Eminent Indian Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi Dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy - 1964.
Yamini Krishnamurthy debuted in 1957 in Madras. She has the honor of being Asthana Nartaki (resident dancer) of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. Some critics have observed that Yamini’s dancing reflects rhythm personified. She has a leading place as an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. She imparts dance lessons to younger dancers at her institute, Yamini School of Dance, Hauz Khas, New Delhi.
عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنه قال: بتُّ عندَ ميمونةَ، فقام النبيُّ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ فأتى حاجتَه، فغسل وجهَه ويدَيه، ثم نام، ثم قام، فأتى القربةَ فأطلق شناقَها، ثم توضأ وضوءًا بين وضوءَين لم يكثر وقد أبلغَ، فصلى، فقمتُ فتمطيتُ، كراهيةَ أن يرى أني كنتُ أتقيه، فتوضأتُ، فقام يصلي، فقمت عن يسارِه، فأخذ بأُذني فأدارني عن يمينهِ، فتتامت صلاتُه ثلاثَ عشرةَ ركعةً، ثم اضطجع فنام حتى نفخ، وكان إذا نام نفخ، فآذنهُ بلالٌ بالصلاةِ، فصلى ولم يتوضأ، وكان يقول في دعائه : “اللهم اجعلْ في قلبي نورًا، وفي بصري نورًا، وفي سمعي نورًا، وعن يميني نورًا، وعن يساري نورًا، وفوقي نورًا، وتحتي نورًا، وأمامي نورًا، وخلفي نورًا، واجعل لي نورًا” . صحيح البخاري
Narrated Ibn `Abbas: One night I slept at the house of Maimuna. The Prophet (ﷺ) woke up, answered the call of nature, washed his face and hands, and then slept. He got up (late at night), went to a water skin, opened the mouth thereof and performed ablution not using much water, yet he washed all the parts properly and then offered the prayer. I got up and straightened my back in order that the Prophet (ﷺ) might not feel that I was watching him, and then I performed the ablution, and when he got up to offer the prayer, I stood on his left. He caught hold of my ear and brought me over to his right side. He offered thirteen rak`at in all and then lay down and slept till he started blowing out his breath as he used to do when he slept. In the meantime Bilal informed the Prophet (ﷺ) of the approaching time for the (Fajr) prayer, and the Prophet offered the Fajr (Morning) prayer without performing new ablution. He used to say in his invocation, Allahumma ij`al fi qalbi nuran wa fi basari nuran, wa fi sam`i nuran, wa`an yamini nuran, wa`an yasari nuran, wa fawqi nuran, wa tahti nuran, wa amami nuran, wa khalfi nuran, waj`al li nuran.“ Sahih al-Bukhari 6316 In-book reference : Book 80, Hadith 13 USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 8, Book 75, Hadith 328
26-year-old Yamini Karanam started having difficulty comprehending things she read and heard, and when many people were speaking in a room at once, she found it hard to understand what was happening.
Doctors soon discovered a tumor in her brain. But when she underwent surgery, the surgeon found something startling. The tumor was actually the woman’s embryonic twin.
