[Advaita-l] Svarita in RV and YV (was Re: SRI SUKTAM - Meaning)
vaidix at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 6 10:06:05 CST 2009
Jaldharji has suggested the fastest possible method for you to learn all that
you want to learn. If you get the brahmajnana all these subjects will reveal
themselves to you without asking for books and literature.
In fact to go one step further, there are upanishats which even say one should
become a brahmana (at least by end of life), so you can very well raise yourself
from your current (whatever) level.
Many foreigners wasted their own time and our time trying to explore these
subjects in adhoc manner, using the ideas to create other subjects. In fact
use of English words like mind, vowel, consonant, tone, tune etc is the first
mental block in understanding Hindu books. Otherwise it is all garbage in
garbage out. Nevertheless some of the works by foreign scholars is valuable
because they included some explanatory notes by traditional Hindu scholars
who lived in 19th century. Some foreign scholars even claim they have left
Panini behind and made improvements in theory of grammar.
Having said that, some of the Indian experimenters did their part in adding
to confusion, as Shri Vidyasankar quoted instances of vedas being chanted
to tunes of Carnatic music. However well intentioned these efforts are futile.
The first requirement is always study of the six darshanas and mimamsas
as per one's own family tradition and one's own self interest. If you do not
have family tradition you can very wel start one, but stay warned how much
it will be accepted by existing scholars.
This does not mean there were no genuine musicians who made sincere attempts:
I heard Late Shri Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan's rendering of Nagumomu in which he
played vedic accents on violin by intellligently changing the tempo from carnatic
to vedic and back to carnatic. Being a scholar is one thing. Being a poet is
another thing. Scholars can only analyze and dissect. Poets can create.
Admittedly every one is a poet at heart, our attempt should be to bring out
that aspect instead of just being a scholar, and that is the very reason why
we like become the creator by first attempting to reach advaita. Art in any
form needs the heart of an artist. Poetry is also an art. In poetry again it can
be prose (vedic brahmanas) or it may be simple vrttas and slokas like
Bhajagovindam, ragas of carnatic music, or vedic chants and samas
(in the order of increasing complexity). Each type of literary work has
its own place, and all poetry needs the poet's creative heart.
Research on convertibility from one form to another is also a poet's domain.
Interchange between vedic and carnatic is indeed possible but you have to
do a lot of circus, it won't be that simple. We will cross the bridge when we
get to it. Till them let us practice advaita.
(If you are just interested in doing your own thing and want some references
irrespective of tradition to come to your own conclusions, you can try Indology list.)
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