Abhirupa Reward Points : 3900 Member Since : Thursday, April 10, 2008
i have only heard about the term music meditation.. what is it actually ?
Posted On : 5/21/2008 9:00:07 PM
Chetan Juneja Reward Points : 55100 Member Since : Monday, April 28, 2008
Music meditation is the art of meditating whilst hearing music. \ Music with its entire pulsation has become quite an integral part of Music Meditation. it has been used as a part of meditation from the dawn of civilization as it balances the mind and body through its rhythmic pattern of tones and creates a unique harmonic relationship with human being and the surroundings. In ancient India saints usually created the music for devotion and meditation. In the contemporary also it creates havoc
Posted On : 2/27/2009 12:56:13 AM
Maniam PS Reward Points : 273700 Member Since : Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Meditation music includes music played with or listened to during meditation, music the performance of which is a meditation, or music which is meditative. Music may distract from or enhance meditation, and meditation may involve music making. Meditation music should be simple and soothing. There is an esoteric branch of yoga called Nada yoga. In Nada yoga it is said that advance meditators hear divine unstruck sounds that arise from within the heart. Some of the sounds heard in meditation are said to be in nature or have been duplicated by human beings. Some of the classical sounds include the rumble or thunder, the buzzing of bees and the deep sound of the waves. Some of the instruments that are inducive to meditation are the tamboura, tibetan singing bowl, the flute and the sitar. .
Posted On : 4/15/2009 10:36:50 PM
Roop Chatterjee Reward Points : 21400 Member Since : Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Music affects brain at different levels. Our moods change with different types of music. However, at a very deep level its effect is similar to that of deep meditation. Probably it is a reason why all great religions have stressed music as a means for praying and meditation. Indian classical music one of the oldest musical systems of the world, has spiritual roots and it is traced to Vedic hymns. Most of the Indian gods and goddess are shown to carry musical instruments. Similarly in other religions also, musical chants, hymns and other forms of music have been used since ancient times to sing the glory of God or to help focus the mind on the spiritual thoughts. Why does music affect the brain in such a deep way and why does it help in meditation? Recent Positron Emission Tomography PET studies have shown that some type of music activates neural pathways similar to those associated with euphoria and reward. These same pathways are activated in response to other pleasurable activities like eating and sex, which give emotional happiness. Similarly in deep meditation, mind focuses on a single thought for a long time. Thus when contemplation, reflection and Samadhi together called Sanyam according to Patanjali Yoga Darshan are done on a single thought then it produces the sense of well being and happiness. In this process a major portion of the 100 billion neurons of the brain are being used in a laser like fashion for a single thought. This deep meditation process helps stimulate or tickles the pituitary gland, which gives the feeling of well being. The exact mechanism, though, is still not understood. When we hear soul stirring music, we again get a feeling of well being. Thus, the soul stirring music and deep meditative thought has similar characteristics. This is the principle of equivalence. The brain therefore appreciates and absorbs the soul stirring music by creating the same complex thought pattern as that during meditation. Similar effects are also seen for different types of music, which produce anger, sadness and other human emotions. It is therefore quite possible that neurological studies on effects of music will serve as a model for studying how brain works in general and at different levels of thought complexity. As we evolve intellectually and spiritually, we become increasingly tuned to emotionally satisfying music, since the brain becomes supple and is able to focus on a single thought for a long time. Then singing and poetry may become the major activities of vocal chords with speech being their by-product Even when we produce a great discovery or thought there is a general feeling of euphoria, happiness and production of goose pimples. There have been many celebrated cases in history like the cry of Eureka by Archemedes when he discovered the principle of buoyancy. Similarly, when Einstein developed his theory of relativity, he said that getting the thought of principle of equivalence was the happiest event of his life. Some music and deep meditation also produces goose pimples and the feeling of tremendous happiness. Thus music can help and enhance the activities of meditation and other creative activities. Music can also play an important role in building a compassionate and creative society. In India, if we can continuously expose our children from early age to the great Indian and World music then it is possible to help produce a generation of citizens who are compassionate and less violent. Music should therefore form an important part of school curriculum.
body through its rhythmic pattern of tones and creates a unique harmonic relationship with human being and the surroundings. In ancient India saints usually created the music for devotion and meditation. The kings were the patrons as they wanted to live in peace amidst all the problems of administration and music was the only way to give them better feelings. The tradition of using music is not forgotten even in the contemporary, commercialized world. The audible and inaudible frequencies of sound have created a layer of noise in our environment. The soothing rhythm of music can only ward off the bad effects of chaotic and neurotic environment. To combat the noise one needs soft and solacing organic sounds that are rich in sympathetic overtones. They influence the sympathetic nervous system and the internal organs as well as pacify one s rage, anger and adverse feelings. Each human experience is translated into various tones inside the organism, which influences the endocrine glands and the blood chemistry. Ultimately meditative music has a healing effect on body, mind and spirit. To survive in the harsh soundscape of modern life, one must understand the various tones of the natural environment that change along with periodical cycle. This change of sound in different times of day can also be noticed in the sounds of birds, animals and insects in the hours of morning, noon, evening and night. This sound also changes along with seasonal changes. Even the pitch of our own voice changes as the days go by. It is very important to synchronize our body and mind with the musical tones during meditation. The Mantras of ancient India are also a form of music, which produced calm vibratory effect. Music transports one to a place where only emotions are felt without having to think new thoughts. Music gives the mind rest, which is a very necessary part of meditation and it energizes, inspires and uplift the mind. While Evening - Music Meditationlistening to music, one has to open his/her mind and visualize the body, mind and spirit relaxing. Soon one learns to achieve a meditative state only with the sounds around. The music chosen can be of various forms that suit one s mind and body. It may be instrumental, classical to light classical. The music, which saves energy, regulates moods and provides inspiration to live and enjoy. Indian classical music or Ragas are created according to the change of mood during seasonal changes and also during the cycle of day. The music for morning and evening meditations should produce a consciousness of the harmonics of the time and hour of the day. The musical instrument used should generate a tone that is perfect to create a meditative mood.
Posted On : 4/16/2009 3:59:44 AM
Abhi Tripathi Reward Points : 75700 Member Since : Monday, January 07, 2008
hi everybody .. what i feel Indian music has a deep tradition and has been used inmeditation since ages. Indian mantras and chants has long been used as a tradittion in japa meditation Most of the early indian music was written by saints for devotion and meditation. the history of Indian music also unveils this fact .. it says that the kings, like the people, wanted to live in peace amidst all the problems of administration, so they employed the musicians to create indian music for the different times of day to give them better feelings. thus started the conception of calming the mind through the pleasant music. this tradition has not being forgotten totally. even today music plays a great role. In the treatments of autistic children music has created havoc
Posted On : 4/18/2009 12:22:43 AM
honey ross Reward Points : Member Since : Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Music can play an effective role in helping us lead better. Listening to specific kinds music at specific times of the whole day has been shown to be helpful in maintaining health. Music is an essential part of the flowering of human potential. Harmony in sound is music and harmony in life can happen through meditation. When both the shores of sound and silence music and meditation are inculcated in life.