Karanam recently underwent the minimally-invasive brain surgery at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles. Her surgeon, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, says he was surprised when he found Karanam’s embryonic twin. The twin had never developed, but it was still found “with bone, hair and teeth.” (Source)
عن عبدالله بن عمر قال: “لم يكن رسولُ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّم يدْعُ هؤلاءِ الدعواتِ حين يُمسي وحين يُصبحُ اللهمَّ إني أسألُك العفوَ والعافيةَ في الدنيا والآخرةِ اللهمَّ إني أسألُك العفوَ والعافيةَ في دِيني ودنيايَ وأهلي ومالي اللهمَّ استُرْ عوراتي وآمِنْ روعاتي واحفظني من بين يدي ومن خلفي وعن يميني وعن شمالي ومن فوقي وأعوذُ بك أن أُغْتَالَ من تحتي” صحيح- ابن ماجه
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said:“The Messenger of Allah (saas) never abandoned these supplications, every morning and evening: Allahumma inni as'alukal-'afwa wal-'afiyah fid-dunya wal-akhirah. Allahumma inni as'alukal-'afwa wal-'afiyah fi dini wa dunyaya wa ahli wa mali. Allahum-mastur 'awrati, wa amin raw'ati wahfazni min bayni yadayya, wa min khalfi, wa 'an yamini wa 'an shimali, wa min fawqi, wa 'audhu bika an ughtala min tahti (O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness and well-being in my religious and my worldly affairs. O Allah, conceal my faults, calm my fears, and protect me from before me and behind me, from my right and my left, and from above me, and I seek refuge in You from being taken unaware from beneath me).” Waki’ (one of the narrators, explaining) said: “Meaning Al-Khasf (disgrace).”Sahih -
Sunan Ibn Majah 3871 In-book reference : Book 34, Hadith 45
when I was walking to meet my friends (for the 32 minutes I was out of bed), this cretin lurkus bus station dad with the most shined boots I’ve ever seen was like “heh heh I like your outfit” and I said “YEAH SO DOES MY BOYFRIEND” and I walked away. At the bar, I kept thumbs downing drunk bros and frowning. Now I am in bed again with Unknown Pleasures and the heater up high and the windows open because it smells like the fish sauce laden thai food I made for dinner. Times is tuff when you’re home alone for the first time in 800 years.
This is in reply to the sister that messaged me about her situation, but because it is such a common situation for many Muslims, I decided to write a public post so others can also benefit from it Insha’Allah.
The sister is basically saying that she used to be a righteous person, but now is missing her prayers, has fallen into sin, and feels very sad and depressed whereas the used to be a cheerful and happy person.
My dear sister,
We are always in war with our greatest enemy, the Shaytaan. But unlike our human enemies, the Shaytaan cannot be seen and never takes a rest. So he is always on the lookout, trying to find a way to guide us astray, destroy our relationship with Allaah, and eventually put us unto a path that leads us to Jahannam.
What we must know about this great enemy of ours is that whenever someone turns to Allah and wishes to become a pious Muslim, the Shaytaan becomes very worried and wants to do everything he can to stop this from happening.
At first he will try to stop the person from praying, because the Shaytaan absolutely hates it when we perform prayers. If he sees that the servant is strong and continues to pray every day, the Shaytaan will start whispering to him during the prayer, making the person lose concentration. If this does not work either and the person is humble and focused in prayer, the shaytaan will continue to find new ways to attack and ruin the servant’s acts of worship.
And this is the case with every act of worship. Whether we perform Dhikr, read Qur’an, fast, or pray, the shaytaan will always be there trying to make us abstain from doing those things and have us waste our time on things that do not benefit us at all.
Eventually a person becomes very weak, and the Shaytaan gets a very strong influence over him. This is when it becomes very difficult for a person to perform acts of worship, and it becomes difficult for them to return back to their old state of righteousness. Note that I say difficult, I am not saying it is impossible.
Furthermore, if a person used to be righteous and is now a sinner, worships Allah very little, and the Shaytaan has a strong influence on him, the person will undoubtedly start to feel bad, depressed, and sad. Moreover, many things which the person considered to be bad during his time of righteousness, now seem to be normal, in the worst case a person thinks it is normal to commit zina or drink alcohol for instance.
These bad feelings get intensified even more as a punishment from Allah. Because when a person used to be righteous and returns back to becoming a sinner, the consequences are extra severe.
But Alhamdullilah, you are worried about your state and realise that the path you are upon is no good. It means you still have some Emaan in your heart and desire to change for the better. So my advice for you is to do the following Insha’Allah:
First of all, begin with establishing the five daily prayers. Perform them on time, and try to do so with humility and concentration.
