medha sooktam

aum yaschandasAm rishabho viSvaroopah
chandobhyo dhyamrtAt sambabhoova
samendro medhayA sprNotu
amrtasya devadhArano bhooyAsam
Sareeram me vicharshanam
jihvA me madhumattamA
karnAbhyAm bhoori visruvam
bhramhaNa: kosho si medhayA pihita:
srtam me gopAya
om Santi Santi Santih

Aum is the best sound of all vedas.
It arose from the nectarine essence of the vedas.
May I hold the immortal teaching in my mind.
May my body be strong
May my speech be sweet
May I hear a lot of wisdom
O Aum, you are the receptacle of the Supreme Truth
Remove the wordly intelligence that is obstructing my knowledge of you

(from Stōtra mālā By Central Chinmaya Mission Trust):

aum medha devi jushhamaa Naa na aagaad vishvaachi bhadraa sumanasya maanaa
tvayaa jushTaa nuDamaanaa duruktaan brahad vadema vidathe suviiraaha

May the all penetrating goddess of intellect who is beneficial, favorably disposed to, delighting in us, visit us. O goddess, may we, who were delighting in futile speech before thy visit, now as a result of thy delight in us, become enlightened and also capable of expressing the supreme truth along with our heroic sons and disciples.

tvayaa jushTa rishhir bhavati devi tvayaa brahmaa aagatshrii Ruta tvayaa
tvayaa jushTa schitram vindate vasu saano jushhasva draviNo na medhe

O goddess of intellect, favored by thee, one becomes seer; one becomes a brahmana or knower of Brahman. Favored by thee one obtains manifold wealth. Being such, O goddess of intellect, delight in us.

medhAm ma indro dadAtu medhAm devi sarasvati
medhAm me ashvinaa vu bhaavaadhattAm pushhka rasrajA

May Indra grant me intelligence, May goddess Saraswati grant me intelligence. May the two Asvins wearing garlands of lotus flowers, awaken the intelligence in me. and confer on wealth.

apsara suchayA medhA gandhar veshhu cha yanmanaha
devim medhA sarasvati sAmAm medhaa surabhir jushhaTAm svaahaa

Hail the intelligence!  May that intelligence favor me that which is possessed by Apsaras, that which is mental power in Gandarvas, that intelligence expressed as the divine vedic lore and that intelligence which spreads like fragrance.

Aamaam medhaa surabhirr vishvaruupaa hiranya varnaa jagatii jagamyaam
Uurja svatii paya sA pinva mAnA sAmAm medhA suprateekaa jushhantaam

May that goddess of intelligence, come to me with a joyful face and favor me – That goddess of intelligence who is pervasive like fragrance, who is capable of examining all objects, who possesses golden letters in the shape of the syllables of Vedas, who is continuously present, who is fit to be resorted to by the seekers of the values of life again and again, who possesses flavour and strength and who nourishes me with milk and other wealth.

mayi medhAm mayi prajAm mayi agnis tejo dadhAtu
mayi medhAm mayi prajAm mayi indra indri yam dadhAtu
mayi medhAm mayi prajAm mayi sooryo bhrAjo dadhAtu

May agni render in me intelligence, continuity of progeny , and splendour born of vedic study. May Indra render in me intelligence, continuity of progeny and virility. May surya render in me intelligence, continuity of progeny and prowess the strikes fear in the hearts of enemies.

Aum hamsa hamsAya vidmahe paramahamsAya dheemahi tanno hamsa prachodyA

ॐ यश्छन्द॑सामृष॒भो वि॒श्वरू॑पः ।
छन्दो॒भ्यो‌உध्य॒मृता॓थ्सम्ब॒भूव॑ ।
स मेन्द्रो॑ मे॒धया॓ स्पृणोतु ।
अ॒मृत॑स्य देव॒धार॑णो भूयासम् ।
शरी॑रं मे विच॑र्षणम् ।
जि॒ह्वा मे॒ मधु॑मत्तमा ।
कर्णा॓भ्यां॒ भूरि॒विश्रु॑वम् ।
ब्रह्म॑णः को॒शो॑‌உसि मे॒धया पि॑हितः ।
श्रु॒तं मे॑ गोपाय ॥

ॐ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॑ ॥

ॐ मे॒धादे॒वी जु॒षमा॑णा न॒ आगा॓द्वि॒श्वाची॑ भ॒द्रा सु॑मन॒स्य मा॑ना ।
त्वया॒ जुष्टा॑ नु॒दमा॑ना दु॒रुक्ता॓न् बृ॒हद्व॑देम वि॒दथे॑ सु॒वीरा॓ः ।
त्वया॒ जुष्ट॑ ऋ॒षिर्भ॑वति देवि॒ त्वया॒ ब्रह्मा॑‌உ‌உग॒तश्री॑रु॒त त्वया॓ ।
त्वया॒ जुष्ट॑श्चि॒त्रं वि॑न्दते वसु॒ सा नो॑ जुषस्व॒ द्रवि॑णो न मेधे ॥

