GHOST AND MUSIC STORY (Post No.4606)

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 11 JANUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4606

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India is a paradise for lovers of folk tales; all the Indian languages have hundreds of folk tales. Several people have collected them and published them for the benefit of the future generations. Natesa Sastri of Tamil Nadu has published some folk tales in Tamil and English. I am giving below my own translation of a folk tale about ghosts.

A poor Brahmin lived in a town in Tamil Nadu. He tried all the tricks in his bag to earn his livelihood but failed. So, he thought that it was his bad Karma (evil things he did) of the previous birth and it should be spent by going to Kasi—that is Varanasi, the holiest city for the Hindus. He started on his journey with some pack lunch.

 

In those days, people who go on pilgrimage or long journeys used to take packed lunch that will last at least for a few days. On his way he saw a shady tree and a tank. So he decided to take rest and have his lunch there. First he went to wash his hands and feet in the tank. But he heard a voice, “Don’t wash your hands and feet”. He ignored the warning and went ahead with his plans. When he was about to eat he heard the voice again warning him not to eat. But his hunger did not wait for anything and so he consumed his food. While he was about to leave the place, the third warning came saying not to proceed any further and to stop.

 

The poor Brahmin stopped and asked who the person was issuing such warnings. A Brahma Rakshas appeared before him and told him his story. Brahma Rakshas means a Brahmin Ghost. If a Brahmin does not do his duty and he meets with some untimely death, then that person will become a Brahmin ghost.

This Brahmin was very greedy and possessive and so he did not teach his music to anyone in the Purva janma/ previous birth and so he became a Brahmarakshas/ ghost. He continued his story saying that he was now tormented by the bad music of a Nagaswara Vidwan in a temple just outside the forest. The ghost requested the poor Brahmin to take it to another place where he cant hear music with any bad or discordant notes (Abaswara).

 

Nagaswara= traditional music pipes in Tamil Temples

Vidwan = a musician or a scholar

 

The poor Brahmin readily agreed and asked what he would get in turn. The ghost told him that it would enter the daughter of Mysore Maharaja, King of Mysore, and wait for the Brahmin to return from Kasi/Benares. As soon as he comes into the room of King’s daughter he would run away and the king would give him a big prize. The verbal agreement was done and executed. The ghost put one condition. The Brahmin should do the ghostbusting only once and if at all he tried for the second time he would be finished.

 

After a few months, the Brahmin returned from Kasi via Mysore. He stayed there in an old woman’s house. When he asked the lady the latest news in that part of the country, the lady told the Brahmin that the king’s daughter was possessed by a ghost and not even the biggest magician or sorcerer of the land could drive it away. And the king had announced a big reward for any one driving the ghost out.  Immediately the Brahmin planned his next move.

When he went to the king the next day, the king did not have much faith in him but allowed him to try ghost busting. As soon as the poor Brahmin entered the room of king’s daughter, the Brahmarakshas recognised the Brahmin and ran away reminding him the condition (that he should not try sorcery for the second time). When the king’s daughter became a normal woman, the king was very happy and gave the Brahmin several villages and a bag of gold coins.

 

The Brahmin went home and settled happily in life. As the time went by the Brahmarakshas went to the palace of king of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and now his daughter was possessed with this Brahmarakshas. That king also tried all the sorcerers to drive it away. When all the attempts failed, he came to know that Mysore Maharaja tried one magician and succeeded. Somehow They found out the address of this Brahmin and contacted him through Mysore Maharaja. It gave him jitters.

 

The Brahmin had to go to Thiruvananthapuram under the orders of Mysore Maharaja. He went and dragged the matter for many months without visiting the palace citing bad omens. One day he made up his mind and arranged everything for the future of the family and boldly went into the palace. He thought that it was his last day on earth.

 

He entered the room where the possessed girl was sitting. As soon as he entered the room the Brahmarakshas- Brahmin ghost- recognised him and reminded its condition. It took a big iron rod and came running to attack the Brahmin. His body was shivering but his brain worked. He shouted

“If you come near me I will call the Nagaswara Vidwan’ (of discordant note) to come here. He is waiting just outside”. The minute the ghost heard the name of the Abaswara (discordant note, out of tune) Nagaswara musician it ran away from the palace itself! The daughter of the king became normal. The king was extremely happy and gave the Brahmin a big pot of gold coins and lot of villages.

