Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Valley of Dreams" by John Tesh

Not only is this piece of music absolutely gorgeous, but there are a few things about the video that I've noted below it, and which explain why I posted it here on this particular blog.



I notice some things in the above video that are synchronistically relevant to the subject of Krishna:
  • The lead performer (Robert Mirabal) plays a flute.
  • The flute-player's last name, "Mirabal", sounds quite similar to "Mirabai", which was the name of one of the most prominent Krishna-devotees and Hindu poet-saints in history.
  • And, much in the way the Lord might reassure the individual soul, at the end he says, "One day we'll see each other... my love, can you wait for me?" That alone would be music to the ears of any devotee, I'm sure!
♥ *sigh* ♥




"Govindam" by Pia



A beautiful devotional song (bhajan). The words and English translation, as they appear below the video where it's hosted on YouTube, are as follows:

govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami
veṇuḿ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣam-
barhāvataḿsam asitāmbuda-sundarāńgam
kandarpa-koṭi-kamanīya-viśeṣa-śobhaḿ

govindam ādi-puruṣaḿ tam ahaḿ bhajāmi

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.

ańgāni yasya sakalendriya-vṛtti-manti
paśyanti pānti kalayanti ciraḿ jaganti
ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya
govindam ādi-puruṣaḿ tam ahaḿ bhajāmi

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Hot Milk of Religious Indignation

I recently read a story about the legend of the hot milk, which serves as an illustration of the eternal bond between Lord Krishna and His lover, Radha. It goes as follows:

While Radha was Krishna's love, she was never married to Him. However, the love Krishna had for her made those who were His wives jealous of her. Therefore, they wanted her to suffer for it. They boiled some milk and, telling Radha that the milk was sent by Krishna, gave it to her to drink. She happily drank the still-scalding-hot milk. However, upon returning to Krishna, the wives discovered it was
He who was suffering from painful ulcers as a result! It turns out that the bond between Krishna and Radha was so strong that He took her torment upon Himself.

Not only is this a variation of the timeless theme of God taking on our sufferings, but I also see another message laced through it, based upon how the wives treated Radha. Their jealousy is a kind of illustration of how "orthodox" worshipers of God might envy those who don't go through the established, official channels before experiencing a joyful relationship with God. There are some who, in spite of all the chanting, fasting, praying, self-deprivation, and other ritualistic observances that characterize their being legitimate adherents of ("married" to) their religion, are still not experiencing that blissful union with God. Meanwhile, others seem to bypass all those legalistic trimmings that come with what is supposedly a "proper marriage" to God and cultivate organically an authentic relationship with Him straight away, with no chanting, no fasting, no groveling, no church-attending or temple-visiting.
By having a close, vibrant, loving relationship with the Lord apart from involvement in any organized religion, one could be seen as a Radha of sorts -- deeply loved by (and in love with) God, outside the bonds of marriage/orthodoxy, and to the utter consternation of the wives/orthodox adherents.