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AlOchanaamR^itaM

AlochanaamR^itaM Yoga and the West It is becoming imperatively necessary that Indian knowledge should reveal in the Western way its scientific foundations. For if we do not do it ourselves, the Europeans will do it for us and do it badly, discrediting the knowledge in the process.
For this society of European and European-led inquirers [Max-Mueller, Theosophists etc.] arose from an impulse on which the Time-Spirit itself insists; their object, vaguely grasped at by them, was at bottom the systematic coordination, explanation and practice of Oriental religion and Oriental mental and spiritual discipline.
Unfortunately, as always happens to a great effort in unfit hands, it stumbled at the outset and went into strange paths.
...
A vain attempt to thrust in modern physical science into the explanation of psychical movements, - to explain
  for instance pranayam in the terms of oxygen and hydrogen! ... to make a hopeless amalgam and jumble of science, religion and philosophy all expressed in the terms of the imagination - this has been the scientific method of Theosophy. The result is that it lays its hands on truth and muddles it so badly that it comes out to the world as an untruth. And there now abound other misstatements of Indian truth, less elaborate but almost as wild and wide as Theosophy's.


From this growing confusion we must deliver the future of humanity.

- Sri Aurobindo (The Psychology of Yoga, from his notebook of 1911).


sa.ngItaM karNATaka hindusthaani lalita (telugu)
telugu purANAlu pravachanAlu sAhityaM toli velugulu
Miscellaneous Articles telugu Recipes sa.nskR^itaM digvijayii bhaarata (blog) padya kaumudi (blog)

Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna padya gAnam (audio)

Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna padya gAnam - excerpts from his padya nATakams

Artist: 'gAna gandharva' Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna
Year: 2004
Music: Brahmanandam, B. Yajna Narayana
Supervision: 'kaLA tapasvi' Sri G.S.S. Sastri
Notes: These songs are released as an audio CD. Sri Gopalakrishna gaaru, whose life mission is to restore telugu padya nATakam to its due glory, has kindly allowed their free publication here. We are all indebted to him for this favor.

Sri Gopalakrishna gAru has conducted a 'padyaala workshop' during Aug 8-13, 2005 in Sunnyvale, CA, where he taught how to render a padyam to fully bring out its saundaryam and rasam. That was when I got a chance to personally appreciate his awesome talent. Though he had no formal training in classical music, his command on Indian raagas is great. Music flows out of his gaLam like jalapaatam, and padya rasam oozes out like madhuvu. I attempted a small kanda padyam as my guru dakShiNa to him:

        sompaara padya-kavitaa-
        Silpaangana naaTyamaaDa jIvamu pOyun
        gOpaala kriShNu gaanam(bu)
        aapaata-madhUdayambu bhAva-sphuTamun!
    
. Meaning: Padya kavita is like the inanimate sculpture of a lady. Gopalakrishna gAru's music brings the lady to life and makes her dance exquisitely ('sompaara'). His music's melody is 'ApAta madhUdayam' i.e., we feel the sweetness at once as we drink it (with our ears). Also, his rendering of the poem is 'bhAva-sphuTam' i.e., makes the padyam's meaning/rasa crystal clear to the listener.

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Introduction Music Director R.P. Patnaik
SrI kR^IShNa raayabaaram tirupati vE.nkaTa kavulu
SrI kR^iShNa tulAbhAram muttarAju subbArAvu
SrInAthuDu padya rachana: SrInAtha mahaakavi,
gadya rachana: SrI Akella



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