SGS Music Revealed
The Science Behind Musical Healing
The Indian word for music is "Sangeet", literally, "Bringing it all together and expressing it." It is a holistic approach, in which the musician sets out to experience the infinite and shares this with the listeners. The central idea is, to activate the true inner core, "Bindu", within one's self and to draw it out with one's life breath, “prana”, offering it in an expression of sound.
It is this which helps to "cure" from within, in Swami Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda’s music. Sri Swamiji expresses music as "nadopasana", seeking the divine through sound. In this ethos, music enriches both the listener and the performer through a combination of aesthetic and spiritual experience. Intention of His music is to look within, probing the submerged level of one's consciousness.
Music is a universal language. Encompassing all possible moods and forms of expression, it conveys the feelings of the heart more powerfully than any words of any language. Since time immemorial music has been invested with divine powers to heal. Hindu scriptures have made a precise scientific study of words, pronunciations, and their effects on temporal and astral planes. Sri Swamiji has expanded on this ancient tradition and brought it forward to the twentieth century.
Sri Swamiji has borrowed freely from the great masters of the past but does not treat the past as a stagnant tool in which to become trapped by its glories. He has shown that the greatness of the knowledge of the past lies only in its relevance to today. His music is not limited to any particular culture, time, place or people. Sri Swamiji is proficient in a number of classical and modern instruments, curing people across the globe with his “Celestial Music".
Music is sound vibrations, it is energy in motion. To use this energy for healing requires that the person involved has a great musical ability and understanding. It also requires that the person has a sound of energy. Sri Swamiji possesses all the ingredients required to heal effectively through music. Swamiji has demonstrated this knowledge with His profound musical abilities. Sri Swamiji also uses crystals and elements, such as fire, to cure people. Being a "bhramachari", He possesses a wide range of energies and has precise knowledge of their uses.
Sri Swamiji has related specific ragas (classical melodies) to the healing of specific body organs. The answer to this lies in the vibration frequencies of these organs. The body has a number of energy centers, called “chakras", each of these has its own elemental basis, such as earth, fire, water, etc. Each raga produces vibrations appropriate to a specific element, and therefore to a specific chakra and a set of related body organs.
Just as a doctor sweetens the medicine/pill, Sri Swamiji uses pleasing melodies to deliver his therapeutic energies. Explaining the therapeutic value of some of His compositions, Sri Swamiji said, the tune pertaining to His bhajan "Saptashwa Roodham" has a good effect on asthmatics and gives resistance against cold, "Sri-Ranjani" helps in diabetes and "Shubhapantuvarali" in heart diseases and so on.
It is Sri Swamiji's vow to relieve latent and chronic diseases of humanity by treating them with specific healing ragas, Presence of the Divine Being is in each and every raga. Each raga belongs to a particular chakra, which in turn is governed by specific Panchamahabhootas -the five main elements. Keeping this in mind, Sri Swamiji has worked out the relationships of particular ragas and how these can be employed to treat illness. Ragas have great potential to de-pressurize our tense minds by soothing the nerves. This science was originally explored in the ancient treaties on Gandharva Vidhya -art of the celestial musicians. Sri Swamiji has revived this lost technique of healing people with the power of (divine) music.
Sri Swamiji explains, "When a patient goes to a doctor, the doctor prescribes medicine with a combination of causing and curing diseases ... To get cured of your ailment, it is not necessary for you to understand how the medicine works. Leave that to your doctor…."The inner light is shining constantly. It reveals itself through the mirror called "the mind". Defects in the mind blur the light within, but actually, that light remains unaffected by modification of the mind. One should ignore the limitations of the mind and concentrate on the inner light. This inner light is God. To seek God should be the aim of one's life. There is an intimate relationship between music and God. But this relationship is only established when Nada (music) is approached with reverence and devotion. Nadopasana (worshipping through music) leads to Moksha (liberation/nirvana).”
Sri Swamiji's music is as multi-faceted as His life. In concerts, Sri Swamiji plays His own compositions on the synthesizer and is accompanied by musicians playing classical Indian instruments. Healing and meditation music is in essence music therapy and an essential part of Sri Swamiji's mission to bring peace to the world. His music is very unique, as He follows the ancient concept of using pure sounds -Nada, and ancient Ayurvedic ragas -Medicinal melodies. Sri Swamiji's music is also devotional and is used as a vehicle for spiritual energy transmission.
"Physical health results from a healthy mind. (Celestial/spiritual) Music helps in achieving relaxation by soothing the nerves and through that peace of mind.”
