Sunday, October 08, 2006

Enjoy the Soothing Effect of Sufiana

By Syed Wajid Ali - The Times Of India
Mon 06 March, 2006

Sufism is a mystical dimension of Islam, transcending all religions. It is a way of experiencing truth and self-realisation and in the process takes the seeker on a path of serenity, piety and divinity by means of love and devotion to God.
Truth is the substance. Truth is the courage of each, it is the power of flight; some fly and some remain in the garden, some go beyond the stars.
Sufi music is evolved and illuminated. It is the enchanting outcome of the interface between Hinduism and Islam. The word ‘sufi’ comes from the Arabic word ‘suf’ which means pure.
Sufi music is all about the relationship between the moods of the lover-poet-saint and the beloved. Sufism originated with the foundation of the Chishti order in Khorasam, Persia. Sufi compositions contain effusive verses with an esoteric dimension written in an ornate language.
Sufi poetry has found expression in several languages like Persian, Arabic, Awadhi Bruj, Khariboli and Punjabi. Hazrat Amir Khusrau, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Baba Bulle Shah, Ghulam Farid and Allama-Iqbal were some of the finest Sufi exponents.

Dargah Sharif at Ajmer resting place of Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is renowned for its qawwals and is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is where one can feel intensely the Sufi experience.
Particularly on Thursdays, the entire area of the Dargah Sharif is suffused with spirituality. Qawwalis, raga-based compositions, are sung in tandem with the combination of harmonium and tabla. This is followed by ecstatic and vigorous clapping, repetitive and forceful, making the listener experience a spiritual high.
Renowned qawwals like Farid and Chand Nizami, Ghulam and Sultan Hussain Niyazi and Hamsar from the Delhi Gharana display the art with perfect synchronisation of percussionists in a chorus, transporting the audience out of the world.

Experiencing limitlessness, participants and listeners sway some even announce that they are renouncing all possessions and relate to the beats of the chorus, a blending of sufi art and music, what is called sufiana.
Amir Khusrau’s poetry straddles the earthy Hindi, Bruj, and sophisticated Persian, unravelling layers of meaning and nuances. His poetry provides the base to thirsty wanderers, to rejoice and meditate on the fundamental mystery of life.
He created divine musical poetry that reached out to truth. His interest in Indian ragas created mesmeric blends of Arabic and Iranian compositions.
Sufism transcends all boundaries of language and religion. Sufi music has the power to heal and its philosophy has a soothing effect. Qawwali is an expression of love between the lover and the beloved that elevates the spirit, bringing God and performer together.
It deepens love and devotion to God, making the listener exalt in spiritual ecstasy and frenzy. In such exaltations, the listener could slip into a mystical trance.
Qawwali recitals whether of Qual, Basant, Rang, Kaafi, Hamd or Naat incorporate classical and folk music, borrowing from forms like tarana, dadra, thumri and khyal. The eclectic synthesis produces a mesmerising effect, generating a feeling of tranquillity.

1 comment:

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


sushil_yadav

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Enjoy the Soothing Effect of Sufiana
By Syed Wajid Ali - The Times Of India
Mon 06 March, 2006

Sufism is a mystical dimension of Islam, transcending all religions. It is a way of experiencing truth and self-realisation and in the process takes the seeker on a path of serenity, piety and divinity by means of love and devotion to God.
Truth is the substance. Truth is the courage of each, it is the power of flight; some fly and some remain in the garden, some go beyond the stars.
Sufi music is evolved and illuminated. It is the enchanting outcome of the interface between Hinduism and Islam. The word ‘sufi’ comes from the Arabic word ‘suf’ which means pure.
Sufi music is all about the relationship between the moods of the lover-poet-saint and the beloved. Sufism originated with the foundation of the Chishti order in Khorasam, Persia. Sufi compositions contain effusive verses with an esoteric dimension written in an ornate language.
Sufi poetry has found expression in several languages like Persian, Arabic, Awadhi Bruj, Khariboli and Punjabi. Hazrat Amir Khusrau, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, Baba Bulle Shah, Ghulam Farid and Allama-Iqbal were some of the finest Sufi exponents.

Dargah Sharif at Ajmer resting place of Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is renowned for its qawwals and is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is where one can feel intensely the Sufi experience.
Particularly on Thursdays, the entire area of the Dargah Sharif is suffused with spirituality. Qawwalis, raga-based compositions, are sung in tandem with the combination of harmonium and tabla. This is followed by ecstatic and vigorous clapping, repetitive and forceful, making the listener experience a spiritual high.
Renowned qawwals like Farid and Chand Nizami, Ghulam and Sultan Hussain Niyazi and Hamsar from the Delhi Gharana display the art with perfect synchronisation of percussionists in a chorus, transporting the audience out of the world.

Experiencing limitlessness, participants and listeners sway some even announce that they are renouncing all possessions and relate to the beats of the chorus, a blending of sufi art and music, what is called sufiana.
Amir Khusrau’s poetry straddles the earthy Hindi, Bruj, and sophisticated Persian, unravelling layers of meaning and nuances. His poetry provides the base to thirsty wanderers, to rejoice and meditate on the fundamental mystery of life.
He created divine musical poetry that reached out to truth. His interest in Indian ragas created mesmeric blends of Arabic and Iranian compositions.
Sufism transcends all boundaries of language and religion. Sufi music has the power to heal and its philosophy has a soothing effect. Qawwali is an expression of love between the lover and the beloved that elevates the spirit, bringing God and performer together.
It deepens love and devotion to God, making the listener exalt in spiritual ecstasy and frenzy. In such exaltations, the listener could slip into a mystical trance.
Qawwali recitals whether of Qual, Basant, Rang, Kaafi, Hamd or Naat incorporate classical and folk music, borrowing from forms like tarana, dadra, thumri and khyal. The eclectic synthesis produces a mesmerising effect, generating a feeling of tranquillity.

1 comment:

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

EarthNewsWire


sushil_yadav