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Meet Biju Ananthakrishnan who introduces the mantra of ‘Meditation through Music’

Biju Ananthakrishnan is a member of the music family who has distributed music for the generosity of Eashwar. He is the successor of many artists such as Sree Oachira Velukkuty, Kandiyoor Ayyappan Bhagavathar, Kandiyoor Parameswaran Kutty, Parameswaran Pillai Ashan.

Ananthakrishnan has composed more than 2000 songs for films, drama, albums and other media. He continuously performed for 12 hours in a music concert in KPAC Kayamkulam on 10th August 2010. Following this, the later successfully conducted a 24 hours continuous music concert at the Abhedasramam in East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd and 23 April 2012.

Biju who is a native of Mavelikara is also known as Sivayogi.

In the spiritual field of Carnatic, Hindustani and Western music, music is a technologically advanced technique that combines music and meditation.

According to the musical magician, ‘music meditation’ is another project for curing deadly diseases like curing it through classical music. It is a great music therapy through which many of the difficulties and illness we may face can be healed through music meditation with a short period of time. Yoga, meditation, music  is the harmony of music meditation.

Now let us take a look at how to do ‘MEDITATION’

Think about one subject only and pay attention to it. Meditation is the cleverness of the mind to the senses, separating the senses from everything. (There are currently countless meditative methods and meanings) Those who have learned Yoga- Sidhasana, Padmasanam or Vajrasana, choose one of these and those who are free will be sitting at the Sukhasana.

1 Kneel down, stretching your lower legs backward and keeping them together. Your big toes should cross each other.

2 Gently lower your body such that your buttocks are resting on your heels and your thighs on your calf muscles.

3 Place your hands on your knees, and set your gaze forward with your head absolutely straight.

4 Turn your attention to your breathing. Be fully aware of how you breathe and carefully observe as you inhale and exhale.

5 You could close your eyes to concentrate on your breathing and to calm your mind.

6 Try to stay in this position for a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes.

PRANAYAMA can be done in the same way.
Poorakam – 4 beat
AntharKumbhakam- 4 beat
Rechakam- 4 beat
BahyaKumbhakam- 4 beat

This is a simple breathing exercise that can be performed very easily. It is the process of breathing to be able to have breath in our limits to put the breath inward, to stop, to get rid of, and to put it out, would have at least 4 beat (4 beat – one bar 4/4, equal half Thalavatam in Carnatic music).

However, the training should be an effort to keep breathing in the order of, 8 to 16 beats. If you cannot, breathe in breathlessness, you can do music with help of Vrindha Vadyam, instruments music. Add the hilariously, read Keerthana and solo, melodies in your mobile.

The thing to note is, only the Ragas or scales that are happy to the mind must be chosen to music meditation, and the rhythm should be 4/4, Chathurasra.

For instance, ragas like Sankarabharanam ( Bilaval – Major diatonic scale ), Mohanam ( Bhoopali- Pentatonic scale), Mehakalyani  (Yaman- Lydian mode) are the best because in this raga or scales, tyhe three notes and three Swaras give happiness to the mind, but the mind is so distressing that it gives a hole of notes or Swaras Sudha Rishabaham, Sadharana Gandharam, Sudha Dhayvatham, Kaishika Nishadam-Komala Swaram, flat or sharp rhythm 4/4.

When you meditate 12 times every day on the above-mentioned pattern, the breathing will become more and the nerves get oxygen and the fear of anxiety and mental retardation get reduced.

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