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Music is used for healing. Its said certain ragas heal the mind and body. Could you elaborate on this.

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Asked by Kavita Prsd, 02 Nov '09 01:41 am
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We find ourselves calmed by Music, excited by Music, comforted by Music, mystified by Music and often haunted by Music. It can lift us out of depression or move us to tears. Sometime back my health suffered a setback.Then I experienced a physical need for Music.The days seemed longer and grimmer without Music.Finally,I turned to Music.It gave me great pleasure and general sense of being Alive and Well.It seemed to lend me real energy.Clearly, human brains are able to tenaciously hold and replay musical stimuli. This is why tunes may repeat themselves endlessly, sometimes maddeningly. in the mind. Musical hallucinations are far more common than visual hallucinations. There even seems to be a sort of normal "reminiscence" or "recycling"' of early musical memories.I don't know about specific ragas,to me Music is just Music soothing and comforting:-))))
Answered by inquisitive, 02 Nov '09 09:02 am

 
  
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Matanga (9-10th century AD) was the earliest writer to define raga. According to him "raga is that kind of sound composition consisting of melodic movements which has the effect of colouring the hearts of men". "There are four sources of raga: folk songs, poetry, devotional songs of mystics and compositions of classical musicians. While harmony is the characteristic of Western music, Indian music is pure melody. The general term for melody in India is raga or ragini". (Kangra Ragmala -- M.S. Randhawa).

Symphonies of raga have a definite soothing effect on the mind as well as on the body. Repeated listening to the particular raga being chosen for a particular disease produces a network of sound vibration. The muscles, nerves and the chakras of the affected part are contracted when one impulse is given and relaxed during the interval between two impulses. Thus, during contraction of the tissue, musical notes make the blood flow out from that particular area and in the interval there i ...more
Answered by victory, 02 Nov '09 08:18 am

 
  
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Therapeutic Usefulness of Music

T V Sairam

Inaugural Address

The therapeutic usefulness of music is not a modern concept. It is as ancient as the human civilization. Long before the human species invented language and tools, the sound was the only source of relieving pain and anxiety. The sound was used not only for generating emotions (such as pathos when a tribal member is dead or joy when there is union through marriage etc.) but also for its release. Sound of drums particularly, could be used to dispel fear during the war between the tribes or during hunting animals. This was in addition to aahs and oohs of vocalization that removed inhibition due to fear or suppression by the pecking leadership. Rhythms (intervals of time) and melodies (pitch/sound vibrations per sec.) were variously used to express one's love or hatred, joy or anger, devotion or indifference. The ancient tribes used the iso-principle, matching of mood to appropriate music and entrainment, i.e., after mat ...more
Answered by radhikamruta, 03 Nov '09 03:38 am

 
  
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Yes dear... Please follow this link, and u can find solace... :-))))))
http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Music_Therapy_-_Om-74745-1.html
Answered by Krishnamurthy Raman, 02 Nov '09 07:50 am

 
  
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When I'm disturbed/troubled nothing soothes me better than SOFT Instrumental MUSIC
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 02 Nov '09 01:44 am

 
  
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One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing 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.
This connection of time of the day or night, with the Raga or Raginis is based on daily cycle of changes that occur in our own body and mind which are constantly undergoing subtle changes in that different moments of the day arouse and stimulate different moods and emotions.
Each Raga or Ragini is associated with a definite mood or sentiment that nature arouses in human beings. The ancient musicologists were particularly interested in the effects of musical notes, how it effected and enhanced human behavior. Music had the power ...more
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AfouMV0wf8&playnext=1&list=PL863844FC68F3C7DA
Answered by vilas manohar deshpande, 21 Jun '11 09:37 pm

 
  
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Any good music will do it, slow music does it, its makes you calm
Answered by kamini joshi, 15 Mar '10 10:12 pm

 
  
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I do not know much
Answered by anil garg, 27 Dec '09 07:29 pm

 
  
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Actully there are Seven Notes which make whole music and Ragas !! For Certain Ragas there are certain Note's composition within those Seven Notes...Futher to this Seven Shuddha or Major Notes there are another Five Notes added to that is 'Komal or Minor" Notes Total Twelve Notes !! Sa, re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa (Major) and Re, Ga, Ma, Dha, Ni (additonal "Monor" Notes)... Ragas were composit with only seven Notes, only Sa & Pa is always Major !! : )) Previous Film Music or some Bhajans or Sufi Composition are always based on Certain Raga (Like Bhairavi, Shivranjani, DeshRaga etc...) This Proper Ragas with Proper pronounciation of Notes can give Fantastic feeling to Listner & also to the performer (Singer or Musician)...there are certain composition made by great people by listening it you can go to Mediation easily !! : ))
Answered by Ramesh Mistry, 21 Dec '09 03:58 pm

 
  
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Please go to Datta Peetha, Mysore. Maybe available on internet as well. Swamiji Satchidananda has researched extensively on music therapy.
Answered by mandook, 03 Nov '09 07:26 pm

 
  
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