Music can lift your spirits and moods. Did you know that Indian ragas have an Ayurvedic connection to spiritual healing too? Find out more about ragas in music and how they can have a soothing and calming effect.
Meaning of Ragas
A raga is considered a melodic mode in classical Indian music. Every raga has its own melodic structure. Ragas are considered to have the ability to ‘color the mind’ of the audience and change their current state of emotions. Each raga consists of a minimum of at least five notes. Ragas can be reordered as per the musician, however, each specific raga is either always ascending or descending. Ragas are known to have symbolic associations with the seasons, time and moods.
Ragas and Ayurveda
The therapeutic effect of ragas is an age old remedy in Hindu philosophy. It is described as the ancient system of Nada yoga. Ragas channelize vibrations released by sounds to uplift the patient’s consciousness. Ragas are considered as a yoga system that work through the medium of sonorous sounds. Depending on the nature of the raga, it can either intensify joy or sorrow. It also has the ability to enhance feelings of peace. Performing or listening to different ragas can work as medicine for patients. Ragas must be used in combination with Ayurveda in order to be rendered useful. Ragas are divided and played according to your dosha. Each dosha has a different set of healing ragas.
The time assigned to the raga is also an important factor. The time of the day when the raga is being used must coincide with your dosha type. Kaphas are usually recommended early morning ragas known as Bhairav. Late morning or early afternoon is associated with Pitta dosha. Dhanashri and Marwa ragas can be used for Vata dosha, in the evenings.
An essential part of the raga healing is that it is delivered in the right pitch. An appropriate mood has to be evoked in the listener's mind before the treatment is started.