Thursday, July 3, 2014

Possibly the best melody in the world !

Why music? This must be a question that does not hit us very often. Here is a song that I have felt is powerful from deep inside. Do you remember that feel when you  did something for the first time or that moment when you just conquered your fear ? Well this song just makes you feel a feeling close to that.

Well ! To each his own interpretation.

Yanni was inspired by a nightingale to have composed this hauntingly melodious tune. All art is channelized through artists. What we see, hear and feel will find its way into another mind.

In this video, the singer can sing in the actual pitch of the nightingale and the flute. Quite amazing.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Only Love is Real !

Another good book ; another good lesson.

I recently finished reading Dr. Brian Weiss's "Only Love is Real". I had picked this one up from a roadside vendor in June during my evening stroll. Although after months of not reading it, something, I would call as a heart's decision urged me to start reading it in the past week. The book talks about the journey of soul mates and soul families (How we are always born with or around the ones we are tied to on a soul-level through many lifetimes.) with reference to a practice called "Past Life Regression". And how these souls are bound to meet in recurrent lifetimes. And the prominent message being "Only the love we see and experience is true, rest is all an illusion that we make up conditioned by our everyday mind." Our everyday mind prevents our awakening to this truth. And an unawakened mind may not see in terms of the feeling of the experience as it looks for rationality everywhere. You do not run into such a soulmate everyday, perhaps one or two in a lifetime.
Here are a few lines I liked from the book:

"Never worry about meeting soul mates. Such meetings are a matter of destiny. They will occur. After the meeting, the free will of both partners reign. What decisions are made or not made are a matter of free will, of choice. The less awakened will make decisions based on the mind and all of its fears and prejudices. Unfortunately this often leads to heartache. The more awakened couple is, the more the likelihood of a decision based on love. When both partners are awakened, ecstasy is within their grasp."

Ending in a quote seems to be my favourite way to etch a message in your heads, for it gives me more satisfaction to share this than to have read the book :

"Measure not relationships with time; but with lessons learnt"
~ Dr. Brian Weiss

Follow your dreams ; they bring you happiness !

I recently read the book the Alchemist, after a long list of people who suggested this book to me. I was tempted to pick it up for a casual read during my journey to Mumbai. As I read through its several pages, I felt a kind of energy within this book. It roped me in and took me to a vantage point, from which I could see (only in short intervals, due to the conditioned lifestyle I was following) "The Soul of the World". This exists in each one of us and may be simplified and stated as the feeling of oneness in our diversity and differences. Now at times, the shepherd boy 'Santiago' appears in my soul telling me "Follow your heart; It knows."

And to all those out there who seek to fulfil their dreams in spite of all the obstacles you face,

I share these words by the author :

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

Have a great lifetime !

Trinity - Symbolism

The Trinity - can symbolise many names; Some of which - The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ; Creation, Maintenance and Destruction ; Mind , Body and Soul ; Acceptance, Understanding and Appreciation. And so on...

The power of the Trinity exists everywhere around us and only appear to us as signs. Opening our eyes, accepting and interpreting these signs can always create an understanding followed by appreciation.

"For it is the same hand that writes all !"

Thursday, February 21, 2013

OK, GO !

Sometimes we find ourselves slaves to the tube (here suggestive of all forms of tube - television, computers, so called smartphones, tablets) and in the middle of the every day dreary browse through of information, we run into something that makes our eyes grow wide and widens our lips into a smile. It happens to me when I am inspired(this is a tricky word because inspiration can work on many levels).
But OK GO ! is a band who, plays alternative American rock but is definitely an "Eyes and Ears" band. Again shown to me by a friend and I was blown away. This was just too cool to pass by, I had to "spread the word". Their music videos are filled with fresh ideas and color and even rhythm. Even the name is so cool and uncomplicated. Coming to think of it, its a simple thing to do - Just go ! (ha ha ha!)

Originally from Chicago, Illinois and now residing in Los Angeles, California The band is composed of Damian Kulash (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass guitar and vocals), Dan Konopka (drums and percussion) and Andy Ross (guitar, keyboards and vocals), who joined them in 2005, replacing Andy Duncan. They are perhaps best known for their often elaborate and quirky music videos.

The original members formed as OK Go in 1998 and released two studio albums before Duncan's departure. The band's video for "Here It Goes Again" won a Grammy Award for "Best Short-Form Music Video" in 2007.The band has worked with directors including Francis Lawrence, Olivier Gondry (brother of Michel Gondry), Brian L. Perkins, Scott Keiner, and Todd Sullivan.

Some of my favourite videos include :

Here It Goes Again !

This Too Shall Pass

White Knuckles - Psst! (This one is crazy!)

Anyone who watches their videos will just love the energy they have ! This is fun at your workplace redefined.
OK! GO! Wiki Them !

Again I like to end-type with a quote :

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.
It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy.
You can't try to do things. You simply must do things."
- Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DUB FX - This is just the best independent music artist ever !

Music is for the heart, by the heart and of the heart.