 

Even ghosts hate music with discordant notes!

Sing well or Don’t sing at all!

 

–Subham–

 

The Efficacy of Mantras (Post No. 2435)

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Written by S NAGARAJAN

Date: 28 December 2015

 

Post No. 2435

 

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By S.Nagarajan

 

Vedas are the genesis of the Hindu religion. Vedas are eternal sounds. The source of sound is in the atoms of air and the quality of the sound follows the exit of the air propelled by the attempt of the speaker through particular anatomical parts of the mouth and its precincts.

 

 

Each and every sound has its own meaning and corresponding effect.

The Sanskrit word mantra means potent sounds or words.

Mantras are ‘heard’ or ‘seen’ by the great sages and hence unwritten. Vedic Mantras are innumerable and the correct mantra is to be used as per the correct intonation to achieve a desired result.

 

Indra satru

 

One interesting incident is described in Hindu Scriptures. Where the object of a sacrifice was ‘to generate such a person as is capable of killing Indra (God of devas or Angels), and for that purpose, the invocation should be ‘svahendrasatrurvadhasva’ the chanting of this invocation with a wrong intonation on the first syllable ‘Indra’ produced the contrary result, for a person was generated, but he was killed by Indra. The compound Indra-satru means either ‘destroyer of Indra’ or ‘one that can be destroyed by Indra’ according to the intonation used on the syllables.

 

That is why it is recommended that the mantras are to be initiated properly by a genuine Guru.

 

In the 18th century Ernest Chladni, a German physicist found that when a violin bow was drawn vertically across the rim of a metal plate the sound waves produced created patterns in sand sprinkled on the plate. The vibration produced by the bow throws the sand particles into violent commotion and when these particles settle down beautiful patterns are formed depending upon the nature of the vibration. These are called Chladni Figures.

 

 

Different musical notes would cause the sand particles to move into geometric patterns.

It is interesting to note that the Indian music swaras, seven in number, sa, ri, ga, ma, pa, da, ni produce and maintain basic emotions also.

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OM and Sri Yantra

 

In the 1960s Hans Jenny, a Swiss Scientist, spent over ten years conducting experiments to discover the effects of sound waves on materials placed on metal plates vibrated with sound. Materials such as glycerin, mercury, gel, powder and iron fillings were used. He photographed the patterns created.

He found that low frequency sounds produced simple geometric shapes in the materials. As the sound frequency was increased, these simple frames would break up and more complex patterns would appear. The sound ‘OH’ would produce a perfect circle.  The sound ‘OM’ produced a pattern that resembles the Shri Yantra; the ancient mandala for ‘OM’ used in India for thousands of years!

 

Alexey  Kulaichev, a Russian Scientist has concluded that Shri Chakra could not be analysed even by the present day computers!

 

 

He says, “I wish to note, however, that the present day level of scientific and technical knowledge is insufficient to analyse the structure of  Sri Yantra .

 

 

“The analysis involves a complex system of algebraic equations and complicated computations which are beyond the capability of the present generations of computers.

 

“How such an object could have appeared in antiquity? How did people there come to know that nine triangles arranged in such a way can intercept each other, their numerous crossing points coinciding? There are many more other questions that I can not answer”

 

 

 

Every Mantra has six aspects: a rishi or Seer, a raga or melody, the Devatha or the presiding Deity, a Bija or seed sound, the Sakthi or power and a kilaka or pillar.

 

 

The Mantras were transmitted from generation to generation from Guru to disciple. The successful use of mantras was and is simply a common part of Indian mentality.

 

 

OM is a powerful, simple mantra that could be recited by anybody. Mantra Sastra or Mantra Scripture says that OM could be chanted in 170 different ways. Madam Blavatsky has quoted some ancient Indian text that it can be chanted in 250 different intonations and that the siddhis or results attained by each method is different and good.

