WOMAN : THE REPRESSED

WOMAN    WOMANHOOD : SOMETHING NEED TO BE REPRESSED UNDER MALE DOMINION? BE SHOT FOR DEMANDING EDUCATION RIGHT WITH MALE COUNTERPART? TO BE SECLUDED BECAUSE MEN UNABLE TO PRACTICE SELF CONTROL OR LOWER THEIR GAZE? WOMAN NEED TO BE SILENCED BECAUSE IT THREATENS MALES’ EGO? WHY IS IT A BEARER OF THE WOMB TREATED WITH SUCH CONTEMPT? WHY SHE IS SCORNED WHEN SHE BEARS THE FUTURE HUMAN BEINGS INSIDE OF HER WITHOUT A SINGLE GRUNT? A WOMAN BEARS THE BURDEN OF PREGNANCY , THE EXCRUCIATING LABOR PAIN AND YET SHE IS SEEN AS THE AGENT OF PERVERSION AND EVIL ?

PROSTITUTION ? WHAT DOES IT SHOW? MEN’S SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN SINCE THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION…..! MILLIONS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS BEING STRIPPED OF THEIR CLOTHES , TOGETHER WITH THEIR DIGNITY TO FETCH MONEY FOR BROTHELS….. MILLIONS OF FEMALES ARE BEING RIPPED APART BY SADISTIC CRIMINALS. AND SHE WILL NOT HAVE THE REFUGE WHEN HER HUSBAND BATTER HER TO DEATH . IT SERMS NORMAL TO LEGISLATORS AND PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES THAT WOMEN ARE BEARING THE CHILD OF THEIR RAPISTS!

PORNOGRAPHY – ANOTHER MEAN TO DEGRADE , HUMILIATE AND EXPRESS DOMINION OVER WOMEN! IRONIC !MEN HAVE TRADITIONALLY CONDEMNED PROSTITUTION IN PUBLIC BUT ENSURING IT’S CONTINUATION IN PRIVATE! UNSCRUPULOUS RELIGIOUS AND “PIOUS” MEN UNNERVINGLY PUNISH THE BATTERED RAPE VICTIM , PRIDING TO HAVE SERVED JUSTICE TO GOD!! 

MARRIAGE… ” MANGAL SUTRA” IS ANOTHER ROPE FROM WHICH A WOMAN CAN HANG HERSELF TO DEATH! COUNTLESS GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN ARE AT STAKE FOR THE SIMPLE REASON OF BEING UNABLE TO PAY THE DOWRY. WHY WOULD A PHYSICALLY “STRONG” MALE CAPABLE OF CREATING ENOUGH WEALTH FOR HIS FAMILY DEMAND DOWRY FROM HIS FUTURE WIFE?? AND IF A YOUNG WOMAN REJECTS A MARRIAGE PROPOSAL , SHE WOULD BE SCARRED AND DISFIGURED BY ACID ATTACK.

PHYSICALLY BRUISED AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY BLACKMAILED WOMEN DARE NOT SPEAK UP EVEN FOR THEIR BASIC RIGHTS. WE ARE BRAINWASHED BY PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY THAT WE ARE WEAK AND VULNERABLE , AT THE MERCY THE MALES TO SURVIVE. WE ARE MADE TO FEEL THAT WE ARE HERE TO BEG AND SCRAPE BY …THAT WE ARE LESS THAN HUMAN. 

ORGANIZED RELIGIONS FOR MILLENNIA HAS BEEN REPRESSING FEMALES , CONTRICTING US TO ANIMALISTIC EXISTENCE. DO YOU WANT TO CONTINUE BEING LABELLED AS SUCH? OR TREATED AS SUCH? OR TO GIVE UP FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS…THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED AS A DIGNIFIED HUMAN BEINGS?

THE QUESTION IS WHEN WE , WOMEN , WILLING TO BREAK FREE FROM SHACKLES OF BRUTALITY?!! WHEN WE WILL DARE TO DEMOLISH THIS DEVILISH MASQUERADES ?!! 

