Bhama to Obama, Hanuman Ready For Flight

Barack Obama

Barack Obama


Bhama to Obama, Hanuman Ready For Flight
25 Jun 2008, 0306 hrs IST, Swati Roy,TNN

NEW DELHI: The endearing and much revered Hanuman is apparently one of the ‘charms’ behind Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate for 2008. The Hanuman connection now has Obama striking a chord beyond US borders. On Tuesday, All India Congress Committee member, Brij Mohan Bhama, presented a two-foot high, gold-plated idol of Hanuman to Carolyn Sauvage, chairperson of Democrats Abroad India, a gift that he hopes will finally reach Obama himself.

Bhama’s gift for Obama was given at a special prayer performed by 12 priests at the Sankat Mochan Dham on Pusa Road on Tuesday afternoon. The prayer, arranged by the Sankat Mochan Dham Trust, was also a show of support for Obama’s entry into the White House as it invoked Lord Hanuman for his blessings for Obama’s victory.

Bhama claims that while he has always been a supporter of Obama, the Democratic candidate’s devotion to Hanuman has strengthened his backing. “Barack Obama is a Hanuman devotee and so am I — hence I thought I should gift him the idol,” said Bhama.

Carolyn Sauvage was herself presented with a garland and made to wear a decorated turban by Bhama. Ovewhelmed by the gesture, she presented Bhama with two American flags and a badge that read ‘Obama ‘08’. While Sauvage thanked “Bhama and this community (referring to the Trust)” for the gift, she graciously reminded the hosts that she would be in-principle unable to carry anything but good wishes back to Obama. “I can only carry good wishes, as any sitting US senator cannot receive a gift of over $10 from anybody.” The idol, as Bhama informed Times City, is worth a lakh.

In face of this news, Bhama and others from the Trust remained unfazed and enthusiastic. They clearly announced that “the idol shall reach Obama 11 days from now. Till then it will be kept in the same temple and worshipped everyday.” Speaking to Times City, Bhama said: “If the idol cannot go through Ms Sauvage, someone else will carry it. In any case, the idol will reach United States of America before the final elections are held, if not just after 11 days.”

According to news reports, among Obama’s good luck charms are “a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny Madonna and child, and a tiny monkey god” though the god is not identified. The ‘tiny monkey God’ speaks of Obama’s much talked about international upbringing, and a part of his childhood days spent in Indonesia, where Hinduism is one of the religions, dominant especially in Bali.

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Hanuman

Hanuman

Indian Americans Take Note Of Barack Obama, Thanks To Hanuman

Barack Obama

Barack Obama


Indian Americans Take Note Of Barack Obama, Thanks To Hanuman
Posted at 7:12 PM ET on Jun 27, 2008
By Matthew Mosk

When it comes to American politicians, Bill Clinton has been the darling of India.

That love extended to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries — especially with respect to fundraising among Indian Americans, who grew to become a significant base of support for her White House bid.

But now a surprise revelation during an off-the-cuff exchange in Albuquerque, N.M., has turned Barack Obama into the talk of the Indian news media.

At a town hall meeting, a woman asked Obama what kept him grounded, and in response he emptied his pockets. “People are so generous to me, investing their hopes in me,” he said, holding up a cupped hand full of trinkets. “This I usually don’t show in these town hall meetings. I have all these things that people give me — all these different little good luck charms.”

One of the trinkets, it turns out, was a tiny figurine of Hanuman — the Hindu monkey god.

“It’s a big deal,” said Bhavna Pandit, 28, a political fundraising consultant based in Washington who thinks the revelations will lead to new interest in Obama among Indian American donors.

Pandit said news of the Obama trinket has swept across Indian American living rooms and through Indian newspapers and TV networks. She said the people she knows as “aunties and uncles” — women and men from her parents’ generation — are suddenly taking note of Obama in a way they had not done before. “They think it’s kind of neat. They rarely see our religion played out in the mainstream media in America.”

And, she said, “In India, they’re like, ‘Wow! The person who can be the president has a connection to us that’s very personal.'”

