Nada (The Sound of Music)
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 within us that very few of us give any 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 Raga’s (melodious tune) vibrations and effects on the nervous system. Sri Swamiji takes it a step further by reaching out to the Nada Bindu (the center point) to stimulate and heal. This technique is called Nada Yoga Chikitsa, or healing through music. Ragas, or musical chords with vibrations, emerge out of this Nada like the 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.
Nada Chikitsa (Healing Through Music)
Nada Chikitsa is the literal translation of Sound Healing in the ancient Sanskrit language. There are historical records that prove that Nada Chikitsa has been used as an age-old tradition.
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. Nada Chikitsa aims at curing ailments through music.
Swamiji has been conducting immense research in the fields of Spiritual Music Therapy and the spiritual use of Nāda 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 Sri 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. Disturbance in this rhythmic pattern is the root cause of disease. The musical notes restore their normal rhythmic pattern, thereby bringing about good health. Listen with your heart and not with 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. His music therapy research center has patients of varied disorders registered for therapy sessions. 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 is a great composer of the present times; He composed more than 5,000 different songs in several languages and He 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, attracting audiences of thousands. 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.
Other Monumental Works of Sri Swamiji related to Music
- Raga Ragini Music Therapy & Research Centre– At this holistic hospital, music therapy is equipped with a state-of-the-art acoustic system and headed by experts in music and musicology and doctors working under the direct guidance and supervision of Pujya Swamiji.
- Ragaragini Nada Yoga– A distinguished book in Telugu and English on music and its therapeutic aspects authored by Sri Swamiji. Raga Ragini Nada Yoga is a magnificent technical treatise spanning research in music, medicine, and spiritual science.
- Naada Mandapa: – The magnificent auditorium constructed with a unique design, and the world’s first and only Sapta Swara Devata Mandapa built with musical stone pillars.
- Raga Ragini Sangeeta Vidyalaya– teaches music and bhajans to interested youngsters free of cost.
- Awards– The services of scholars in various fields of specialization like Veda, Nada, Sastra, Yoga etc., are recognized at the international level. Music concerts by artists of international repute are a notable feature of Sri Swamiji’s programs in Mysore and elsewhere.
- Research for Doctoral Degree (PhD)– Several research projects are being conducted by scholars working on a doctoral thesis on the mission of Sri Swamiji’s Music.
- Media Releases–Publications pertaining to music and other subjects are regularly brought out at the press, specially installed for this purpose at the Mysore Ashram. Hundreds of DVDs and CDs of Sri Swamiji’s concerts and programs, along with numerous digital albums on sites such as iTunes are also widely available.
- Yoga Sangeeta– Yoga Sangeeta is a non-profit organization founded by the His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. The primary mission of Yoga Sangeeta is to promote healing by music. Since its inception in early 2008, Yoga Sangeeta has organized many concerts and programs of Sri Swamiji and other artists from around the world, many of which have been webcast live as a service to the public.