Music and Five Elements Print

Every individual has a peculiar note to himself which is according to his birth planet. For this reason, a certain tune appeals to a particular person according to the grade of his evolution. In the same way, the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) have a sound peculiar to each one of them. In the finer element, the circle of sound expands, and in the grosser element, it narrows.

“Scientists seem to have proven what music lovers have believed for years – that music expands the mind. An area of the brain used to analyze the pitch of a musical note seems to be enlarged by 25% in musicians, compared with people who have never played an instrument. The findings presented in an issue of Nature (Apr 23, 1998) suggest that the area is enlarged through practice and experience”.              

Five Elements:

    Earth:  The earth has various aspects of beauty as well as variety in its sound. Its pitch is on the surface, its form is crescent-like, and its color is yellow. The sound of earth is dim and dull, and produces a thrill, activity and movement in the body. All instruments of wire and gut, as well as instruments of percussion, such as the drum, cymbals etc. represent the sound of the earth.

    Water: The sound of water is deep, its form is serpent like, its color is green, and it is best heard in the roaring of the sea. The sound of running water, of mountain rills, the drizzling and patterning of rain, the sound of water running from a pitcher into a jar, all have smooth and lively effect. The instrument called Jalatarang of Chinese water bowls has a touching effect on the emotions of the heart.

    Fire: The sound of fire is high-pitched and its form is curled. It is heard in the falling of the thunderbolt and in the volcanic eruption, in the sound of fire when blazing; in the sound of crackers, rifles, guns and cannons. All these have a tendency to produce fear.

    Air: The sound of air is wavering and its form is zigzag. Its voice is heard in storms, when the wind blows and in the whisper of the morning breeze. Its effect is piercing and sweeping. The sound of air finds expression in all wind instruments made of wood, brass, and bamboo. The air sound overpowers all other sounds, for it is living, and in every aspect its influence produces ecstasy.

   Ether: The sound of ether is self-contained and it holds all forms and colors. It is the basis for all sounds. Its instrument is the human body because it is audible only through the later. It manifests to man as he purifies his body from material properties.  The body can become its proper instrument when the space within it is opened, when all the nadis (metaphysical energy channels correlating to the physical nerves) are purified. Ecstasy, illumination, restfulness, fearlessness, joy and revelation are the effects of this sound.

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