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Hanuman

Hanuman

Vedic Chants Into Western Ears – Role Of Music In Spiritual Growth And Healing

Vedas Manuscript

Vedas Manuscript


VEDIC CHANTS INTO WESTERN EARS
Role of music in spiritual growth and healing
– Aida Ferrarone

The sacred Vedic (associated with the Vedas, ancient Hindu scriptures) sounds are healing music to our ears.

The fast pace of contemporary life has attempted to turn humans into creatures of habits, and fashionable trends – which have even invaded the fine arts, such as music. For conforming or not conforming to the superficial social graces and artificial responsibilities of the present times, we are either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of synchronization. Such gross devaluation of the term ‘synchronization’ which, loftily considered, is true harmony of the body, mind and soul. In fact, the most important and only ‘sync’ should be the attuning of our lower self with our Higher Self and the Higher Self with the Divine. One of the ways to open and maintain this link is with genuine music; the other is meditation or prayer, and service. It has taken many trials and years for mankind to open up to this beautiful realization but, finally, we are enjoying and growing with the arrival of the exotic sounds from ancient India and its incorporation into our music.

Vedic chants, sounded to me like angelical hymns. I was attending the first Yoga Teachers Conference in Paradise Island, thirty years ago. I looked around for the source of the charming voice and found a small group of yoginis (female spiritual practitioners) in the lotus position with their eyes closed, emitting the most extraordinary sequence of Aumkaras (‘Om’ sounds). A never-ending thirst for deeper experience of Om was ignited in my heart. Similarly, millions of others were also fascinated by the wonderful potential of Om. Many of them were accomplished musicians and their work has become well known in the New Age and World Music scene. This is the healing music for the third millennium.

In the years that followed, although the Beatles included Indian sounds in their most popular songs, concerts of Vedic music were few and far apart. Master Ravi Shankar became famous and rock groups incorporated some Indian notes into their repertoire. It was a slow march but it became steady. More and more adepts in music, in search of notes for spiritual growth became fascinated by Indian chants.

In my personal story, I had turned to Hatha Yoga for healing, at the Sivananda Yoga Center, in Washington, D.C. My heart rejoiced when each session closed with the sacred Om.

In search for enlightening musical sounds, composers have turned inward and attempted to replicate the human voice with their instruments. Some of them have accomplished delightful tunes. Steven Halpern is one of them. He is a recording artist and educator who has received international acclaim for the pioneering work of using music to support programmes of personal and spiritual growth. He says, “Early in my musical training, I learned about the ancient traditions of an artist calling upon his or her Muse for inspiration, and I was blessed with the first of a series of peak experiences that demonstrated to me that this tradition was a present-day reality – not just a metaphor.” He says that before each musical session he meditates and prays for guidance and inspiration.

But there is no sound more wonderful than the human voice. Its healing power can be best appreciated when a mother sings to her newborn, or when spiritual aspirants doing certain practices which take them into spiritual ecstasy, bring out subtle delightful sound vibrations, which are the echoes of life itself. For life is sound and our body is like a musical scale. When properly tuned we have a sense of well-being and perfect self-expression. In healing music, composers searching for innovative ways to bring in the traditions of the world and develop unique music styles are turning to Vedic sounds.

In a the most recent selection of healing music, produced by Russell Charno, for The Relaxation Company, in New York, the featured artists composers claim that “healing through music is to employ the body/mind’s own wisdom and genetically programmed ability to heal itself by presenting it with the proper vibrations.”

One of the most outstanding featured artists is Amit Chatterjee. “Hindu philosophy teaches that the physical principles that govern sound are a direct reflection of the natural laws of the universe. Music composed in accordance with these laws bypasses the intellect and the mind’s conscious barriers, allowing a personal experience of the harmony and order of the universe. The ancient sages, who first explored this relationship, passed on through their disciples a method by which music could be used to promote physical and emotional balance and healing,” says the artist. He explains that for thousand of years, traditional Indian healers have been using Ragas (special tunes), therapeutically, helping their patients into a harmonious state that encourages healing.

In my heart, my romance with Vedic sounds returned to my life twenty years after my first encounter with the mantra Om. I was in India, when I heard the Gayatri Mantra sung by Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. From then on, His Divine Voice starts my day and I hope It will guide me back into Light.

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Sri Krishna - Flute Music God

Sri Krishna - Flute Music God