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Shankha (Conch-Shell) and Murali (Bamboo Flute) Spiritual and Musical Expressions of Vedic Hinduism. M.G. Prasad Department of Mechanical Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, New Jersey 07040 mprasad@stevens.edu. Vedic Hinduism. Vedas are the source literature.

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shankha conch shell and murali bamboo flute spiritual and musical expressions of vedic hinduism

Shankha (Conch-Shell) and Murali (Bamboo Flute)Spiritual and Musical Expressions of Vedic Hinduism

M.G. Prasad

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey 07040

mprasad@stevens.edu

vedic hinduism
Vedic Hinduism
  • Vedas are the source literature.
  • Vedas are infinitely large collection of mantras (chants)
  • Vedas and Vedic literature deal with all aspects of life.
  • Acoustics plays an important role in Vedas and Vedic literature.
vedic knowledge as an inverted tree
Vedic Knowledge as an Inverted Tree

Bramhan - God

Non - Dual Reality

4 Vedas

Vedic literature

Integrated knowledge of Spirituality and Science

vedic order of natural elements and perception
Vedic order of natural elements and perception

Element Sense of perception

  Space Sound (hear)

Air Touch and Sound

Fire See, Touch and Sound

Water Taste,See,Touch and Sound

Earth Smell,Taste,See,Touch, Sound

  • Space is characterized by only sound
  • Sound is the most subtle sense of perception
nature is inspiration
Nature is inspiration
  • Sound especially from nature provides a spiritual means for humans.
  • Music (in Sanskrit) called Sangeeta includes Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance.
  • The notes of music are derived from nature (for ex: from sounds of animals and birds).
  • Music and Dance are part of religious offering in a Hindu worship.