Self Help - you are fine ? FORCE yourself

I like browsing Self-Help books , articles, videos etc . 

Some tips that hopefully you will find helpful.

Here is one major idea that I found useful   - 
Most people are too  lazy to take the effort to change.  Its a reality ...

They wish they would change but would say they are FINE with the way things are although they are not really happy. 
They need to FORCE themselves.
We need to FORCE ourselves out of it the laziness. 

To try out suggestion is to set the alarm of 30 mins earlier and see if we are indeed making the effort to change habits and really wake up at the earlier hour - just as an example of forced change.

Create a weekly progress report - even if you are the only reader !
Most jobs require a weekly ( or monthly) report of some kind that you provide to your boss.
Most schools and colleges will also provide you with a weekly (or monthly)  report  of your academic performance.
Similarly - in your life wherever you are you have some goals and accomplishments, so to track your progress !
Even if you are the creator of the report as well as the recipient of the report - both - you still create the report with at least the following 
    --  Achievements of the last week
    --  Plan for the following week
    --  Overall goals objectives 
    --  any issues problems etc

- Neel Sarkar

meditation - trying to be empty inside

...the doing of not doing is the greatest doing...
...the effort of effortlessness is greatest effort ...
...meditation is when meditator is not...
... you must be empty then only you are full ..
--- from an OSHO speech

This is one of the concepts central to the original yogic and Vedic thoughts.
Merging oneself with the Universe is the core thought.

But - How to do it is the difficulty.
We create ourselves as separate from everything else and that is the idea of the Self or the Ego.
Dissolving the Ego brings about this feeling of emptiness inside, but here this emptiness inside is not sadness or unhappy it is actually the real happiness because then the self is no longer small it is broad and wide and trying to merge with the limitless universe !

- Neel Sarkar

meditation - chanting - some Mantras #1

Nilanjan (Neel) Sarkar    ::

 Some mantras to chant during a meditative session and discuss or introspect its meaning  ::

(1) Gayatri Mantra
( from Yajur Veda)

 भूर्भुवः स्वः
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
Tat-Savitur-Varennyam |
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||

1: Om, (that Divine Illumination which Pervades the) Bhu Loka (Physical Plane, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha or Intermediate Space, Consciousness of the Prana) and Swar Loka (Swarga, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),
2: On that Savitur (Divine Illumination) which is the Most Adorable (Varenyam), ...
3: ... and which is of the nature of Divine Effulgence (Bhargo Devasya), I meditate,
4: May that Divine Intelligence (Dhiyah) Awaken (Pracodyat) our (Spiritual Consciousness).

(2)  Peace message
( from Upanishad)

 सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om PeacePeacePeace.

 (Taittiriya, Katha, Mandukya, Shvetashvara Upanishads)

 सह नाववतु ।
सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ।
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Saha Naav[au]-Avatu |
Saha Nau Bhunaktu |
Saha Viiryam Karavaavahai |
Tejasvi Naav[au]-Adhiitam-Astu Maa Vidvissaavahai |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: Om, May God Protect us Both (the Teacher and the Student) (during the journey of awakening our Knowledge),
2: May God Nourish us Both (with that spring of Knowledge which nourishes life when awakened),
3: May we Work Together with Energy and Vigour (cleansing ourselves with that flow of energy for the Knowledge to manifest),
4: May our Study be Enlightening (taking us towards the true Essence underlying everything), and not giving rise to Hostility (by constricting the understanding of the Essence in a particular manifestation only),
5: OmPeacePeacePeace (be there in the three levels - Adhidaivika, Adhibhautika and Adhyatmika).

(Brihadaranyaka, Ishavasya Upanishads)
 पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: OmThat (Outer World) is Purna (Full with Divine Consciousness); This (Inner World) is also Purna (Full with Divine Consciousness); From Purna comes Purna (From the Fullness of Divine Consciousness the World is manifested) ,
2: Taking Purna from PurnaPurna Indeed Remains (Because Divine Consciousness is Non-Dual and Infinite).
3: Om PeacePeacePeace.

 सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु ।
सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु ।
सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु ।
सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु ।
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Shaantir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Purnnam-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Manggalam-Bhavatu |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: May there be Well-Being in All,
2: May there be Peace in All,
3: May there be Fulfilment in All,
4: May there be Auspiciousness in All,
5: Om PeacePeacePeace.

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra 

 त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे
सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्
मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥
Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe 
Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam
Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan 
Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ||

1: Om, We Worship the Three-Eyed One (Lord Shiva), 
2: Who is Fragrant (Spiritual Essence) and Who Nourishes all beings.
3: May He severe our Bondage of Samsara (Worldly Life), like a Cucumber (severed from the bondage of its Creeper), ...
4: ... and thus Liberate us from the Fear of Death, by making us realize that we are never separated from our Immortal Nature. 


 असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
 शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

1: Om, (O Lord) Keep me not in the Unreality (of the bondage of the Phenomenal World), but lead me towards the Reality (of the Eternal Self),
2: (O Lord) Keep me not in the Darkness (of Ignorance), but lead me towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
3: (O Lord) Keep me not in the (Fear of) Death (due to the bondage of the Mortal World), but lead me towards the Immortality (gained by the Knowledge of the Immortal Self beyond Death),
4: Om, (May there be) PeacePeacePeace (at the the three levels - Adidaivika, Adibhautika and Adhyatmika).

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ[1] (Sanskritॐ मणिपद्मे हुम्

Indian Hindustani Classical Music - Note 1-0-1 Notes staircase

Nilanjan (Neel) Sarkar    ::

The standard keyboard scale in Western notation :

This is a picture ( from the internet ) with labels for the Indian music notations

 Note that the notation that I use  are slightly different  and more scientific :)  well I think !
I use the SUBSCRIPT "_"  underline for the Mandra Saptak ( lower octave )   and the
SUPERSCRIPT  " ̄"   line on top for the Tar  saptak ( higher octave )

 [ it is easier for writing on paper and way more easier for understanding , but might be difficult to type as I am facing....i still prefer it ]

(2)  I use "m" for Tivra (sharp) Ma   and "M" for the shuddh ( regular pure) Ma

so the notes would be :looking like 

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Indian Hindustani Classical Music - Note 1-0-2 Some basic palta

Nilanjan (Neel) Sarkar    ::

I am assuming you read and practiced the previous notes on my introduction to singing using Indian classical music.
This lesson notes will teach you some vocal exercise phrases a.k.a Palta or Alankars .
The notations are also defined in previous notes on this topic.

  • These are to be sung / vocalised along with beat and with a steady tempo .
  • Start with a slower tempo and gradually in later repetitions speed up the tempo.
  • Repeat these 20 to 30 times at different speeds
  • try a metronome or keyboard with preset beat patterns
  • The ones listed below are for the full scale ( all notes ) but later we can do other scales like minor scales or other raga based options for these with specific selected notes only omitting certain notes based on the raga.

1.      4 beats , 3 notes
SRG- , RGM- , GMP- , MPD- , PDN- , DNS- , ----
SND-, NDP- , DPM- , PMG- , MGR-, GRS- ,
          3 bets , 3 notes
SRG , RGM , GMP , MPD , PDN , DNS , ---

2.   8 beats   ( or 4 beats each half note)
SRSRG--- , RGRGM---, GMGMP---, MPMPD--- , PDPDN--- , DNDNS---

3.  8 beats   ( or 4 beats each half note)
SRGRG--- , RGMGM--- , GMPMP--- , MPDPD--- , PDNDN--- , DNSNS---
SNDND--- , NDPDP---, DPMPM--- , PMGMG--- , MGRGR--- , GRSRS---

4. 4 beats

5 4 beats

SD, NP, DM ,PG , MR , GS