Tuesday 19 May 2009

Music Tantra/Ragas-Benefits.

Ragas yield various benefits!Most of the time,the names of the ragas suggest what they are capable of yielding.Careful analysis of the formula of the raga(Aarohanam/Avarohanam) also lend deep insight into the raga's tatwa(nature) and its capacity to grant a variety of boons to the practitioner.
Such effects of ragas were well understood and implemented by our saint composers in most of their compositions."Darini thelusukonti,Tripura Sundarini thelusukonti" by Sri Thyagaraja Swami has been composed in the raga SUDDHA SAVERI ("DURGA" in Hindusthani).The Hindusthani name of the raga is a give away of the Goddess forming the raga swaroopa of SUDDHA SAVERI.The fierce and protective Durga is materialised by practising the scale of Suddha Saveri.Sri Thyagaraja himself has conveyed through this raga that the path("Daari") to attain the Goddess is the raga SUDDHA SAVERI.
Similarly,the grand composition of "Devi Brova" in CHINTHAMANI by Sri Syama Sastri is yet another revelation that Kamakshi who resides in "Chintamani Gruha" resides in this krithi too.Tapas or japam (musical term of japam is "sadhana") of this krithi,bestows the grace of Sri Kamakshi.
A few ragas and there benefits are given below:-
VASANTHA:-New beginnings,promotion on the professional and personal fronts (enhancement of personal image).The Aarohanam,especially,the stress on Sa Ma Ga Ma(the long gap between Sa and Ma is a significant leap towards progress,aided and stabilised by Ga Ma.Practice to be done (till attainment of promotion or a new beginning) in the Aarohanam only.After achievement of desired objective,Avarohanam is practised for stability in the new arena.
BRINDAVANI:- Reconciliation.Prolonged sanchara involving the two nishadas thereby harmonising the two swaras bring together estranged couples or even friends / business associates.
BHAIRAVI,SUDDHA DHANYASI,KALYANI:-Spiritual upliftment.Many krithis on Devi have been composed in the above ragas.Kalyani is an embodiment of Amba,mastery of the same raga is equal to the attainment of the Grace of Devi.
SHAMA:-To curb anger and short temper.Sri Thyagaraja's krithi"Shantamu leka sowkhyamu ledu" reveals the raga's attributes.
SARANGA:-To de-stress and for severe depression.The Avarohana sanchara "Pa Ma2 Ri Ga Ma1 Ri" is the antidote for de-stressing and treatment of depression.
ANADABHAIRAVI:-For high blood pressure.
VALACHI:-To obtain desired object/relation.Sanchara of the entire scale while contemplating on one's desire.
HAMSANANDI:-For valour. and to curb cowardly feelings and nature.
HINDOLAM:-For attracting masses.
KADANAKUTHOOHALAM:-For rejuvenation.
MOHANAM:-To attract particular person or relationship.
VIVADI RAGAS:-Confrontation,at times when subtle persecution is endured in silence.
GRAHA BHEDA,SCALE CHANGE IN RAGAS:-Unexpected changes in life/to escape from given situation or a tight spot.Shift-over to major scale is highly recommended(resulting in positive developments),shift-over to minor and melancholic ragas (resulting in negative changes)are to be avoided.Repeated sanchara at the point where the raga shifts to a different scale and the corresponding octave will yield desired results.
SUVARNAANGI:-For strong limbs and joints.Very good for treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.
NAYAKI&DARBAR:-For hormonal imbalance. For the balance of yin and yang(feminine and masculine factors in one's body and mind),both ragas are to be practised together.Sri Dikshitar's krithi ,"Ardhanaareeswaram"in the raga Kumudakriya is an excellent antidote for hormonal imbalance.
MALAHARI:-Purification,cleansing of sins,release from the cycle of births and karma.
SAHANA:-To treat hyper-activity,for relaxation.Tranquliser.
NEELAMBARI:-Tranquiliser,for inducing sleep.
KAMAS:-For love and romance.
KANTHAMANI:-To enhance feminine nature,attraction and magnetism.The closely woven"Ma Pa Dha Ni" denotes the intricacies of woman's mind,"Dha Ni Ri..." - coyness,"Pa Ma Ga Ri Sa"-yielding.
OMKARAM in pure Adhara sadjyamam:-To dissolve all qualities for realization of the 'nirgunatwam" of Atma(soul).
There are many more ragas that yield different results and benefits.There are also unexplored avenues such as effects of octaves and swaras on human beings.