This blog is essentially 'sleeping'.

I've deleted or returned to draft 80% of the blog, gone are most, if not all, of the videos I posted of Pattabhi Jois, gone are most of the posts regarding my own practice as well as most of my practice videos in YouTube, other than those linked to my Vinyasa Yoga Practice Book).

Mostly I've just retained the 'Research' posts, those relating to Krishnamacharya in particular.

Blog Comments are turned off, there are no "members" of this blog .

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Vena and the spine, Teaching In Chania and 'rest day', walking the 16km Samaria gorge.

Krishnamacharya supposedly studied the vina for three years?

"Note:The human spine is comparable to the vina, an ancient Indian string instrument,the vertebrae of the spine being likened to the nodes of the vina. The practice of mula bhandha tightens the base of the spine, similar to the tightening of the vina at its base. Only when the strings are properly tightened and in proper tension, is the sound (nada) from the vina proper." P65 Yogayajnavalkya

Nekatarios' Rudra Veena
"There are many resemblances between the human body (God made Veena) and man made Veena. 

These secrets are revealed in a book by name, “SANDHYA VANDANEEYA TATVARTHA” and “VEDA PRAKASIKE” written and published by Mr. YEDA TOREY SUBRAMANYA SARMA in Kannada language in the year 1936. Many secrets of Veena were mentioned in this book. A few points are given below: 



Veena has 24 frets, 4 strings on the frets and 3 on the side. 

The top 1st string Sarani indicates – the RigVeda 2nd string Panchama indicates – YajurVeda 3rd string Mandara indicates – Sama Veda 4th string Anumandra indicates the AtharvaVeda. 

All these 4 strings bear the Suddha Satva guna.

The 24 frets get their importance by the nada produced from them and not because of the metal used.
As we see in the universe the three states viz., creation, sustenance and merger (Srusti, Shiti and Laya) even in Nada we see the same three states.Likewise, the 24 frets representing 12 Sruthees in two octaves (24) indicate the 24 letters (Aksharas) of GAAYATHRI MANTHRA. “TAT SAVITUR VARENYAMBHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHIDHIYO YONAH PRACHODAYAT” 

Veena has been compared to human body:

The human back-bone (Spinal Chord) stands straight from the Mooladhara (the seat of the body) up to the head.In the top of the head exists the Brahma Randhra. 

Just like the 24 frets of the Veena, human back bone has 24 divisions. According to the anatomy, the back bone has 7 cervicles, 12 thorasic and 5 lumbar vertibraes.

In Veena the distance between each fret is broad in the lower octaves and becomes less while proceeding towards the higher octaves. Similarly the back bone is thick at the Mooladhara and the distance between each ring becomes less while proceeding towards the Brahma randhra.

The Mandara Sthaayi Swara starts from the seat point of the human back bone and as it proceeds towards the Brahma Randhram situated in the Sahasraram, the pitch or sruti increases. It is here, where the life of music is situated.

The nada born out of the union of prana (life) and agni (fire) starts from the Mooladhaara at low sruti and reaches the Sahasrakamala crossing the Swaadhisthana, Manipoora, Anaahata, Visuddha, Aagna, the Shadchakras. In this course the sruti (pitch) increases.

This shows the resemblance between the Daivi Veena and man made Veena. So it is definite that to attain Moksha nada yoga is a correct path, and for practising nada yoga Veena is an appropriate instrument".

Section in italics above from here http://www.theveena.com/veena/daive-and-manushi-veena.html


"Its big bowl (kudam) is like the human head. 

The finger- board that is connected to the curved end with the dragon or yaali is compared to the human spinal column. 

The 24 frets are compared to the vertebrae and also the 24 syllables of Gayatri mantra. 

The 4 main strings are the major nerves which symbolize the four vedas – Rig, Yajur, Saama, and Atharvana veda, and the four yugaas- Kruta, Treta, Dwapara and Kali and also the four stages of human life – dharma(duty), artha(material gain), kama(worldly pleasures) and moksha(ultimate salvation). 

The three drones represent the three Upanishads. 