Kashmir, The Land of Sages : The Origin

Source #1 : Historical Narratives by Kalhan Pandit in Rajatarangini

Maharishi Kashyap is one of the Saptarishis (cosmic sages)

Kashmir was a land submerged under the Satisar lake. Lake Satisar was named after Sati devi who is the consort of Lord Shiva. Rishi Kashyap who was the grandson of Lord Brahma performed severe austerity before Lord Shiva granted him the boon of having a piece of dry land appear from beneath the water. Lord Vishnu, correspondingly took the form of Varaha (wild boar) to pierce the mountains in the North West of Varahmula (now known as Baramulla) and drained the water through the broken mountain wall, leaving lacustrine deposits at the margins called “Karewas”. The Kashmir valley came into existence. The valley was named after the sage as “Kashyapmar”.

Source #2 : Nilamata purana

Devi Kashmira, the presiding deity of Kashmir

“Kashmira” is another name for Goddess Durga/Uma. According to Nilamata purana. Kashmir is a name derived from Goddess Kashmira, the chief presiding deity of the valley.

The earliest known written on Kashmir is the Nilamata purana

Goddess Kashmira is an incarnation of Durga.

Kashmir was the abode of the Deva-Devis, Saptarishis, Nagas and Gandharvas. It was the seat for learning and pilgrimage due to the pure ambience. Kashmir was the dwelling of pure hearted Saraswat Brahmins who were scholars and mystics/yogis who created the path of knowing the God through deep contemplation on the Divine.

Yoga Sense : Soul Consciousness

The Kailash mansarover is the divine symbolism of the Seventh Chakra, Sahasrara. The aim of yoga is to unite Kundalini devi with Sadashiva in the Seventh Chakra.

Depression, paranoia and alienation are the clear indications that the individual consciousness is divorced from the ultimate reality, the Self (Brahman) that pervades the universe and beyond. When you identity yourself with that Self, your soul is replenished with raw energy and your energy level is raised. The aim of yoga is to raise your energy high enough to attain liberation. It’s like you have to climb up seven ladders to heaven. Never engage yourself what is detrimental to your inner peace. A silent mind is essential for your well-being.

Constant stagnation is the reality of modern life. We are diverted from the soul connection, the only source of renewal and courage. We are trained to be mechanical and reject anything that is not part of our programming. We are not attuned to the raw energy emanating from the core of the inner being, the Atman. The raw energy is termed as the Brahman, the Selfhood of the Infinity. The Atman is the essence of the Infinity latent in each of us. Diving deep into the core of inner being (Atman) is the only way to reclaim our lost divine heritage.

Worshipping the Infinite through symbolism (Saguna Brahman) is not idolatry. Idolatry is when the glory of the Absolute (Para brahman) is filtered through the words of a cult “personality”. Rishis had always declared the eternal truths which will never create inner strife. We are abled in every way to worship the Nirguna Brahman through the illumination of the Buddhi (intellect).

Kashmir, The Land of Sages : Lalleshwari

Tbe artistic visualization of mystical saint Lalleshwari

Lalleshwari (1320 – 1392) or Lal Ded was the most prominent scholars of Kashmiri Shaivism, also known as the Trika philosophy. She was born into an orthodox Brahmin family and she was married off soonest possible after her brief schooling period. Unfortunately, her marriage ended tragically and soon she found solace in spiritualism. Her guru Siddha Srikantha imparted her the teachings of the ancient Kashmiri Shaivism.

Lalleshwari contemplated upon the mortality and the illusory nature of existence deeply. Her own restlessness and loathing reflected in the literary prose known as the Vaakhs, the finest and insightful poems. These mystical poetry was composed in the Kashmiri language and it’s said that Lalleshwari’s literary works dominated the spiritual and cultural traditions of Kashmiris for 700 years.

Lalleshwari attained the union with the Supreme consciousness through exertion of single-mindedness on the Kundalini shakti. This is known as the Kundalini Yoga where the spiritual aspirant awaken the dormant force within and revitalize it until the Kundalini reaches the seventh Chakra, the Sahasrara. Soon after her self-realisation, Lalleshwari was moved by compassion to uplift her own society which was embroiled in moral decay. Lalleshwari patiently took the task of educating the fellow countrymen of the existence of the Supreme consciousness and unorthodox way of life which is conducive to spiritual evolution. Her urging for gender equality is immortalized in the precepts of Kashmiri Shaivism.

