Thursday, May 8, 2014

Resolute Raga: Musical Journey Through Patdip

Today, after many, many, many days, weeks and even months, a new Raga found me. I was doing the usual internet surfing particularly around yoga topics and found a new dating web site called The profile on the site requested two different descriptions: Line of Work in 1-2 Words and Creative Talent in 1-2 words and I wrote, respectively: Lifestyle Coach and Meditative Musician. So you can see why, when I just couldn't answer any more of the profile questions, I picked up my C-G tuning forks and began to harmonize. I had so defined myself and thus the power of the words in thought and action of writing, directed me to the next action: meditative music making. It felt so good to hum along with the forks which by nature keep a steady, pure pitch sound vibrating even as the dynamics quiet or they are struck again. This steadiness is what I really like and what draws me to vocalize this way. After a bit of humming, especially hanging out on the third, in major form, I began to sing the Saregama notes: Sa, Ga, Re. While never leaving the space in between the C-G I then began to hang out around the Re, one of my favorite places. I know why it is a favored spot. Re or the second note in the scale, corresponds with the second chakra, whose attribute is creativity and element is water. It has been raining here in Austin off and on all afternoon.

As I continued to improvise on Saregama syllables, I finally ventured out of C-G range and found myself on Komal Dha, or a flat 6 in the scale, another favored place. I started to think about what actual Ragas have these two favorite notes, Re and Komal Dha, and then I opened up The Raga Guide, and happened upon a page with a Raga I had never heard of before: Patdip. Coincidentally (or maybe not so) it's preferred time of day is afternoon. On the ascent it does not include Re or any form of Dha, instead featuring Komal Ga (flat 3). On the descent though, the Raga fills in all the gaps, keeping komal Ga. I found myself really enjoying the descent from Sa through Ni Dha Pa and pausing before continuing on through Pa Ma bGa Re with another pause just before Sa.
The Raga Guide states that Patdip is a fairly modern Raga. Here is a song text that is featured with the Raga:
I won't go back with you
oh bold and dissolute fellow
I don't get along with you
because you spend the night at my rival's place.
Though this is interpreted as the heroine asserting her independence from a man, versus the typical woman pining for her lover, for me the meaning is clear: the bold and dissolute fellow is my former self, with whom I no longer resonant due the lack of inner honesty with which I used to live. Honesty in this context is like the yogic quality of Truth or Satya which refers to being in alignment with one's real nature or true self.

After three yoga trainings and almost four years of searching deep within for my own personal truth, I think I am finally ready to meet and explore with Patdip as I continue on my way …

Sat Nam
Teresa Schoendorf, RYT Hatha, Sivananda & Kundalini

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