Secondly, and this is very important to resist the Shaytaan:
After Fajr and Maghrib, every day, recite three times Surat Al-Ikhlas, Surat Al-Falaq, and Surat An-Naas.
After Fajr and Maghrib, every day, recite once:
Allaahumma Inni As-Alukal-Aafiyata Fid-Dunia Wal-Aakhirah, Allahumma Inni As-Alukal-Aafwa Wal-Aafiyata Fee Dini Wa Dunia-ya, Wa Ahli Wa Maali, Allhummas-tur Aowraati, Wa Aamin Row-Aati, Allahummah-Fadhni Min Bayni Yadayya Wa Min Khalfi, Wa an Yamini Wa an Shimaali, Wa Min Faowqi, Wa Aoothou Bi-Aathamatika An Oghtaala Min Tahtee.
O Allah I beg of you safety in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah! I beg of You forgiveness and safety in my faith, in my worldly affairs, in my family, and in my wealth. O Allah! Cover my defects and convert my restlessness into peace. O Allah! Guard me from my front and from my rear, from my right and from my left, also from above me and I seek refuge in Your Greatness lest I be mortally attacked from beneath me.
After Fajr and Maghrib, every day, recite three times:
Bismillahil-Lathi Laa Yadhurrou Maa is-mihi Shay-on Fil-Ardhi Wala Fis-Samaa, Wahuwas-Samee-ul-Aleem.
In the Name of Allah, with the blessings of Whose Name, nothing will harm on the earth nor in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing.
After Fajr and Maghrib, every day, recite three times:
Aoothu Bikalimaatillaahit-Taammaati Min Sharri Maa Khalaq
I seek refuge in Allah’s complete words from all that He created.
After Fajr and Maghrib, every day, recite once:
Allaahumma Aalimil-Ghaybi Waash-Shahaadati Fatiras-Samaawaati Wal-Ard, Rabba Kulli Shaay-in Wa-Malikahu, Ash-hadu An Laa Ilaha Illa Ant, A’oothou Bika Min Sharri Nafsi, Wa Min Sharrish-Shaytani Wa-Shirkih. Wa-An Aqtarifa Aala Nafsi Soo-an Aw-Ajurrahu Ilaa Muslim.
Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of both the unseen and seen, Sustainer and Master of all things. I testify that there is no god save You, and I seek Your protection from the mischief of myself and the evil of Satan and his (incitement to create) associates to You, and from committing wrong against my soul or bring such upon another Muslim.
Thirdly, try to read Qur’aan each day after Fajr, and even better, to memorise Qur’an. This is perhaps the best thing I know of to have a blessed day in which the bounties and help of Allah will keep on covering you until you go to sleep at night.
Lastly, take Wudu, pray 2 Rak’ats, and ask Allah to forgive you for your wrongs and continue to make Du’a to gain his Help and Support. Be sincere in your aim to return to the straight path, and know that being sincere means also that a person distances himself from all that is bad and displeasing to Allah.
Take things step by step and know that one cannot become pious overnight. You will have to set right your wrongs and reform yourself, this takes time. Furthermore, stay away from everything that is haram, particularly food from haram sources, and be very careful as to whom you hang out with. It is well known that a good Islamic environment with good Islamic friends can quickly influence a person for the better, whereas bad friends will quickly influence a person negatively.
May Allaah bless you and guide you to the straight path.
If you have any other questions or want more advice, do not hesitate to contact me Insha’Allah.
(So I’m gonna try my hand at this. It’s a bit exaggerated but w/e, I guess that’s the point of this blog. Sorry if it sucks!)
