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The Science Behind Mantra Chanting


The Science Behind Mantra Chanting
Excerpt of an Interview with Jonathan Goldman
by Vandana Mohata

 

1) What’s the science behind Mantra chanting?

There are a selection of various “sciences” behind mantric chanting. A few of these are the “exhausting” science—physics, psycho-acoustics, and so on. A few of these are religious sciences such because the totally different yogic practices that work with sound. I write about lots of them in HEALING SOUNDS and my different books.

On one degree, as noticed years in the past by Dr. Herbert Benson, mantric chanting helps induce the “leisure” response, inflicting discount of coronary heart beat, mind waves and respiration. On one other degree, as Dr. David Shananoff-Khalsa believes, mantric recitation allows the tongue to stimulate the acupuncture meridians contained in the mouth (notably on the roof), thus enhancing the impact. Dr. Ranjie Singe discovered that the chanting of particular mantras triggered the discharge of the hormone melatonin and is investigating the significance of this within the therapeutic course of. He additionally discovered many advantages together with shrinkage of tumors and enhanced sleep. He writes about these ends in his guide POWERFUL SELF HEALING TECHNIQUES.

It’s additionally been discovered that self created sounds similar to chanting will trigger the left and proper hemispheres of the mind to synchronize. Such chanting may also assist oxygenate the mind, scale back our coronary heart price, blood strain and help in creating calm brainwave exercise. As well as, listening to sure chants has nice useful results.

Dr. Alfred Tomatis utilized the sounds of Gregorian Monks to stimulate the ears, mind and nervous programs of purchasers. His work is essential with regard to the scientific and medical makes use of of sound and chant. He discovered that sure sounds which are notably excessive in vocal harmonics will stimulate and cost the cortex of the mind and the nervous system. There have been plenty of very talked-about recordings of Gregorian chanting that been launched since this analysis was made public. I do know that many different forms of chanting from totally different traditions have very comparable results. These are only a few of the exhausting bodily phenomenon of mantric chanting which were noticed. There definitely are others, as nicely.

Some imagine that the recitation of sacred mantras truly causes the bodily and etheric our bodies to vary their vibrational frequency degree—turning into extra attuned, in the event you like, with divine power. Thus, when one chants a mantra for an prolonged time frame to invoke, for instance some deity, the upper energies of that deity will encode upon the chanter. That is one function for a lot mantric chanting—to change into one and unite with the power of the deity that one is chanting for. If the particular person has some illness or imbalance, this imbalance can incessantly be launched by having the power of the deity encode itself upon the particular person. This truly comes from the idea of vibrational (versus allopathic) medication, which is the idea of many therapeutic modalities, together with homeopathy and acupuncture—that every one the universe together with our our bodies, is solely manufactured from vibration—an idea, by the way, that the brand new Superstring idea of physics helps. Every little thing is in a state of vibration and once we are in a pure, resonant vibration, we’re in a state of well being. But when some a part of the physique begins to vibrate at a counter frequency, the power turns into caught and illness units in. Subsequently, by mantric chanting, one could cause caught power to change into launched, and we are able to return to our pure state of resonance, effecting a remedy.

I’ve, by the way, noticed this phenomenon many occasions throughout workshops. We will likely be reciting a mantra to invoke a particular entity—maybe Tara, Tibetan Goddess of Compassion for instance, with a view to higher embody the power of compassion. Nevertheless, throughout and after the method, I’ve seen folks with persistent well being issues emerge from the chanting fairly wholesome. It’s wonderful.

There are in fact, precise therapeutic mantras in addition to particular mantras to stability and align the chakras. Chakras are the energetic wheels of sunshine that transduce delicate power into the physique. They arrive from the Hindu custom, however as famous in my guide HEALING SOUNDS, comparable power facilities are present in virtually the entire esoteric traditions on the planet. I’ve studied the usage of sound to impact the chakras for over 40 years. Mantras are notably efficient for this function. The normal Bija Mantras are one instance of a system for utilizing sound to activate and stability the energies related to the 7 major chakras. We work with these tones in workshops and healings have been recognized to happen as a result of balancing and alignment of the chakras. Psychic and mystics from all totally different religious paths can sense, see, really feel or hear these power facilities. We could not but have scientific gear that may adequately detect the chakras, however that doesn’t imply they don’t exist. Nevertheless, intriguing work is being performed to develop gear to measure chakras, so maybe it’s only a matter of time earlier than the scientific and medical communities will acknowledge them, as they’re starting to acknowledge acupuncture meridians.

