From my dad. Movie: Ratha Thilagam  Music by: K. V. Mahadevan Lyrics: Kannadasan Singer : TMS In the movie this song is shown as Kannadasan himself singing on the stage at a college function. The song is introduced as “based on Omar Khayyam’s Philosophy” sung by an old student. The lyrics can also be … [Read more…]
This translation is by my dad! When we were children, he would play many old songs and that is how my interest and appreciation for these songs developed. As I grew up I found the meanings and lyrics so beautiful and I started translating them into English so that a wider audience can enjoy them. … [Read more…]
It’s a full moon night, a forest with mist and dew
On a narrow footpath, walking with you
This poem was written on July 4th 2011. I finally feel like it ok for the world to see this on her 4th death anniversary. I have no words. I have to try. I’d rather not think about you or talk about you. It pulls me to the bottom of the deep dark oceans. It’s … [Read more…]
If you go deep enough into one thing, you will reach the infinity of existence within it. This is true of all fields. A musician touches the infinite connection when touched with inspiration. Tunes are given, just as words to an inspired poet. Given from where?
Flaming leaves leave the light grip of their branches and swirl
Round and round
Full green trees Soft summer breeze Ripe Nectarines Nectarines invite With fruity fragrance Tempt a juicy bite The grass is deep Big boys play A whiff to keep Long days Grand sunsets Happy haze
I believe the time has come when, just as children of the Occident grow out of Santa Clause, we as humanity need to grow out of the delusion of an external god.
If god is everything, there is no need for a god at all; merely the understanding of the interconnected nature of existence itself, and the laws of physics, discovered and undiscovered, that govern it. At this early point in our spiritual evolution we, as a species, may seek more growth at the material level in the form of accumulation of monetary assets and comforts, but I would dare to hope that at some point, more of us would look to less limited realms; towards our highest mental, emotional, physical and spiritual potentials.
When I expressed my moderate and tolerant views to him and asked why not respect everyone’s faith and let them believe whatever they want, he opened the books one by one and showed me sections in which there is use of extreme violence towards children, unfair treatment of women and the brutality with which they dealt with non-believing communities in the name of god. This violence was justified and considered right in the religion. I was so utterly disappointed in these ‘holy’ books. I was so disillusioned and emotionally affected by these sections…
Of equilibrium and harmony between the mind and the body. Of the layers of existence beyond the material level and how some advanced exercises lead to more optimal use of the brain and body. I have come across several papers since I started my career in neuroscience where meditation has been used to reduce chronic pain, depression and other ailments.