Music, Survival and Spirituality: Patterns Arising from Nature and Man

Sadhguru: 7 Notes, 7 Chakras: Music, Spirituality and the Body (VIDEO).

Universality of Musical Tones

Seven Tones All Music

As indicated in the article linked above, all music is comprised of divisions of sound into pitches, and more often than not, there are 7 basic notes.

Beyond that, harmony between notes stems from naturally occurring harmonics found in any pure tone.

Music was not "invented", it was discovered and arose from relationships and balances already occurring in nature.

And music evolved as a connection of man to Other, whether to land, plants, animals, food, rituals, or gods.

Music connected humans inextricably with daily activities, enhancing rhythm and efficiency. It helped primitive societies to transmit complex survival techniques and to remember them deeply to pass them on to the next generation.

Songs were used to measure distance and remember convoluted paths across terrain. Music enabled trance states from which shamans could best divine answers to problems.

Though classical music has evolved to a highly refined state, it has its roots in these evolutionary stepping stones throughout human culture.

Excerpts from the article linked above indicate these broad similarities among all musics of the world:

"Whether you listen to tribal music in Africa, the most evolved music of India or even Western classical music which has evolved in a different direction -- wherever you go -- there are only seven notes. It can't be an accident. It definitely cannot be an accident because all these cultures and their music have evolved completely, without any communication between them.

In India, music was not just entertainment, it was a spiritual process. The classical music, the way sound is used - the ragas (melodies), the talas (rhythms) - everything is such that if you get deeply involved in it, it will bring meditativeness. You will see that a person who is very deeply involved in classical music will be saint-like. Have you have seen this? If you have seen a person who is very deeply involved in classical music, he becomes like a saint because it makes him meditative. It was not that somebody invented it just for entertainment. Entertainment was not the attitude of life. Everything was a spiritual process to reach a higher level of consciousness. "

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2 comments for “Music, Survival and Spirituality: Patterns Arising from Nature and Man

  1. July 2, 2010 at

    The connection between music and spirituality has long been something I've almost taken for granted. There have been very few musicians to my knowledge who denied their spirituality for very long., especially in their later years. Both are distinctively human, discounting the birdsong that awakens me each morning, and might well be used to help define us from other species. Some have postulated that music came before speech in human evolution, and the near universality of music vs. the ethnocentric limitations of speech are a good argument for that case. Our total reliance on speech is one of the reasons for our failure to communicate, often with tragic results. Imagine men making war if they were all playing musical instruments! As a society we know how to use each type of music to advantage in a given setting but have neglected the training of our young in the ritual, symbolic and spiritual aspects of music, which now seems relegated to commercial, entertainment and decorative functions. Music turns the chaos of existence and our lives into something tangibly real and sensible because it delights the soul, and reminds us that we can at least feel immortal as we face the limits of our existence. Bravo to Beethoven and Bono for that!

    • July 3, 2010 at

      Wow. Great comment. Thank you!

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