- Celebrating Makar Sankranti
- Vasant Panchami – Saraswati Puja
- Maha Shivratri – Celebrating Lord Shiva
- Holi – The Festival of Colors
- Why Celebrate Ramanavami?
- Guru Poornima – Celebrating the Guru
- Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi – The Bond of Love and Protection
- Janmashtami – Celebrating Lord Krishna
- Sharad Poornima – The beginning of Autumn
- Durga Ashtami – Eighth Day of Navaratri
- Navaratri – Celebrating the Goddesses
- On VijayDashami and Spirituality
- Diwali – Lakshmi and Ganesha Puja
- Thinkers and Essays
Pandit Jasraj is one of my favorite classical singers. he has the ability to make you close your eyes and transport you to the land of peace and meditation. I share with you one of my favorite compositions – a simple, slow, moving, yearning call to the Goddess Durga. He has taken these few simple lines and transformed them into an incredibly powerful call or invocation to the Goddess.
merI ek a.Ntar abhilaasha, pUro mayyaa, begI aavo, darasa dikhaa,
mayyaa merI, kyo.N nahI.N aavata, bichha.Daa baalaka ro ro pukaarata,
mujhe auro.N se nahI.N aasa..
मेरी एक अँतर अभिलाश, पूरो मय्या, बेगी आवो, दरस दिखा,
मय्या मेरी, क्योँ नहीँ आवत, बिछड़ा बालक रो रो पुकारत,
मुझे औरोँ से नहीँ आस..
“I have only one desire – please come and show me your face – dear mother, why don’t you come – this soul is lost without seeing you – I have no desire of any other vision!”
I hope you enjoy the full version (see amazon.com link below) – it is eleven minutes of sheer bliss…