Verses on musical sciences such as Raga and mantra chanting are recorded in the Vedas (1500 BCE – 500 BCE), the oldest Hindu scriptures. The chanting of mantras and hymns from the Rig Veda, and music from the Sama Veda was practiced by yogis, sadhus and the local community. Raga is considered a form of Nāda Yoga—the Yoga of Sound.
The word Yoga means “Union,” and by studying Nāda Yoga, we learn to use sound to achieve a deep sense of unity with nature and the divine.
Poetic themes of devotion, love, humanity, divinity, the natural cycle (seasons) and spiritual concepts are interwoven with Raga (melody) Tala (rhythm) and Bhava (emotion). These have the ability to take singers, musicians and listeners deeper within themselves, to reach states of love, peace and truth.