Today, the Trika philosophy of Kashmir is being taught by the disciples of Swami Lakshmanjoo via online podcasts. The ancient tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism is being revived by the arduous efforts of the Kashmiri Pandit community.

For more information on Kashmiri Shaivism / Trika philosophy, please visit the Swami Lakshmanjoo website :

https://www.lakshmanjooacademy.org/final-goal-in-kashmir-shaivism/

The Ateshgah In Baku

The ancient fire temple (Ateshgah) in Baku, Azerbaijan had seven spots of consecrated fire due to the natural gas buildup in the area. This temple is the pilgrimage site of Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs alike. The temple walls bears inscriptions in ancient Avestan language, Sanskrit and Gurmukhi scripts. The hymns to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva was inscribed in Avestan language and this is the unique feature of this temple. Due to excessive extraction of the natural gas by the Soviets, the fire had ceased to lit up this temple. Fire (Agni) worship is the pillar of Vedic rituals and was made as the essential part of Agamic tradition of Hinduism in India. For Zoroastrians, veneration of holy fire (Atar/Atash) is the tenet of their faith and it is conducted by Zoroastrian priests five times daily.

Sirvan Khosravi

(Originally published on 11 Oct 2020)

Sirvan Khosravi in the prime of his youth (Photo by Ali Ghazizadeh)

Sirvan Khosravi is one of the most distinctive singer-songwriter in Iran. His musical style is simply unparalleled and widely known for hitting the right key in the young audiences. He was born in 26 July 1982 in Tehran and he is the elder brother of Xaniar Khosravi who is also a musician.

Sirvan Khosravi as a child

Both of them were enrolled in piano classes by their parents and Sirvan was seven years old when he started learning the piano chords. By the age of eleven, he learnt to play the keyboard. Sirvan spent his adolescence learning the fundamentals of electronic music under the supervision of Kaveh Yaghmaei, who is the eldest son of legendary Rock icon, Kourosh Yaghmaei.

Sirvan founded an underground band with his close friends and they were performing the famed songs of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Police. However, the band split up and soon Sirvan was working with the senior musicians as audio engineer, mixing and mastering their tracks to crystal clear perfection. Sirvan Khosravi is the most sought after audio engineer in Iran. He also worked with Kaveh Yaghmaei during the studio recording session of his album “Matarsak”.

However, Sirvan’s unquenchable passion for music faced setbacks whenever his private lessons with his tutor, Kaveh Yaghmaei were cancelled due to his busy schedule. Nevertheless, Sirvan has the penchant for quick learning and he had a clear vision for his own music career. He started producing his album from 2001 onwards with his friend Omid Athari Nejad.

Sirvan Khosravi launching his first album “To Khial Kardi Beri / Sir-1.com

It was October 2016 when I posted a short review on Sirvan Khosravi’s music for the first time. I wrote, “he puts his heart and soul into his music,”. It’s October 2020 now and I realized that his music is all about his own psyche. Sirvan writes music in original and captivating manner and it’s a reflection on the dynamism of his youthful enthusiasm. His introverted and contemplative nature expresses itself through his music. He entered into the musical scene as an optimistic youth with new sounding and vibrant vocal ability. His ingenuity were revealed through the evolution of his music over the years.

Sirvan was an optimistic youth who expressed his individuality through his music

What is the most striking thing about Sirvan is that his unwavering commitment to his musical career which has been built so patiently over two decades. His first singles debut in 2005 titled “To Khial Kardi Beri” was greeted with lukewarm response and scepticism from senior musicians. But it didn’t deter him from producing songs with unique compositions such as “Ye Roozi Miay” which bear astonishing lyrics penned by Amir Yeganeh. Sirvan’s music reveals much of his inner psyche as an introvert and deeply rooted in contemplative nature. Tracts such as “Khaterate To” , “Kojaei To” and “Tajob Nakon” are soulful and timeless.


His music carries immense power of positive energy which has the hypnotic and tranquilizer effects on the listener’s psyche. And Sirvan himself carries an aura of positivism. Despite all the harsh criticisms, we can still see the fresh radiant smile on his face.