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Gayatri Mantra

 

The power of Gayatri Mantra is indescribable and beyond words. The definition of Gayatri itself indicates the tremendous power of this prayer: Gayantam traete iti Gayatri or that which saves on chanting. The mantra protects the chanter of Gayatri. It is glorified as ‘Mantra Rajam’

 

The Gayatri mantra was discovered by the great sage Viswamitra.

The mantra is given below:

 

Om

Bhur Bhuva Svaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi

Dhiyo yonah Prachodayat

The mantra may be translated as follows:

 

Om. We meditate upon the spiritual effulgence of THAT Adorable supreme Divine Reality the Source of the physical, the Astral and the Heavenly Spheres of Existence.

May THAT supreme Divine Being enlighten which our Intellect.

The mantra consists of 24 syllables.

 

 

24 rishis or sages are associated with each syllable. Similarly each syllable is associated with 24 special powers and 24 flowers.

 

 

Automatically the chanter will get all the benefits and all round success. Each syllable bestows a particular ‘Siddhi’ or power.

 

 

The twenty four powers are: Strength, Energy, Attraction, Suggestion, Motion, Awe, Discrimination, Activity, Courage, Memory, Determination, Desire, Affection, Aversion, Union, Disunion, Analytic capacity, Synthetic capacity, Hearing, Touch, Sight, Taste, Smell and Knowledge.

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(c) British Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

 

Nadir Shah and Guru Charndas

 

Nadir Shah, the King of Iran heard about the golden treasures of India and suddenly he decided to invade India. He attacked Delhi with all his might. Mohemmed Shah, the then ruler of Delhi gave a fitting reply in the battle field. Nadir Shah was defeated. He returned to Iran with disappointment. Mohemmed Shah had written a letter to Nadir Shah stating that he was informed by a sage about Nadir Shah’s invasion and was advised to prepare himself for the fight. Hence he was able to defeat him easily. Nadir shah waswonderstruck. He wanted to see the sage. Mohemmed shah obliged. Nadir shah prostrated before the sage Guru Charandas and asked him how he knew that he would attack Delhi, for he himself did not conceive the very idea six months back. Charandas replied that through Gayatri Mantra everything is possible.

 

 

Even today in the village of Sukradal, Uttarpradesh, India, he is being remembered every year during the festival of ‘Gayatri Jayanthi’ or ‘Birthday festival of Gayatri’.

It is worth mentioning about the Agnihotra  which saved two families in Bhopal.

 

All of us very well know the tragic incident that occurred on the night of December 3, 1984 when the poisonous MIC gas leaked from Union Carbide factory at Bhopal. Hundreds of people died and thousands were hospitalized but there were two families – those of Shri Sohan Lal S Khushwaha and Shri M.L. Rathore, living about one mile away from the plant who came out unscathed. These families were regularly performing agnihotra (havan). In these families nobody died, nobody was even hospitalized despite being present in the area worst affected by the leakage of the toxic gas. This observation implies that agnihotra is a proven antidote to pollution.

 

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Akbar and Tansen

 

The power of sound can better be explained from the following incident!

 

The great Emperor Akbar heard about the talents of famous musician Tansen (1492-1589 A.D) and invited him to his court. Tansen was given a place of honour among the nine jewels like Birbal, Abdul Fazal,Todarmal and Rahim in Akbar’s court.

 

 

Tansen symbolized the best in Hindusthani Music. Tansen with his enchanting music made ‘ the trees swing and the rocks sway’! Once Akbar wanted Tansen to sing a special music known as ‘Deepak Rag’ which produced lightning effect.

 

Deepak in Sanskrit means ‘Light’. Tansen requested Akbar to erect a special platform near a lake for his performance. Akbar ordered immediately to erect the platform wondering why it should be constructed, near a lake! Tansen started singing the special music ‘Deepak Rag’. Suddenly his body temperature went up! He had to jump into the lake to save himself from being burned and suffering from electric shock. The lightning  effect was caused by the vibrations of the music or sound!

 

 

The scientific studies on the effect of Mantras and Sound reveal that the ancient seers are themselves perfect spiritual scientists. They have shown the perfect way for the betterment of the mankind.

 

 

Let us  recite the mantras as instructed by the great seers for the betterment of the world!

 

Sarve Jana Sukino bhavanthu!

–subham–