Introduction to Gayatri … Continued from the previous issue
The primary sounds have forms which is very well known to classical music. Particular tunes produce particular forms. Only those who are perceptible will get it. Sounds are in the molecular form.
Each note of music possesses a form of its own. For the one who is not perceptible, it would be quite impossible to combine them into a tune. This theory is based on the fact that each of the 50 sounds has specific energies. The principle of sound is confirmed by historical evidence. When Tansen sung in the court of Akbar it used to rain or it would light up the lamps in the court.
Thus, it is clear that Indian music is based on sound vibrations creating Nadabrahma theory. There are seven notes in Indian music and each have a form. Covering seven areas, producing seven tunes they are represented by seven forms of Gayatri, who is Parashakti. The veena is built on the science of Indian music.
There are 24 letters in Gayatri; the three paadas in Gayatri are related to the three styles / levels of Indian music. The four strings of Veena are based on the four Vedas. Together the styles and strings comprise the seven. Om contains all seven notes and seven tunes of music. Gayatri Devi is worshipped as saptamatrukas because of her being the seven rhythms and seven swaras representing forms of seven mothers. Om is the condensed form of Gayatri.
Indian music has its spiritual origin apart from producing melodies, rhythms, intonating devotional music. Vak tatva – the speech principle – which is hidden form of cosmic music, was given by Goddess Saraswathi with great love to humanity.
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