मे॒धां म॒ इन्द्रो॑ ददातु मे॒धां दे॒वी सर॑स्वती ।
मे॒धां मे॑ अ॒श्विना॑वु॒भा-वाध॑त्तां॒ पुष्क॑रस्रजा । अ॒प्स॒रासु॑ च॒ या मे॒धा गं॑ध॒र्वेषु॑ च॒ यन्मनः॑ ।
दैवीं॓ मे॒धा सर॑स्वती॒ सा मां॓ मे॒धा सु॒रभि॑र्जुषता॒ग्॒ स्वाहा॓ ॥

आमां॓ मे॒धा सु॒रभि॑र्वि॒श्वरू॑पा॒ हिर॑ण्यवर्णा॒ जग॑ती जग॒म्या ।
ऊर्ज॑स्वती॒ पय॑सा॒ पिन्व॑माना॒ सा मां॓ मे॒धा सु॒प्रती॑का जुषन्ताम् ॥

मयि॑ मे॒धां मयि॑ प्र॒जां मय्य॒ग्निस्तेजो॑ दधातु॒ मयि॑ मे॒धां मयि॑ प्र॒जां मयीन्द्र॑ इन्द्रि॒यं द॑धातु॒ मयि॑ मे॒धां मयि॑ प्र॒जां मयि॒ सूर्यो॒ भ्राजो॑ दधातु ॥

ॐ हं॒स॒ हं॒साय॑ वि॒द्महे॑ परमहं॒साय॑ धीमहि ।
तन्नो॑ हंसः प्रचो॒दया॓त् ॥

ॐ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॒ शान्तिः॑ ॥

तैत्तिरीयारण्यकम् – 4, प्रपाठकः – 10, अनुवाकः – 41-44

Source: vignanam.org


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February 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Spirituality

Pt Mallikarjun Mansur

2010 happens to be the birth centenary of Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, the great maestro of Atrauli-Jaipur gharana who was born in Dharwad. A musician by name Nilkantha Buwa heard the young Mansur on stage and told his brother: “Give this lad to me. I shall make him a musician. His genius should not be wasted in theatre companies.” At 21, Mansur cut his first album with HMV (Ragas Gaud Malhar and Adana). He then went under the tutelage of Manji Khan and later Burji Khan, both sons of Alladiya Khan.

Manji Khan taught him how to visualize the whole configuration of a raga and how to move in different tempi within the time cycle, so that raga, tala, laya became one and inseparable. A single raga was taught over days, but each day, each time, it assumed a new birth, a new form. The same raga, the same composition, the same set of notes, but there was no repetition, no staleness, no feeling of it being a stereotyped reproduction.

“Once I began learning from him, my personality underwent a change. I felt there was nothing other than music for me. Here was nectar for a thirsty man”, Pandit Mansur later recalls.

Pandit Mansur would often sing at the top of his voice at railway stations, bus stops, airports, betel shops – completely oblivious to his surroundings. Those who met him never failed to wonder at his combination of eminence and humility. He did not care to be the center of attraction.  He rarely referred to his triumphs.

There was always a special intensity to his singing, a special urgency and earnestness in his treatment of melody. Each time he sang with a new creative impulse, and in each rendering there were several surprises.

Pandit  Mansur  was honoured with three prestigious civilian awards – Padma Shri in 1970, Padma Bhushan in 1976 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992.

Raag Nat Bihag:

Yaman Kalyan

Shuddh Nat

Excellent videos on Pt Mansur by Shyam Benegal:

Unusual Concerts Episode- 1

Unusual Concerts Episode- 2

Article source : dharwad.com

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November 4, 2010 at 4:51 am

Mother, Baby and the Gut Microbe

How Breast Milk Benefits Babies: A large part of human milk cannot be digested by babies and seems to have a purpose quite different from infant nutrition — that of influencing the composition of the bacteria in the infant’s gut. A subspecies of Bifidobacterium longum thrives on the indigestible component of milk and coats the lining of the infant’s intestine, protecting it from noxious bacteria… Link


How Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers’ Health:  Feeding infants with breast milk has been shown to improve baby health and even IQ, but the benefits of breastfeeding also appear to stay with mothers for years to come, lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Nursing can start to break down some of the fat that accumulates in women’s bodies during pregnancy. In fact, not breastfeeding after giving birth seems to put women at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other serious health conditions… Link

