Music surrounds our lives as we hear it at so many places. We can hear it on the radio, on television, from our car and home stereos and so on. We come across it in the smooth tunes of a classical concert or in the devotional strains, the wedding band or the farmer in the fields breaking into song to express the joy of life. Even singing in the bathroom gives us a happy start to the day.
It has been the condition for ages that music has provided the divine moments in the life of human being. Music has been considered of having the mysterious nature as it shows different effects if heard in different timings and moods. It has been stated that true harmony of music should derive from its true source, the soul. As that music appears from the soul, is bound to appeal all the souls.
It is considered that the music have very powerful effect on the body as well as the mind. As music, due to its subtleness can reach up to the smallest unit of the body hence is considered of having quite a large therapeutic value. It can be easily experienced that on hearing the harmonious music, the effects are acknowledged on the body, the senses and the mind and on the spirit as well. The concept of health depends on these; it can be understood that music does play an important role in wellness of life. Good music floods various kind of emotions in the mind and the effect is obtained on the body and senses then it has to have the important effect on the one who is suffering from a disease and the healthy one too.
In various cultures, the origin of music is discussed.
According to the Indian Doctrine, music is derived from the Gaandharva Veda, a derivative of Saama Veda. In later tradition, music became the part of worship in the form of Naada Brahma and the divine sound of AUM became the symbol. Chanting the auspicious word AUM became the synonym of worshiping the Naada Brahma. During this process, it is considered that various forms of music better known as classical music came into existence.
The importance of music and sound was acknowledged even in the West. The Greeks revered Apollo, the god of music and art as well as healing. Even the Pythagorean School of philosophy had discovered mathematical laws that created what is called ‘the music of the spheres’, and had the developed music therapy to bring mankind in harmony with the celestial spheres.
In Chinese silk-weaving exercises, the only sound that should be heard is that of the body inhaling and exhaling. Similarly, the polyphonic quality in many strains of western classical music originated from the Gregorian and other chants used in the 9th century for ritualized religious purposes.
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