asatoma sadgamaya

This post could have been the result of me visiting any place, but, fortunately I was at one of my favorite locations – Chamundi Hill, Mysore.

asatoma sadgamaya tamasoma jyotirgamaya mrutyorma amrutangamaya Om! Shantih Shantih Shantih

This prayer (from Upanishads) just clicked into my mind as I approached the foothills of Chamundi Hill and stayed with me for the rest of the day. Why did I remember a prayer which I was forced to by-heart during my primary school days? The reason being, a close friend of mine just 4 days before had told me tha he would start a “kannada” blog by the name “asatoma sadgamaya”, at that instant I could recollect the entire prayer – this surprised me, as I always thought myself to have a poor memory. I also had asked my friend what it meant, after learning the prayers meaning, I was slightly happy, owing to the fact that I was singing this prayer for 7 years of my life, and at the same time angry at my primary school teachers for not elucidating this profound prayer.

 

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 Oh God! Lead us from

 

non-existence to existence (wrong to right)..

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darkness to light (ignorance to knowledge)..

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mortality to immortality..
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May there be peace everywhere..

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 Date:26th June 2006

 

Comments

  1. Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya,Asato Ma Sadgamaya,Mrutyorma Amritamgamaya! 🙂Great pictures, as usual! Loved first one, especially! Nirwa

  2. The picture showing the silhoutte of satellite dish and the ‘gopura’ is simply fabulous! So also the b/w pic. of Mahisha!

  3. Anonymous says:

    searching for answers in pilgrimage ?does land have anything to do with the your spiritual quest?why blame the teacher when you did not try to understand it on your own then. ?

  4. Nirwa: me too, I liked the first one, the cloud formation is surreal. It looks like the temple is producing the clouds from its Gopura.RK: thanks RK, have not been able to spend much time reading other’s blogs. For that Mahisha picture, i spent a little too much time exploring all possible angles to take the picture. seeing this a old man sitting over there told me to hurry for the darshana of goddess chamundeshwari. 9/10 times i go to chamundi hill, i will not go inside the temple, this visit falls inside that 9 visits.anonymous: you can mention your name in the comment. Well, most people undertake a pilgrimage when they want answers. Yes, its definitely easy to become spiritual when we visit places like chamunidi hill, than just sitting in a closed room. yes, partly it was my responsibility too, I should have tried understanding what my early morning prayer meant, but, the school’s duty is to make the students understand the prayer that they are made to sing every day.

  5. Anonymous says:

    what is there in a name? why do you want my name? would that change your response? Well the idea when i said that does land have anything to do with spiritual quest, i did not mean a closed space.. land is not closed .. land is the vast earth that you inherit when you are born.. maybe you cannot be spiritual in the buzz of london or in the fast paced life of mumbai.. but those are not the places that you seek for your spiritual enlightenment either.. did you not find peace in the calmness of the foreign lands that you already visited?

  6. anonymous: Its your choice, you can remain anonymous, but, what is the necessity to hide behind the “anonymous” tag. If you think my response will change by knowledge of your name, Im sorry to say that you are wrong.Definitely, one can become spiritual practically anywhere, but, its easy to become spiritual at certain places like hills, forests, Waterfalls… where one can observe the full diversity of this planet. Need I answer your last Question?

  7. Anoop, ee reethi(anamadheya) comment maadora bagge nanna blognalli bardhidheeni. neevu odhbeku antha nanna aase.dhanyavaada, rk.

  8. The heading “mortality to immortality…” suited aptly for the picture of the mortal signal receivers to the immortality of the temple head. Wonderful pictures. keep us posted these beauties 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    ee rrethi athwa aa reethi yene reethiyalli comment baredaru, adanna yaru helidaruuu … matinalliruva artha mukhyave horetu adana helidavanalla.. hail anon.. 🙂well i do not wink at girls in daylight or at night :-)…

  10. Anonymous says:

    also if you think that the comments are veering you away from the topic in question.. i shall stop here.. your private space.. let me know if anything i said was inappropriate..

  11. srik: you are the connoisseur, I’m the artist. I can only put forth my art-piece, its your imagination that makes you appreciate it.anon: I dont think the first comment is directed towards me. No anon, you can question, even challenge me with your comments, I will only try to explain my standpoint. And if Im wrong, will accept defeat gracefully.for all: please, I dont encourage mud-slinging in this blogspace, whoever it may be. As long as the comments are in good humour, no harm done.

  12. What is the meaning of first photo? God is there in temple and very much in sky!!:) Apart from philosophical interpretations, photo is good.Last two are also good. Peace everywhere in the last photograph or may be you have cropped and retained right portion! Anyway, good effect. In “mortality to immortality…” for me mortal (antenna) looks better than the temple! I feel, the Oscar goes to second one. Mahisha, who scores 10/10 against 1/10 of Chamindi:) Your efforts not wasted. Overall a good blog.

  13. anon coward says:

    why should things be about someone being right or wrong.. somethings which are right in one context can be wrong in another.. well whatever.. anoop, in all the responses to me you seem to have gotten the idea that somethings are right and some arguments are for winning.. well they may not be in all cases. i am changing my name to anon coward to create a unique identity among the anonymous users.. well it can only be unique as long as no one in this page uses it 🙂photos are good.. i liked the sun being along the left hand side of the pic, which reminded me of some of the sunsets as watched from chamundi whilst in the company of good friends.Continuing with the useless banter that we are having..“Its your choice, you can remain anonymous, but, what is the necessity to hide behind the “anonymous” tag. If you think my response will change by knowledge of your name, Im sorry to say that you are wrong” It was a question to you.. would your response change if i were to name myself.. what is there to be right or wrong here.

  14. P Kalyan: There is no meaning in any of the photos, and they are not one-to-one related to the prayers translation. “pantre”, im not giving any interpretations, it is for you to interpret, my job is only to present my work. The last photo was taken, to get the lake also in frame. After all our city is named after Mahisha, not after Goddess Chamundi, so, Mahisha-sura deserves the credit. 🙂anon (coward? or brave?): anon-avare, what should I write in response, ella neeve baredu bisaak-bittiddira 🙂

  15. Anonymous says:

    lead us from the nonexistent to existent! i imagine nonexistent as maya an illusion that makes actually makes us feel its real. and the existent is the primordial energy that we will begin to experience when we transcend from the raw to the subtle. photograph 1 doesnt convey this and its been said , it wasnt supposed to be like that too.good pictures!!!-walking the lonely road the one that i have ever known

  16. anonymous: there is only one person whom i know who has such a vocabulary.

  17. update maadi saar!

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