Was privileged to be invited for a concert, for the International Medical Conference that’s happening at Crowne Plaza. We had an elite and very receptive audience who were Doctors from all parts of the world belonging to various Departments like Neuro, Oncology etc. Happy to say that I was given an opportunity to give the details of therapeutic effects of ragas in Carnatic Music System to a TEAM OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS . This theme was well received by the doctors who gave us a standing ovation after the concert . The doctors came up for a discussion about the effect of ragas after the concert was over.
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As mentioned elsewhere in this blog, the swaras of musical octave are related to Chakras in the human body with their respective Elements (Panchabhoothas) as follows:
Shadjam – The Mooladhara Chakra – Associated with the Energy of Survival- Element is Earth / Prithvi
Rishabham–Swadhishtana Chakra – Associated with reproductive organs and life force – Element is Water/Jalam
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There is the subject of preventive medicine and curative medicine. Like wise there is also remedial music. It comprises of music and musical compositions that can be listened to for a short time everyday. This ensures sound health.
I started writing this blog on 1st September 2010. I have completed one year of blogging and this was possible only because of the encouragement and best wishes of the viewers/visitors of this blog. The mission of this blog is to spread Indian Carnatic Classical Music across the world and the articles written are a humble contribution from my part. I pay respects to all my Gurus without whom this is just not possible.
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When the Sun fades and all extroversion, entertainment, and distraction is denied to Man, the mind retreats into a state of meditative introversion we call sleep. Thoughts that are unfinished in the mind, during the day, continue throughout the night in the forms of dreams, striving towards their resolution, as part of the brain’s intrinsic mechanism to find order. In a sense then, sleep is Nature’s way of reuniting Man with him or herself, enabling that which lies dormant in the hidden recesses of the mind, to reveal and express itself in secure isolation from the world.
One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the dayand night for performing or listening Raga melodies. It is believed that only in this period the Raga appears to be at the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor. There are some Ragas which are very attractive in the early hours of the mornings; others which appeal in the evenings, yet others which spread their fragrance only near the midnight hour.
Simply defined, Raga Chikitsa means “healing through the use of raga.” Raga Chikitsa is defined as “the knowledge of how to use raga for the purposes of healing. Fundamental features of Raga Chikitsa is the classification of the ragas based on their elemental composition (ether, air, fire, water, earth) and the proper use of the elements to balance the nature of the imbalance.
Therapeutic Evaluation of the Classical Ragas
Singing or engrossed listening of Raga Bhairavi has been found to uproot the diseases of kapha dosha e.g. asthma, chronic cold, cough, tuberculosis, some of the sinus and chest related problems etc. Raga Asavari is effective in eliminating the impurities of blood and related diseases. Raga Malhar pacifies anger, excessive mental excitements and mental instability. Raga Saurat and raga Jaijaivanti have also been found effective in curing mental disorders and calming the mind. Raga Hindola helps sharpening the memory and focussing mental concentration. It has been proved effective in curing liver ailments.
Effect of Saptaswaras and Chakra Meditation
The physical body is ensheathed by auric field in which seven major chakras (invisible to the naked eye) are present. The seven chakras are Sahasrara, Ajna, Vishudhi, Anahatha, Manipura, Swadhistana and Mooladhara. Each chakra is associated with an endocrine gland and controls specific organs. Each swara resonates with one major chakra. When each note is sung concentrating on the shruthi, vibration of the corresponding chakra can be experienced. According to an ancient Indian text, Swara Sastra, the seventy-two melakarta ragas (parent ragas) control the 72 important nerves in the body. It is believed that if one sings with due devotion, adhering to the raga lakshana (norms) and sruti shuddhi, (pitch purity) the raga could affect the particular nerve in the body in a favourable manner.