Nada (The Sound of Music)
From Raga Maya Raga Sagara, Music for Meditation & Healing Concert;
July 6, 2019; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
A look back into the history of humanity shows us that human beings have always expressed emotions through music. Whether it is joy, anguish or excitement, it is done effortlessly even without formal knowledge of music or its techniques. Music is so deeply ingrained that very few of us give special thought as to where it originates. It is essentially created from feelings of happiness or sadness, which come from the mind.
Music therapists have typically focused on Ragas (melodious tune) vibrations and effects on the nervous system. Sri Swamiji takes a step further by reaching out to the Nāda Bindu (the center point) to stimulate and heal. This technique is called Nāda Yoga Chikitsa or healing through music. Ragas, or musical chords with vibrations, emerge out of this Nāda like waves of an ocean or Sagara—hence the name Raga Sagara. The word “Ra Ga Sa Ga Ra” is a palindrome that has been coined by Sri Swamiji to signify the yogic technique of Life Cycle.
Nāda Chikitsa (Healing through Music)
Nāda Chikitsa is the literal translation of Sound Healing in the ancient Sanskrit language. Music is a force that unites humanity the world over. Musical Ragas are said to have therapeutical uses and help in the treatment of patients with afflictions of physical and mental nature. Nāda Chikitsa aims at curing ailments through music. There are historical records that prove Nāda Chikitsa has been used as an age-old tradition.
Sri Swamiji has been conducting immense research in the fields of Spiritual Music Therapy and the spiritual use of Nada for the welfare of humanity. His research involving the knowledge of music, astronomy, yoga, and anatomy led Him to develop the unique concept of treating illnesses through music for meditation and healing.
According to Sr Swamiji, “Nada vibrations work through the chord of symphony existing between man and his surroundings. The human body has 72,000 astral nerves (nadis) that incessantly vibrate in a specific rhythmic pattern. Disturbances in their rhythmic vibration is the root cause of disease. The musical notes restore their normal rhythm, thereby bringing about good health. Listen with your heart not your intellect.”
Sri Swamiji’s method involves the appropriate use of Raga scales for the five elements. The vibrations activate the chakra (one of many energy centers in the body) related to the organ. Sri Swamiji encourages both passive and active therapy and emphatically states that one need not be a musician to enjoy the therapeutic effect of music. Each raga has been associated with a therapeutic effect on the listener.
His music is popular in several hospitals, schools, and educational institutions in India and abroad, as well as in radio stations, orphanages, and homes for the destitute and elderly. Many people with psychosomatic ailments or chronic conditions, terminally sick patients, jail inmates, and police personnel are using his music for stress reduction, finding immense benefit. However Sri Swamiji emphasizes that music healing is an adjuvant and supportive method and not a substitute for medical care.
Sri Swamiji has composed more than 5,000 different songs in several languages and has produced more than 200 albums.
A globetrotter, Sri Swamiji has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls worldwide, such as the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall. Sri Swamiji massages the human nervous system with rhythms and melodies to soothe, cleanse, balance and heal. He brings about a positive change in the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his audiences. The positive spiritual vibrations that emanate from his personality and music spread for miles around, causing an enormous change in the environment. A certain ambiance of peace, tranquility and serenity pervade wherever Sri Swamiji travels.