Protector of the Small
First Test: The story focuses on the budding relationship between Kel and Neal. Neal is an average, dorky nice guy who is less physically capable than the other boys, but much cleverer than all of them. He is drawn to Kel because he knows mysterious things about her childhood, but he doesn’t tell her. Kel is a sassy girl in training to be a knight. She became a knight because she wants to protect all the children in the world, just like her mentor, Alanna, who stopped being a knight when she became a mother. She has a really obvious crush on Neal, who is comically oblivious. We are told she is a good fighter, but we never actually see her fight, and she seems to only succeed because Neal helps her. Kel is sad because the older pages are mean to the new trainees, so Neal decides to help them because he doesn’t want Kel to be sad. Kel cheers him on while he beats up all the bullies and never gets in trouble for it because he is so clever. The book ends when spidrens attack a group of pages and almost kill Kel. Neal saves her life, so she kisses him. Lord Wyldon takes her off probation because Neal said he should and everyone loves Neal because he is clever.
Page: Kel and Neal go through puberty. Kel’s storyline dealing with her budding sexuality and emerging womanhood is replaced by boner jokes and innuendo. Also Kel is super sexy now. Neal forcefully kisses her and any other women he sees and laughs when they slap him. Kel gets a new maid named Lalasa. She is super sexy and alters Kel’s page uniforms so that they are tighter and show off her body. As a result, Kel is blamed for distracting the boys during training. Neal forcefully kisses Lalasa and slaps her butt a lot which is super funny lol. At the end of the book, Lalasa is kidnapped and Kel cries. Neal thinks of a clever plan to save her.
Squire: This book centers around Kel and Neal trying to stop an evil Yamini gang lead by Princess Shinkokami, who is secretly a psychopath. They have funny accents and are stupid and incompetent. Kel sees battle for the first time and cries because so many children are being killed. Neal has to save her. Kel goes through her Ordeal but doesn’t remember any of it. Neal says he doesn’t know why, but he is lying.
Lady Knight: During the Scanran War, Kel asks to be in charge of a refugee camp instead of in a combat position so that she can protect the children and be with Neal. Neal ends up running the camp while she works at the camp day care so she can be with the children. She has mysterious periods of sickness for reasons she doesn’t understand and strange dreams that she can’t remember. It turns out that Kel became pregnant during the Ordeal because of evil magic. Also, the only reason she became a knight at all was because she was born next to a crack in the earth full of god-magic. Because of the God-magic, she is destined to stop the evil Scanran mage who is killing children. Neal knew the whole time, but he didn’t tell her because he knew she would be irrational and mess it up. The evil Scanran mage kidnaps her baby, and Kel cries because children are dying. Her crying is magical because of the god-magic so Neal comes up with a clever plan to save the children. Now that Kel has fulfilled her destined role with her magical crying, her desire to be a knight has left her so she retires and becomes a mother.
My Father Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan .. birth, November 27, 1907
On his birth anniversary I search for appropriate words to describe the moment, but having failed on my own, I slide down my desk to his works that never keep too far a distance from wherever I am, and on opening just the very first page quite inadvertently, come to the above verse from ‘Milan Yamini’, one of his collections from the early years .. and how apt the verse for this day, this remembrance ..
‘Milan Yamini’ the collection of poems was dedicated to my Mother, and his joy and happiness on meeting her and his sudden and immediate marriage to her after several years of grief that followed him after the death of his first wife, is that phase that turned his thoughts from the darkness of sadness to the joys of his meeting my Mother and then the presence of his two sons, Amitabh and Ajitabh ..
‘Milan Yamini’ means the night of meeting .. ‘milan’ is meeting, ‘yamini’ is night. This is the title of the book that contains the collection of his poems written during that period of his life ..
There will be several Hindi experts on the Blog Ef, that shall ably translate the poem, but in concise it may be said that the poet talks of his thoughts on the meeting of his love, his partner and who knows, his wife, my Mother ..
“You are in my dreams , you are in my awakening too .. when did I like any other in the light of the day ..when ever did the darkness of the night hide you from me .. you are in my nights and in the rays of the early morning dawn .. you are in my dreams , you are in my awakening too ..
