#22-Mayamalavagowla-The Raga with the Freshness of Morning Dew !

Mayamalavagowla is the 3rd raga in the 3rd Chakra – The Agni Chakra. Three kinds of fire is stated in the Vedas – Dakshina, Ahvaniya and  Garhapadya. The mythological trinity are Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. In Mind, Body and Soul Chakra – Chakra 3 is Sacral or Kundalini Chakra which rules over the pleasure  centers. Ragas are believed to affect various “chakras” (energy centers or moods) in the path of the Kundalini. Aptly Mayamalavagowla belongs to the Sacral/Kundalini Chakra. Singing this raga in alignment with the Sruthi and with complete devotion leads to spiritual enlightenment or illumination. It is the 15th Melakarta ragam in  the 72 melakarta raga system of Carnatic music.It can be called the gateway to Carnatic music.

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#33-Expect less from Others but MORE FROM YOURSELF

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously  for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

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#4-Vakra Janta Varisai Class with Students

The term Vakra refers to ‘crooked’; referring to a scale or pattern that follows a curved, zigzag pattern. The swaras that makes up these varisais may go up and down- for example  2 steps forward one step back or include a janta pattern along with a note with elongation lke SS R S,R. Here SS is jantai pattern which have twin swaras and S,R is a swara phrase with Karvai or elongation. The swaras are not in regular/sequential ascending or descending pattern.

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#29-The Secret of Lifelong Happiness – Live in the “NOW”

It really tires us out when the mind is flooded by a million little thoughts pulling us in a million different directions. But at times we really get involved in what  we are doing and our mind is fully occupied by that single thought alone. This happens to me when I am listening to a particular composition thinking just about the beauty of the lyrics or the message that it conveys. This also happens when I am totally engrossed in cooking the most favourite dish for my kids/husband. Hours seem to pass by in minutes especially when I sit to write a piece of article for my friends who visit my blog. The only thing that matters me is what I am doing at that particular moment.Nothing else counts. Probably the times when I felt most peaceful and happy . I am learning to just live for today.

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