Tuesday, 27 January 2015

नेटवर्क की मेमोरी में गुम हो रही यादाश्त
इंटरनेट ने उम्र का एक चक्र पूरा कर लिया है। इसकी खूबियों और इसकी उपयोगिता की चर्चा तो बहुत हो ली, अब इसके दूसरे पहलुओं पर भी ध्यान जाने लगा है। कई देशों के न्यूरो वैज्ञानिक व मनोवैज्ञानिक, लोगों पर इंटरनेट और डिजिटल डिवाइस से लंबे समय तक पड़ने वाले प्रभाव का अध्ययन कर रहे हैं। मुख्य रूप से इन शोधों का केंद्र युवा पीढ़ी पर नई तकनीक के संभावित प्रभाव की ओर झुका हुआ है, क्योंकि वे ही इस तकनीक के पहले और सबसे बड़े उपभोक्ता बन रहे हैं। साल 2011 में हार्वर्ड यूनिवर्सिटी और यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ कोलंबिया द्वारा किए गए रिसर्च में यह निष्कर्ष निकाला गया था की युवा पीढ़ी किसी भी सूचना को याद करने का तरीका बदल रही है, क्योंकि वह आसानी से इंटरनेट पर उपलब्ध है। वे कुछ ही तथ्यों को याद रखते हैं, बाकी के लिए इंटरनेट का सहारा लेते हैं। इसे गूगल इफेक्ट या गूगल-प्रभाव कहा जाता है।
इसी दिशा में कैस्परस्की लैब ने साल 2015 में डिजिटल डिवाइस और इंटरनेट से सभी पीढ़ियों पर पड़ने वाले प्रभाव के ऊपर शोध किया है। कैस्परस्की लैब ने ऐसे छह हजार लोगों की गणना की, जिनकी उम्र 16-55 साल तक थी। यह शोध कई देशों में जिसमें ब्रिटेन, फ्रांस, जर्मनी, इटली, स्पेन आदि देशों के 1,000 लोगों पर फरवरी 2015 में ऑनलाइन किया गया। शोध में यह पता चला की गूगल-प्रभाव केवल ऑनलाइन तथ्यों तक सीमित न रहकर उससे कई गुना आगे हमारी महत्वपूर्ण व्यक्तिगत सूचनाओं को याद रखने के तरीके तक पहुंच गया है। शोध बताता है कि इंटरनेट हमें भुलक्कड़ बना रहा है, ज्यादातर युवा उपभोक्ताओं के लिए, जो कि कनेक्टेड डिवाइसों का प्रयोग करते हैं, इंटरनेट न केवल ज्ञान का प्राथमिक स्रोत है, बल्कि उनकी व्यक्तिगत जानकारियों को सुरक्षित करने का भी मुख्य स्रोत बन चुका है।
इसे कैस्परस्की लैब ने डिजिटल एम्नेशिया का नाम दिया है। यानी अपनी जरूरत की सभी जानकारियों को भूलने की क्षमता के कारण किसी का डिजिटल डिवाइसों पर ज्यादा भरोसा करना कि वह आपके लिए सभी जानकारियों को एकत्रित कर सुरक्षित कर लेगा। 16 से 34 की उम्र वाले व्यक्तियों में से लगभग 70 प्रतिशत लोगों ने माना कि अपनी सारी जरूरत की जानकारी को याद रखने के लिए वे अपने स्मार्टफोन का उपयोग करते है। इस शोध के निष्कर्ष से यह भी पता चला कि अधिकांश डिजिटल उपभोक्ता अपने महत्वपूर्ण कांटेक्ट नंबर याद नहीं रख पाते हैं।
एक यह तथ्य भी सामने आया कि डिजिटल एम्नेशिया लगभग सभी उम्र के लोगों में फैला है और ये महिलाओं और पुरुषों में समान रूप से पाया जाता है। ज्यादा प्रयोग के कारण डिजिटल डिवाइस से हमारा एक मानवीय रिश्ता सा बन गया है, पर तकनीक पर अधिक निर्भरता हमें मानसिक रूप से पंगु भी बना सकती है। इसलिए इंटरनेट का इस्तेमाल जरूरत के वक्त ही किया जाए।
मुकुल श्रीवास्तव, असिस्टेंट प्रोफेसर, लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय

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How does Indian classical  music therapy work on the chakra system?

In our day-to-day life, we find that all the seven chakras are not  active all the time. Some do not work properly, as there are some  hindrances, due to lack of required energy power. Since these chakras  are connected with different organs, any hindrance in their functioning  creates physical imbalance in the person. Emotional and mental  imbalance are also seen depending upon the state of the chakras. Indian  classical music produces different effects such as heating, cooling,  soothing and emotional psyche of the listener. When the energy,  vibrations and frequency of Indian classical music match with the  energy, vibrations and frequency of the chakras, they get activated.  This inner integration makes a natural path for the Kundalini to rise  upward. When rising, the Kundalini nourishes the chakras and provides  proper energy to them. Since organs are connected with the chakras,  they also get the proper and adequate energy required and thus the  balance is restored. Once the Kundalini finds its path to rise, it  rises and pierces through the fontanel bone area and forms connection  with the cosmic energy (power of divine love): it enlightens the brain  and activates all the nerves in the brain, which in return, enlighten  the heart.
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Chemistry of the human body and emotions of the human mind
are tightly coupled and affect each other. Sound affects water (see Masaru Emoto) 72% of our body is made up of water. Hence different 'swara's (and their combinations) have different effects on the human mind and body. How they affect is governed by the 3 ayurvedic tendencies of 'vata', pitta' and 'kapha' which work in a cyclic order, both on a 24 hour clock as well as a 12 month clock.