“The story that I narrated was your story .. whatever I heard was in your description .. you are in my eyes and in my inner self .. you are in my talk, you are in the atmosphere .. you are in my dreams, you are in my awakening too ..
“My attention only goes in your direction .. nothing else of intent enters my mind and thoughts but you .. you are in my body and in my meditation .. you are in my dreams, you are in my awakening ..
“The image or form that moves about, is you .. that raga that dhun that tune that one hears, or that plays and moves about, is you ..you are in my eyes in my inner most .. you are in my dreams, you are in my awakening ..”
This is such a bland soulless insipid translation of what the poem is in Hindi .. and that is the tragedy of translation - it can never catch the essence of the original, no matter what .. the play of words, the graph the meter, the energy of the sounds, the rhythm of the thoughts .. never never is even remotely close to what the poet has written .. but for those of you who are Hindi challenged, it is an attempt to put across the feelings ..
The beauty of good poetry is that it has a vision and sense and thought of its own .. of the inner most feel of the writer the author the poet .. BUT .. its greatness comes when each and everyone that reads it find a bit of himself in it, finds an identity which relates to the reader too .. that is the strength of the poem, of the verse ..
In the foreword to one of his collections my Father had expressed these very same thoughts .. I have merely taken them from him and put them across ..
This collection of poems called ‘Milan Yamini’ has been dedicated to my Mother with these words :
the dedication to my Mother Teji for the book ‘Milan Yamini’ a collection of poems written during 1945 - 1949
It speaks of the dedication to Teji .. whose presence in my imagination came through the laughter and smiles of Ajit and Amit ( Ajitabh and Amitabh, my brother and me ), whose feelings filled my world and became the sound of my verse, whose voice and sounds of words became the strumming of those strings on the ‘veena’ ( an Indian string instrument, much like the sitar, but a little more complex, the Goddess Saraswati the Goddess of learning sits with it ), echoing in my life forever .. to her I dedicate this book ..
My Father and my Mother in around 1956 when they came up to Nainital to visit us in school in Sherwood College ..
I glance again at the dissertation that my Father did in Cambridge on WB Yeats and Occultism .. Yeats, that famous and celebrated Irish poet .. my Father achieved his Doctorate in 2 years what most would not in 4 .. and this an extract from the thesis that he did, when putting across a point he referred to words from the ‘Works of William Blake’ (1893 ) :
“To the body belongs the fire of passion and energy, the stern outline of the mask that both encloses and charcterises the individual. To the soul, the sweet outflowing element or vehicle of love and beauty, belongs the gracious attractiveness which needs the heavier form of corporeal life to make it a fact as well as a dream.”
“…. all the powers of nature have their purpose and their place, and man’s personal feeling when it is a passive vehicle for the creative fire within, makes itself a mere mask for the divine.”
“He ( Blake) admitted human imperfection, saying frankly, that every man was born naturally evil, and required to be continually changed into his direct contrary.”
I am but a minuscule natures element, a miraculous gene of the genius that was my Father ..
Him I worship and sustain in my every hour of living ..
Without further delay, I want to introduce Project Raga! I don’t have an official title yet, and hope to one day when it stumbles upon me during a shower or before I drift to dreamland in bed.
Project Raga is a game I want to create featuring these two heroes- the husband and wife duo of Mirza and Yamini, two professional adventurers in their thirties. Set in a land inspired by East Asia (specifically India and reaching out to the Middle East), these two will get wrapped up in a great adventure that you’d explore in a title built on stealth gameplay elements.
I’ll be writing a series of “pre-dev” diaries over at my blog at TAY, Kotaku’s reader run blog called Talk Amongst Yourselves, and hopefully this thing can be a reality. I’ve been working on character concepts and turnarounds, story, and gameplay designs for the last month and it’s been a ton of fun so far. I’ll be posting art every few days so keep your eyes peeled. You’ll see a lot more of these two and the world they come from so I hope you’ll look forward to it!