Silence… sound… music

Sarasvati playing veena

Sarasvati playing veena

It came the time, a timeless time, when from the silence the first sound was generated, the primordial sound: OM.

OM is the sound of the primordial energy (the Adi Shakti) that created the whole universe and whose residual, called in Sanskrit Kundalini, resides in the sacred bone of every human being.
Therefore it is also the sound of the Kundalini.
It is the sound that is at the bases of every mantra. In Sanskrit, manana means to meditate. A mantra is that which is uttered in meditation. It is the phonetization of vibrations into specific sound which has a direct effect on the inner being.

The Sanskrit, ancient Indian language, is based on Devanagari phonetics whose syllables produce the same sounds of our chakras (bija mantras). Rishis, in ancient times, had been capable through deep meditation to “hear” the sounds of chakras. These sounds are not audible by ears as it is not produced by either material stroke or friction and they are more properly called Anahat Naad. The audible sounds are therefore called Ahat  Naad.
Naad derives from the combination of Nakar(life breath) and Dakar (fire or energy). Thus the breath when energised gives rise to a musical sound that hence is called Naad.
So, it is clear how much these sounds are directly connected to our chakras and uttering a mantra has a positive effect on chakra’s well-being.

Omkar

Omkar

Let’s do a simple exercise.  Let’s sing one by one the following sounds, keeping them for all the time of one breath: A, U, M, AUM, OM.
Sing A for one breath (AAAAA…) and repeat this exercise for 3 times; then pass to U and so on.
How do you feel?

Now you can repeat the same exercise, following the recording:

 

How do you feel now?

This simple exercise is called Omkar Method, because is based on the singing of the syllable (-kar) OM.
The Omkar is formed by 4 sounds: A and U (that contracted give O), nasalized O (anuswara) and M.
Each one of these sounds has direct effect on our subtle system (subtle system): A-kar is the power of Mahakalithat activate the left channel or Ida Nadi; U-kar is the power of Mahasaraswati that nourishes the right channel or Pingala Nadi; finally M-kar is the power of Mahalaxmi, the power of evolution that works alongside the central channel or Sushumna Nadi.

The  Omkar method is part of a discipline called music therapy (in this case Indian music), a kind of therapy that allows our health to improve through music.
In particular, using a combination of specific notes (this combination is called raaga) is possible to act on specific chakras.

Of course, it is nothing new that music can have positive effect on our well-being, but after this simple introduction, I want to invite the reader to put attention on the fact that music can influence so much our mood and our emotions and so our life.
There is music that can make feel us romantic or melancholic, enthusiastic or excited, but there is also music that can help us in our ascent, having the gift of purifying our chakras and so enlighten our spiritual being.

 

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