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AlOchanaamR^itaM

AlochanaamR^itaM Vivekananda to an Agnostic Swami Vivekananda responding to a famous American agnostic Robert Ingersoll who said to him, "religion is of no use. Why bother our heads about other worlds?":

"...You think it is enough to live and eat and drink and have a little scientific knowledge, but you have no right to say that will suit all tastes... Such a conception is nothing to me. If I had only to learn how an apple falls to the ground, or how an electric current shakes my nerves, I would commit suicide. I want to understand the heart of things, the very kernel itself. Your study is the manifestation of life, mine is the life itself".
"My philosophy says you must know that and drive out from your mind all thoughts of heaven and hell and all other superstitions, even though they exist in the same sense that this world exists. I must know the heart of this life, its very essence, what it is, not only how it works and what are its manifestations. I want to know the why of everything, I leave the how to children."

- Swami Vivekananda (The Gift Unopened by Eleanor Stark, pp. 89)


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pOtana bhAgavata vasantam - sangIta prasangam (Musical Discourse)

In this webpage, I present excerpts from an excellent 7-day sangIta prasangam by Sri Madugula Nagaphani Sarma at Hyderabad in 2002. My purpose is to introduce its rasa to rasikas. This and other prasangams and gAnams are now available for online purchase at his avadhAna sarasvati website

A Slokam has been posted on the sanskrit mailing list maintained by me:

sa.ngItamapi sAhityaM sarasvatyAH stana-dvayaM
ekam-ApAta-madhuraM anyad-AlOchanAmR^itam

It means, "Music and Literature are the two breasts of Sarasvati, the Mother of Learning. One [like honey] is sweet as we drink it; the other yields more and more nectar as we reflect on it [like an ikShu khaNDa i.e., sugarcane piece].

Well, this sangIta prasangam by Madugula is 14 hours of pure rasa that is both ApAta-madhuram and AlochanAmR^itam!

The entire prasangam's video is available for purchase in 18 VCDs of excellent quality. I extracted the audio out of it all without losing quality and converted it to realaudio and mp3.

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I appeal to rasikas to come forward and monetarily contribute to Sarma gAru's great cause, which is to set up a University for dhAraNa (retention in memory) at Hyderabad. Purchasing his works is one way.



- Sarada and Sai Susarla (sai.susarla@gmail.com)