Symbols of God


The typical Hindu ascetic (sadhu) usually wears a distinctive mark (pundra) on his forehead and often carries a symbol of his sect.

If the sadhu is a Vaishnava he might have a discus (chakra) and a conch shell (sankha), replicas of Vishnu’s flaming weapon and his instrument of beneficent power and omnipresent protection, or a salagrama stone or a tulasi plant, which represent, respectively, Vishnu’s essence and that of his spouse Laksmi.

If he is a Saiva, he might impersonate Siva and carry a trident (trisula), denoting empire and the irresistible force of transcendental reality; wear a small lingam; carry a human skull, showing that he is beyond the terror inspired by the transitoriness of the world; or smear his body with apotropaic (supposed to avert evil) and consecratory ashes. These emblems are sacred objects of worship because the divine presence, when invoked by mantras, is felt to be in them.

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  1. A Musical Joke is Mozart’s send up of every bad composer and compositional technique he knew of. Instrumentalists play in the wrong key, figures are repeated ad infinitum, the music goes nowhere, stops, then continues going nowhere. It’s hilarious. But interestingly, make of it as you will, A Musical Joke is the first piece Mozart entered in his compositional catalogue after the death of his father, Leopold. A coincidence? A manic, confused portrait of his dad(who wasn’t a very good composer a couple of his works are on the program Saturday night)? A strangled, subconscious last act of rebellion against a suffocating presence? Or a meaningless trifle? Who knows? Probably all of the above.
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