Tuesday, March 31, 2020


SARASWATI VEENA:- When I say Saraswathi Veena, it means the original acoustic seasoned Jack Wood Veena. The "Veenas" made out of Cashew, Kodukkapuli and Thoongamunji tree wood are not to be included under the Saraswathi Veena category. These instruments sell under the name of "Veena" owing to their shape but they are totally devoid of divine properties and characteristics which are inherent in Jack wood. Only seasoned Jack wood Veena has the innate purity and divinity required to enhance the tone of the instrument to celestial levels. To know about how the prana of the player is invoked while playing Veena kindly refer to my earlier posts-Veena/Gayathri Mantra/ Upanishads, Veena Rahasya and Deiva Veena-Maanushi Veena. 

WOOD AND PRANA OF VEENA PLAYER- How does a Veena produce sound? The sound you hear a Veena producing is a result of that air vibrating within the instrument. How does this happen? Plucking a string causes the string to vibrate. The vibration of the string causes the top of the Veena to vibrate, the vibration of the top of the Veena enters the hollow (kudam) causing the bottom of the Veena which in turn passes through out the Veena Dandi causing the entire Veena to vibrate. The air caught within the Veena vibrates along with the Jack wood of the Veena. An acoustic mike picks up the acoustic vibration of the entire instrument. The complete acoustic mechanics of any stringed instrument completely depend upon the way in which the various pieces of wood transfer the vibrational energy of the strings into the box of the air. Different kinds of wood resonate differently and thus transfer that energy differently, and as such, the kind and quality of wood of a Veena makes all the difference in its sound.
During the Veena rendition, the  pranic energy of the Veena player travels through the wood grains of Jack wood heightening the resonance of the Veena which in turn invokes the Ojas of the Veena player. The mutual interaction of the Jack wood Veena and the  the Veena player fuses the player and the Veena together in a golden glow.
The most important point to note is that the Veena player's energy which travels through the wood grains of the Jack wood Veena during the Veena play does not leave the Jack wood as soon as the player stops playing. The Veena player's energy remains intact in the Jack wood as well as the hollow dome and 'dandi' of the Veena!  Through his rendition the Veena player secures his life outside his body and inside a Veena! What is the significance of a Saraswathi Veena which contains human prana? And on the other hand what happens by transmitting one's energy to random wood?  

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