Music Course for MHS Thirumurai Teachers
Malaysia Hindu Sangam
Sangeetha Swara Laya
(In collaboration with Alagappa University India And Alagappa Performing Arts Academy USA)
This Course is designed to give Hindu Sangam Thirumurai teachers the ability to master the basics of Sangeetham (Sarali Varisaigal up to Alangaram) namely Ragam and Thalam structure and the practical lessons to be able to deliver the correct ragam and within the thalam framework. Theory and practical lessons will be given along with availability of home study aids to further enhance the learning process.
The course content is in accordance with Alagappa University Syllabus leading from Foundation Certificate in Music to Degree in Music.
This Course will begin in October 2014 and last for six months ending in March 2015. Each month there will be two classes of three hours each.
Upon completion of the six months course, subject to terms and conditions, the participants may also sit for the Sangeetha Swara Laya Malaysia, Alagappa University India and Alagappa Performing Arts Academy USA recognized examinations to achieve a Foundation Certificate in Music.
We encourage all MHS members and Thirumurai teachers to take this opportunity to further their skills in singing and teaching Thirumurai.
For more details, see check this brochure.
THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK
Four Classes of Men
"Men may be divided into four classes: those bound by the fetters of the world, the seekers after liberation, the liberated, and the ever-free.
"Among the ever-free we may count sages like Narada. They live in the world for the good of others, to teach men spiritual truth.
"Those in bondage are sunk in worldliness and forgetful of God. Not even by mistake do they think of God.
"The seekers after liberation want to free themselves from attachment to the world. Some of them succeed and others do not.
"The liberated souls, such as the sadhus and mahatmas, are not entangled in the world, in 'woman and gold'. Their minds are free from worldliness. Besides, they always meditate on the Lotus Feet of God.
"Suppose a net has been cast into a lake to catch fish. Some fish are so clever that they are never caught in the net. They are like the ever-free. But most of the fish are entangled in the net. Some of them try to free themselves from it, and they are like those who seek liberation. But not all the fish that struggle succeed. A very few do jump out of the net, making a big splash in the water. Then the fishermen shout, 'Look! There goes a big one!' But most of the fish caught in the net cannot escape, nor do they make any effort to get out. On the contrary, they burrow into the mud with the net in their mouths and lie there quietly, thinking, 'We need not fear any more; we are quite safe here.' But the poor things do not know that the fishermen will drag them out with the net. These are like the men bound to the world.
"The bound souls are tied to the world by the fetters of 'woman and gold'. They are bound hand and foot. Thinking that 'woman and gold' will make them happy and give them security, they do not realize that it will lead them to annihilation. When a man thus bound to the world is about to die, his wife asks, 'You are about to go; but what have you done for me?' Again, such is his attachment to the things of the world that, when he sees the lamp burning brightly, he says: 'Dim the light. Too much oil is being used.' And he is on his death-bed!
"The bound souls never think of God. If they get any leisure they indulge in idle gossip and foolish talk, or they engage in fruitless work. If you ask one of them the reason, he answers, 'Oh, I cannot keep still; so I am making a hedge.' When time hangs heavy on their hands they perhaps start playing cards."
(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)