Guiding Light of The Month

O Lord, how ardently do I call and implore Thy love! Grant that my aspiration may be intense enough to awaken the same aspiration everywhere: oh, may good- ness, justice and peace reign as supreme masters, may ignorant egoism be overcome, darkness be suddenly illu- minated by Thy pure Light; may the blind see, the deaf hear, may Thy law be proclaimed in every place and, in a constantly progressive union, in an ever more perfect harmony, may all, like one single being, stretch out their arms towards Thee to identify themselves with Thee and manifest Thee upon earth. - The Mother

Joy of Strings

A french tampura and a french veena has joined arms to make an Indian harp. Moving the strings of tampura vibrates the sound of waves washing the shore, the sound of OM. Dancing the fingers on Veena brings forth a sweet rhythm, very pleasing, very colourful. Recently, I got an interesting musical instrument from Swaram, a unit of Auroville dedicated to musical research and innovation in instruments. It is called as Anantar and I call it as the joy of strings.

The left arm fingers can softly move over the strings of tampura, creating a gentle background as of a moving river, and the right arm fingers can work on strings of veena creating a rhythm in tune with the silvery background. Songs of lightness, a little fast can be played on the strings. The eight strings are tuned to the scale, C D E F G A B C. It is indeed a joyful instrument to be with J


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