The Vedas provide a very important role for water. “As per Vedas, water dwells where gods dwell. Rain God and Sun God are his companions. He keeps an eye on the good and evil deeds of men”. Its availability and purity reflects human life. It is the “Pratibimba” (reflections) of life.
Here are a few of my “reflections” during my recent visit to Hamptons.
Merriam Webster provides the meaning of the term from a biology perspective: a weed as : a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth specially the one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants. In other words weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, “a plant in the wrong place”. During my visit to the Hamptons, I did notice weeds in well manicured gardens. But are they in the wrong place?
After a week’s stay at the Southampton Village it was time to move to Wainscott in the Hamptons for the Memorial Day week end. Wainscott didn’t disappoint us at all. It matched Southampton “leaf by leaf”, “hedge by hedge” and “green by green”. My iPhone popped out of my pocket and started the job even without I realizing it !
The background music is by Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh in the Raga “Dharmavathi”. Of course, the little birds and the waters of Wainscott added beauty to the BGM score by lending their voices too. Here is a glimpse of that in under 5 minutes in my You Tube channel prabhu53. Pl visit.
These are strange and testing times. For many across the world, what next is a big question now. Anxiety and stress appears to be the key question that is lingering.
The answer to this question is not simple. For example, the answer by a Professional need not be applicable to the Retired; the Urban may have a completely different perspective to this question as compared to the Rural. It is a fact that the answer needs to be found out by everyone in their own way and at their own pace.
I am confined for nearly 3 months to the glass, metal & wood partitioned tiny space surrounded by “concrete jungle” in Manhattan. I was no exception to the universal phenomenon of “stress” stated above. Thanks to God and Blessings from elders, in life I am very lucky in several ways; one of them being “having access to a wonderful accommodation at a village in the Suffolk County” post retirement. Riding on my luck, I decided to go in for a heady cocktail of “HPK” (Hamptons and Poorvi Kalyani) twice a day for a week to bust the accumulated stress.
Wondering what is this cocktail about!
“Poorvikalyani” is one of my favourite “Raga (the melodic structure) in Carnatic Music. It is a Pleasant and Popular Raga and has six notes on the ascent and seven notes in the descent. The raga has a profound effect on reducing anxiety and abdominal pain.
“Hamptons” is the near equivalent of Heaven for many upscale Newyorkers with beaches, sprawling bungalows and extensive greenery.
Combine these two. Wow! What a relief: what a magic this cocktail has done to rejuvenate me.
See for yourselves in this video
Music Courtesy: The Legendary Carnatic Music Flutist Dr N Ramani