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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lecture on “Bhakti Yoga” by Dr. D.N. Srivastava in Delhi

Sri Aurobindo Ashram: Lecture on “Bhakti Yoga” by Dr. D.N. Srivastava, Sri Aurobindo Marg, 10 a.m. to 11-15 a.m..
Sri Aurobindo Society: Meeting, 5, Smith Rd., Anna Salai, 10-30 a.m.. 
Sri Aurobindo Devotees Prayer Group: Pushpanjali Offerings and Prayer to Sri Annai, Sasibalika Vidya Mandir, Azad Road, R.S. Puram, 9.30 a.m. ...
The latest newsletter of SAKSI (Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute) in Bangalore includes a discourse by Dr. Kashyap on the same topic. Click below for a PDF copy
Their other newsletters are available at http://vedah.com/newsletter.html
This is the answer I received from someone in the Ashram:
Intonation must have come in the course of Vedic development. I don’t think if Vishwamitra himself had given any of these. In Sanskrit the metre is fixed and the rules are pretty strict. Gayatri is generally 24 syllables, 16+8. Vishwamitra’s has only 23, 7+8 +8. This is called ‘inferior’, kanishtha gayatri, which is also at times allowed.
Sri Aurobindo wrote the Gayatri for the thread ceremony of Doraiswamy’s son Mithran; he had vowed that only if Sri Aurobindo gave the Mantra that he would perform the ceremony. He wrote it on a small piece of paper but that paper is not available now. Sri Aurobindo did not write the English translation. Most probably it was done by Purani who was close to Doraiswamy or by Nolini, perhaps the latter. This Mantra has exact 8+8 +8 syllables.
Metres in Sanskrit have their own intonations, swaras, and these are universally followed 
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