Sunday, February 27, 2011

Karunesh - Heart Chakra Meditation




Karunesh (Hindi: करूनेश, "God of compassion"; born Bruno Reuter in 1956)[1][2] is a German-born New Age and ambient musician. His music has strong Asian and Indian influences prevalent throughout, with liberal use of Indian instruments, such as the sitar. Having sold 450,000 albums, Karunesh is one of the best-known New Age artists.[2]
Karunesh was born in Cologne, Germany in 1956.[2] Although he had been drawn to music as a child and played in bands as a teenager, he chose to study graphic design as a career. However, after attaining his degree, Karunesh was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. His brush with death prompted him to choose music as a career instead of graphic design. He rethought his life and embarked on a spiritual journey of sorts, traveling in 1979 to India, where he met Osho in his ashram in Pune. He became initiated and took on a new spiritual name, Karunesh, a Sanskrit name meaning "master of compassion".
Back in Germany, Karunesh lived in the Rajneesh commune of Hamburg for five years. Here he could develop his musical creativity in a spiritual surrounding. He came in contact with many musicians from all over the world and developed an ability to weave different styles and feelings from different cultures together in a living symbiosis, creating a music that is both spiritual and danceable.
In 1987, Karunesh released his first album, entitled Sounds of the Heart, which is regarded as a classic of New Age music.[2] Sounds of the Heart was followed by Colors Of Light the following year and by Sky's Beyond the year after that. As of 2006 Karunesh has released 17 albums.
Karunesh has lived in Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii, since 1992.[2]

Gayatri Mantra


The Gāyatrī Mantra is a highly revered mantra, based on a Vedic Sanskrit verse from a hymn of the Rigveda (3.62.10), attributed to the rishi Viśvāmitra. The mantra is named for its vedic gāyatrī metre.[1] As the verse can be interpreted to invoke the deva Savitr, it is often called Sāvitrī.[2] Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti ("great utterance").

The Gayatri Mantra is repeated and cited very widely in vedic literature,[3] and praised in several well-known classical Hindu texts such as Manusmṛti,[4] Harivamsa,[5] and the Bhagavad Gita.[6][7] The mantra is an important part of the upanayanam ceremony for young males in Hinduism, and has long been recited by Brahmin males as part of their daily rituals. Modern Hindu reform movements spread the practice of the mantra to include women and all castes and its use is now very widespread.

Text

Recitation of the Gayatri Mantra is preceded by oṃ(ॐ) and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ (भूर् भुवः स्वः), known as the mahāvyāhṛti ("great utterance"). This prefixing of the mantra proper is described in the Taittiriya Aranyaka (2.11.1-8), which states that scriptural recitation was always to begin with the chanting of the syllable oṃ, followed by the three Vyahrtis and the Gayatri verse.[10]

Following the mahāvyāhṛti is then the mantra proper, the verse RV 3.62.10:

In Devanagari:
तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥



In IAST:
tát savitúr váreṇyaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt

Whereas in principle the gāyatrī metre specifies three pādas of eight syllables each, the text of the verse as preserved in the Rigveda Samhita is one syllable short, the first pāda counting seven instead of eight. Metrical restoration would emend the attested vareṇyaṃ with a tetra-syllabic vareṇiyaṃ.[11]
Translation

A literal translation of the Gayatri verse proper can be given as:

"May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the god:
So may he stimulate our prayers."

—The Hymns of the Rigveda (1896), Ralph T.H. Griffith[12]

word-by-word explanation:[citation needed]

* dhīmahi "may we attain" (1st person plural middle optative of dhā- 'set, bring, fix' etc.)
* tat vareṇiyam bharghas '"that excellent glory" (accusatives of tad (pronoun), varenya- 'desirable, excellent' and bhargas- 'radiance, lustre, splendour, glory')
* savitur devasya "of savitar the god" (genitives of savitr-, 'stimulator, rouser; name of a sun-deity' and deva- 'god, deity')
* yaḥ prachodayat "who may stimulate" (nominative singular of relative pronoun yad-, causative 3rd person of pra-cud- 'set in motion, drive on, urge, impel')
* dhiyaḥ naḥ "our prayers" (accusative plural of dhi- 'mind, thought, meditation' and naḥ enclitic personal pronoun)

The literal translation of the Mahāvyāhṛti formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ prefixed to the verse is "earth, air, heaven".[13] These are the names of the first three of the seven vyāhṛti or higher worlds of Hindu cosmology.

