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."

Thursday, March 03, 2016

कल्याणा, छाटी उडाली!...Kalyan Dive

Today March 3 2016, Magh Krushna 9 (माघ वद्य ९), is Das Navami (दास नवमी)... death anniversary of Samarth Ramdas (समर्थ रामदास), the last great Marathi poet

When we went to Sajjangad (सज्जनगड) in July 2015- our maiden visit, the first place I wanted to see was the point from where Kalyanswami (कल्याणस्वामी) supposedly dived into the valley to fetch Samarth's  scarf. ( As I stood at the point and looked down the valley, I once again thought he surely did NOT actuality dive, as potrayed in the picture below, but the myth proved the faith in his guru.)

I was so eager to visit that point because of a little book I kept reading during my childhood and was fascinated by the pictures in it. Fortunately, I still have the book and when occasionally I thumb through it, it brings back memories.



Artist: J B Dikshit (जि भि दीक्षित ), 

'Sreesamarthcharitramrut' (श्रीसमर्थचरित्रामृत), First published on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi, year 1957

[I just wonder if Mr. Dikshit knew 'flying' superheroes like Batman (1939-) and Superman (1938-) when he drew this or this was based only on his imagination.]



The point on Sajjangad today, named 'Kalyan Udi Smarak' (कल्याण उडी स्मारक)

2 comments:

mannab said...

सप्रेम नमस्कार
आपण ज्या पुस्तकाचा उल्लेख केला आहे त्याचे लेखक कै. तुळजापूरकर आहेत असे वाटते. माझ्यापाशी या पुस्तकाची प्रत आहे. पण मला ती शोधून काढावी लागेल म्हणून आपल्याला सहज विचारले एवढेच. आपण केलेले हे समर्थांचे स्मरण आवडले.
मंगेश नाबर

Aniruddha G. Kulkarni said...

Thanks....no the writer is NOT Mr. Tuljapurkar...the credit is give as follows:

संग्राहक: वा दा पळणिटकर गुरुजी
संयोजक: म ना सबनीस
साहाय्यक: प्रा ना सबनीस

no one is called writer...the team seems to have taken very honest and humble position