2) Are you able to inform us something concerning the historical past and origin of chanting and hint it to the current stage-what is the extent of consciousness of chanting & sound therapeutic in current day & age?

This is a wonderful query, however one which actually requires a guide size reply to cowl all of the facets inherent on this query. I’ll do my greatest to aim to a brief reply. Merely put, I’ll let you know that there’s nearly no custom, no tradition, which doesn’t embrace chanting of some type as a religious and well being observe. The recitation of prayers is discovered worldwide and has been with us because the daybreak of humankind. Within the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Hebrew traditions, you’ve got some type of chanting of prayer or recitation of a Divine title. Whether or not it’s a shamanic or pagan custom, you should have some side of chanting that might be thought of mantric chanting of their rituals and prayers. Generally these chants are used to invoke Divine entities. Different occasions they’re used for therapeutic or to ask for some benevolent course of like bringing rain. With regard to current day and age, we’re seeing extra curiosity, consciousness and use of chanting for well being and wellness. A few of it’s based mostly upon the belief by 2lst century folks that there truly is one thing greater than pure “superstition” occurring throughout chanting—that there are precise physiological modifications occurring. Our nervous system, for instance, is being affected by our personal self created sounds. And thru this many extraordinary shifts and modifications within the physique and thoughts can occur. Additionally, many individuals notice that utilizing chanting creates a way to instantly entry increased states of consciousness. The flexibility of sound to create altered consciousness is extraordinarily highly effective and essential to people who find themselves searching for extra which means out of their lives.

3) Can the ability of sound alter mobile construction and molecular structure- the DNA encoding and so on? Any documented proof? Any current scientific analysis on the above?

There isn’t a query that sound can alter molecular construction. Within the 1960’s, a medical physician named Hans Jenny performed experiments that confirmed that sound was capable of truly create type in numerous substances similar to plastics, plastes, liquids and water. He would place these substances—powders, and so on. on a metal plate after which utilizing a crystal oscillator, vibrate these plates with sound. The varied substances took on essentially the most natural trying shapes—they appear to be microscopic organisms or underwater life. Fairly astounding. He referred to as this work Cymatics.

Masuru Emoto of Japan demonstrated that water molecules are literally affected by sound and our intention. Intention, by the way, is our ideas, our emotions—it’s the power behind the sounds that we create. I’ll speak about this later. Emoto discovered that clear water seemed like a snowflake—very geometric. Polluted water seems like mud. Emoto has images of polluted water, which at first appear to be mud. After a priest has chanted over this water, it’s photographed once more. This time, the water seems like a snowflake—the sound and intentionality has restored it to its pure pristine harmonious form.

Emoto photos of water earlier than and after chanting

On a associated be aware, the French acupuncturist and sound healer Fabian Maman has performed work involving Kirlian pictures of hemoglobin blood cells that had been uncovered to totally different sounds. Specifically, he took images of blood cells uncovered to an ascending chromatic scale—C, C#, D, and so on created on a xylophone. Every be aware effected the cell in another way, creating a special form and totally different Kirlian coloration. Fabian’s experiments reveal clearly that mobile construction and power are affected by sound. His photos are fairly extraordinary!

4) Whereas chanting, what’s the function of intention on the human physique?  I did see the impact of intention within the works of Japanese researcher Mr. Masaru Emoto on have an effect on the molecular construction of water, however we want to know the know the impact on human physique?

A few years in the past, after I was amassing info for a grasp’s thesis on the therapeutic and therapeutic properties of sound, along with specializing in the usage of sound to have an effect on the chakras,  I additionally checked out the usage of sound to have an effect on totally different organs, in addition to totally different circumstances. What I discovered was that there have been many alternative faculties of sound therapeutic based mostly upon totally different academics and totally different traditions. These totally different faculties would possibly use the identical mantra to resonate totally different chakras—with nice success. Or they may use totally different mantras to resonate the identical chakra. Om, for instance, might resonate the center chakra, or it might resonate the throat chakra, or the third eye or crown or no matter. It depended upon the trail and the trainer.

