Indian music and mantras bring us back into
the physical world every day. This used to be a tradition
in the ancient times with kings and saints. Most of the early
indian music was written by saints for devotion and meditation.
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.
The tradition is not entirely forgotten even
in contemporary, commercialized India. Early every morning
the all-India radio stations begin their programming with
a "morning tone," a small indian music composition
played by V.M. Yog, one of the country's most noted violinists.
And the disc jockeys know enough not to slap an evening raga
on the record wheel at breakfast time.
This is most important because indian music
influences us directly through the sound tones. We are made
of sound. The first thing that came out in Creation was sound,
then from sound came the element Akasha. There is a sound
essence, or tanmatra, behind each of the five elements. But
inappropriate indian music (and other music) can cause all
kinds of problems, can even make people go crazy. What we're
doing with electronic sounds - radios, blenders, vacuum cleaners,
TV signals, rock music - is making the whole planet go crazy.
The five basic tattvas or elements, correspond
to the first five chakras
- earth, water, fire, air and ether - in that order. While
the chakral merry-go-round may be entertaining or dismaying,
the goal of meditative practice is to transcend the tattvas
and thereby achieve the nondual consciousness that liberates
us from the illusory world.
Special indian music can be created to
fit the vibrations of special occasions, such as indian
music for morning or evening meditation. A
very special kind of indian music is the chanting of mantras,
as a part of Mantra Yoga. To better
attune oneself to the vibrational pattern of the planets of
vedic astrology, special mantras can be used for example in
to the Sun and the Moon. Another
angle completely is the chanting of chakra
sounds and thus helping in the awakening of Kundalini
You can find more information as well as free
online mantras and indian music extracts on the following
for worship of Ganesha, Durga and many other deities
Music for Morning or Evening Meditation
to the Sun and the Moon
Sounds of the Chakras