Pipasa 3: An Epitome Of Bhaktibhav Chaitanya

The launch of Pipasa 3 music album on the evening of 25th October 2018 has left an everlasting impression on my mind and evoked the love and Bhakti in everybody present there for our Sadguru. If anybody has ever mentioned about ‘Living in the Moment’, I assure that this show was an epitome of it. An hour and a half of Abhangas, full of Bhaktibhav Chaitanya (Devotional Sentience), however, did not suffice our Pipasa (insatiable thirst) to listen to those mellifluous Abhangas that describe the Sadguru Mahima (glory of Sadguru).

Sadguru Shree Aniruddha has frequently been emphasising the significance of Bhaktibhav Chaitanya (Devotional Sentience) over the past few months. He has elucidated this concept through his editorials in the Daily, ‘Pratyaksha’. However, the most awaited and the peak of it for all of us – his dear Shraddhavan friends was the launch of the Pipasa music album This is, however, the third part from the Pipasa series, which has been released after more than a decade.

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Image Source- Samirsinh Dattopadhye

There are plenty of things from this event that I have captured and ones, which have been etched in my mind until the last. Pipasa literally translates as insatiable thirst (in this context for Sadguru’s Bhakti). Moreover, the name of the album has been derived from the ever so devotional journey of Adyapipada, Sureshchandra Dattopadhye and his longing to meet his Sadguru.

Each of these Abhangas performed at the launch event reflected his [Adyapipiada] emotions and successfully imbibed and brought out the euphoria of being immersed in the Bhaktibhav Chaitanya! The Abhangas written by Adyapipada and Pisa, the one who followed the footsteps of Adyapipa to attain the ultimate goal in life, not only described the glory of Sadguru but the common emotion each of us Shraddhavans share towards our mentor, our Sadguru.

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Image Source- Samirsinh Dattopadhye

This event was so full of liveliness that even the significant most adjectives can not express the sentiment I have been left hungover with since that evening. Moreover, for the first time ever, Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation has created an exclusive Music on Demand [MoD] app for this album release. [Download the app here]

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Image Source- Samirsinh Dattopadhye

I feel extremely glad that I was a witness to such an event and I hope to be part of more such opportunities to immerse myself entirely in the Sadguru Bhaktibhav Chaitanya, be it even for few of such exclusive moments.

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कसे हे असे?

तुझ्या रंगात रंगणे, हाची माझा छंद.
प्रेमाच्या सागरात बुडूनही तरणणे, ही ही माझी आवड.

माझ्या आवडीला मिळाला तुझ्या सवयीचा आधार.
मी फक्त बघितली सोय माझी, धावत लावण्यास तुला.

कष्टतोस किती आमच्या करिता, तरी करत नाहीस तकरार,
पण आमच्याच तकरार ऐकण्यातूनच, बापुराया तुला कुठे रे आराम?

कल्पानुकल्प चालवितोस चक्र अशीच, तरीही अरंभतोस नव्याने.
खेळ हा बरा तुझा असा, करतोस भल्या भल्यांना तू बेभान!

The Celebration Of Vijayadashami and Collective Upasana

On the auspicious day of Vijayadashami, i.e. Dussehra, Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation and its sister organisations organised an event. As a festival that is celebrated in the glory of Bhagwan Shreeram’s triumph over the evil, this event began with the recital of Ramraksha– the holy stotra and mantra written by Buddhkaushik Rishi. It was then followed by the recital of Shree Hanuman Chalisa, Sadguru Mantra and Adimata Shubhankara Stavanam, which is recited in the glory of Adimata Mahishasurmardini.

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Image Courtesy- Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation

All the Shraddhavans fondly participated in these divine recitals and immersed themselves in Bhagwan Shreeram’s devotional sentience. Sadguru Shree Aniruddha has often emphasised the significance of performing Collective Upasana (worship and reciting prayers) and its everlasting benefits. One of the significant perks that I personally felt there was attaining perfect happiness, while the recitals were ongoing. The positivity that developed across the venue due to this Collective Upasana is really something worth witnessing.

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Image Courtesy- Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation

As a bonus to it, Shraddhavans enjoyed singing along to the Gajars of Shree Swami Samartha, Adimata Mahishasurmardini and the Mantra-Gajar of Swayambhagwan Trivikram. Every Shraddhavan present there danced and swayed to the tune of the Gajars. Moreover, they enjoyed being joyously immersed in the everlasting pious euphoria and danced along, to their heart’s content.

खात्री

पाउल उमटले तुझे माझ्या त्रिमितिय देहावर,
झाला स्पर्श परंतु, अंतःकरणाला.

रहस्य असे उघड केलेस, सातव्या अवतारा
मधुनच नाम स्वताचे सिद्ध कारविलेस.

महिमा वर्णली श्रीरामाची जरी वारंवार,
अनिरुद्ध होऊनी दाखवलीस लीला तुझी अपरंपर.

अवतार व रूप तर फक्त हा बहाणा तुझा,
साकार, निराकार- तारण्यासी भक्तास, न लागे तुला कुठलेच आकार!

दोन चरण तुझे हे भक्ति आणि सेवा,
तिसरे पाउल, संकट तुडवून देईल आम्हासी मेवा.

अपेक्षा नाही मजला तरीही ह्याची
की ते मिळेल कसे व केव्हा.

हेच पाउल वक्तास पावेल-
खात्री ह्याचीच आहे मला मात्र नक्की!

The Godfather: An Epitome of Prestige & Elegance

I remember the first time I was really pressured into doing something by my peers was watching good films, exploring cinema rather. They also insisted on reading books back then but watching cinema was a lot easier than reading a nearly 500-pages-long book.

The teenage drew most of us to the mafia culture real quick, which is fairly based on only one principle- show no mercy. The initial films I saw involved a lot of action between the cops and the gangsters, including a cold war between the good cops and the bad cops. This seemed really fun. I watched a 6 to 10 hours long marathon of such films and emerge from my den, unshaken.

However, this one film I watched in my teens has been on the top of my list of favourites. It’s Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972).

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खरी पर्वणी

नको ते बहिरेपण,
ज्यात आवाज तुझा ऐकु न येत.

नको आंधळेपण असे,
ज्यात लीला तुझ्या दिसत नाही.

मुकेपण मिळावे,
नको बडबड अशी ती बेजार.

स्वर मिळावे ते फक्त,
तुझे गीत गाण्यासाठी.

नाही मी कोणी तुझी महती जाणणारा,
जाणण्याची असली जीज्ञा तरी-
मन तरी भरकटतं मार्गावरून एइन वेळी.

भरकटलो जरी कितीही असा,
तुला भेटण्याच्या मार्गावर आलो – हीच ती खरी पर्वणी!

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