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AlochanaamR^itaMVivekananda 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,
One of my cherished goals for putting up this website is to collect and make
available online some of those old (pre-1975) concerts by stalwarts which are so
precious and rare to obtain. They are all locked up in the private music
collections of a few individuals, who are not willing to share them with others
for fear of loss.
That's precisely where the Internet helps, isn't it, to house music in an
indestructible but widely shareable form?
Hence I request rasikas to come forward and share with me copies of those
rare concerts so I can put them online to give everybody an oppurtunity to share
the sangItAmR^itaM ! You'll be duly recognized on the website for your
contribution. And rest assured that it will not be used for profit.
For starters, I am looking for the following:
pre-1970 concerts by M. Balamurali Krishna
pre-1975 concerts by Vinjamuri Varadaraja Iyengar, M.D.Ramanathan, GNB,
Oleti, Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu (violin), or their gurus.