Modern science is beginning to recognize the profound effect of sound on the human nervous system. Researchers have discovered that specific sound frequencies, influence brain waves and chemistry by increasing dopamine and serotonin (the ‘feel-good’ hormones). Indeed, the power of sound to influence consciousness and well-being has been evident for millennia, from Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages to the shamanic drumming of indigious cultures from Siberia to South America to the impassioned voices and rhythms of Africa. Read more . . .
Kirtan is a form of musical devotion that’s a shared experience, fresh every time. As singers and audience interact, the powerful vibration of the Divine Names opens the heart. From classic sounds to rockin’ beats, it’s all about Love that will have you dancing your devotion to the Divine.
‘Mantra: Sounds into Silence’
Mantra: Sounds into Silence is a film that explores the increasing popularity of chanting as a healing social experience. In recent decades people all over the world, often with no experience of meditation, and who are not particularly religious, have discovered that joining a group to chant mantras together can give them a taste of inner peace and is a wonderful nourishment for the soul. Link to full article.
The aim of yoga is to unite the thinking mind with its source in pure awareness.
In modern terms, “pure awareness” means quantum space, the silent, empty void that is the womb of all matter and energy. Pure awareness exists in the gap between thoughts; it is the unchanging background against which all mental activity takes place.
Repetition of a specific Sanskrit word, or mantra, results in sound vibrations that gradually lead the mind out of its normal thinking process. Before the early 1970s, these benefits were not even suspected. Meditation held little appeal for Western medicine until a young UCLA physiologist named L Keith Wallace proved that besides its spiritual implications meditation had profound effects on the body. In a series of experiments begun in the late 1960′s as part of his doctoral work, Wallace took groups of mostly college aged volunteers who practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM) and hooked them up to monitors to test critical bodily functions while they were in meditation. and into the silence that underlies thought.
Subjectively these young volunteers reported a sense of increasing calm and inner silence. Although it bad been previously thought that it took years of practice to attain a deep meditational state, the TM technique very quickly produced profound relaxation and significant changes in breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure.
TM is based on the silent repetition of a specific Sanskrit word, or mantra, whose sound vibrations gradually lead the mind out of its normal thinking process and into the silence that underlies thought. As such, a mantra is a very specific message inserted into the nervous system. Since mantras have been in use for thousands of years in India, their precise effect on the physiology is well known as part of the science of yoga, or union.
Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1993).