Awakening: Raga Bhairav
Raga Bhairav is an early morning raga that is ideal for meditation, contemplation, and introspection. The optimal time is pre-dawn, dawn, and the first few hours after dawn. Bhairav is a wrathful aspect of Lord Shiva and symbolizes the power and determination to break through thoughts and habit patterns to reach a state of peace and tranquility. Morning sets the tone for the entire day. Due to modern lifestyle and/or habit, often we rush into our day unconsciously. Taking some time to start the day in a peaceful way has many benefits such as a calmer state of mind, less stress, and more vitality, leading to improved quality of life and less dis-ease. It is also helpful to set an intention for the day, for what we would like to accomplish and our demeanor throughout the day. The album is structured in a way to first support sitting quietly in meditation, doing pranayama, and/or gentle warm-ups. Then rhythm and an increased tempo are added to encouragement movement and to build energy. It then slows down for a final relaxation. However, feel free to choose your own order. Indian classical music dates back to Vedic times - the rishis (ancient seers of India), deep in meditation, contemplated sound vibrations and tonal patterns and their effect on consciousness. Raga is a Sanskrit word which means "that which colors or leaves an impression", and consists of "rules" - specific notes, musical phrases, emphasized notes, specific embellishments, and so on. A raga is rendered through a sequence of movements with improvisation and thus is different every time it is played.