G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Echoes of Soundarya Lahari...Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini




Artist: Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini 



"How Uma Became ParvatiChange is at the heart of many religions and all good stories. 

This illustration depicts the dance through which Uma changes form into the hideous goddess Kalee - developing a third eye and dripping blood. I know that Daniela relished conveying the darkness and raw power of this scene. This illustration clearly shows the influence of Aubrey Beardsley, both in its exploration of female psychology and its striking deployment of line. Thankfully, this terrible transformation is only temporary, as Uma later becomes the beautiful Parvati"

(The Guardian, August 8 2013)

Wikipedia:

"Soundarya Lahari's hundred and three shlokas (verses) eulogize the beauty, grace and munificence of Goddess Parvati / Dakshayani, consort of Shiva."

"निसर्ग-क्षीणस्य स्तनतट-भरेण क्लमजुषो
नमन्मूर्ते र्नारीतिलक शनकै-स्त्रुट्यत इव ।
चिरं ते मध्यस्य त्रुटित तटिनी-तीर-तरुणा
समावस्था-स्थेम्नो भवतु कुशलं शैलतनये ॥ 79 ॥"


source: http://www.vignanam.org/veda/soundarya-lahari-devanagari.html

[("Oh daughter of the mountain,
You who is the greatest among women,
Long live your pretty hips,
Which look fragile,
Which are by nature tiny,
Which are strained by your heavy breasts,
And hence slightly bent,
And which look like the tree,
In the eroded banks of a rushing river."), translation by  P. R. Ramachander
     
http://shankaracharya.org/soundarya_lahari.php]

3 comments:

Deepak Saraswat said...

Dear Sir

Illustration is mind blowing the way it shows beautiful breasts,open shouting mouth,whirlpool like movements,and again the picture is drawn from such view as if we are looking from over head to it ,really beautiful !
Also i always wonder when our saints praise the Goddess or otherwise also use extremely open sexy words,(though celibacy is considered highest virtue)i always feel do they suppress their natural desires? does their sub conscious always revolve around sex? which may be finding way out through these lyrics.In many of the stanzas of Saundaryalahri one finds this.Of course it is very beautifully written but.

This also reminds me one funny incident once i was attending a local leader,s speech while speaking on politics suddenly out of no context he started speaking now a days so many rapes are taking place,women should take care of their dress selection etc it was some years ago no rape cases like Delhi etc were even in discussion at that time.I think it was going on in his mind.
Our great Marathi saint Eknath also written this various sexiest bharud like (sadguru may kuntin zali mazi ) and many others see here
http://www.khapre.org/portal/url/mr/sahitya/bharude/index
Osho has talked many times about this Suppression here is interesting Tarot Card shown on Suppression and commentary of Osho on it.It might interest you.

http://www.osho.com/magazine/tarot/TarotCardNew.cfm?All=Yes&Nr=48

Thanks for the beautiful post

Deepak Saraswat said...

I was talking about this Bharud.

सद्‌गुरुमाय कुंटीण झाली माझी । व्यभिचारा ठेविलें साये आजी ॥ध्रु०॥

अद्वैताचा मज पांघरविला शेला । एकान्तासी तिणें चालविलें मला ॥ १ ॥

परपुरुषाचे शेजेवरी नेउनी घातली । मागल्याची सोय सोडविती झाली ॥ २ ॥

भ्रांति पदर काढुनी ओढिती झाली । आलिंगन घ्यावया सरसावली ॥ ३ ॥

वासनेचे कंचुक सोडियेले । मायामय कुच हे मर्दियेले ॥ ४ ॥

जीवशिव मिठी घाली धरी आवळून । करून ऐक्यता माझें चुंबिलें वदन ॥ ५ ॥

अलक्ष पदातींत घातलें आसन । देहातीत भोगिला भोग त्याणें ॥ ६ ॥

एका जनार्दनीं भोळी नारी । परपुरुष भोगी निरंतरीं ॥ ७ ॥

Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

Thanks Deepak.

Issues you raise are valid, intriguing and complex.

"does their sub conscious always revolve around sex?"...Who am I to answer this? Didn't great Freud spend his life time answering it?

But Marathi saint-poets have largely avoided talking about the subject because they embraced only some aspects of Krishna-bhakti...Vinoba has written wonderfully about it...

I will visit suggested sites by you.

best,