February 19, 2022
Himalayan bowls are often associated with Buddhism; then, it must be a Buddhist thing, right?
So, can you use singing bowls if you follow another religion? Do they align with the Holy Books like Bible, Torah, and Qur’an?
We agree -- it’s a sensitive question and needs a well-thought-out answer.
Singing bowls didn’t begin as a Buddhist or Hindu religious instrument, but most likely as a means for everyday household needs, storing grains, or use as currency.
Would you say a standard bell is a religious item?
Himalayan bowls are nothing but inverted bells. They’re called standing bells apart from cup gongs and singing bowls.
Rather than casting away the thought, let’s find out what the holy books and religious leaders make of sound bowls.
Ready? Read on…
At it's core, a singing bowl is a musical instrument. It produces sound frequencies.
The item itself holds no religious connotations for the makers or traditional users.
If you check the history of singing bowls, they started as grain storage and currency. Nevertheless, these bowls became a part of eastern meditative practices owing to their acoustic properties.
Call it Himalayan bowls, singing bowls, sound bowls; essentially, these are inverted bells where the bell’s rim faces up. That’s why they’re popular as standing bells or cup gongs (like a miniature version of gong in a different position) too.
While it’s true singing bowls were first used in the Eastern world, bells were actually called ‘church bells’ back in the day. But does that mean bells were unique to Christianity?
Just like the sound of rain or white noise can calm you down, specific aesthetics govern singing bowl sounds that are soothing.
We aren’t here to disprove any belief system, but rather to shed light on who we think could benefit from this practice (hint -- anyone!)
That said, let’s see what the world’s popular religions think about it.
Bells have been used for a long-long time in Christian worships and prayers. Traditionally, they were a way to beckon believers to the church for communal services or announce established prayer times during different times of the day.
Indeed, a bell’s sound is quite different from that of a singing bowl, but the science of sound remains quite the same. Let’s see if bells are allowed in Christianity.
Exodus 28: 33 to 35 says, “Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.”
Apart from signifying bells as a mark of sanctity, Holy Bible also urges us to meditate on thoughts in Proverbs 15: 28- “The heart of the righteous meditates upon the faith.”
Meditation seems in alignment here as well.
In fact, Bible also encourages pondering over thoughts (what we call meditation these days) with peace and morality.
According to Genesis 24:63- “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming.”
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”
These Psalms references shed some additional light-
There are many more verses on meditation and the holiness of bells in the Bible.
They all agree meditating on God Almighty reveals more of his plans for us and helps us pray deeper. So, make sure to dwell on Christian Gods to prevent any conflict when you use these bowls.
Let’s try to understand what Jewish leaders have to say about singing bowls in Judaism.
According to Joy Krauthammer, “Rabbis–and leaders of all denominations–offer meditations and Torah teachings, and I accompany them by playing the healing bowls–before, during, and/or after the meditation and wisdom teaching.”
She goes on to say meditation, breathwork, and resonating sounds help participants “in being henayni or present to the Jewish wisdom shared.”
A few verses to ponder from the Torah on acoustics for worship-
When you think about meditation, “Jewish Meditation” is older than all the others.
Rabbi Sam Feinsmithsays, “The early literature points to a variety of techniques for permuting Hebrew letters in the mind’s eye, visualizing otherworldly celestial realms, and communing with the Deity.” And, “To support the work of cultivating wisdom, I practice mindfulness meditation.”
When it comes to Islam, Muhammad says, “Sometimes (the word of Allah) is like the ringing of a bell, this form of Inspiration is the hardest of all and then this state passes off after I have grasped what is inspired.”
When it comes to meditation, The Prophet meditated continuously about the word of God, and it was during such a time that he first received revelations about the Qur’an too.
Here are a few verses to think about from the Holy Book:
In all essence, Muslims say singing bells meditation isn’t haram if you’re true to your faith and used for ibāda (worshipping) Allah.
Singing bowls are inverted bells or bells positioned upside down. The best thing is the singing bowl produces a soothing sound much like the sound of nature, rain, or wind.
In fact, singing bowls may be looked at as candles from another culture.And, just because they’re used by another religion doesn’t make them any eviler than candles.
If you’re feeling concerned about clashing with your religious scriptures, it’s best to meditate on the God you believe in. Just like incense is used by all religions, singing bowls can enhance the essence of worship by helping you focus during it.
We suggest getting a bowl without any mantra or writing if you feel it’s conflicting with another religion like Buddhism or Hinduism.
Meditation and prayer can be synonymous to many people.
All of the above makes sense that Himalayan bowls aren’t a specific religious instrument. That’s why instead of sharing how the Ohm Store feels about these bowls, we wanted to find out what the major religions of the world felt about it first.
Now that you have, we suggest dwelling on it for a while to find out what you really feel about it. In any case, no one should do something that they don’t want deep down.
But if you’re of another religion and wondering about the same, we would love to hear your thoughts on these.
Would you like to share them with our community below?
May 23, 2022
Solfeggio frequency comes from a scale of six notes introduced by a Benedictine monk, Guido d’Arezzo, around the 11th century. It was followed by the Catholic Church via their Gregorian chants.
Even today, Gregorian chants are sung in sacred settings with the same scale of notes. Over 150 Gregorian Chants were based on solfeggio frequencies back in the day.
Each note was believed to encourage physical, mental, and spiritual health. Today, it’s scientifically proven to do the same.
When you listen to Solfeggio tones, it opens your mind, spirit, and body and tune to the heartbeat of the universe.
May 16, 2022
Singing bowls make three overtones- fundamental, mid-tone, and female.
The fundamental tone refers to a deep and low tone. It's produced when you rub the mallet on the wall of a singing bowl.
Mid-tone refers to sounds created by medium and large bowls. It's heard when you play a medium-sized bowl around the rim.
The female overtone is produced "after" you rub the mallet on the bowl's outer rim. Usually, a medium sound bowl gets warmed up from mid-tone and evolves into a female overtone.
May 16, 2022
If you’re having a good time, positive energy comes from the sum total of happy thoughts and positive actions.
But it turns into a bomb of negative energy during fights.
So, positive energy is essentially “beneficial, productive, optimistic, encouraging, and joyful.” In contrast, negative energy is “harmful, useless, hopeless, demeaning, and sad.”
Positive and negative energies are contagious too. That’s why we quickly pick up on feelings of stress, anger, grief, depression, and agony from others.
But do you know that sights, sounds, and smells can affect energies? A picture, sound, or scent can often take you back in time to a positive memory or a negative one to change your mood.