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Dhyana kritis

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Painting for Mahalaya - the Kshirsagar Sisters. Artist: Keshav
Painting for Mahalaya - the Kshirsagar Sisters. Artist: Keshav

These meditative compositions are designed to draw one into the spirit of the pooja or worship; that energy which is the mother of everything is Parashakti

These meditative compositions are designed to draw one into the spirit of the pooja or worship. 'Para' means beyond and 'Shakti', energy. That energy which is the mother of everything is Parashakti. There is no place where she is not. Wisdom, wickedness, penury, plenty, poetry, a blade of grass or brilliant galaxies, she is in everything. Everything is She.

Our forebears conceived of many ways to awaken this energy within us and distilled them into various methodologies. There is no sweeter way than music to do this. In the Navavarana pooja, an avarana may be understood as a covering, a veil that must be removed in order to reach Parahakti, residing at the centre of the Shri Chakra.

Song 1

muttusvAmi dIkShitar

kamalAmbikE

rAgaM: toDi (8)

tALaM: rUpakam

pallavi

kamalAmbike Ashritakalpalatike caNDike

kamanIyAruNAMshuke karavidh.rtashuke mAmava

anupallavi

kamalAsanAdipUjitakamalapade bahuvarade

kamalAlayatIrthavaibhave shive karuNArNave

caraNam

sakalalokanAyike saN^gItarasike

sukavitvapradAyike sundari gatamAyike

vikaLebaramuktidAnanipuNe aghaharaNe

viyadAdibhUtakiraNe vinodacaraNe aruNe

sakaLe guruguhakaraNe sadAshivAntaHkaraNe

akacaTatapAdivarNe akhaNDaikarasapUrNe

Notes:

In Kamalambike, set in Todi, Dikshitar invokes the mother thus – Protect me! Thou, who art the giver of everything like the Kalpa-creeper to those who take refuge in Thee, Thou Kamalambika, shelter me! Save me!

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Song 2

UttukkADu veN^kaTasubbaiyyar

vA~nchasi yadi kushalam

rAgam: kalyANi (65)

tALam: Adi

pallavi

vA~nchasi yadi kushalaM mAnasa

paramAnandarasasindhumadhyamaNi-

binducakranilayAM nirantaraM

dhyAyeta shrI kAmAkShIm

anupallavi

kA~ncInagaravihArAM shiva-

kalyANaguNagaNasArAm

madhyamakAla sAhityam

kamanIyakalpitanija mAyayA

kAraNakAryavidhAyakadhIrAm

caraNam

nijamodasadAramaNIyashivA-

m.rtanAmajapAM subhagAm

gajamukhaguruguhavinutAM sumukhAM

karuNAM puShpitakalpalatAm

madhyamakAla sAhityam

gAnakalAM kushalAM avabodhana-

gandharvasamArAdhitasusvara-

mANikyamanoharavINAdharaNAM

suranutasarasIruhacaraNAm

Notes:

While Dikshitar cajoles his consciousness into a state of bhakti, Venkata Kavi tells his mind to turn its attention towards the goddess.

Oh mind, he says, for your own welfare, meditate constantly upon Goddess Kamakshi, the essence of all auspicious and excellent attributes, who sets into motion the chain of causality by the force of Maya, is worshipped by Ganesha and Guruguha, who is compassionate and who grants all our desires, who is herself the art of music, whose lotus feet are worshipped by all the gods.

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Click here for PDFs in English; click here for PDFs in Sanskrit

Courtesy: www.carnatica.net

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