Sacred Chants for Stress Relief - Totakashtakam


TOTAKASHTAKAM

ivaidtaaiKala Saas~asauQaajalaQao maihtaaopa inaYatkxiQataaqa-inaQao |
=dyao kxlayao ivamalaM carNa Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||1||
 
VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE  MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE
HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1|| 
O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

kxr}Naa var}Naalaya paalaya maaM Bavasaagar du:KaivadUna=dma\ |
rcayaaiKala dSa-natacvainad
Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||2||
 
KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM
RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||
O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA
Bavataa janataa sauihtaa Baivataa inajabaaoQa ivacaarNa caar}matao |
kxlayaOScar jaIvaivavaokxivadM Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||3||
 
BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE
KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||
BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

Bava eva Bavainaita mao inataraM samajaayata caotaisa kxaOtauikxtaa |
mama vaarya maaohmahajalaiQa Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||4||
 
BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA
MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||

KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

saukRxtao iQakRxtao bahuQaa Bavataao Baivataa samadSa-na laalasataa |
AitadInaimamaM pairpaalaya maaM Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||5||
SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA
ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||

DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

jagataImaivatauM kxilataakRxtayaao ivacarinta mahamah sacClata: |
AihmaaMs~auirvaa~a ivaBaaisa gaurao
Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||6||
 
JAGATIMAVITUM KALITAKRITAYO VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH
AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||

OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

gaur}pauMgava pauMgavakoxtana tao samataamayataaM naih kxaoipa sauQaI: |
SarNaagatavatsala tatvainaQao Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||7||
 
GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH
SARANAGATAVATSALA TATTVINIDHE BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||

O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

ivaidtaa na mayaa ivaSadOkxkxlaa na ca ikxcana kxanaMcanamaista gaurao |
d`utamaova ivaQaoih kRxpaaM sahjaaM Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama \||8||
 
VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO
DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||

NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

THE STORY

AdiShankaracharya is known to have reestablished the Sanatha Dharma in the midst of rituals and onslaught by the other religions and faiths viz : Budhism, Jaininsm, Islam, Christinaity etc. He is known to have reestablished the faith in Vedas. His four disciples were : Surshwarar, Hasthamalakar, Padmapadhar and Totakacharya.  
Adi Shankaracharya was born in Kaladi ( Kerala - South India ) to mother Aryamba. He took sanyas at the tender age of five when his leg was caught by a crocodile. Mother Aryamba permitted his son to take Sanyas reluctantly so that he may be released from the clutches of the Crocodile.
On becoming a Sanyasi, he went about seeking alms - bhiksha. Once during such rounds he went to an old lady who was steeped in poverty and could give him nothing. Suddenly she remembered that she could give him a Amla friut from the courtyard. Shakara seeing her love and affection composed 'KANAKADHARA' stotram and made gold amla friuts rain from the tree through his Kanakadhara strotram. Such was his prowess and ability to compose rich sanskrit verses.
During one such trips to Pandarpur he composed 'Pandurangaashtakam' in praise of Lord Vittala. This is one of the oldest documentary evidence of the existence of Pandarpur ( about 1200 years ago ) though there are also references in Skanda Puran.
He then traveled to the North India and won over a sanskrit scholar Mandana Mishra and his wife in a debate and accepted Mandanamishra as his disciple and named him Sureshwarar. He subsequently accepted other disciples - Hasthamalakar and PadmaPadhar. There was one disciple who believed more in service than studying or understanding rituals and was always engaged in doing all the day-today chores like plucking flowers, washing clothes, cleaning and arranging Pooja samagri etc. He was not considered to be intelligent or worthy as a disciple. This disciple was known as Totaka
Once when Adi Shakara was to begin his teaching session, he refused to start since Totaka was not seen. The other disciples always ridiculed Totaka for his lack of intelligence and being dumb. But Totaka was unmindful and went about doing his duties to serve the master Adi Shankaracharya. He was washing clothes when the session had to start. But seeing that the other students ridiculed Totaka for his faithful services Adi Shankara blessed him thru his diksha and suddenly Totaka was found to be one of the most intelligent of all the students. Thus Adi Shankara established to the world that service to the master is as essential and an integral part of the Guru Shishya Paramapara and one can attain knowledge or Gyana also through performing services to the master.   
Totakacharya then composed Totakashtakam rich in Sanskrit  language and its meaning in praise of his master Adi Shakaracharya. Subsequently Totakacharya established the Jyotir Peetham at Kashmir. Sri. Sivarathnagiri Swamigal and his Disciple Swami Gnananandagiri Swamigal of Thapovanam ( Thirkovilur ) hail from the same lineage. 

