music has no religion

Artist of the 51 Week 2011 = Bharat Ratna Ustad Bismillah khanUstad Bismillah Khan (Urdu: استاد بسم اللہ خان صاحب; March 21, 1916 – August 21, 2006) was an Indian shehnai maestro. He was the third classical musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna (in 2001), the highest civilian honour in India and gained worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades.

music = harmony with God

Though a pious Shi’ite Muslim, he was also, like many Indian musicians, regardless of religion, a devotee of Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of wisdom and arts, and often played at Hindu temples, including the famous Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, on the banks of the river Ganges. He also performed for spiritual master Prem Rawat.

Khan had the rare honor of performing at Delhi’s Red Fort on the eve of India’s Independence in 1947. He also performed raga Kafi from the Red Fort on the eve of India’s first Republic Day ceremony, on January 26, 1950. 

His recital had become a cultural part of India’s Independence Day celebrations, telecast on Doordarshan every year on August 15. After the prime minister’s speech from Lal Qila (the Red Fort,) in Old Delhi, Doordarshan would broadcast a live performance by the shehnai maestro. This tradition dated from the days of Pandit Nehru.

Bismillah Khan was perhaps single-handedly responsible for making the shehnai a famous classical instrument. He brought the shehnai to the center stage of Indian music with his concert in the Calcutta All India Music Conference in 1937. He was credited with having almost monopoly over the instrument as he and the shehnai are almost synonyms.

Khan is one of the finest musicians in post-independent Indian classical music and one of the best examples of Hindu-Muslim unity in India. He played shehnai to audience across the world. 

The Government of India declared a day of national mourning on his death. His body along with a Shehnai was buried at Fatemain burial ground of old Varanasi under a neem tree with 21-gun salute from Indian Army.

Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, instituted the ‘Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar’ in 2007, in his honour. It is given to young artists in the field of music, theatre and dance.

“ Even if the world ends, the music will still survive. ”

“ Music has no caste. ”

TAO TE CHING = CHAPTER 7 = complete

wisdom notes

Tao Te Ching is a ocean of wisdom and many wise people has translated this …. out of many …..few are listed on this page …… but to give this chapter a symbol which will relate to the essence for chapter 7 = complete ……so thought of ……

Lighthouse …..

a symbol of inner light ….

a symbol of guide in the darkness …..

a symbol of selfless service …….

a symbol of human values …..

so also found a poem ….

The Lighthouse

The mighty lighthouse stands secure,
Undaunted by the restless sea;
Ravaged by the changing tides
And buffeted by winds blown free.

Yet, it sheds its beacon straight and true,
Unfaltering in the bleakest night,
Guiding every passing ship
Uncertain of the course that’s right.

May we be diligent and true,
Dedicated to the right
And like the stalwart lighthouse stand
A beacon in the darkest night.

…Becky Jennings

be a light house for future generations … a light house for now … guided by our inner light …..

love all.

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TAO TE CHING = CHAPTER 7 = complete

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Heaven endures; Earth lasts a long time.

The reason why Heaven and Earth can endure and last a long time-

Is that they do not live for themselves.

Therefore they can long endure.

Therefore the Sage:

Puts himself in the background yet finds himself in the foreground;

Puts self-concern out of his mind, yet finds his self-concern is preserved.

Is it not because he has no self-interest,

That he is therefore able to realize his self-interest?

-Translation of Robert G. Henricks

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Tao Te Jing: Chapter 7 = complete

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Heaven and earth last forever.

The reason why heaven and earth last forever
is that they do not live for themselves.
Hence, they last forever.

Therefore, the True Person leaves self behind
and thus is found in front,
is not guarded and thus is preserved,
is self-free and thus is able to find fulfilment.

English text credits :

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 7 = complete

wisdom notes

Heaven and Earth go on forever.
Because they have no sense of self.

The Wise advance
by holding back.

They lose themselves,
and find the Whole. [*]

Fulfillment comes from selflessness.

translated by Timothy Freke (1999)

Body = true guru and true guide

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every morning after I wake up …..first is prayer to God ….and then gratitude to my bed ….room ….and finally to my own body ….a gift from parents which will help me in mirroring God ……today is special because it is my birthday … so will talk about……… Body = true guru and true guide 

Every journey of self awareness, whether that is spiritual, practical, religious or scientific, we have moments when we have to reassess the outcome and redetermine our path and question our decision to continue on. 

It would be great if we could keep on feeling positive and motivational at all times, and the endless happiness that we felt on the path would lead us to lot of soul searching,…… ultimate destination for self realisation.

The fact is, the body we have during this lifetime is the only one we have got for our spiritual growth, we know that we will continue on this journey, and that we are going to have more beauty and love in our life because of it. 

we have to remember to maintain our bodies as well and take good care of ourself and the more we know about ourself, the easier it becomes to take body for granted as guru or a teacher to fulfill its obligation to guide till final frontier in time to timelessness.

Our body is like a car , we all are driver of car . Creator is sitting with us inside , to keep car clean we travel comfortably between life and death of body, to keep drive clean creator comes closer.

1. keep the body clean from outside or healthy, 

2. keep it clean from inside or sensitive,

3. drive carefully means do not hurt any body in any way. 

4. give fellow passengers good journey means take care of your family, society, and nature.

When the driver is good, driver need not worry about the owner, the owner will worry about the driver . we become good driver , the creator will always remain with us.

Life is a rare opportunity for driver to come closer to creator to become one with creator.

car music is within the car only.

Distance has no meaning , meaning is how we cover it.

A good driver or knower uses own head lights instead of blind following in the darkness.

love all.

(c) ram0ram ……… freedom to right copy and share