It was just by chance we’ve chosen Shivo’ham to chant together at the end of a workshop on Indian philosophy. It so happened that this poem (Shloka) beautifully summarized what we’ve learned!
And some samples from YouTube:
- Sudha Malhotra in In great Indian classical styole, the favourite of all the Indian participants! Unfortunately poor audio quality.
- Same classical style, this time in male voice, that of Purushottam Das Jalota
- The iresistible Deva Premal. Number one for the West – the Indian participants didn’t like her style though.
- By Rajeswari Arun. A natural rendition without any instruments but a lot of devotion and true Indian pronunciation – in an accessible style for amateurs like you and me!
About the Shloka:
– Technology of the Heart
It was a complete surprise and a nostaligia for me how much it can rain in this Indian town close to Mumbai. Since a good week it rains in one stream, there was a glimpse of the sun for minutes a couple of times, no more. One night of heavy rain turned my garden in to a pond.
The amazing thing is, a couple of hours later the water was gone – to be repeated a few days later! (Pictures 6 and 7 are the same as 1 and 2, just a few hours later.)
In the dampness it also feels quite cold. I was told that this is the monsoon and it could last three months! A quick look at Lonavla#Climate showed me that Lonavla is on 600 m elevation and a notorious monsoon catcher. The average rainfall in July is 1,700 mm!