Swamiji's Music therapy:
Swamiji would know what Rhythm is needed for a particular individual in his trouble and despair and what tone, what pitch and what notes are required for a person's soul to be raised. Since each individual represents an 'AURA' and each musical note, a dimension of spiritual energy, Sri Swamiji would produce such a music which would incorporate and integrate aspects of human nature, planetary position and, correspondingly, choose the most suitable ragas capable of producing the desired musical vibrations for healing and meditation.
Sri Swamiji's therapy lays great stress on Ekagrata (Deep Concentration) on the part of the Healer/Musician and the listener/patient. Listening, he elaborates, is a technique requiring sense control or Indriya Nigraha. Listen with your heart and not with your Intellect, is his instruction. "Cerebral sounds are aroused and long concentration on a Raga creates a healing effect on the listener," says Swamiji, going on to explain his use of different ragas for different health conditions. These are available on audio and video cassettes and can also be bought on 'Prescription'. Certain Ragas are particularly curative such as the Sritanjini, Keeravani, Amruthavarshini and Hamsanandhini.
Naama Sankeerthana - But what about vocal music? Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is an ardent votary of Namasankirtana. He has himself composed several bhajans that are also said to be replete with curative powers for as he says, "The lyrics of my bhajans incorporate several Beejaksharas (Mystical Syllables) in them". Swamiji bases his compositions mainly on the Ragas of Carnatic Music - Its 72 melas (Parent Ragas) and their innumerable off spring. "Incidentally", says Swamiji, "I come in the lineage of the father of the 72 Melakartha scheme - Venkatamakhi", although not a direct descendant.
Benefits of listening to Music
Melody is the keynote of Indian Music. The 'Raga' is
the basis of melody. Various 'Ragas', have been found
to be very effective in curing many diseases.
Indian Classical Ragas
Indian classical 'Ragas' have been acclaimed to have healing effects. They stimulate the Brain, ease tension and remove fatigue. The effect of Music Therapy may be immediate or slow, depending upon number of factors like the subject, his mental condition, environment and the type of Music, selected for having the desired effect. Music Therapy largely depends on individual needs and taste. The use of Music as therapy is based on scientific and clinical approach and has to be used with great care and deep study of the nature of illness. We can call it "The study of Individual- Modality Theory". Before using music as Therapy it must be ascertained which type of music is to be used. The concept of Music Therapy is dependent on correct intonation and right use of the basic elements of music such as Notes[Swara], Rhythm, Volume, Beats, and Piece of Melody. There are countless 'Ragas' of course with countless characteristic peculiarities of their own. That is why we cannot establish a particular Raga for a particular disease. Different types of Ragas are applied in each different case.
Ragas and their Effects
While Ragas can cure tension, blood pressure, heart ailments, insomnia and other
disorders, it should be kept in mind that such therapy treatment should be conducted
either early morning, evening or late night, never long sessions on an empty stomach
and ideally with regular short breaks in between.
Healing Effects of Ragas to name a few
For more information on other Healing Ragas, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swami Sahaja Datta Pada, Mysore
"Swamiji, you give so many things to your devotees, how come you never give me anything?"
He looked at me and said in the most compassionate voice, "I don't give you anything, for I have kept you in my heart"
Swamy Vishnudatta Padarenu, Russia
Sri Swamiji addressed me by my name, Varada Raja, greeted me, allowed me to do Namaskaram, and then began speaking with me as though He had known me for several years....
Mysore Patrike Venkatramu
"I bless all those who come to me irrespective of their caste or religion. If a Christian comes to me I tell him to believe in Jesus and continue to have faith in his own religion. Likewise, if a Muslim comes to me I stress upon the importance of being a good Muslim and follow his own faith..."
S Dwarkanath, Mysore
"Your friend Satyanarayana has become a Swamiji, I went and paid my respects, you also go and do the same", I did not pay any attention to this talk so she hit me on the head....
C S Venkatesh, Bangalore
"Wherever you work, as a clerk or an engineer, be honest and sincere and pray to God and your Guru. You will come out good in life".....
Krishan Kumar, Mysore
Then He took me to His room and showed me a map of India, showing certain places saying that He wanted to go there. "Will you take me? Will you take me?"....
"Don't worry; Sri Swamiji will take care." I realized at that moment that he was answering my thoughts. He knows everything for He is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. He is my master.....