“UNPLUGGED”

His album “Unplugged” which is the compilation of the rearranged version of his most popular songs has created unique space in the Iranian music world. The ever youthful tunes had caused massive impact on the young listeners and influenced the way they perceived Pop music in their own country. The first time I listened to his song titled “Ye Roozi Miay”, I was overwhelmed by the intense drumbeat and complex guitar verses of the song. I have particularly taken deep love for his Pop-rock styled tracks such as “Bahar Nazdikeh, “Bigharar” and “Delam Gerefteh”.

The live performance of “Ye Roozi Miay” at Unplugged concert

The live performance of “Jaye Man Nisti”

“MONOLOGUE”

Those who have been observing and following Sirvan’s work all these years must have noticed that his music is constantly evolving. His latest album titled “Monologue” is a 360° turn his usual style of music which usually revolves around Pop-Rock/electro-Pop/electro-Rock genre. I noticed that Sirvan has a deep passion for electronic music but he’s ever inclined to compose songs with organic touch of the acoustic guitar and piano. The album “Monologue”, one can witness the synergy between the electronic music and the raw, organic instrumental music.

The live performance of “Monologue”

Sirvan Khosravi is a highly ingenious and versatile artist. I’m optimistic that his musical style has generated great heights in Iranian music industry. Again it’s about his courage to break free from the stereotypical music trend prevalent in the mainstream music world of his country.

Official website : http://www.sirvanmusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sirvan.music

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sirvankhosravi

Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/sirvan_khosravi

Women, the repressed 2

Men use rape as a tool for aggression and repression against women in order to subjugate women and keep them in perpetual fear. Consider the emotional blackmailing of women who choose not to don the attire which denies them to freedom of expression and restricts their movements. The religious authorities have the most conservative way of doing harm to women by instilling the sense of vulnerability and inferiority. The women are reduced to mere physical entities whose presence among men would invite insatiable carnal desires and debauchery. A woman is not seen as an independent human being with intellectual faculties but as a biological being whose purpose is for procreation only. The face is the identity of a woman. If she’s forced to shroud her face under cloaks, she’s considered as a non-human entity, an aberration at best. Rapists are nothing more than psychopathic men who validates their sexuality through the acts of intimidation.

Honor Killing

Patriarchy was an “invention” to secure males as the “custodians” of females. Patriarchy was never meant to empower women. If a young woman eloped with a man belonging to a different tribe/nation/ethnic/culture/religion/caste, she will be punished accordingly through honor killing. Through honor killing, males can secure themselves on the top of the predatory mechanism.


#identity_politics

Random Thoughts

I think, the struggling process is the baptism fire that moves us closer to the dream/vision. However, intuition bears its fruits in the moment of complete silence, during the non-struggling period. Sometimes, instead of struggling pointlessly and wearing yourself down, you should “float” instead. Most of time, success came to during those days when I had  the “freefall”. The great Indian painter, Ravi Varma had his genius unveiling the exact colours, tones and shades of God/Goddess in his dreams. Lucid dreaming is never counter-productive. Sometimes I heard voices from faraway lands hinting at something, I never dismissed them as insignificant echo of nothingness.

Dear Barbarian…

You’re are content and proud of your barbaric behaviour in subduing the “weaker” gender. So what’s the point of getting upset when you’re shunned altogether by the ladies and the much refined gentlemen are being chosen by them instead of you? Why do you avenge her defiance by disfiguring her with acid? Do you think it’s their fate to remain brow beaten for the rest of their lives? You think it’s your job to tell your mothers and sisters how to conduct themselves in the public domain. However you’ll display the full onset of testosterone with females who are complete strangers to you. Why?

Remember how you gasped for breath while scrolling through the undressed females, completely forgetting that the mother who gave birth to you will hide her face in shame if only she finds out your seedy “passions” ? I’m not a feminist but your predatory behaviour caused young women to hide themselves from the public view. After all, the accusing finger of a man always finds a woman to point at. It’s she who invites the brutality inflicted upon her, not your pathological tendencies. How you forget that your own daughter will be forced to go through the same hellish situation that your mother had went through when she was younger.

I’m not condemning every man out there, because deep inside of me there’s an innocent child who still believes that there’s a man out there waiting to embrace her, with unconditional love. Gentlemen are real because they have chosen to subjugate the Barbarian within themselves.

You’re not defined by what happened to you but who you choose to be