Enigma - Between Mind & Heart

Enigma - Sensing The Spheres



Enigma is an electronic musical project founded in Germany by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. The Romanian-born Cretu conceived the Enigma project while working in Germany, but has based his recording studio A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, since the early 1990s until May 2009, where he has recorded all of Enigma's studio releases to date. Cretu is both the composer and the producer of the project. His former wife Sandra often provided vocals on Enigma tracks. Jens Gad co-arranged and played guitar on three of the Enigma albums. Peter Cornelius also contributed to Enigma during the 1990s.

Cherokee Morning Song (A beautiful Native American song)



A beautiful soothing song...


We n' de ya ho, We n' de ya ho,
We n' de ya, We n' de ya Ho ho ho ho,
He ya ho, He ya ho, Ya ya ya

Translation - We n' de ya ho
Freely translated: "A we n'" (I am), "de" (of), "Yauh" --the-- (Great Spirit), "Ho" (it is so).
Written as: A we n' de Yauh ho (I am of the Great Spirit, Ho!).
This language stems from very ancient Cherokee

CUANDO EL CIELO LLORA / WHEN THE HEAVEN CRIES



Inca Son means “Sound of the Incas.” This world acclaimed band, founded 20 years ago in Boston by the multitalented César Villalobos, plays the centuries-old music of the Andes of Peru, home of their Inca ancestors. In addition, Inca Son performs music from throughout Latin America, and through original, vibrant arrangements, lends an Andean flavor to well-known modern pop tunes

www.incason.com

INDIOGENES - RIKCHARIY

The Last Mohican (Instrumental) - Indiogenes



Soothing Music...

The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 is a historical novel by James Fenimore Cooper, first published in February 1826. It is the second book of the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy and the best known. The Pathfinder, published 14 years later in 1840, is its sequel.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mohicans-Wayllunakusun



The Mahicans (also Mohicans) are an Eastern Algonquian Native American tribe, originally settling in the Hudson River Valley (around Albany, NY). After 1680, many moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During the early 1820s and 1830s, most of the remaining descendants migrated westward to northeastern Wisconsin.[1] The tribe's name for itself (autonym) was Muh-he-con-neok, or "People of the waters that are never still."

The Mahican were living in and around the Hudson Valley at the time of their first contact with Europeans after 1609, during the settlement of New Netherland. The Mahican were a confederacy rather than a single tribe, and at the time of contact there were five main divisions: Mohican proper, Westenhuck, Wawayachtonoc, Mechkentowoon, and Wiekagjoc. Over the next hundred years, tensions between the Mahican and the Iroquois Mohawk, as well as Dutch and English settlers, caused the Mahican to migrate eastward across the Hudson River into western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Many settled in the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where they gradually became known as the Stockbridge Indians.

The Stockbridge Indians allowed Protestant Christian missionaries, including Jonathan Edwards, to live among them. In the 18th century, many converted to Christianity, while keeping certain traditions of their own. Although they fought on the side of the American colonists in both the French and Indian War (North American part of the Seven Years' War) and the American Revolution, citizens of the new United States forced them off their land and westward. First the Stockbridge settled in the 1780s at New Stockbridge, New York, on land allocated by the Oneida, of the Iroquois Confederacy.

In the 1820s and 1830s, most of the Stockbridge moved to Shawano County, Wisconsin, where they were promised land by the US government. In Wisconsin, they settled on reservations with the Munsee. Together, the two formed a band jointly known as Stockbridge-Munsee. Today the reservation is known as that of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians (Stockbridge-Munsee Community).

