Saturday, 3 January 2015

Sound energy management

Qualitative trinity - the trigunas(satva, rajas, and tamas) is the base of the entire universe; any particle, thing or being can be relatively classified in these terms. Very generically speaking, Satvic nature is that which is refined, light and pure; rajas is that which has action, movement, motion; and tamas is that which has inertia, destruction, heavyness. These three are the base for any kind of formation in the universe. There are no borderlines, the qualities seamlessly fade across into each other. Every point of this qualitative spectrum can be further divided into the three at all levels, so classifications of formations are innumerable. Combinations of these three make almost an infinite variety of formations but that is beyond the scope of this topic.

Sound, just as any other formation in this universe, can be classified using the qualitative trinity.

When dealing with sound energy we can generally say that satvic sounds are calming, soothing in nature. Rajo-guna sounds - energising with momentum. Tama-guna sounds produce higher intensity movements, and are useful to induce a trance like hypnotic effect on the mind. So the quality of sound moves from subtle to gross across the spectrum from satva--->tama.
The classifications are relative in the sense that the pleasure (calmness or synchrony) is variable according to the quality of the listener(or intended application). For example a person with a predominantly rajas nature will find instruments with the rajas quality sound soothing and appeasing because the sound is in synchrony with his/her nature. In that particular case, a rajas sound can be said to have a satvic effect on that person.

Through the application of suitable subtle sound energy, it is possible to control any energy formations.
Classifications of the various instruments can be done based on the qualitative nature of sound that they generate. The scope of this blog is to classify various instruments based on the above framework and to create a perspective of how various sounds can be used.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Instruments :Saraswati Veena


The Saraswati Veena is an ancient vedic instrument. It consists of a long hollow neck with a large resonating chamber (often a gourd). The frets are made of metal embedded in beeswax. The human body, thechakras(centres of the subtle energy body) & their position in the spine and its musical connection leading to nadayoga has a direct influence in the manufacturing of the instrument, Veena. The setup of the frets perfectly reflects the configuration of the vertebrae on the spinal column. As of today it is most popularly used in south Indian Classical music.
Relation between Human body and Veena
Relation between Human body and Veena

Veena is a satvic instrument and it’s sound produces a very soothing, cleansing and uplifting effect. It is a highly versatile instrument in the hands of a capable player.
The human body is called “Gaathra veena” and the instrument made is called Daru veena according to Sangeeta kalpadruma of Muthayabhagavathar

Classificatons :

Class : String - plucked
Fundamental quality : Satvic
Subsidiary qualities : Rajas - as per raga and playing style
Element : Aaksh - Vaayu
Dosha : Vatta
Chakra : Ajna-Vissudhi-Anahata

Similar instrument : Rudra Veena