The Infinite Sound of the Gong

gongTo Westerners, gongs are those exotic, ancient instruments originating from the Far East that have been adapted to the symphony orchestra (and Rock bands) in Western culture.

Gongs can be traced as far back as two thousand years to the ancient lands of Northern India and The Himalayas.

From The Land of the Himalayas

In the Himalayas, particularly in the countries of Tibet and Nepal, gongs are used:

  • For prayer and meditation.
  • In Buddhist religious ceremonies, in monasteries and temples.
  • In the cultural music of the Himalayan people.

Gongs (like cymbals) are made using various metals, are usually struck with a beater, producing a distinct sonic vibration that can sustain for a very long time. They can produce a complex “washed” sound or a singular “dry” tone or note.

Tibetan Singing Bowls

singing_bowlThese are bowl-like gongs that are struck with a mallet to produce a tone, and the mallet is rubbed along the inner edge of the bowl in a circular motion to sustain the sound or note.

Tibetan Singing Bowls are used in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and rituals. And are hand hammered so that each instrument produces its own unique and distinct tone. Its sound is considered spiritually healing and ideal for meditation practice.

Crystal Singing Bowls

crystalCrystal Singing Bowls, like their metal counterparts are used for the same reasons, with the added benefit of being made out of crystal.

From Wikipedia.org:

“A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions.”

“Crystal healing is an alternative medicine technique that employs stones and crystals as healing tools.”

The wonderful tone these gongs and singing bowls produce are said to have a calming effect on the listener, and are said to be also healing in nature. It’s no wonder that they are also perfect for meditation and for helping achieve inner peace.

About Silver Sky Imports

Silver Sky Imports is an online marketplace offering unique gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, and other handicrafts from Tibet and Nepal.

  • They are the largest supplier of authentic, handmade items from the Himalayas, and have been online since 2003.
  • Included with each individual gong are quality photos, descriptions and sound samples to help one choose the gong that best fits one’s needs.
  • Also available through their online store are bronze statues and Tibetan meditation rugs.

This has been a sponsored post for Silver Sky Imports.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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