“Within You Without You”: The Musical Journey of Pandit Ravi Shankar Through These Years (1920-2012)

Ravi Shankar (1920-2012): A Journey in Music Through These Years

Ravi Shankar (1920-2012): A Journey in Music Through These Years

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,

Is waiting there-

And the time will come when you see

We’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you”.

  – “Within You Without You”, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beatles, 1967 (lyrics: George Harrison)

Consciousness-Analogue

Music is the heart of the soul

Strings of sitar touching the feet of the Lord in things

It flows ubiquitously into the sea of void to touch the lapping silence of the light

In between all that, ‘this is that’ in him to be ‘it’ in that Malhar raga

The banks of Varanasi offering thy homage

To that divine inspiration that taught through the years

In that beautiful voyage in the 60s

Harrison, Yehudi, John and Phillip and all other distinct faces of the time

Carrying that boat on the river within them to light the last source of the sun

So tomorrow is a brighter day for those who travel into other worlds

The hidden spark of the Brahman giving wisdom from the depths of consciousness

To create that aura of undying music            

Ravi and George: The East is West in the West of East

Ravi and George: The East is West in the West of East

Not for once – but again and again

To be retold in the past coming back from the future

So we live with it as our very own – connecting with it

As music flows like thy peace melting bondage into paradise

Chanting the numbers of future explorations

For a beautiful world to be won in peace.

 

 – Joy Roy Choudhury

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (’67) and the Grape-Moun Law of Maha Avatar Babaji

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Grape-Moun Law of Maha Avatar Babaji 

Consciousness-Analogue

What art thou manifest to unite the inner being with the body

And the body with the earth sky ether water and the fire

Music in the ears is the halo of Maha-avatar Babaji

As if the sun and its elements have their roots in the alblackica

They resonate like the harp of the millennial chaos transformed into beauty

Thy art so pure and thy music so strong

A uniform lattice holds the curvature of time 

67 in the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

76 in the river of madness and rain

Christ was a friend of George Bernard Shaw, what arms thou amassed to fight the eternal war? What fortune lies in the deep abyss of mankind, my Lord?

The shepherd of the paradise have gone back to his holy land

His virgin flower is an al-ferabi vacuum, petals are burning like the black rose of the sun

In the Nile of the Ganges the sunken heart is an apocryphal horse   

Bramhaputra was Noah’s olfactory lobes

The night was the essence of every dawn of unity

In the grape-moun law of the fraternity

Hindu Kush silent in the yaya-chakra of the haz-time-haz

Eisenstein in the chamber music of the soul

Paris in those days of the future was not what it is now

Though Baudelaire walked as an auteur of historical images

Down past the Louvre into the trapezium of the sound

Andromache the swan was resting in time.

– Joy Roy Choudhury