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October 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Posted in Health, Mother Nature

Blessed Art Thou, Mother

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. – Ramana Maharshi

Purify your vision and the world will be purified. All those blaming India on a daily basis should read these words of Swami Vivekananda (after his return to India) :

We all hear so much about the degradation of India. There was a time when I also believed in it. But today standing on the vantage-ground of experience, with eyes cleared of obstructive predispositions and above all, of the highly-coloured pictures of other countries toned down to their proper shade and light by actual contact, I confess in all humility that I was wrong. Thou blessed land of the Aryas, thou wast never degraded. Sceptres have been broken and thrown away, the ball of power has passed from hand to hand, but in India, courts and kings always touched only a few; the vast mass of the people, from the highest to the lowest, has been left to pursue its own inevitable course, the current of national life flowing at times slow and half-conscious, at others, strong and awakened.

I stand in awe before the unbroken procession of scores of shining centuries, with here and there a dim link in the chain, only to flare up with added brilliance in the next, and there she is walking with her own majestic steps — my motherland — to fulfil her glorious destiny, which no power on earth or in heaven can check — the regeneration of man the brute into man the God.

Ay, a glorious destiny, my brethren, for as far back as the days of the Upanishads we have thrown the challenge to the world: न प्रजया धनेन त्यागेनैके अमृतत्वमानशुः— “Not by progeny, not by wealth, but by renunciation alone immortality is reached.”


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September 12, 2010 at 2:14 am

Posted in Spirituality

Arranged Marriages – Learning To Love

“Studies have shown that love starts at 3-4 on a scale of 10 in arranged marriage, matches the love marriage rating in five years and is twice as much in another five.” While the arranged marriage has a bad reputation among ‘liberated moderns’, the system has adapted well to the changing times.

At 54.8 per cent, America’s is the second highest divorce rate in the world; India’s is the lowest at 1.1 per cent.  This longevity of the arranged system led Robert Epstein to work on a comprehensive guide to love – Sign up for love

Intimacy  techniques:

Two as One: Embracing each other lightly, feeling each other’s breathing rhythms. After a few minutes, you will feel as if the two of you have merged into one being.

Soul Gazing: Stand or sit apart and look into each other’s eyes for a few minutes. Then talk about what you saw.

Monkey Love: Imitate each other’s breathing patterns, mirroring body movements. It makes you feel linked.

Fall in Love: From a higher position, fall back into your partner’s arms. A more intimate version of the Trust Fall.

Secret Swap: Reveal your secrets one by one, one a day. Builds trust and intimacy.

Mind-Reading: A bit like dumb charades, but with intimate thoughts, not movies.

Let Me Inside: Stand apart, then slowly walk towards each other, maintaining eye contact. Get as close without touching.

Love Aura: Place your palms together without touching. You will feel heat and sparks.

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July 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Sunlight 101

What is significant about this map? Cancer rates in the United States are inversely proportional to the intensity of sunlight. And we have been told all along that sunlight gives us cancer. Click on the map for a wealth of information on the relation between health and exposure to sunlight.

Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D is actually a hormone that we need to survive. 80 to 100 percent of the vitamin D we need comes from the sun. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amount of vitamin D from diet alone. Women deficient in vitamin D are 75% more likely to die from breast cancer.

How Vitamin D Regulates Your Cells and Genes

Vitamin D has a dramatic impact on the health and function of your cells. It reduces cellular growth (which promotes cancer) and improves cell differentiation (which puts cells into an anti-cancer state). That makes vitamin D one of the most potent cancer inhibitors–and explains why vitamin D deficiency has been linked to colon, prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.

But what’s even more fascinating is how vitamin D regulates and controls genes. It acts on a cellular docking station called a receptor that then sends messages to our genes. That’s how vitamin D controls so many different functions–like preventing cancer, reducing inflammation, boosting mood, easing muscle aches and fibromyalgia and building bones.

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June 22, 2010 at 1:44 am

Posted in Health

Young Girls Shouldn’t Be Drinking Anyway

For those dying to bring Pub culture to India, here is some news:

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics by the Harvard Medical School indicates that teenage drinking dramatically increases a young woman’s risk of developing breast diseases later in life. The highest correlation was among teens who drank the most frequently, but even teens who only drank once or twice a week were 1.5 times more likely than their peers to suffer from breast disease at a young age.

And the public health message is, these young girls shouldn’t be drinking anyway.

Should parents let teens drink?

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June 7, 2010 at 1:50 am

Posted in Health, Parenting