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 variety of various “sciences” behind mantric chanting. A few of these are the “onerous” science—physics, psycho-acoustics, and so forth. A few of these are religious sciences such because the totally different yogic practices that work with sound. I write about a lot of them in HEALING SOUNDS and my different books.
On one stage, 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 stage, 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 leads to his e book POWERFUL SELF HEALING TECHNIQUES.
It’s additionally been discovered that self created sounds corresponding to chanting will trigger the left and proper hemispheres of the mind to synchronize. Such chanting can even assist oxygenate the mind, cut back our coronary heart fee, blood stress 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 methods 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 can be notably excessive in vocal harmonics will stimulate and cost the cortex of the mind and the nervous system. There have been quite a lot of very fashionable recordings of Gregorian chanting that been launched since this analysis was made public. I do know that many different varieties of chanting from totally different traditions have very related results. These are only a few of the onerous bodily phenomenon of mantric chanting which have been noticed. There actually 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 stage—turning into extra attuned, in case you like, with divine vitality. 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 objective for a lot mantric chanting—to change into one and unite with the vitality of the deity that one is chanting for. If the individual has some illness or imbalance, this imbalance can incessantly be launched by having the vitality of the deity encode itself upon the individual. This truly comes from the idea of vibrational (versus allopathic) drugs, which is the premise of many therapeutic modalities, together with homeopathy and acupuncture—that every one the universe together with our our bodies, is just product of vibration—an idea, by the way, that the brand new Superstring principle 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 vitality turns into caught and illness units in. Due to this fact, by mantric chanting, one could cause caught vitality to change into launched, and we will return to our pure state of resonance, effecting a remedy.
I’ve, by the way, noticed this phenomenon many occasions throughout workshops. We shall be reciting a mantra to invoke a particular entity—maybe Tara, Tibetan Goddess of Compassion for instance, with the intention to higher embody the vitality 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 superb.
There are in fact, precise therapeutic mantras in addition to particular mantras to steadiness and align the chakras. Chakras are the energetic wheels of sunshine that transduce refined vitality into the physique. They arrive from the Hindu custom, however as famous in my e book HEALING SOUNDS, comparable vitality 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 objective. The standard Bija Mantras are one instance of a system for utilizing sound to activate and steadiness the energies related to the 7 primary chakras. We work with these tones in workshops and healings have been identified to happen because of the balancing and alignment of the chakras. Psychic and mystics from all totally different religious paths can sense, see, really feel or hear these vitality facilities. We might 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 accomplished 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 in regards to 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 superb query, however one which actually requires a e book size reply to cowl all of the elements 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 just about no custom, no tradition, which doesn’t embody chanting of some type as a religious and well being observe. The recitation of prayers is discovered worldwide and has been with us for the reason that daybreak of humankind. Within the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Hebrew traditions, you could have some kind of chanting of prayer or recitation of a Divine title. Whether or not it’s a shamanic or pagan custom, you’ll have some side of chanting that could possibly be thought-about 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 primarily based upon the belief by 2lst century those 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 method to immediately entry greater states of consciousness. The power of sound to create altered consciousness is extraordinarily highly effective and vital to people who find themselves searching for extra that means out of their lives.
3) Can the ability of sound alter mobile construction and molecular structure- the DNA encoding and so forth? 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 carried out experiments that confirmed that sound was in a position to truly create type in varied substances corresponding to plastics, plastes, liquids and water. He would place these substances—powders, and so forth. on a metal plate after which utilizing a crystal oscillator, vibrate these plates with sound. The assorted substances took on essentially the most natural wanting shapes—they seem like microscopic organisms or underwater life. Fairly astounding. He known 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 vitality behind the sounds that we create. I’ll speak about this later. Emoto discovered that clear water regarded like a snowflake—very geometric. Polluted water seems to be like mud. Emoto has images of polluted water, which at first seem like mud. After a priest has chanted over this water, it’s photographed once more. This time, the water seems to be like a snowflake—the sound and intentionality has restored it to its pure pristine harmonious form.
On a associated observe, the French acupuncturist and sound healer Fabian Maman has accomplished work involving Kirlian pictures of hemoglobin blood cells that have been uncovered to totally different sounds. Specifically, he took images of blood cells uncovered to an ascending chromatic scale—C, C#, D, and so forth created on a xylophone. Every observe effected the cell in a different way, creating a special form and totally different Kirlian colour. Fabian’s experiments show clearly that mobile construction and vitality are affected by sound. His photographs 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 wish to know the know the impact on human physique?
A few years in the past, after I was gathering data 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 primarily based 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, may resonate the guts chakra, or it may 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 may 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 individual making the sound.” Immediately, every little thing made sense and was clear. I understood. Sure, the intention—the vitality behind the sound was an equal a part of the impact of the sound. This vitality of intent was carried upon the sound wave and was truly was equally liable for the impact of the sound. It was a significant “aha” second, and I instantly wrote down the method “Frequency + Intent = Therapeutic.” For many individuals, this has been a kind of unified principle of sound therapeutic as a result of it is ready to convey collectively the variations in many alternative faculties and many alternative beliefs.
I additionally created the method, “Vocalization + Visualization = Manifestation”, which may be very related and is especially related with regard to chanting and mantras. Which means the visualization of the chanter coupled with or mantra the sound being chanted creates the impact. For instance, If you’re chanting for a particular deity, it helps to have the ability to visualize that deity so as the invoke and embody the impact. Truly, some individuals are not nice a visualizing, so if they will merely “really feel” the vitality of the mantra, it really works simply as nicely. In case you have hassle visualizing Tara, however you’ll be able to really feel the vitality of compassion when you are chanting the Tara mantra, it would actually assist and help the manifestation of compassion. The identical factor is true if you end up making sounds to resonate the chakras. It’s good to have the ability to direct your consideration and intention if you end up trying to resonate a specific chakra with sound. This can be 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 major function in therapeutic, eradicating the necessity for allopathic therapy?
I’d wish to recommend 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 drugs. I believe that we should always understand of all vibrational medical remedies, whether or not it’s sound or no matter, as being complementary with allopathic drugs. I believe that is actually vital as a result of then the totally different modalities can work collectively, versus being adversarial—an “us and them” mentality. Quite than “different” drugs , 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 perfect. . Bear in mind, “Frequency plus Intent equals Therapeutic,” so if one thing resonates strongly with you, it in all probability shall be handiest for you. If it doesn’t really feel good or correct for you, it in all probability gained’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 individual. And the time and place and wish of the person. And in addition keep in mind that we’re all distinctive vibratory beings, in order that what works for one individual might not work for an additional individual. And we’re all in a relentless state of frequency shifting, in order that one thing that won’t work sooner or later (or week, month or yr), might all of a sudden resonate very in a different way with you at one other time. Belief your interior knowledge and steerage. 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, writer of HEALING FORCES OF MUSIC. I imagine it’s very previous, however I wish to credit score Dr. McClellan, who was an important affect on me a few years in the past. I believe this story illustrates one thing vital 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 similar observe time and again and once more. Sooner or later his spouse mentioned to him “Expensive—you could have this glorious instrument and also you sit and play all of it day lengthy, however all you do is hit this one string time and again and once more. The instrument has many alternative strings. All your mates have this similar 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 observe time 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 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 observe, whereas I’ve discovered mine.”
Could all of us discover our personal sound. And should we use this sound to help private and planetary therapeutic.
I ship Blessings of Mild & Love via Sound to all!