murti" bit as it has a sculptural undertone.

here goes lord shiva:

kalyanasundaramurti
vrishabhavana murti
samharamurti
lingodhbhava murti
bhikshatana murti
gajasamharamurti
tripurantaka murti
rudra
sarabheshwaramurti
gangadharamurti
tandava nataraja
urdhva nataraja
somaskandamurti
ravananugrahamurti
yogishwara murti
ardhanarishwara
vinadhara
harihara
dakshinamurti
sadashiva
Ajaikapada Bhairava-one legged shiva
kailashnatha
kalabhairava
lakulisha

and now for the ten mahavidhyas of kali according to tantrik texts

kali
tara
sodasi
bhairavi
chinnamasta
dhumavati
bhuvaneshwari
bagala
matangi
shakti

you are right, they end in "aa" or "i"

regds
kavitha

 

Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (11:26 PM) : 

DEAR KRISHNA,

WHY HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING LESS LATELY?
BESIDES KRISHNA JAYANTHI IS ALMOST HERE AND WE HAVEN'T FINALISED OUR GROUP BLOG YET?

SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

 

Blogger JC Joshi said ... (2:24 AM) : 

I cursorily saw the blog and would offer the following at the first instant:

It was realized by the ancients that the ‘beej mantra’ or the ‘seed’ of the entire universe is the naad or the loud sound that emanated from the formless Naadbindu - sounding close to ‘OM’, ‘Amen’, and so on… Interestingly, Voyager 2 recorded the sound emanating from the planet Saturn close to a combination of tinkling of bells, chirping of birds and beats of drums, and ancient Hindus also often use the instruments as above in their prayers!

Now, sleep was called ‘Ardha-mrit awastha’, i.e., a state of ‘half-death’, a state that helps a living being to reach the root cause of the creation, the ‘Truth’ or the formless creator' It's like a hot line connection with Him for direct ‘education’! The ‘Yogis’ apparently tried reaching that super-conscious state, by reaching a thoughtless state even while they remained awake. The Creator is believed to ever remain in ‘Yoga-nidra’ that believably results in Him the ‘eternal bliss’, the reported goal of the humans too by unison with Him even when they were apparently going through their daily routine!

I, being born in North India, was personally exposed to Hindustani classical music, besides the Pop. No formal training though. The first time I heard of Karnatic style being different from the Hindustani one was when I heard Mirabai’s “Jogi mat ja…”, in raga Bhairavi, by Pandit Onkar Thakur, presented on the radio and being criticized by Pandit Vinayak Rao Patwardhan, also a student of the common Guru, in the newspapers the next day alleging utilization of ‘Gamaka Anga’ as is used in the Karnatic style. This was followed by a demonstration lecture given by Pandit Onkar Nath, which I too as a young boy then attended. He explained, to the effect, how music was a form of ‘tapasya’ or a spiritual exercise intended to communicate the feelings of the heart to others with the use of notes, in a mood appropriate for the time of the day. He said that even in speech one might use the same words to communicate different feelings at different times to different persons with variations in notes and with matching body language and so on. Thus music is omnipresent. And, if he has been able to evoke the desired feelings in his audience, he is satisfied, and the North/ South divide only exists in the minds of some rigid people only… Being in New Delhi, the Capital city, I have attended during the earlier days, and a few times even now, various presentations by the top most artists in the field of Hindustani Classical music, vocal or instrumental… The ancients recommended attachment with the formless, by remaining conscious of Him while performing physical actions detachedly, with full attention and interest.

 

Blogger Anand Ramamoorthy said ... (2:47 AM) : 

Dear Krishna

I heard Palisamma today( from your site). lovely..is the raga SAHANA?

SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!

 

Blogger krishna said ... (9:46 PM) : 

@ranj

Welcome to Aham Brahmasmi..Thnks 4 ur appreciation..:)

@kavitha..

Thanks 4 dropping in the list of names. Yes..they do in fact end with "a" or "i" accordingly..:)..Primordial sounds they are ..

@anand..

thnnks 4 ur concerns..will continue to blog more frequently ..:)

Also regarding the group blog..we shall try to finalize things by this weekend..will write to u thru email regarding the same..

am not very sure abt the Raaga..:(..Bad Knowledge..

Also..I will check out ur post on Aham Brahmasmi very shortly..:)

@ Joshiji

Thnks 4 ur comments..

"The ancients recommended attachment with the formless, by remaining conscious of Him while performing physical actions detachedly, with full attention and interest."

very true indeed

Please do come back.

 

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