About Making Music For the Great Goddess Kali
Kali Ma is the first of the 10 mahavidya, or wisdom goddesses in the tantric tradition.
She is portrayed with black skin, 4 arms, wide open glaring eyes, a necklace consisting of severed heads and dances on the graves in the cemetery her tongue lolling wildly out of her big wide open mouth, laughing at the attachments of us mortal humans.
Indeed she is a terrible goddess to behold, especially for those who are not initiated in her ways.
One of the most profound teachings of the tantric system is the teaching of resonance. The law of attraction which everyone is speaking about now a days is a subset of the law of resonance.
All matter in the universe is energy which vibrates at different frequencies. Two energies that vibrate with the same frequency will be attracted to one another and start to resonate together, meaning that they will start to exchange information and energy between them.
We are continually moving through different resonance spheres during the day and our moods and physical well being is continually being affected by these spheres. If we are in a place where the resonance is "angry" we will ourselves become angry. If we are in a place where the resonance is hectic and on edge as it is when watching a game of football in a stadium we will also become hectic and edgy. If we are in place where the resonance is serene and peaceful we will also become serene and peaceful.
A resonance can be inherent in a colour, in a landscape in a room with certain people etc. Certain landscapes lend to feelings of serenity and peace while other landscapes can make us feel lonely or terrified. Certain colours make us feel certain moods and feelings, and this goes as well for music.
If you meditate upon heavy metal you will enter into states of rage, hatred and destruction. You will enter into a state of resonance with the people who made the music and the state that they were in when they made the music. You will enter into resonance with all the people who listen to that music and who resonate with that state. You will start downloading all their negativity and hatred.
Likewise if you meditate on beautiful music you will resonate with states of beauty and harmony and with all the people that listen to that music.
One of the quickest ways of entering into a state of meditation with a specific aspect is by meditating with music which has the resonance of that aspect, which is why music is so efficient in "jump starting" us to enter the desired mood.
About making music applying the law of resonance
If you want to make music or art with a certain specific mood, you have to immerse yourself in that mood. You have to study it by looking at pictures and listening to music which conveys that mood. You have to act according to the mood as if it were already in you. In this way you will through the process of resonance, start to download the necessary information for the creation of the artwork. Through contemplation of an object you can enter into a state of resonance with that object and you will be able to very precisely convey the mood inherent in the object to anybody else who contemplates your art. The art that has the deepest impact on people is the art which most precisely conveys the resonance the artist immersed himself into while creating the artwork.
Kali and music
Meditation and contemplation on the great Goddess Kali will lead you to contemplate on concepts as life and death, on time, on courage. These are deep powerful states which might be terrifying for those who have not deeply meditated upon these aspects. Kali is dark skinned and terrifying to look at with blood dripping out of her mouth and with the chain of severed heads she wears around her neck.
Music with Kali will then also convey this aspect of terror. This can be done through deep drones and strong percussive rhythms. In this kind of music it also has an effect to use minor tonalities or Arabian/Indian modes with a flat nine to give an aura of mystique.
Ultimately Kali will lead the worshipper to a higher state of being, an opening of the heart when the ephemeral has been surpassed and a deeper understanding of life and death has been attained. This opening of the heart can be given through large strings sections and melodic lines which lead from down and up.
Hans Hvass is a musician, computer scientist and teacher of Tantra and Yoga leading a tantric art and retreat community centre in the north of Copenhagen. Hans was born in the kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa and lived in Hong Kong and France before settling down in Denmark where he met the Scandinavian Mariah Claiere at the Music Conservatory of Copenhagen. Together they form the music duo Ibis music which specialises in making tantric music for relaxation, lovemaking and evoking of the mahavidya. Hans Hvass has specialized his studies of tantra to The great cosmic Goddess Kali.