A Classic Chinese Love Poem

You and I
You and I are so crazy
about each other,
as hot as a potter’s fire.
Out of the same chunk
of clay, shape a you,
shape a me. Crush us
both into clay again, mix
it with water, reshape
a you, reshape a me.
So, I have you in my body,
and you’ll have me forever in yours, too.
Guan Daosheng (~1250)
translated by Qiu Xiaolong
Does this poem remind you of Kurunthokai 40 (Sangam poetry)? Click here to check out the Tamil poem and a few movie songs that express the simile of rainwater and red earth.

BHAKTHI comes to Bangalore

My latest program BHAKTHI – a musical journey with mystics will be presented at the Unnati Centre Bangalore on Sunday 25th June at 5 pm.

For more details on this program, please go to the BHAKTHI Facebook page.

Click here to understand what BHAKTHI is all about.

Rama’s Coronation

ariyaNai anuman thaanga, angadhan udaivaaL Endha,
bharathan veNkudai kavikka, iruvarum kavari pattra
virai seRi kuzhali Onga, veNNaiyur sadaiyan thangaL
marabuLOr kodukka vaangi vasittanE punaindhaan mouLi

photo: dailyo.com

The coronation of Rama is described by the Tamil poet Kanban in a beautiful word picture that paints the scene of Hanuman, Angada and Rama’s brothers holding the regalia of royalty as Vashishta, the royal guru, places the crown on Rama’s head.

BHAKTHI: A Musical Journey With Mystics – comes to Detroit

My latest program BHAKTHI – a musical journey with mystics comes to Detroit. The concert will be preceded by a short talk in which I discuss mysticism, the role of music and how mystics across time and cultures have evolved a shared experience that speaks to us even today.
Prof Mark Stone from Oakland U will be joining us on the kanjira for the concert.
Hope to see you all there.

Letting Go Is Hard

When someone breaks your heart, or when your beloved pet dies, or when your child leaves home for college (like mine did), how do you let go?

Click here to read my speech on letting go.

Snippet from Bhakthi concert in Columbus

The line is from a verse of the Bhaja Govindam, a composition in Sanskrit attributed to the 8th-century mystic Adi Shankara.


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BHAKTHI comes to the Midwest