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Singing Bowls

Nepalese Singing Bowls also termed as "himalayan chakra bowls" existing since the ancient times, mostly used by the Buddhist Monks since from the ancient times for meditation purpose and religious ceromonies. Today, many of the singing bowls we find will have come a long way, then through Tibet, India,Nepal, and arriving throughout the world in their myriad shapes, styles, and harmonic resonance, each unique to the Himalayan region from which they were originally forged. Most of the singing bowls found in Europe and America today originated in such countries as Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, and even Korea, Japan and China.

Singing Bowls when played by hitting , striking or slowly rubbing/stirring a wooden striker/mallet within or on the top outer surface of the metal bowls, produces a continuous harmonic rimming sound. The sound quality of singing bowls depends on mixture composition of metal used, the more the metal composition, the more purity in sound, also termed as chakra balancing aura sound.

Nowadays these singing bowls is using for healing, sound massage , sound therapy and chakra balancing. These singing bowls can be found in various shape, size,designs, colors, carvings and craftings as well as with various religious motifs, themes and symbols like tibetan mantra chant Om Mani Padme Hum, Dragon Carvings and Paintings, Mandala Carvings, Asta Mangal (eight auspicious good luck symbols) Carvings, Buddha Symbols, Buddha Images mostly related with buddhist symbols and many more.

Regarding shape and structure of singing bowls, it can be categorized into manipure flat, kopere, gulpa shape (begging bowl), height design, rounded and circular, tall and round, short and wide, flat bottom, cup shape and more with different shape and sizes.
Furthermore, the manufacturing process of handmade singing bowls can be categorised into two process -
1 . Hand Hammered (Beaten) Singing Bowls.
2 . Casting Singing Bowls.
And amongst all hammered singing bowls made by hand hammered (beaten) are very much popular for meditation, healing, sound massage and sound therapy. Where as colored,craftings etc. singing bowls are popular for gifts, decorations and souvenir items. Most of the hand hammered singing bowls came from Nepal, India which is manufactured in traditional process where as Colored, Hand Carved, Metal Etching and Engravings and Crafted singing bowls are mostly from Nepal.

The Singing Bowl Myth

Singing bowls, which became identified with Tibet, were actually found there by the Buddhists who arrived after Gautama Buddha's departure in 600 BCE. At that time the singing bowls were shrouded in mystery and sounded primarily for religious and magical purposes by the Bon Pot Shamans. It is believed that these shamanic practitioners were the sacred metallurgists, and included 'recitation of mantric formulas' (the actual meaning of Bon).
These ancient artisans of earth magic are thought to have been the ones who originated the method of rimming the bowls with a wooden wand for purposes in their ceremonies. The striking style of sounding in Buddhist tradition, between silent meditations, or upon entering and leaving a temple may also have been used. Although much information about shamanic formulas with the singing bowls seems to have been lost, destroyed, or to this day kept well hidden, their utilitarian use as begging bowl, eating bowl and sacrificial bowl continues to last throughout the cultures.
There is a theory that from the Bronze Age on (3500 BCE) small groups of nomadic alchemists and metallurgists traversed the Trans-Himalayan peaks and countries. They were the mysterious ones who knew how to build foundries, how to smelt bronze, in correct sequence, the metals related to the 7 Sacred Planets of the Solar System, and how to tap-tune the bronze until it revealed its most resonant release of tone. Sometimes, they incorporated 9 or more different metals, common to the times and regions in which they traveled.

The 7 Sacred Metals Used in Ancient Metallurgy and Planet Relationship

Metal/Planet  Gold/Sun  Silver/Moon  Mercury/Mercury  Copper/Venus  Iron/Mars  Tin/Jupiter  Lead/Saturn (Plus Zinc, Nickel/Meteorite and other trace elements). And due to the health hazards found when using Mercury element and now a days used for sound therapy by the therapists, it is not recommended to use Mercury element in metal composition and now replaced by and found using Zinc metal instead of Mercury which even gives good singing sound and thus complete health safety.

