bhaanushingo: chitto jetha bhayashunyo

15/08/2014

I have checked with a few folks and they also have experienced and continue to experience these…

… Sometimes it is a piece of music that keeps repeating itself in the head – such as a 7th Symphony of Beethoven or a Toccata (in C minor) of Bach or a Bhimsen Joshi rendition of Ahir Bhairav or a MS Subbulakshmi’s ‘kurai onrum illai, Govinda’ – I have no wants, Govinda.

Sometimes there are these haunting images – such as the mind boggling scenes from a Andrei Tarkovsky or a Kurosawa Akira film, that deliciously  torment you…

Sometimes it is plain text that keeps rattling you, forever popping up from the deep recesses of the synapses – in my case, for the past one week or so it has been the turn of Bhaanushingho’s where the mind is without fear.

Reason: A week back was his death anniversary. August 7, 1941 was when our Rabindranath Tagore – ttaahkur, I mean – moved on… And hence this text has been looping in my head…

Yes. There is a lunatic in my head.

chitto jetha bhayashunyo 

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
(from gitanjali, his famous collection)

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Today is the birthday anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. So, a few passages from Savitri are in order today.

Aurobindo holding a copy of Bande Mataram, September 1907  - off: http://www.aurobindo.ru/workings/other/peter_heehs-the_lives_of_sri_aurobindo_e.htm

Aurobindo holding a copy of Bande Mataram, September 1907 – off: http://www.aurobindo.ru/workings/other/peter_heehs-the_lives_of_sri_aurobindo_e.htm

And yes, today is our Independence Day Anniversary too! :-)

May we continue to enjoy many a millennium of significant independence and vibrant democracy… (of course, with bhayashunyo)

PostScript: Young Sridhar sent a message asking whether I heard/viewed Srimaan Narendra Modi’s inspiring speech today – he meant the Independence day address. I said no, and said I hope I’d get to watch that talk on youtube or somesuch thing.

Yes. What we need for this currently effete  nation of ours is an inspiring, no-nonsense, decisively working  leadership – taking a cool, logically assessed longterm perspective of things. Let us hope, in the next 4-10 years’ timeframe, he indeed delivers.

I am sanguine. Definitely. I am sure, you too are, dear Sridhar. :-)

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