Musical geniuses of the past have minutely studied this causality and as a result, 'raga' timings are recommended. I am not aware of contemporary reaffirmation of the recommendations of the past
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Music and Meditation
Mind is the wave emerging from the subtle transformation of bio-magnetism in living beings. This wave as any other wave in the nature is characterized by a frequency. There has been plenty of research which has shown that human mental frequency works from 14 to 40 Hz. These waves have been commonly identified in 4 different ranges namely: Alpha, Beta, Theta and Delta waves.
Beta waves (ranging from 13-30 Hz) are most typically associated with normal waking states in which we are focused on external stimuli. Beta is born out of our basic survival orientation and is most present when we are sorting out and making sense of the external world. Beta affords the quickest response and allows us to attend to the largest number of things. Beta is increased in moments of stress or anxiety, enabling us to manage situations and solve immediate problems.
 Alpha waves (ranging from 8-13 Hz) indicate an alert state with quiet mind. In this state, attention may be focused outward for problem solving or inward to achieve an alert meditative state. Increase alpha is often present in people who practice meditation or yoga.
Theta waves (ranging from 3.5-8Hz) reflect a mind state that is attuned to visualization, imagery and creative inspiration. These are produced during deep meditation. This is experienced during the dream state of our sleep. Delta waves (ranging from 0.5-3.5 Hz) are associated with the deepest levels of physical relaxation. The slowest of the brainwave frequencies, Delta is the rhythm of dreamless sleep. Delta waves are associated with physical rejuvenation and healing.
Art of Meditation is age-old and in general focused towards voluntary reduction of mental frequency and to reach subtler realms of consciousness. At this state of mind the whole gross as well as subtle planes of human body is rejuvenated.  Sound on the other hand is also a vibrating wave characterized by different frequencies or what we commonly know it as pitch. There is a clear relationship between sound and mind, both being waves. Sound waves can affect human mind either to increase its frequency or reduce its frequency, thus music characterized by the art to reduce mind frequency helps to gain deep meditative states.
Sri Swamiji’s music, originated from the ancient tradition of Raga Ragini system, is aimed at shifting the level of consciousness of the listeners to subtler mind frequencies thus helping them experience inner peace, harmony and quietness of mind.


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Music Therapy

PRESENT MUSIC THERAPY, BASICALLY ITS RAGA CHIKITSA AS MENTIONED IN OUR SACRED TEXTS AND IN YOGA.

Music and Stress Relief

It is with great dedication and devotion I have composed this music for stress relief  .  This was done by me when a famous Ayurvedic group approached me and asked for a soothing music that could bring down the stress level.   This particular music is played during their Panchakarma Chikitsa session which is done during the morning hours.

 When the Sun fades and all extroversion, entertainment, and distraction is denied to Man, the mind retreats into a state of meditative introversion we call sleep. Thoughts that are unfinished in the mind, during the day, continue throughout the night in the forms of dreams, striving towards their resolution, as part of the brain’s intrinsic mechanism to find order. In a sense then, sleep is Nature’s way of reuniting Man with him or herself, enabling that which lies dormant in the hidden recesses of the mind, to reveal and express itself in secure isolation from the world.

 The dawn of a morning then, has tremendous significance. It is the first witness of the conscious mind to the revelations of the night. To many, the waking hours may express the calm satisfaction of a release, the relief of a burden, and a feeling of pious quietude. To others, however, the meditation of sleep may have brought to the surface of the mind, the most secret burdens of one’s life, and leave one in emotional turmoil. Therefore, if one were to provide a general description of the mood of a morning, perhaps it would be one of serenity and depth, holy, while simultaneously tinged with emotions ranging from great disturbance to supreme calmness.

  A musical note has its own distinct psychological effect or emotion, and is also related specifically to a colour, mood, chakra, and time of day. Raga Bowli is chosen to promote relaxation and prevents the effects of chronic stress , promoting emotional well being and  maintaining positive mental health to begin the day. The slower tempo of Raga Bowli in the composition  promotes a calm and meditative state. Breathing and heart rate is altered by listening to the music – here it is Bhagavad Gita the Supreme Manthra and Chapter 9 Raja Vidya deeply penetrates in to the human system through the Ajna Chakra.

 (Ajna Chakra – the third eye point-  this is the intellectual center where your intuition and imagination blossom. It encourages self-reflection and is related to mental clarity. )

 Close your eyes and concentrate on the Ajna Chakra and imagine the Sarvaathmaswaroopa  Lord Sri Krishna   while listening to the music.

Raga Chikitsa

 Simply defined, Raga Chikitsa means “healing through the use of raga.” Raga Chikitsa is defined as “the knowledge of how to use raga for the purposes of healing. Fundamental features of Raga Chikitsa is the classification of the ragas based on their elemental composition (ether, air, fire, water, earth) and the proper use of the elements to balance the nature of the imbalance.

Ragas are closely related to different parts of the day acording to changes in nature and development of a particular emotion, mood or sentiment in the human mind. Music is considered the best tranqulliser in modern days of anxiety, tension and high blood pressure.

It is believed that the human body is dominated by the three Doshas – Kaph, Pitta and Vata. These elements work in a cyclic order of rise and fall during the 24 hour period. Also, the reaction of these three elements differ with the seasons. Hence it is said that performing or listening to a raga at the proper allotted time can affect the health of human beings.

The power of  musical vibrations connects in some manner all things and all beings and all beings in the universe on all plants of existence.  The human body has 72,000 astral nerves (Nadis) which incessantly vibrate in a specific rhythmic pattern. Disturbance in their rhythmic vibration is the root cause of disease. The musical notes restore their normal rhythm, there by bringing about good health.
Listen with your heart and not your intellect. :)