Sri Swamiji in his music, views the body as a mass of energy particles and classifies all physical ailments into two main types:
1) Illness caused by internal factors such as energy blockages or loss caused by inappropriate vibrating
2) Illness caused by external factors such as germs, viruses, etc.
Illnesses caused by internal factors can be cured by removing the conditions or the source of illness. In this case, the only really effective method is through the use of energy. Chemical drugs and surgery are of little use in such cases. Most body pains are caused by energy retardation and incorrect vibrating frequencies. In such cases, energy is converted into heat in the cells and this is what causes the "pain". Most modern techniques tend to use drugs and chemicals that usually end up damaging the nerves, making the patient "feel" that the pain has gone, whereas in reality, only the ability to detect it is dead, not the pain itself.
Using "bio-rhythm" as a convenient model, Sri Swamiji clarifies His concept of energy retardation and its resulting pain. Its cyclical rhythm is an established model in medical and psychology circles. This is a rhythm of the flow of the body's vital energies, therefore, it is obvious that the flow of energy will not be constant, but will fluctuate with this rhythm. Where there is a partial blockage, retardation may occur when the flow is high, but ceases when it is low. What results is cyclical pain such as menstrual cramps. Painkillers do not remove the pain; they simply numb the nerves for a short while so that we become unaware for a while. Curative energy actually removes the pain, which can only recur if a new energy blockage arises.
Illness caused by external agents occurs when the body's immune system has become weak or has lost its vitality and confidence. This confidence resides at the level of each individual cell. The brain is not the sole abode of intelligence; each cell is recognized to have some form of intelligence of its own. This aspect of the body has been explored extensively by Sri Aurobindo and others. In such cases, energy can be used to kill or weaken the infecting agents and strengthen the immune system, restoring the cells’ confidence and enabling it to successfully combat most infections. Another cause of illness involves unwanted bodies formed within our own bodies, such as tumors and kidney stones. These foreign bodies are themselves vibrating bodies of energy. They can be simply got rid of by neutralizing their energy. Cancers and other malfunctions of the body are largely the results of chemicals, externally derived or psychologically produced. These chemicals disrupt our body's energy flow, resulting in the sort of distortions one sees in a counter-current of a stream. This can only be treated by delivering the correct quantity and type of energy at the correct place. This requires precise diagnosis and individual application and treatment. For persons like Sri Swamiji, who are already a part of the Higher Intelligence, this is easily achieved.
In energy healing, treatment of the physical body starts at the psychological level. As the "mind" (as opposed to the brain) is not physical, it can only be treated at the subtle energy level. Sri Swamiji operates at this level, paying minute attention to all such details. The mind is the store of our memories, such as fear, grief, pain, etc. Our psychological health depends on erasing those elements which adversely affect us and this is what is done by music through a process of neutralization. Mind-bending drugs are bad for mental and physical health and only produce adverse effects in the end.
Our spiritual body is an energy field, enveloping both the psychological and physical bodies. It can either close out energy or attract it and let in energy. When it closes out vitalizing energy, it is dull and ugly in color. It reduces the body to a closed system a state of energy equilibrium, which eventually leads to psychological and physical degeneration. In addition, a dull spiritual body provokes only negative and aggressive reactions from others, attracting everything negative. As a result, it loses confidence and becomes weaker, speeding up its loss of vital energy.
When it is bright, the spiritual body has brilliant color, it lets in vitalizing energy and neutralizes all negative energies. This is a vital pre-requisite for good physical, spiritual, and psychological health. Such a body attracts positive reactions from everyone and everywhere, gaining confidence and strength. Our spiritual body is affected by the company we keep and the sort of sounds we are subjected to. Hence, our spiritual body is the first to encounter and benefit from Sri Swamiji's music.
Energy to heal must be applied in large quantities, as an ill spiritual body can only neutralize small quantities of positive energy. This is why Sri Swamiji's music may appear aggressive at first. Swamiji's music is more scientific than religious. Using fundamental principles of physics, Sri Swamiji's music operates by converting matter into energy and energy into matter.
The renowned musician Maharajapuram Santhanam has said, "Each one of the ragas has curative powers. Swamiji has done a lot of research on this and I have (personally) heard firsthand accounts of cures through His music therapy. There is a divinity in His music and bhajans which makes it essentially different from others.”
At Sri Swamiji's Satsang, one can hear the powerful voice, music, and composition of Sri Swamiji. His praises to the Divine uplift the spirit, leaving one in a natural meditation of joy and bliss. No wonder Namasankirtan/Satsang is said to be the easiest path to God.