THE HEALING OF MUSIC (NADA CHIKITSA)

Sri Swamiji’s music is known for its healing effects. His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji has con- ducted extensive research into using healing aspects of Music to relieve people from their mental and physical ailments. How does Swamiji’s music work? Music therapy replaces or provides that which is lacking in us and helps the body to create the desired effect for relief. The vibration which is necessary for our cure is brought about by bringing the circula- tion of the blood into a certain rhythm and speed.

According to Yoga, there are 72,000 naadis (nervelets) in our body. Life force flows through these nerves. Nada vibra- tions generated by Pujya Sri Swamiji’s music energize nerve centers (chakras). Nada vibrations with yoga power can regu- larize vibrations in nerve centers thereby healing the person. In Mani Shastra, Sri Swamiji uses a crystal wand for heal- ing. The entire universe (macrocosm) is the outcome of the conjunction of five elements of Nature i.e. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Prithvi, Jala, Vaayu, Agni and Akasha). The human organism (microcosm) is also the product of the inter- play of these very five elements. Further, each element, relatively, is finer and subtler than the other in terms of its poten- tial and effect. All human actions and reactions, feelings and emotions, in fact, are nothing but ‘effect’ produced on the frame of human mind and body caused by the presence and interaction of these five elements. Sri Swamiji is imbued with an extraordinary ability to produce musical sound vibrations that penetrate into the five elements, which make up the human body. In accordance with the varying presence of these elements in the human body, while traversing through the sensory perceptions of the listeners, Sri Swamiji’s music produces therapeutic effects. Audiences worldwide have been enthralled by the Healing Music experience, and YogaTunes is delighted to bring this phenomenon to Orange County.

Music and Medicine Today

A fair amount of research is in progress around the world on the therapeutic efficacy of music. The Mozart Effect doc- uments how students who have listened to this music improved their IQs and performed better on tests. Music has proven to relieve pre and postoperative stress and in general causes relaxation. A 1993 study at the Michigan State University showed that even a fifteen-minute exposure to music can increase Interleuken 1 levels thereby increasing immunity. Music has also been shown to enhance memory and mental activity. At a personal level we already know how music evokes memories, makes us happy or tugs at our heartstrings. Many important time memories in our lives are defined by the music that permeated those moments.

Research Report : The Effect of Music Therapy

Nada Chikitsa (Music Therapy) is an interpersonal process in which a trained music therapist uses music to help patients improve or maintain their health. Music therapists help patients improve their level of functioning and self-reported quality of life in various domains (e.g., cognitive functioning, motor skills, behavior and social skills) by using music experiences (e.g., singing, listening, moving to music) to achieve measurable treatment goals and objectives.

The Raga Ragini System of Indian Classical music is a specialized healing technique, currently being used by Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji, Pontiff, Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in a modified method corresponding to the client/patient’s Raasi (Zodiac Sign), temperament, and disease condition by playing a chosen Healing Raga (Tune).

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