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Archive for April 7th, 2011

Date: 07 Apr 2011 16:38:46 -0000

From: “Shivadayal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Dispute on Pronunciation of Kiirtan

 

Baba

 

“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (4380)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are always remaining in the depths of my mind– You never leave me. Baba, You always remain awake. You go on working day and night, beyond all time. You never stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You continue doing ceaselessly

This whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone– everyone wants You. You are remaining with one and all.

Baba, only those trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds and by shravan, manan, nididhyasana [1], & dhyana, are able to reach near to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity.

Baba, You are grace-Personified…

 

 

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA 4380:

 

[1] Shravan, Manan, Niddhidhyasana: Here below Baba explains the great import of these three devotional practices.

 

Baba says, “To attain Him human beings have to take recourse to shravana (constantly hearing His name), manana (constantly ideating on Him) and nididya’sana (constantly meditating on Him). The Supreme Entity is Gurha, that is, He is lying hidden in the innermost recess of the human entity. To attain Him one must penetrate deep within oneself, and for that the development of an introversial outlook is essential.” (Tattva Kaomudii – 3)

 

 

== DISPUTE ON THE PRONUNCIATION OF KIIRTAN ==

 

Namaskar,

There has been dialog – and even disputes – about the correct pronunciation of our kiirtan mantra.

 

 

ABOUT THE BELOW WRITTEN MANTRAS

 

(Note: The following has been written in Roman Sanskrit. If you are not aware about Roman Sanskrit you can consult our AM books, especially English books published since 2000. Those editions have an expanded explanation of the Roman Sanskrit alphabet pronunciation. That will help in understand the below. Here pronunciation is important because our kiirtan is a practice. We sing this mantra so we should pronounce it properly.)

 

 

FIRST STYLE OF PRONUNCIATION

 

In some parts of India and in most overseas sectors, the pronunciation is generally like this:

 

(a) Ba’ba’ na’m kevalam

 

 

SECOND STYLE OF PRONUNCIATION

 

In other parts, especially where those born and raised in Bengal reside or those whose mother tongue is that language, the following pronunciation is done:

 

(b) Ba’ba’ na’mo kevalamo

 

Regarding the above, some non-native speakers think that the addition of “o” adds a melodious aspect. But they should remember that the mantra must be spoken in a proper way. It is just like how we do not change the pronunciation of our Ista mantra to seemingly make it more melodious. One must always remember that the mantra is based on sound vibration. And the sound should be accurately spoken or chanted. For instance, nobody says: “Babo” to make the mantra more melodious. Because all clearly understand that is not correct.

 

 

THIRD STYLE OF PRONUNCIATION

 

And finally, in some rare cases, this is spoken:

 

(c) Ba’ba’ na’ma’ kevalama’

 

 

SINGERS DISPUTE ~ MARGIIS FOLLOW

 

For years and years, on and off, people have been claiming that their own pronunciation is right. Singers propagate a particular style which they think is correct. Sometime singers quarrel amongst themselves about the pronunciation. Some singers wish to advance their own particular view, it seems.

 

General margiis do not engage in this debate. They follow whatever the lead singer sings.

 

 

MUST BE VIGILANT

 

As disciples of Baba we should be very strict to follow the way in which Baba pronounces the mantra. We should not chant it in the wrong way. We must not be lax about this. This is a vital point: Mantra is a sound vibration. If it is chanted wrongly, it will not produce the desired effect.

 

 

NEW AUDIO FILE: BABA’S STYLE OF PRONUNCIATION

 

To find out the correct pronunciation that Baba really wants and resolve this issue permanently, we should follow Baba’s way.

 

Toward this end, a sound file has been uploaded to the AM-GLOBAL blogsite in the upper left column. It is titled: Baba’s Pronunciation: Baba Nam Kevalam.

 

We should all download and listen to Guru’s style of pronunciation and emulate that. We must practice in that way.

 

In tantra, what Guru says is final. We should not be confused. Ultimately we are singing for Him so we should pronounce the mantra in the way Baba does. We must not allow others to preach their own agenda and pollute the scene. We should follow Baba’s way.

 

Namaskar,

Shivadayal

 

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