OM MANI PADME HUM

OM MANI PADME HUM
DAMODAR KUNDA TREKKING AUGUST 2008
Pokhara - Muktinath - Mustang - Damodar Kunda
OM MANI PEME HUNG
Full Moon Day Festival 16th August 2008 at Damodar Kunda (4890m)

Trekking in the legendary kingdom of Mustang/ Nepal

fluttering silk ... a nepalese folk song

http://flutteringsilk.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html

A stream of himalayan air sets a lightweight piece of free flowing colored fabric flying.
Fluttering Silk transforms normally invisible air currents into colorful patterns in fabric.


fluttering silk

Resham phi-ri-ri - - Resham phi-ri-ri


Here is a very nice popular 'Nepali Folk Song' that was taught to us by our sherpas and that you will hear and sing along if you go for a Nepal trekking tour.
FluteA nice trekking- and bus-riding mantra.

It seems that EVERYONE in Nepal knows this song, and we ended up singing it ALL the time. Once you listen to the melody, you may be able to understand why it is such a popular song among the young and old.
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Nepali folk songs are a fascinating blend of rhythm, melody and poetic lyrics. It is the harmony of these three important musical elements that make Nepali folk so irresistible. There is not a trekker who does not leave this country humming Resham phi-ri-ri while being frisked amidst heightened Drumsecurity at the departure gate.

I have often wondered at the popularity of that particular song, and have come to the conclusion that it is the lyrics that make it the hot favourite of the people. The words are imbued with deep symbolism and relevance.

Nepalis love to sing folk songs, and this is by far their favorite. Try to sing along yourself with the lyrics taken from below:  


 


Refrain:
Resham phi-ri-ri, Resham phi-ri-ri,
Udera jau ki dan-dama-bhanjyang Resham phi-ri-ri.

My heart is fluttering like silk in the wind
I cannot decide whether to fly or sit on the hill top

(1) Kukura lai kuti kuti biralo lai suri
Timro hamro maya priti, doba-to ma kuri

To the dog it’s puppy, puppy, to the cat it’s meow meow
Our love is waiting at the crossroads

Resham phi-ri-ri, Resham phi-ri-ri,
Udera jau ki dan-dama-bhanjyang Resham phi-ri-ri.

My heart is fluttering like silk in the wind
I cannot decide whether to fly or sit on the hill top

(2) Ek nale bunduk, dui nale bunduk, mirga lai take ko.
Mirga lai mailey take ko hoeina maya lai dau key ko.

One barrelled gun, two barrelled gun, targeted at a deer.
It`s not the deer that I`m aiming at, but at my love

Resham phi-ri-ri, Resham phi-ri-ri,
Udera jau ki dan-dama-bhanjyang Resham phi-ri-ri.

My heart is fluttering like silk in the wind
I cannot decide whether to fly or sit on the hill top

(3) kodu charyo, makai charyo, dhan chareko china,
Na au kanchi, Pachi pachi, manpareko china.

Millet is planted, corn is planted, but not the rice
Don’t follow me little girl, because I don’t like you.

Resham phi-ri-ri, Resham phi-ri-ri,
Udera jau ki dan-dama-bhanjyang Resham phi-ri-ri.

My heart is fluttering like silk in the wind
I cannot decide whether to fly or sit on the hill top

(4) Sano ma sano gaiko bachho bhirai ma, Ram, Ram
Chodreh jauna sakena mailey, baru maya songhai jaum

The tiny baby calf is in danger on the precipice,
I couldn`t leave it there. Let`s go together my love.

Resham phi-ri-ri, Resham phi-ri-ri,
Udera jau ki dan-dama-bhanjyang Resham phi-ri-ri.

My heart is fluttering like silk in the wind
I cannot decide whether to fly or sit on the hill top


(repeat until blue in the face...)


Prayer Flags

Tibetans have an age-old tradition of printing prayers from hand-carved wood blocks onto colored squares of cotton. These flags are then strung together and hung at mountain passes, over homes and temples, or anywhere the wind will blow their prayers to the universe, to appease the local spirit powers and grant the wishes of the person who hung the flags.

(The most fervent wish of nearly all Tibetans is that every being of any sort, in whatever realms of existence they Windhorse may reside, should be happy and free from suffering, and that the individual making the wish should have the good fortune to be allowed to assist in the liberation of all beings, without exception.)

It is said that hanging prayer flags is certain to yield greater peace, happiness, and health for oneself, for ones loved ones and neighbors, for strangers in the area, and even for ones enemies.

"Due to the compassionate intention of those who create and those who hang the flags, and the movement of the wind itself, the blessings of the prayers are carried throughout all realms, pervading the minds of beings with peace and well-being."