Saptaswara Ragasagara (1st March 2011)
Music for Meditation and Healing Concert by
His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji along with
Celestial Message Troupe and Music Ensemble of 36 Musicians
Conductor - Asthana Vidwan Sri K.P. Upadhyaya
About the Concept -
Saptaswara Raga Sagara is a unique concept conceived by His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to present the subtle relation between color (light) and sound (nada). Great seers, through several methods, attempted to visualize the incomprehensible omniscient Paramatman, the power behind the creation, sustenance and annihilation of this manifest Universe, of which the entire human existence itself is nothing but a miniscule. The all pervading eternal truth, beyond all attributes (Nirguna) blossomed in the human intellect as an infinite energy with attributes like the power to create, sustain or annihilate. This manifest form was visualized by the Seers after deep contemplation for several years. Some visualized it as the divine light (Paramjyoti) and some others as the Pranava or Omkara the Primordial sound (Nadabrahman), both manifest forms of the same energy. It was obvious to them that the entire creation is filled with this divine light and sound. From this all encompassing Universal energy the five elements manifested and gradually forms and shapes came into existence. Species evolved, each in its own way a miniscule replica of the divine light and sound (the divine spark), each one apparently finite in gross existence but infinite and eternal in its subtle existence. The creation progressed in all fervor, yet beautifully maintaining the same balance of energy and equilibrium.
Light and sound have always formed an inseparable part of human existence. But for the presence of the sun, life is impossible to imagine. While the light of the sun sustains life, the divine light of knowledge graced by the Guru enables one to transgress the barriers of Mundane existence. Aptly Guru is described as “Sishya Hrtpadma Surya” – meaning – (1) Just like the Sun enables the lotus to blossom the Guru kindles the divine spark in the heart of the disciple (2) Just like the lotus yearns for the sun, so should the disciples heart yearn for the Guru’s grace”
But for the presence of color, life would have been miserable. Sage Matanga describes Raga as Musical scale that has the effect of coloring the heart of men. Music and Color have always added not only an aesthetic significance to our lives but also a divine fragrance because of their direct association with divinity. The relationship between music and color has been explored for centuries both by the artists as well as the scientists. While some conclusions of their inter-relationship are obvious and clear, some are unfathomable and immeasurable. Scriptures describe a definite relation between the seven notes of music and the seven colors of the VIBGYOR spectrum. Further these colors and musical notes also happen to be related to the metaphysical energy centers (chakras) of the human body as mentioned in the table below.
Saptaswara Ragasagara is an attempt to bring about relaxation to the mind through the influence of color and sound frequencies there by alleviating the suffering of the body and mind, a process involving principles of yoga, the body-mind relationship and the various psycho-neuro-hormonal changes that occur as a result of such induced relaxation.
About the Compositions
The concert begins with the famous sign in tune ‘Pranavasvaroopam’ in Raga Rushyaketupriya – Rasi Tula (Libra) - a composition on Lord Ganapathy, the remover of all obstacles – describing him as the manifestation of Omkara, the primordial sound. This Raga is invoked for purification of the surrounding and creating the ambience and energetic environment.
This is followed by a set of seven compositions called Saptaswara Ragasagara, each composition representing for One note from Sa to Ni.
She is encompassing the sky, the earth and all the elements, and is the mother of all beings. She is encompassing all the celestial bodies. May she fill my heart with contentment and may she ever remain compassionate towards me. She is endless in her disposition as proclaimed in the Vedas, beyond the reach of the intellect yet dwelling in the heart. She is unparalleled, second to none and non-dual. She dispels the darkness. She is the pinnacle and eternal bliss Sachchidananda adored and embraced by the dense Veda creepers. This composition whenever rendered by Sri Swamiji has always filled the listeners with tremendous energy and calmness. This raga works on the Swadhishthana chakra and is useful for diseases affecting the reproductive organs.
The concert ends with a pleasant sign-off tune ‘Ragaragini Devi Mangalam’ in Raga Sama – Rasi – Kumbha (Aquarius), Element- Air, a soothing finale and tribute to the celestial energy embedded in the various Raga the profoundly influences the human body, mind, plants, animals and nature. This Raga is very helpful for people with insomnia (sleeplessness) and people with sore muscles and calf pains.
About the Artists
Concept, Lyrics, Music - His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji
Datta Veena Synthesizer – His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji
Conductor of the Musical Ensemble – Asthana Vidwan Sri K.P.Upadhyaya
Accompanying Artists (36)
Vocal Trichy K Ramesh, T.S. Pattabhiram Pandit, G.Ravikiran, N.Srinath
Veena R.K.Raghavan, R.K.Padmanabha, M.K.Saraswati,
Sumangali Upadhyaya, Bharati.N, Vani Yadunandan, Manjula
Flute Chandan kumar, Vamshidhar, Mukund L.V, P.V.Phanishree
Jayaprada Rammurthy, Madhura, Smita Kiran
Violin Jaitra Varanasi, Tyagaraja C.N, Dayakara.R, Satishbabu, Kartik.N,
Satish kumar, Smitha H.M, Arjun
Keyboard assistance Narasimham Mani
Mrindangam Shankar Ramesh, Ravishankar. B
Dholak Manjunath M.R
Tabla Mahesh Bhatt
Kanjeera Manipakkam Gopalkrishna
Ghatam Manipakkam Murali
Tanpoora Prasad, Sripad Rao