I keep in mind sitting at my desk being fairly confused. How might this all work? I distinctly heard a voice saying “It isn’t solely the sound that creates the impact of the sound, but in addition the intention of the particular person making the sound.” Out of the blue, every little thing made sense and was clear. I understood. Sure, the intention—the power behind the sound was an equal a part of the impact of the sound. This power of intent was carried upon the sound wave and was truly was equally accountable for the impact of the sound. It was a serious “aha” second, and I instantly wrote down the system “Frequency + Intent = Therapeutic.” For many individuals, this has been a type of unified idea of sound therapeutic as a result of it is ready to deliver collectively the variations in many alternative faculties and many alternative beliefs.

Trance Tara CD CoverI additionally created the system, “Vocalization + Visualization = Manifestation”, which may be very comparable and is especially related with regard to chanting and mantras. Which means that the visualization of the chanter coupled with or mantra the sound being chanted creates the impact.  For instance, In case you are chanting for a particular deity, it helps to have the ability to visualize that deity so as the invoke and embody the impact. Really, some persons are not nice a visualizing, so if they will merely “really feel” the power of the mantra, it really works simply as nicely. In case you have bother visualizing Tara, however you’ll be able to really feel the power of compassion if you are chanting the Tara mantra, it can actually assist and help the manifestation of compassion. The identical factor is true when you’re making sounds to resonate the chakras. It’s good to have the ability to direct your consideration and intention when you’re making an attempt to resonate a selected chakra with sound. It is a main key to working with sound—to make use of the ability of consciousness to focus our consideration and intention on what the sound is doing.

5) Is mantra chanting and sound therapeutic the subsequent frontier in science, enjoying a big function in therapeutic, eradicating the necessity for allopathic therapy?

I’d prefer to counsel that till all of us transfer into one other dimension of consciousness the place ideas immediately create actuality, there’ll at all times be some want for allopathic therapy. And coming from a household of allopathic physicians, I actually wish to honor allopathic medication. I believe that we should always understand of all vibrational medical therapies, whether or not it’s sound or no matter, as being complementary with allopathic medication. I believe that is actually essential as a result of then the totally different modalities can work collectively, versus being adversarial—an “us and them” mentality. Slightly than “different” medication , let’s use the phrase “complementary” and resonate with one another. Cooperation, not competitors—I believe that’s an actual key to our continuation and evolution as a species within the upcoming years.

6) There appear to be many alternative faculty of ideas on chanting? Which is the simplest for well being and therapeutic?

I imagine that whichever system or faculty of chanting works for you is the very best. . Bear in mind, “Frequency plus Intent equals Therapeutic,” so if one thing resonates strongly with you, it in all probability will likely be simplest for you. If it doesn’t really feel good or correct for you, it in all probability received’t be that efficient. Some folks can work with a mantra containing hundred syllable —others can work solely with a mantra with one or two syllables. Maybe they merely can’t keep in mind extra syllables. No matter—but, extra isn’t essentially higher. And fewer isn’t essentially higher. It relies upon upon the particular person. And the time and place and want of the person. And likewise keep in mind that we’re all distinctive vibratory beings, in order that what works for one particular person could not work for an additional particular person. And we’re all in a relentless state of frequency shifting, in order that one thing that will not work sooner or later (or week, month or yr), could immediately resonate very in another way with you at one other time. Belief your internal knowledge and steering. And imagine and perceive that sound has the power to create profound and great modifications.

I’m going to go away you with a narrative that I first heard from Dr. Randall McClellan, creator of HEALING FORCES OF MUSIC. I imagine it’s very outdated, however I prefer to credit score Dr. McClellan, who was a terrific affect on me a few years in the past. I believe this story illustrates one thing essential about sound, and notably about mantras.

In an unique nation, there was a person who had a musical instrument that he would play all day lengthy. The instrument had many alternative strings, however all he would do was pluck one string—the identical string and identical be aware again and again and once more. In the future his spouse mentioned to him “Expensive—you’ve got this glorious instrument and also you sit and play all of it day lengthy, however all you do is hit this one string again and again and once more. The instrument has many alternative strings. All your pals have this identical instrument they usually play all of the totally different strings, making many alternative notes and creating great melodies and songs. All you do, hour after hour, day after day, is play that very same string and that very same be aware again and again and once more. Why is that?” His spouse was clearly very exasperated and confused. The person checked out his spouse and gently smiled. “My pricey spouse who I really like past all measure,” he mentioned, “thanks for bringing that to my consideration. And now right here is the reply. That’s as a result of they’re all nonetheless looking for their be aware, whereas I’ve discovered mine.”

Might all of us discover our personal sound. And will we use this sound to help private and planetary therapeutic.

I ship Blessings of Gentle & Love by way of Sound to all!

 

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