Moravian Church missionaries from Bethlehem in present-day Pennsylvania founded a mission at the Mahican village of Shekomeko in Dutchess County, New York. They wanted to bring the Native Americans to Christianity. Gradually they were successful in their efforts, converting the first Christian Indian congregation in the United States. They built a chapel for the people in 1743. They also diligently defended the Mahican against European settlers' exploitation, trying to protect them against land encroachment and abuses of liquor. Some who opposed their work accused them of being secret Catholic Jesuits (who had been outlawed from the colony in 1700) and of working with the Indians on the side of the French. The missionaries were summoned more than once before colonial government, but also had supporters. Finally the colonial government at Poughkeepsie expelled the missionaries from New York in the late 1740s. Settlers soon took over the Mahican land.[2]

The now extinct Mahican language belonged to the Eastern Algonquian branch of the Algonquian language family. It was an Algonquian N-dialect, as were Massachusett and Wampanoag. In many ways, it was more similar to, and just as easily considered one, of the L-dialects, such as that of the Lenape.

Mohicans - Yeha Noha



A slight different version of my favourite song Yeha Noha

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Edward Simoni - Pan-Romanze 1992

Edward Simoni - Morgenstimmung

Edward Simoni - Wenn der Tag erwacht



A soothing piece of music...

Vem kan segla --Dennis Glimmefors



Dennis Glimmefors is playing "Vem kan segla förutan vind" a Finnish traditional hymne from Åland

Dennis Glimmefors - Panflute

Mike Oldfield - Muse



Beautiful guitar music

Mike Oldfield - Celtic Rain




Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (born 15 May 1953, Reading, Berkshire) is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age, and more recently, dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells, which launched Virgin Records, and for his 1983 hit single "Moonlight Shadow". He is also well known for his hit rendition of the Christmas piece, "In Dulci Jubilo".

SILENT JOY - Anugama


Anugama is a German spiritual musician born in Cologne, Germany. He is most renowned for his healing music. Early in his life, he lived mostly in Hamburg working in a music store. Having traveled to Asia in his early twenties, he drew inspiration from spiritual voyages he made. Throughout the 1980s, he explored spirituality through his music which involved not just Asian music but Hawaiian and African rhythms as well.

MEDWYN GOODALL - Lady of the Lake


Medwyn Goodall (born in 1961) is a composer and musician mostly associated with the New Age genre. He was born in Yorkshire, England. He lives with his wife Wendy in Cornwall, England. According to Allmusic, "Goodall began composing original songs as a teen, earning local notoriety with his band Trax; in the years to follow, he learned to play a vast range of instruments, including mandolin, piano, drums, harp, flute, glockenspiel, panpipes, vibraphone and synthesizer, and cut his first album at age 16". He is a prolific recorder, having recorded over 75 albums. He also topped the UK music charts twice and sold over three million albums. His first album was Emergence (1987), published by New World Music. His early albums were published also by Oreade Music. Medwyn Goodall recently started MG Music, a record label which specializes in New Age music.

He produced albums on which he arranged, performed, mixed and mastered every song, although his album, Om (2006), was produced together with Terry Oldfield. There is an updated list of his albums at MG Music and at All Music web sites.

Many of Goodall's recent releases have been under the alias Midori. He explains that he chose this alias so he "could record projects that were more ethnic, eastern, or produced for the healing arts" without confusing fans of his other music.  However, there are also other musical artists using or known by the name Midori (such as the jazz-punk combo Midori and the Japanese violinist Midori Goto).

One of Goodall's tracks, "Free Spirit" from his album Meditations and Visualisations (2001) has been featured in the video game Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!


Nature Relaxation -- Terry Oldfield



Terence "Terry" Oldfield (born 12 August 1949, in Palmers Green, North London) is an English composer. He is brother to well-known music composers and performers Sally and Mike Oldfield.

Peace and Love



Another sweet music...

Sweet Music



A sweet music to relax...

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Castells



The members of the group are Bob Ussery, Tom Hicks, Joe Kelly, Chuck Girard.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Annies Song - John Denver



John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist, poet, photographer and avid pilot. One of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. He was named Poet Laureate of Colorado in 1977.[2] Songs such as "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso" attained worldwide popularity.

Peter Paul & Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon



Peter, Paul and Mary were an American folk-singing trio who ultimately became one of the biggest acts of the 1960s. The trio was composed of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers.

Brian Hyland - Sealed with a Kiss



Brian Hyland (born November 12, 1943, Woodhaven, Queens, New York) is an American pop recording artist who was particularly successful during the early 1960s. He continued recording into the 1970s. Allmusic journalist Jason Ankeny states, "Hyland's puppy-love pop virtually defined the sound and sensibility of bubblegum during the pre-Beatles era." Although his status as a teen idol faded, he went on to release several country-influenced albums and had further chart hits later in his career.
One of my favorites.