The re-tuning of the main strings is compared to the philosophical concept of the individual or the jeevatma strayed by the Karmic actions, to be in tune with the Paramatma. 

The tuning pegs or the birudais where the strings are tied are the symbol of mind that controls everything. The yaali (dragon) itself symbolizes courage and the triumph over evil".



****

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Follow by Email

Print

A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta

Labels

#proficientprimaryproject (1) 10 point way to health (1) 100 years of beatitude (1) 2nd series headstands (1) 2nd series list (1) 3rd edition Vinyasa Krama Practice Book (1) 7 deadlies. (1) 84 key asana (2) 8f key postures (1) A. G. Mohan (1) acro yoga (1) Advanced A B C D list (1) AG Mohan (2) Ajaan Lee (1) alternate breathing in ashtanga (1) alternatives to asana (1) alternatives to headstand (1) Angela Jamison (1) Ante-natel Yoga (3) Anthar Kumbhakam (1) Antharanga Sadhana (1) applied anatomy and physiology of yoga (1) Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana (1) Ardhomukhasvanasana (1) arm balances (1) asana lists (1) Asana madness (1) Ashtanga (3) Ashtanga Advanced series (1) ashtanga and age (1) ashtanga and ageing (1) Ashtanga as it was (2) ashtanga authorisation (1) Ashtanga breathing (1) Ashtanga certification (1) Ashtanga cheat sheets (1) Ashtanga history (2) Ashtanga illustrations (1) Ashtanga in midlife (1) Ashtanga intermediate (1) Ashtanga mysore (1) Ashtanga primary (1) Ashtanga primary series list (1) Ashtanga reading list (1) Ashtanga Rishi approach. (9) Ashtanga teacher Authorisation (1) Ashtanga vinyasa (2) Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama (1) Ashtanga Yoga (3) Ashtanga young boys (1) asymm (1) Asymmetric asana (1) AVIDYA (1) back bending (1) backbending (2) baddha konasana (1) badha matsyendrasana (1) badha padmasana (1) Bahauddin Dagar (1) Bandhas (6) Bansuri Holliger (t)air(e) for solo flute (1) Basti. Neti (1) beginner yoga reading list (1) bhagavad gita (1) Bhagavadagita (1) Bharadvajrasana (1) Bharadvajrasana long stay (1) Bharatanatyam (1) Bhaya Kumbakam (1) Bhoja's commentary on Yoga sutras (1) Bhuja Dandasana (1) Big people can do you (1) biography of Krishnamacharya (1) BNS Iyengar (2) bow (1) Bow sequence (5) breath holding (1) Breath of god (1) Breath of gods (1) Breath of the Gods (3) breathing asana (1) breathing in Ashtanga (1) Buddhasana (1) Burmese buddhism (1) Camel walk (2) caturanga Dandasana (1) chakea (1) Chakras (3) chakrasana (1) chanting in asana (1) Chanting the yoga sutras. (1) chanting yoga sutras (1) coming back to Ashtanga (1) comparison of drishti (1) Dasha diirgha rechaka puuraka (1) David Williams (1) Der Atmande Gott (1) Der Atmende gott (2) dhanurasana (2) Dharana (3) Dharana focal points (1) Dhouti (1) Dhouti kriya (1) Dhyana (3) Did Krishnamacharya speak English (1) Dido and Aeneas (1) Dido's lament (1) Do we need an Advanced series (1) drishti (5) Durvasasana (1) Dvipada sirsasana (1) dwi pada sirsasana (1) dwipadapitam (1) Early Ashtanga (1) Easter Krishnamacharya retreat (1) Eka pada raja Kapotasana (1) eka pada sirsasana (1) EKAPADA VIPARITAKARANI (1) Emergence du Yoga (1) Emergence of Yoga (4) Emurgence du Yoga (1) extended stays (2) FAT PEOPLE CAN'T DO YOGA? Fat people Can do Yoga (1) flute (1) Forest tradition (1) four Immeasurable and yoga (1) four Immeasurable and yoga sutras (1) full vinyasa (2) Ganda Bherundasana (1) Garbha Pindasana (1) getting in to full lotus (1) gita as it was (1) grimmly's retreat (1) grimmly's workshop (1) Guru's of Modern Yoga (1) halasana (1) handstands (1) hanumanasana (2) Hatha Yoga Pradipka (1) headstand (10) headstand variations (1) headstands (2) heart stopping (1) heart stopping experiment (1) hidden asana (1) History of Asana (1) History of Ashtanga (1) history of Yoga (1) House recommendations (2) how to breath in asana (1) how to chant the yoga sutras (1) How to do a headstand (1) how to do lotus (1) how to learn ashtanga (1) in defense of asana (1) Indian cosmology (3) Indian evolution (3) Indra Devi (1) Inner gazing (1) insight meditation (1) Intermediate series (1) internal drishti (2) inversions (3) inverted sequence (3) inverted subroutines (9) iyengar (1) Iyengar jumping (1) Iyengar practicing ashtanga (1) Iyengar. 1938 Krishnamacharya movie (3) Iyengar's ashtanga (1) jalandhara bandha (1) Jivatma (1) john Scott (1) Jump back jump through (5) jump back seven elements (7) Kapalabhati (1) Kapilasana (1) Kapotasana (1) Kausthub Desikachar (1) KPJAYI (1) Krishanacharya (2) Krishanamacharya (3) krishanamcharya and the big man (1) Krishnamacharya (84) Krishnamacharya and Buddhism (1) Krishnamacharya and Burmese Buddhism. (1) Krishnamacharya Biography (1) Krishnamacharya chanting (1) Krishnamacharya documentary (1) Krishnamacharya drishti (1) Krishnamacharya in colour (1) Krishnamacharya in Mysore (1) Krishnamacharya in Tibet (1) Krishnamacharya interview (1) Krishnamacharya movie (3) Krishnamacharya shoulder stands (1) Krishnamacharya teaching. (2) krishnamacharya. (1) Krishnamacharya's 32 headstands (1) Krishnamacharya's Advanced asana (1) krishnamacharya's Biography (1) Krishnamacharya's daughter (1) Krishnamacharya's early Mysore practice. (1) Krishnamacharya's early Mysore works (1) Krishnamacharya's English (1) Krishnamacharya's guru (1) Krishnamacharya's life saving practice (2) Krishnamacharya's Mysore Yoga students 1941 (1) Krishnamacharya's own practice (2) Krishnamacharya's personal practice (1) Krishnamacharya's practice (1) Krishnamacharya's pranayama (2) Krishnamacharya's pranayama practice (1) Krishnamacharya's second series (1) Krishnamacharya's sun salutation (1) krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda (1) Krishnamacharya's Yogasanagalu (2) Krishnamcharya (1) Kriya (1) Kumbhaka (10) Kumbhaka and healing (1) kumbhaka. (1) Lamrim (1) Langhana kriya (1) learn dance hand mudras (1) learning Ashtanga (1) learning original ashtanga (1) learning Sanskrit numbers (1) Learning Vinyasa Count (1) leg behind head (1) Leg behind head preparation postures (3) Life saving Yoga practice (1) lineage (1) Lino Miele (1) long stay asana (1) Long Stays in asana (2) lotus (2) Lotus lifted spun dropped. (1) lotus sequence (1) lotus subroutines (7) lotus to headstand (2) lout (1) loving kindness (1) Loving kindness and Yoga Sutras (2) maha vedha (1) mahabharata (1) mahamudra (1) Mahavedha (2) Mala Srivatsan (4) mandala (3) manju jois (2) Mantra pranayama (1) Marichiyasana G (1) Marichiyasana H (1) Mark Singleton (2) maya vedha (1) mayurasana (2) meaning of asana (1) meaning of yoga (1) meanings of Yoga (1) Meditation (4) Meditative (2) Meditative subroutines (6) Mindfulness (1) Mixed Mysore room (1) Mixed style Mysore room (1) Modern postural yoga (1) modified Ashtanga (1) moolabhnadha (2) mudra (4) Mudras (2) mula bandha (2) Mysore (1) Mysore Traditions Movie (1) Mysore yoga (1) Mysore yoga demonstration 1941 (1) Mysore yoga documentary (1) Mysore yoga film (1) Mysore yoga traditions film (1) Mysore yoga traditions retreat (1) Mysore yoga tradtidions (1) namarupa (4) Nancy Gilgoff (3) natajarasana (1) Nauli (1) newsletters (3) Nine bandhas (1) Niralumba sarvangasana (1) niralumba sirsasana (3) Norman Allen (1) Norman Sjoman (1) Notes to self (1) Old krishnamacharya pictures (1) Old man of hassan (1) origin of Ashtanga (1) original Ashtanga (3) original ashtanga syllabus (1) original bhagavad gita (1) Original sun salutation (2) original surynamaskara (1) origins of Ashtanga (2) origins of sun salutation (1) Outer gazing - Krishnamacharya (1) overweight (1) Padangustha Dhanurasana (1) padmasana (2) Paramata (1) pasasana (1) paschimottanasana (1) patanjali (1) Pattabhi Jois (5) Pattabhi Jois sexual assault allegations (1) pattabhi Jois. (2) Pattabhi Jois' (1) Philosophy (3) phulgenda Sinha (1) Playing flute in asana (1) practice guidelines (1) Practicing Vinyasa Krama (1) practicing yoga safely (1) practicing yoga when overweight (1) pranayama (9) pranayama in asana (2) pranayama mantra (1) Pratyahara (1) preparation for yoga (1) Presse Medicale 1936 (1) Primary series (1) proficiency in asana (1) puraka (1) Puraka (inhalation) (1) puraka kumbhaka (1) Purusha (3) Questions from krishnamacharya's students (1) Questions to krishnamacharya (1) Raja Bhoja (1) raja kapotasana (1) Rajah of Aundh (1) ram (1) Rama Mohana Brahmacari (1) Rama Mohana Brahmacharya (1) Ramamohana Brahmachari (1) ramaswam's newsletters vol 1 and vol 2 (1) Ramaswami (13) Ramaswami Interview (1) Ramaswami on Krishnamacharya (1) Ramaswami pranayama (1) ramaswami. (1) Ramaswami's Newsletters Vol 1-3 for Download (1) Ramaswami's Yoga sutra tutorial (1) Ramaswami's yoga sutras (1) Ramswami yoga (1) Reading list (1) Recaka (exhalation) (1) recaka kumbhaka (1) recheka (1) Relationships (1) returning to Ashtanga (1) reviews (1) richard freeman and Pattabhi Jois (1) Richard Schechner (2) rishi series (5) Safer yoga practice (1) Salutations to the Teacher and the Eternal one (4) Samadhi (1) Samaria gorge (1) Samkhya (4) Samkhya krika (1) Samyama (3) sanmukha mudra (1) Sanskrit numbers (1) sarvanagasana (6) sarvangasa (2) sarvangasana (3) sarvangasana preparation (1) sat mukhi mudra (1) say (3) Sayadaw (1) seated (2) sequences and subroutines. (88) shakuhachi (1) Shandor Remete (1) shanmukha mudra (1) Sharath jois (1) shoulder stand (1) shoulder stand vinyasas (3) shoulderstand (4) Shoulderstands. (1) Shribashyam (1) simhasana (2) Simon Borg-Oliver (6) Simon Borg-Olivier (1) sinha (1) sirsasana (12) Sirsasana variations (1) sirsasana. headstand (1) SIRSHASANA (1) Sisrasana (1) sitali suryabheda nadi shodana (1) Sonia Nelson (1) Spinal sequence (1) SRI T K SRIBHASHYAM (2) Sri TK Sribhashyam (1) Srivatsa Ramaswami (16) Srivatsa Ramaswami's (1) Srivatsan (1) steadiness and comfort ( sthhira and sukha). (1) studying with krishnamacharya (1) Subroutines. (2) Subtle body (1) Sun salutation (4) sun salutation mantras (1) sun salutation with mantra (1) sun salutation with mantras. Suryanamaskara (1) supine (1) supine Subroutines (18) Supoine (1) supta kurmasana (1) Suptapada Parsvangushtasana (1) Suptaparsva paddanguthasana (1) sury namaskara with mantras (1) surya namaskar (1) suryanamakara (1) Suryanamakara with mantras (1) surynamaskara (1) T. K. Shribashyam (3) T. K. Sribashyam (1) T.K. Sribhashyam (2) Table of asana (1) TAN postures (1) tatakamudra (2) tattvas samkhya (1) ten breaths in each asana (1) The 'Original' Ashtanga yoga Syllabus given to Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams by Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 1974 Mysore (1) the asana before the asana (1) the breath (1) The breathing God (4) The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga : Subroutines page numbers (1) The Four Immeasurables (1) The Indian Review (1) THE KALAMA SUTRA (1) the Original gita (2) the Original Yoga Sutras (2) The Purnacarya (1) The Viniyoga letter (1) This is yoga 1941 (1) This is yoga life magazine (1) tibet (1) Tirieng Mukha Eka Pada Paschimattanasana (1) Tirumular Thirumandiram (1) tittibhasana (1) TK Shribhsyam (1) TKV Desikachar (1) tradition (1) Trataka (1) Trikonasana (1) TRS Sharma (2) uddiyana bandha (2) uddiyana kriya (1) uddiyana mudra Kino (1) ujjayi (1) unsupported headstands (2) urdhva dhanurasana (1) Urdhvamukhasvanasana (1) ushtrasana (1) utthita parsvakonasana (1) vajrasana (1) Veena (1) Vinay Kumar (1) Vinyasa (1) Vinyasa count (2) Vinyasa Krama (11) Vinyasa Krama 200HR TT program (1) Vinyasa Krama practice routine (1) Vinyasa Krama practice sheets (1) Vinyasa Krama Sister blog (1) Vinyasa Krama speeded up Ashtanga slowed down (1) Vinyasa Krama triangle subroutines (7) Vinyasa Yoga (1) Viparita Salabhasana (1) vipassana (1) vipraita salambhasana (1) Virasana (1) Vital points (1) VK Asymmetric seated sequence (8) VK Bow sequence (1) VK Inverted sequence (1) VK Lotus sequence (1) VK On one leg sequence (7) VK On your feet sequence (2) VK Seated Sequence (7) VK supine sequence (1) When I'm laid in the Earth. (1) Why meditation (1) why practice mudras. (1) Why practice yoga (1) Why Yoga (1) Wildyogi (1) Yamini Murthanna (1) Yoga (4) yoga and ageing (1) Yoga and pregnancy (3) Yoga and weight (1) Yoga Body (1) Yoga for Diabetes (1) Yoga for the three stages of life (4) Yoga for women (1) Yoga Gurandam (1) Yoga Korunta (3) yoga korunti (1) Yoga Makaranda (10) Yoga makaranda ( part II) (1) Yoga makaranda asana list (1) Yoga Makaranda part 2 (1) Yoga Makaranda Part II (2) Yoga makaranda translation. (1) yoga makaranda. (1) Yoga Meditation (1) yoga mudras (1) Yoga Nidrasana (1) yoga of action (1) yoga of motion (1) Yoga Philosophy (5) Yoga raading list (1) Yoga Rainbow festival (1) Yoga Science (1) Yoga sutra 1:33 (1) Yoga Sutras (3) Yoga Sutras II-49 (1) Yoga Sutras transliteration (1) Yoga therapy articles (1) Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs (1) Yoga tradition of the Mysore palace (1) Yoga Vinyasa yoga (1) Yoga yajnavalkya (1) Yogacarya Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya (2) Yogacarya Krishnamacharya - The Purnacarya. Edited by Mala (1) Yogakriyas (1) Yogasanagalu (32) Yogasanagalu asana list (1) yogasanagalu translation (4) Yogasanagalua (1) Yogayajnavalkya (1) Yogeshwara Ramamohana Brahmachari (1) Yvonne Millerand (2) Yyvonne milerand (1)