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Music in the Vedas: Its Magico-Religious Significance

by Ganesh Umakant Thite

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In this book an attempt is made to study the vedic music as a magico-religious phenomenon. Music is believed to be either a power-substance or a means to please the gods. Music can attract gods and make them do according to the desires of musicians or it can please gods and then the gods will grant the desired results to the musicians. A musician can get the desired results with the help of music without the help of gods also. Music is useful in order to get rain, food, cattle, long life, progeny, victory in the battles etc. It can be useful to kill the enemies black-magically. The vedic musical instruments also are supposed to be useful in order to get these results.

Music and musicians are sometimes glorified and sometimes condemned. The musicians occupy double position in the society because they are believed to be power carriers. Music, like electriciy, is indifferent by itself. It can be useful or harmful according to the way it is used. It can be auspicious or inauspicious. It can bring social harmony or create quarrels. The divine musicians like Gandharvas and Apsarases are also double-natured. They are connected with fertility as well as sterility.

Vedic music is a part of vedic sacrifices. Vedic music is not meant for the entertainment of human beings. It is a means to achieve the desired goals in a magico-religious manner. This book aims at studying all these aspects.

Table of Contents:

1. Acknowledgement
2. Introduction
3. Dvisvabhava (Double-Natured) Music
4. Music: A Power Substance
5. Music and Gods
6. Music and Sacrifice
7. Some Musical Elements
  • Words
  • Vasatkara
  • Himkara
  • Musical Instruments
  • Metres
8. Gandharvas and Apsarases
  • Results of Music
  • Music and Rain
  • Music and Food
  • Music and Cattle etc
  • Music and Medicine
  • Music and Long Life
  • Music and Generation
  • Music and Death etc
  • Removal of Evil
  • Music and Evil Beings
  • Music and Light
  • Music and War
  • Music and Victory over the Worlds
  • Music in the Abhicara-(Sorcery-)rites
  • Music and Sleep
  • Music and Fulfilment of Desires
9. Doctrine of Music in the Veda
  • Nature of Music: Comparisons and Identifications
  • Ways of Performing Music
  • Directives of the Musical Performance
  • Cosmic Music
  • Music and Knowledge
10. Conclusion
11. Bibliography
12. Index

About the Author:
Ganesh Umakant Thite was educated in Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and University of Poona. He has been teaching and working as a research scholar in the Department of Sanskrit, University of Poona, since 1979.





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Title: Music in the Vedas: Its Magico-Religious Significance
Author(s): Ganesh Umakant Thite
ISBN: 9788185616421
Year of Publication: 1997
Bibliographic Information: 386 Pages
Format: Soft Cover
Language: English
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