Quality Control Recipes to this day are very closely guarded, and the formulas for the most sacred alloys were never shared. Finding a certain rare rock, known as Meteorite (Iron/Nickel today), was considered to be a gift sent down from the heavens. This mysterious metal lent a special resonance and was used in only the most sacred of the singing bowls, bells and gongs. Early metal smiths had to overcome many obstacles in making the bowls because the quality and availability of metals differed at various times wherever foundries were set up. As a result, each bowl varies greatly in harmonic overtones and resonant sustain.
Even with secret recipes, there was a great difference in each individual bowl, even from the same smelt, and crafted by the same craftsman. Metallurgy distinguishes between Bronze alloys, which contain mainly Copper and Tin, and Brass alloys which contain Copper and Zinc. A Bronze alloy gives out a lower, more resonant tone, the reason it is selected for creating Gongs and Bowls. A Brass alloy, which gives out sharp and bright tones, is more commonly used in fashioning small bells and cymbals.
In the ancient process of smelting and forging, the liquid bronze alloy was poured into a shallow circular mold. A disc-shaped gong formed as the metallic mass cooled. Afterwards, with the chanting of mantras, it would be beaten, hammered, and curved into a bowl-shaped gong or a disc-shaped gong during times of auspicious astronomical and lunar events. Even today, master instrument makers meditate on a psycho-spiritual energy so that the bowl or gong they hammer and tune can become a proper vehicle for the high creative intelligence "held within."

Your First Bowl

When searching for a bowl, it is good to be cautious about mistaking newly made bowls in the marketplace for bowls of antiquity. The new bowls are usually made from a cast and not hammered. Most of the oldest bowls have long been off the market and coveted by collectors because ancient forging techniques, passed on through generations, is essentially lost. When you listen to older bowls, made before the Chinese invasion of Tibet, you will discover their very special tonal qualities, and can experience their shamanic power.
However, if after striking the bowl softly with a padded mallet, it doesn't feel loving to you, try another bowl. Finally, if the bowl you choose to care-take looks a little battle worn, don't try to shine it up with a solvent; let it be and just wash it out with water and buff with a soft cloth. Its naturally aged patina is part of its sound mystique. After a time of meditation and practice you will find you may well have smoothed out the rough edges. When we repeatedly tap a bowl with a soft mallet, we immediately notice its aural bouquet, and tone clusters.
Eventually you will hear other tones, coming out from within the pleroma. "Rimming" the bowl with a wooden wand, primarily expresses its multi-layered hum-line, and we are able to experience what Dane Rudhyar called a sonal ray. This sonal ray is like a gentle beam of tone that takes the mind on a one pointed journey into timelessness. This practice is particularly useful for those who find it difficult to quiet the mind, and for those who work with their hands. Like a yoga exercise, we are using our physical, mental and psychic capacity simultaneously to enrich our immune system and reduce tensions related to stress.

Bowl Playing Technique

With a wooden dowel or striker of perhaps oak or aspen, also called a Puja, tap the bowl gently, and before the tone fades away, catch the wave of the sound, and begin to rub the wand around the outside of the circular rim. It doesn't matter which direction, left or right. Press firmly, and slowly increase the speed without lessening the pressure. If you hear a shriiimmmm (a kind of rasping sound) you have gotten ahead of the sound wave and resonance running around the rim. Slow down and adjust your grip, and perhaps the angle of your wand; be a bit firmer and rub slower. Make sure you are not over holding the bowl with the fingers of your other hand as this causes a dampening of the sound.

For the aspiring singing bowls player there are several techniques to explore in regard to rimming the outer edge of a bowl. Experiment with different types of wands, both soft and hard woods and soft mallets, and discover the myriad of syntonic qualities inherent in each individual bowl. Also important to explore are methods of using the mouth as an acoustic chamber.
This technique is used to amplify and augment the tones, and to vocalize into and through the bowl as it is being sounded with wand or soft mallet. Cloth, leather or rubber covered mallets come in different designs and sizes, and are primarily used to elicit the deepest harmonic tones in the Spiritual Metals. To prevent accidental nicking of the fragile metal of the outer rim of a bowl, remember to always invite the bowl to sound with reverence and care. Although there are many thoughtful ways to select a bowl for yourself, ultimately it is an intuitive response that informs our choices.

Ancient bowls were not made to fit into the system of notes in modern and western musical forms, and there are no set harmonies or discords. The overtones of bells and gongs are called non-harmonics. They are as different from one another as you are from your neighbor. Yet, when two bowls play together at the same amplitude, a tone alchemy occurs, in which a multitude of tones are born in the acoustic space. We hear the resulting higher (summation) overtones and lower (difference) undertones. These magnificent proliferating (living) tones are known as space filling tones, or 'resultant' tones.
They evoke a visceral presence, because they are felt as well as heard. One becomes submerged in an ocean of sound. When using a singing bowl for meditation, it doesn't take long for its mysterious 'Hum Tone' to create an altered state of consciousness in player and listener. In giving sound treatments we play the bowls near a person, around the body and on the body to more directly affect the cells and organs, and affect an enhanced lymbic system response as well.

