Divinity in music

Music is considered essential for the well being of a man. The age-old Vedic practice of using music as a healing agent is called as Gandharva Veda. The great maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan when he was awarded T Chowdiah National Award  said – “Music has no caste, creed or colour and has the mystical power of uniting people.”  As he has pointed out, music, has its importance to society in its mystical power of uniting people, since there is a true relation between man and music.

In the cow sheds of Tirupathi Devasthanam, music is played before milking the cows and in that congenial atmosphere the yield tends to be more. In incubators where pre mature babies are kept soft music will be played so as to connect the baby to life and to the outside world.

In 18th century, one German scientist proved that there is ‘life’ in ragas in the form of rhythm and that ragas can create or alter shapes. When he started playing on violin, the sand particles kept in a tray very far away, started forming circles, triangles and rectangles, and for each different tune, they changed their shape. But, for music to give its tranquil effect, beneficial results, a serious approach and serious application is required.

Ayurveda, our age old science has proved and proclaimed the efficiency of certain classical ragas for certain ailments. For bronchial related problems, ‘Bhairava raga’ is prescribed, for cardiac problems like palpitation, ‘Ghandhara raga’ works wonders, for acidity and ulcers ‘Megh malhar, ‘rag Todi and ‘Bhopala raga’ can control BP and to help improve brain power and creativity ‘Shivaranjini raga’ and to control low BP ‘mal kauns’ raga ‘Sarangi raga’ for brain diseases like epilepsy. ‘Raag Bhairavi’ can control anger and violence.

“Man that hath no music in himself
Nor is not moved by the concord of sweet music
is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils
Let no such man be trusted” -- So proclaimed William Shakespeare.

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