Tryst with Destiny and India

maxresdefaultIf I have to say one phrase that represents India in my mind, it is this – “Tryst with Destiny”. The fight for independence and the subsequent events hold a prominent part in the history of India. History buffs or those older, who know the significance of this phrase will know it as the speech that was delivered by Nehru on the eve of India’s independence.

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now that time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”

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Filter Coffee and MS Amma’s Suprabhatam – A Divine Awakening

Misty mornings,

Dew drops on the leaves shining like diamonds,

Reflecting the first rays of the Sun,

Smell of fresh South Indian filter coffee

MS Subbalakshmi’s Venkateshwara Suprabhatam

Can a morning that starts like this be anything but a joy? Many a Telugu movie, start with that scene where the swirls of the coffee is shown with ‘kausalya supraja rama’ playing in the back ground. We do not know who is being awakened, the Supreme Lord Narayana or the ‘aham’ – the coffee connoisseur.

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This, is my God

I am quoting a verse from Vishnu Sahsrnamam, which captures the essence of God in the elements of Nature. The entire stotra and meaning is beautifully written here in AncientIndians..

Bhoo padau  yasya nabhi r viyadasu ranila schandra suryaau cha nether

Karnavasasiro dhaumugamabhi dhahano yasya vasteyamabhdhi

Anthastham yasya viswam sura nara khaga go bhogi gandharva dhaityai,

Chitram ram ramyathe  tham thribhuvana vapusham vishnumeesam namami            

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