In this twentieth we can clearly see that the singing bowls have become important for both holistic health practitioners, as well as lay people opening themselves to their higher potential by improvising with sacred tone, meditation, massage, self healing, stress reduction, ceremonial music and more. The sonic wave qualities of bronze bowls, along with their unique non-harmonic overtone frequencies, are highly individual expressions found nowhere else in the musical world. You will find that each bowl demonstrates a certain strength of tone to energize, relax deeply, exorcise, facilitate astral travel, assist access into lucid dream states, cleanse chakras, enhance psycho-spiritual attunement and deep emotional release, and more.

In today's medical profession, vibro-acoustic therapies are being used in progressive research and rehabilitation treatments for spinal cord injury and bed-bound, as well as industrial and entertainment environments. This music of the spheres, (considered to be environmental, ambient, and contemporary sacred music), is also turning up in pre-natal care programs and labor rooms for mother and newborn, dental and surgical offices, computer rooms and on airlines.

The hammered bronze bowl is one such tool for the purification of our thoughts, and for clearing negative emotional obstructions (miasmas) from the psyche. Certain bowls might be selected, according to their pitch, for specific chakra activation, or for release and cleansing. When a Bell Bowl "sings," it almost instantly causes the mind to slow down from the 13+ cycle per second (Hertz) frequency of the rational mind to between 7-12 c.p.s.: (the Alpha dreaming state), at times down to the Theta Visionary State of 4-7 c.p.s., and even slower to the .5-4 Hz. of deepest sleep. However, no matter how much practical or scientific knowledge we gain about the Singing Bowl, a journeyman player remains true to the tradition of addressing each bowl as a shamanic power tool, a vehicle of high creative intelligence, and not merely a musical instrument.

Getting Started There are few books available on singing bowls, but studying directly with a teacher is still considered essential for in-depth learning. Certain techniques can only be adequately understood through one to one practice including: how to select a bowl, discovering bell bowl qualities and attributes; exploring different applications of combining singing bowls with mantra, toning, affirmation, color, aroma and gem stones; therapeutic placement on and near the body; selecting types of wooden wands; playing and practice including the use of water and rice and playing in gamelan style. In our Singing Bell Bowl workshops we explore the relationship of bowl tones to ancient and esoteric systems such as astrology, sonal feng shui, kinesiology, tarot, kaballah, runes, cosmology, sacred geometry and more.

  • Bells/Dorje
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    Bells/Dorje, a traditonal musical instrunment also known as bajra ghanti used for chanting, religious ceromonies, praying and worshiping god and goddess in Buddhist and Hindu community. Bells are one of the most important instrunment used to perform rituals and ceromonies in Nepalese and Tibetan community religious functions. Bells can be hand crafted with various designs mostly crafted with Bajra (dorje), Buddha face, Tara Face, Asta Mandala (8 religious symbols) which represents good lucks, tibetan chant Om Mane Peme Hum. The sound produce by the bells will be different from the use of metal contents or composition, the more the metal content more the sound quality.
     
  • Cymbals/Tingsha
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    Cymbals can be catagorised into two types, Ting- Sha or Tingsha & Cymbal / Bhushaws . Ting-sha are small, thick edge and surface with round circular shape and Bhushaws are plain, thin and large generally with thin circular plate shape.
    Ting- sha /Tingsha

    Ting- sha have been used since ancient times in Nepal for traditional musical instrunment used for functions like for praying, singing, chanting, meditation, festival celebration etc by various religion. This Tingsha have been also used by Tibetan Buddhists to prepare for meditation. When the two pieces strike each other they produce a clear, pure, cleansing sound which can be used to focus the mind before and after meditation.
    The Tibetan term ting refers to the ringing sound of metal, to the cadence of a musical note or to the small, silver, bronze or bell metal offering bowls placed on a Buddhist altar. The term sha means 'hanging' or 'suspended.' The word ting-sha may thus be taken to mean either hanging bell metal or a sustained musical note." Tingsha are also for clearing space, and the healing and balancing of auric fields. Strike the hand cymbals together and a beautiful, clear, high not will rise from them to hang in the air and create an extraordinary stillness.
    The scintillation tone of the ting-sha instantly strikes a resonance within the human heart. The sound of tingshaws is like a summons and produces soothing musical sound. The distinguishing feature of ting-sha is that they are cast from bell metal, an amalgam of five metals, which produce the enduring and harmonic resonance. When they are suspended horizontally and struck together, a delightful, oscillating wave of sound seems to pass between them as they reverberate at a high frequency, creating an impressive symphony of haunting sounds.
    The pure, ringing tones create an opening in reality, and are said to "fill" emptiness. This Tingshaws will have crafted design on the outer surface like Asta Mandala, Asta Mangal - eight auspicious sumbols, Dragon Carvings, Bajra(Thunderbolt) Carvings, Various Relogious Symbols, Tibetan Chants like OM Mani Padme Hum or Plain and more.