I type in this sentence as I listen to DUB FX - LOVE SOMEONE.
Music is something that connects with every human soul on this planet. We see everyday that technology progresses and with it music and the way it is played. Great musicians bring intrigue with the sounds they make.
I stumbled upon Dub FX today because my friend told me about it inspirational value. How one person can very well produce high quality 'awesome' music makes him a brilliant independent artist. He uses a recording mixing console with the help of foot pedals where he can sing/make beat noises into a mic and loop them into the console. By trying out various patterns of the music, he can compose his own background music as he goes about with the vocals/rap and so on. He also jams with other artists like Woodnote (saxophone player) and his fiance' Flower Fairy(Vocalist). Flower Fairy  also sells his cd's while he performs. What struck me was their originality in music. I am not a great fan of DUBSTEP but I am a fan of anything new music has to offer.  This artist has caught my attention and I would like the world to see and listen to DUB FX. His street shows are filmed by BEN DOWDEN

Dub FX (real name Benjamin Stanford) is a worldwide street performer and studio recording artist from St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. After playing and singing in a band called Twitch, he set out solo when he moved to Europe. His trademark is creating rich live music using only his own performance aided by Live looping and effect pedals combined with his voice.He creates intricate hip hop, reggae and drum and bass rhythms. [WIKIPEDIA]


Another unrelated quote before I stop typing :

"Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born some men die
Beneath one infinite sky
There'll be war there'll be peace
But everything one day will cease
All the iron turned to rust
All the proud men turned to dust
And so all things time will mend
So this song will end."

- Childhood's end (Obscured by the Clouds - Pink Foyd)

Monday, February 18, 2013

My obsession with God !

(NOTE: The following is automated writing flowing from my immediate thoughts - Please forgive spelling and gramatical mistakes of any kind and do go through if you find that the content makes sense. thank you)

It has been 24 years, 4 months, 21 days since I was born. And I do not exactly remember when I started pondering this but the truth is that I am still pondering. The ultimate question that each one of us still has deep within our insane minds. Who/what/where are we?

Now, most of the readers may ridicule this question by laughing out loud or just closing this page but just think about it for a second. Do you have any clue about where we, human beings came from or why we are here? Its an unending subject of discussion. It could go on very well for the next 24 years, 4 months, 21 days or even more. The question seemed to occur to me for the first time as I sat in a class in my standard twelve chemistry during an ongoing organic chemistry session. I wondered the purpose of all this, or even better how do we even know, if all that is being taught is true? Why do we trust those gentlemen and ladies who wrote our textbooks? It was a pure rebel thought and since then I started communicating this thought with friends and relatives who were comfortable listening to these thoughts. Some of them, even replied with their own thoughts that took me deeper into this idea of creation and the question whether "God" exists!?

Some of the above mentioned conversations about God lasted many hours with these friends. Some others who i spoke to, had no intention of having this conversation because they were too caught up in the reality they had created for themselves. If you read the last five words of the previous sentence, you can notice that it is a true feeling as we all live in realities created by our own semi-conscious state. This state where we go about doing our daily affairs as if these affairs are our only purpose in life. But, with the statement "To each, his own.", I would suggest that everyone has their own perspective and their own lives to live.

When I was 19 years old, I started to experiment in different ways as I thought of Experiments and Experience (two words that still hold much importance in my life today). I went through visual references, sexual experiences, travel and even imagination. Some of my worst experiences involving fear changed my outlook into life. And some of the best experiences involving love also did the same to me.

But I am far away from the point. When i turned 24, these questions that intrigued me started appearing in front of me in the form of answers. Everything from Psychedelics to Surrealist Art helped me. I started keenly seeing signs of everyday life. I even saw documentaries on these subjects(the paranormal, supernatural, metaphysical, etc) but what really brought me to research and passionately follow the subject of layman metaphysics was my Cousin Asha Warrier's Book "From Mediocrity to Madness". This book was a piece on past life regression therapy. Much to my amazement it was concluded that one could access the memories of his/her past lives with the help of hypnosis. This was very interesting to me, some of the answers were given to me in this book. I recommend the readers to pick up a copy of the book. This book led me to "Many Lives, Many Masters" which is a detailed record of all the hypnosis sessions of Katherine by Dr. Brian Weiss. This one opened even more doors and basically my mind unto various metaphysical possibilities. Quite simply put Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world (WikiPEDIA).

These books further led me to the "Conversations with God" books by Neale Donald Walsch. I am still reading those books but I like to quote something from what I have read, which you may find interesting :

"If I do not go within, I go without."

"All human actions are motivated at the deepest level by one of two emotions - fear or love."

Other references include films like Enter the void, Waking Life, Slacker, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, etc. Also books like The Tibetan book of the dead, Re-incarnation, Astral Physics, etc (I am in the process of reading and referencing these but you will certainly find some direction in these works. I would post a list with details soon)

Hence I feel that whatever atheists say or deny, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. So what happens to the energy that powers us once we hit the deadline of our body's existence?

I'd like to stop typing with a quote from Monty Python's Meaning of life :

Person 2: One: People aren't wearing enough hats. Two: Matter is energy. In the universe there are many energy fields which we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source which act upon a person's soul. However, this "soul" does not exist ab initio as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia.

Person 1 : What was that about hats again?