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Ancient sounds & Sacred geometry

This ancient Indian Raag is rendered at the time when candles are put on. Its original name is Raag Kalyan and only during the Mughal's rule the name Yaman was introduced and became current. Raag Yaman's approximate age spans centuries, with its roots deeply embedded in the historical evolution of Indian classical music, making it one of the ancient and enduring raags in the Hindu tradition, inter alia. It is suggested that Yaman/Kalyan experienced a transformation credited to Abu'l Hasan Yamīn ud-Dīn Khusrau (≈ †1253; *1325), who not only gave it the name Yaman but also played a role in its evolution. The origins of the Yaman raag can be traced back to the Kalyaan Thaat, classifying it as an Aasreya Raag within this Thaat (see also Kaufmann, 1968). The tonal progressions in Yaman Raag often exhibit a zigzag pattern, featuring sequences with a gap of one or more notes. For instance, Wikipedia authors write that "this pattern frequently includes a preference for reversing the order of notes, such as DNS' mDN GmD RGm N,GR or MDNS' GmDN RGmD N,RGm D,N,GR." The process of rendering a raga involves certain mathematical and geometric concepts. For example, the division of the octave into a specific number of swaras (notes), the use of rhythmic cycles (talas), and the mathematical precision in the execution of ornamentations (gamakas) all contribute to the performance and æsthetics of a raga.
See also: Dandawate, Y. H., Kumari, P., & Bidkar, A. (2015). Indian instrumental music: Raga analysis and classification. 2015 1st International Conference on Next Generation Computing Technologies (NGCT), 725–729.

श्री यन् Sri Yantra

The Sri Yantra, also known as the Sri Chakra, is a sacred geometric pattern and a powerful symbol in Vedic traditions. It holds significant spiritual and philosophical meanings. It has ancient roots and is considered one of the oldest (archetypal) symbols with profound semiotic pertinence. The exact age of the Sri Yantra is challenging to ascertain. Its origins are often traced back to ancient Indian scriptures and practices, and it has been part of Hindu and Tantric traditions for millenia. Sources indicate that it originated over 5,000 years ago, possibly much older. Click here to view related references.
Geometric Precision:
The Sri Yantra is a complex geometric figure consisting of nine interlocking triangles that radiate from a central point (cf. Fibonacci sequence; see also Sisodiya, 2023). The precision and bilateral symmetry of the design represent the fundamental principles of cosmos (viz., order) and the underlying structure of the universe.
The nine interwoven isosceles triangles in the Sri Yantra symbolise the divine feminine (yoni) and masculine (linga), representing Shakti or the cosmic energy.
The bindu (central point) represents the unmanifested absolute reality or the cosmic source from which existence emanates. It symboloises the original unity of the male and female form prior to creation.
The concentric circles around the bindu symbolise the layers of creation and the various levels of consciousness. Note that this synopsis cannot do any justice to the symbolic complexity of the yantra.
Mystical Powers:
The Sri Yantra is considered a mystical diagram that embodies spiritual and cosmic energies.
Meditating on the Sri Yantra is believed to enhance spiritual growth, bring about prosperity, and promote overall psychological well-being.
Tantric Practices:
In Tantric traditions, the Sri Yantra is used as a tool for meditation and ritual worship.
Each triangle and intersection point within the Sri Yantra corresponds to specific deities and energies.
Sacred Geometry:
The geometric patterns of the Sri Yantra are aligned with the principles of sacred geometry, emphasizing harmony, balance, and interconnectedness.
Yantra Puja:
The Sri Yantra is often used in Yantra Puja, a ritualistic worship where the practitioner focuses on the visual representation of the yantra to connect with higher spiritual energies.
Universal Harmony:
The intricate design of the Sri Yantra is believed to represent the harmonious interplay of cosmic forces and the unity of the material and spiritual realms.
In brevi, the Sri Yantra is a timeless symbol with deep spiritual significance, and its age underscores its relevance in various mystical and philosophical traditions. It serves as a focal point for meditation, worship, and spiritual contemplation for humans seeking a connection with the divine and the universal order.

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Favaron, P., & Bensho, C. (2022). Rao bewa: los cantos medicinales del pueblo shipibo-konibo. Literatura: Teoría, Historia, Crítica, 24(2), 139–165.
El pueblo shipibo-konibo, asentado principalmente en las orillas del río ucayali, es uno de los más numerosos de la amazonía peruana. sus médicos tradicionales, llamados meraya (u onanya), son reconocidos en la región por sus grandes conocimientos y su honda tradición terapéutica. en el presente artículo, los autores proponen, con base en una sólida investigación etnográfica de muchos años y en sus propias experiencias en el campo de la medicina tradicional, una reflexión creativa, filosófica y poética en torno a los cantos medicinales de los sabios indígenas. debido a que ambos autores son comuneros empadronados de la comunidad nativa santa clara de yarinacocha y miembros (por afinidad y parentesco) de una familia shipiba que ha practicado la medicina tradicional y visionaria amazónica por muchas generaciones, el artículo no aplica metodologías eurocéntricas ni una escritura técnica. se opta, más bien, por hablar desde adentro de las propias racionalidades, epistemologías y ontologías del pueblo shipibo-konibo. los autores sostienen que este tipo de escritura permite dar cuenta de los saberes ancestrales con mayor fidelidad a la palabra de los sabios y expresar de una manera más profunda la rica herencia poética de los ancestros. esta perspectiva metodológica busca ser un aporte en la formación de una academia indígena intercultural.
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