    Cymbals / Bhushaws /Jhyamta

    Cymbals / Bhushaws /Jhyamta are generally plain and large with thin circular plate shape which is bigger than ting- sha and thinner one.
    Cymbal is used as traditional musical instrunment and used in ritual offerings, ceromonies,functions, celebrations and events, playing along with other musical instrunment like traditional drums like Dha, Dhime, Nagada, Nau Baja etc in Nepal, Tibet, India etc.
    The sound of cymbals bhushaws is like a summons and produces soothing musical sound. The distinguishing feature of bhushaws is that they are cast from bell metal, an amalgam of five metals, which produce the enduring and harmonic resonance. When they are suspended horizontally or vertically and struck together, a delightful, oscillating wave of sound seems to pass between them as they reverberate at a high frequency, creating an impressive symphony of haunting sounds.
    The pure, ringing tones create an opening in reality, and are said to "fill" emptiness. If used in a correct form it produces exiciting sound with high rebeveration and with the combination of bhushaws and othr musical instrument, it creates a different scenario with musical feelings of filled emptiness still in popular from generation to generations. These instrunment mostly used by Nepalese communities and by tibetan buddhist monks for their rituals ceromonies, offerings, celebrations and prayings.

  • Gongs
  • Gongs are a traditional nepalese and tibetan musical instrument used since from the ancinet times for religious,ceremonial and rituals within the tibetan and nepalese community. There are various types of gongs produced in Nepal, Tibet, China, Burma,Japan,India,Malaysia and their designs, structure and shape are very different but there use is almost same. The gongs are named are flat gong, ball gong, nipple gong, rin gong,burmese gongs and more...

    Nepalese gongs are genuinely handmade gongs (hand hammered or beaten) with distinct designs and shape popular worldwide and we categories nepalese gongs in tow types
    1. A Gong - with plain outer surface also known as flat gong,
    2. B Gong - with central raised known as Ball /Nipple Gong outset/hammered outgraved or outwardly ball type and other part smooth surface. These gongs can be plain type, colored or carved type depending on cleint's choice.

    Now a days these gongs are used for meditation, sound therapy and space clearing tools for superior harmonic sound balance. The use of gongs are used to clear the mind from turbulent clouds of thought, call us to practice our religion or spiritual path for thousands of years. Gongs are also used to awaken us spiritually, as a call to prayer, and to assist us in becoming present to our better selves by producing space clearing pure rimming sound when hit or struck by wooden gong mallet or hammer (made of rosewood handle and harder compressed wool head - hitting part) in the middle or in the sweet spot, between the middle and the edge of the gong.

    The gongs are used mainly as a means of communication to make people aware of some happenings of religious events, ceromonies. It is found that gongs were used to indicate the beginning and ending of a session, especially in court. As a traditional musical instrument, the gong accompanied celebrations, funeral ceremonies, songs, and theater plays. In the music cultures, the gong was used as an orchestral instrument.
    Gongs are a round metal plate, usually made from a mixture of copper and tin or with mixture of various metal composition. It is suspended from a stand by a cord that goes through two holes in the gong’s edge. There are a number of different types of gongs with various designs of dragon , asta mandala - 8 auspicious symbol, tibetan chant om mane pame hum, circle fo life , craftings, colored. Today gongs are used to begin and end meditation, yoga,church, and spiritual studies.
     
  • Wooden Striker
  • Singing bowls wooden striker (dowel) is a tool which is used to produce sound from the singing bowls. this is used for rubing , striking, roaming, and hitting singing bowls to produce singing sound. These singing bowls wooden striker may be of soft wood or hard wood, and with various crafting slike buddha face carved, barja carved, elephant carved, simple carved, leather coverings etc.
  • Cotton / Silk Brocade Cushions
  • Singing bowls cotton cushions with beautiful silk brocade and multi-colored printed fabrics of silk and cotton are used for placing, decorating or as stand of singing bowls. This is generally carefully handmade with cotton inside and covered or wrapped by multi-colored printed and silk brocade and silk fabrics..
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