Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music - The Melodies of Nature
Maharishi Ayurveda, the revival of the ancient healing tradition of ayurveda from India, is a holistic science. Instead of treating the symptoms, it takes into consideration every aspect of the person: body, mind and soul. Maharishi Ayurveda also works with a broad range of techniques to restore balance to the individual, including all the five senses. Massage works through the sense of touch; food, spices and herbs do their job through the sense of taste; aroma oils influence us via the sense of smell; watching the beauty of nature satisfies the sense of sight; and Gandharva Veda music harmonizes the physiology by means of the sense of hearing.
The idea of music therapy is not exclusive to ayurveda. A variety of studies have shown how significantly music affects the human physiology and psychology. It can change pulse rate, circulation, blood pressure, metabolism and respiration rate. For this reason, music has been utilized as treatment in many hospitals to alleviate pain, and decrease the need for pain medication and anesthesia. Maharishi Gandharva Veda goes far beyond the relaxation of the physiology — it attunes the mind and body with the cycles of Nature.
Classical ayurvedic texts prescribe different ragas, or melodies, for each period of the day. Following the daily cycle is very important in ayurveda. For example, if you get up before 6.00 a.m., you feel more awake than when you sleep in, and if you eat your main meal at noon, you digest it better. Gandharva Veda follows the same principles: a morning raga can be energizing, while an evening raga promotes relaxation. Specific ragas are also prescribed to balance specific doshas.
These rhythms and melodies of nature originate in the Vedic tradition of India. The rishis, or Vedic sages of India, cognized the inherent intelligence of these frequencies and mirrored them through music. Maharishi Gandharva Veda is the coherent flow of sound, designed to promote balance, inner peace and better health. Properly performing these melodies at the proper times of the day neutralizes stress in the atmosphere and creates a harmonizing influence, not only for the individual but for the whole world.
Along with the Transcendental Meditation® technique, Maharishi Gandharva Veda is another technology that increases total brain functioning. Scientific research studies have shown the influence of this music on the areas of consciousness, behavior and physiology. By integrating the brain functions of humans, it produces a state of relaxation and promotes the experience of bliss. As a result, people experience decreased tension, irritability, and lethargy. With the settling down of mental activity, there is also a tendency to experience finer states of awareness.
Maharishi Gandharva Veda offers ragas for all the 24 hours of the day, featuring various instruments such as the sitar, flute and santoor. It is best to listen to the music in a relaxed position with closed eyes. The ragas are ideal if you want to unwind in the evening and be able to fall asleep, or if you want to take a 10-minute break from work. You can listen to them anywhere, with a portable CD player, to relax and recharge yourself.
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