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, April 08, 2014

Urmila, Three Salutes to You...Or Is It? उर्मिले, त्रिवार वंदन तुला?

Today April 8 2014 is Shriram Navami

I don't know much about Urmila, Laxman's wife in Ramayana.

But generally, I had heard some good things about her. 

The following wonderful song in Marathi, for instance,  written by Raja Mangalvedhekar ( राजा मंगळवेढेकर), composed by Prabhakar Jog ( प्रभाकर जोग), sung by Ram Phatak (राम फाटक) praises her.

You may listen to it here

"उर्मिले, त्रिवार वंदन तुला !

त्यजुनि राजसुख जरी जानकी
वनात गेली प्रभु-सांगाती
राजमंदिरी तूच साहिल्या वियोगातल्या कळा !

सतत साउलीसम रामाला
भ्राता लक्ष्मण कृतार्थ झाला
तुझ्या मनातिल मुक्या भावना, कधी न तो उमगला !

अंधारातिल तू ज्योतीसम
आयु वेचिले अपुले कण कण
सुख-तृप्‍तीचा कधि न तुला गे वाराही लाभला !

राम-जानकी वियोगातुनी
घडले रामायण हे भुवनी
तुझी तपस्या, तुझा त्याग परि नच लोकी ठसला !

थोरचरित तू, दूर राहुनी
सुगंध भरला तू रामायणि
उपेक्षाच परि तुझ्या कपाळी न्याय जगी आगळा !"

Imagine my shock when I saw the following picture.


"Indian Mythology has it's very own Sleeping Beauty!"

 Art by Saboo Achu

courtesy: The Amar Chitra Katha Studio page on FB

 Apart from the fact that she doesn't look all that beautiful, Urmila slept for 14 years!

She took all the sleep of Lakshmana so that he could remain awake and ever attentive to Rama and Sita’s needs. Even if that is so, she should have been awake for at least 8 hours of the day.

The song says:

 "तुझ्या मनातिल मुक्या भावना, कधी न तो उमगला !"

(He never understood your unspoken feelings)...How couldn't he have? He surely would have asked why she slept for that long...Was she feeling that unwell?

The song further says:

 "अंधारातिल तू ज्योतीसम
आयु वेचिले अपुले कण कण
सुख-तृप्‍तीचा कधि न तुला गे वाराही लाभला !"

(You pecked flame-like bright spots of your life in darkness...you never enjoyed breeze of bliss...)

Sure if you sleep for 14 years, it's all darkness around you.

तुझी तपस्या, तुझा त्याग परि नच लोकी ठसला !

(Your penance, your sacrifice did not register on collective memory of the people.)

How can it if you disappear, for 14 years, from people's sight?

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