WHAT IS NADA CHIKITSA? (CURING AILMENTS THROUGH MUSIC)
Music is a force that unites Humanity the world over. Music has for centuries been known to have a pleasing appeal to both humans and animals. Music is a harmonizing factor in today's world which is full of conflicts and tensions. Transgressing man-made frontiers, Music sends the message of harmony, peace and brotherhood. Musical Ragas (Tunes) are said to help treatment of patients with afflictions of physical and mental nature, in certain conditions.
Parama Poojya Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, India, Himself a great Musician and a composer, has been conducting Spiritual Music Concerts for meditation and Healing (Nada Chikitsa) in India and many other countries in Europe, America and Caribbean Islands. Listening to His Healing and Meditation music in person, or to his many recordings , is the melodical medicine prescribed by Sri Swamiji for all ailments and conditions ranging from Coma to Cancer and migraine to mental depression.
" The music therapy is combined with Ayurveda, Psychology, Gemenotherapy and Astrology " says Sri Swamiji. He further adds " I only effect a rapport between man and God, the supreme reality, with help coming from man himself in good measure. I attune man to God through belief and music. Once that results, body-consciousness vanishes gradually, and with that, affliction ceases to be experienced and ceases to exist. That is healing through Music and Meditation.
" There is no complication about it, once you are in tune with the 'modus operandi'. " Listen with your heart and not with your intellect " He insists, not without reason, for He is no purist composer or musician. Sri Swamiji's therapy lays stress on Ekagratha or concentration on the part of the Healer-Musician and listener. " Listening, " He says " is a special technique requiring Indriya nigraha or sense control. " Cerebral sounds are aroused and long concentration on a Raga (tune) creates a healing effect on the listener. He Himself plays an synthesizer which produces the sounds of many instruments. He has opted for the synthesizer to reduce the number of accompanists in His concert troupe. The resounding synthesizer sets pace and the other instruments keep company, a melodious fusion sends the air.
" My way of rendering Music and Treatment of Ragas in general is not outside the frame of orthodox tradition. Music is considered as fourth " Upaveda " , namely - Gandharva Veda, in addition to Dhanurveda, Ayurveda and Artha Shastra. I use devotional music as a means of spiritual energy transmission. Some Higher Force takes care of my process, once I decide to heal through Music. " Wara Shudhdhi " (Pure notes) is held in great veneration and is considered as standard of musical truth. Melody is the result of Swara Shudhdhi. There is clarity and pure energy is such a melody.
The principle underlying the concept of Musical Therapy is - " Physical health results from a healthy MIND. " Mens Sana in Corpore Sano " (health lives in mind) is a well known dictum. It is common sense that an illness that tarts from within is graver and acute than what is contracted externally. If the mind can be kept tranquil and happy, being in the pink of physical health is a foregone conclusion. Music of the right type helps in achieving relaxation by soothing the nerves and through that, peace and stillness of mind. There are strong indications and even concepts in Homeopathy, Naturopathy and Sidha systems treatment that the mind of the patient be treated for physical ailments. "
" At the present time, everybody likes music. One can meditate through music. We know so many stories about music. The 'puranas' say: The music even stimulates the flowers to give scent and also animals to give milk, and through music our diseases vanish. The melodious music, anyway all music is music, no problem, both the melodious tunes and soft melodies are especially effective; because each note corresponds to one nerve. Nowadays, so many people talk about healing music. Of course, automatically the sounds heal, but one must know how to operate, how to heal, which notes, which 'ragas' to choose and at what time to play them. So many people do not know. Some 'ragas', some tunes will hurt our heart and our mental state. Why? Because the tunes correspond to our nerves.
The knowledge about this is called 'Raga Ragini Vidya' or 'Siddhi Vidya'. I think you heard about the 'siddihis' of Indian saints. Many people only know about miracles. But miracles are only a part of the 'siddhis'. They are a kind of 'siddhi'. Christ also performed miracles, Shankaracharya also performed miracles, many others also performed miracles. They are one part of 'siddhi'. There are eight kind of 'siddhis'. Who has achieved the eight 'siddhis' is called a 'siddha purusa'. These 'siddhis' are required in order to heal through music. The music is without miracles, it gets tuned to our nervous system. The child is crying, if you keep on giving him sounds, the child automatically goes to sleep. There are particular tunes, particular 'ragas', also particular instruments. You know about flute, about violin, about tabla, there are so many instruments, like guitar, saxophone, each instrument has some qualities. When you join the instruments which nowadays is called orchestra, again you get a particular quality. You can compare each instrument with a doctor; some doctors are specialized for the nervous system, some for the stomach, some for the heart. A general doctor is called a physician. Like this, each instrument is specialized for different nervous systems.
WHAT IS THE HEALING NOW ?
People will ask. One has to know about these qualities and one has to observe certain rules and regulations. Nowadays the science is developing very fast. All the instruments are combined in one synthesizer, it is an electronic instrument. This instrument is only a medium for Swamiji to reach another sphere. When Swamiji plays music people will be sitting calmly and concentrate on the sound. Then Swamiji gets easily access to their mind, you understand? Easily Swamiji's mental vibrations can reach people's mind and he can examine people's mind. I cannot explain how I do it, I can only explain the notes (plays some notes), but I cannot explain that 'siddhi' by which Swamiji gets access to your mind. Who will give that 'shakti'? I don't know. How can he use it for people: I don't know, simply I am using. If I cannot use it I am in pain, so I must use it, I must give it to some people. So, through people's concentration Swamiji finds the way to heal. Many people think that the music heals. Of course music helps, but it does not heal. The music supports Swamiji's 'siddhi'. The music helps Swamiji to enter your mind and tune it. If your sit for ten minutes your thoughts go astray. If Swamiji plays beautiful tunes, you will listen to them, you get mentally stable and strengthened. Then your are also looking to Swamiji, your sense organs are concentrated on one thing. At that time Swamiji gets access to your mind, your nervous system. He will examine: Oh, that person has some illness, this nervous system is disturbed, oh, this person wants some spiritual experience, this person wants some money, oh, yes, this person wants a job, this person wants health, oh, and this person wants a child, this person wants to get married. Like this Swamiji is examining. Of course, also without music Swamiji is examining, but the music helps Swamiji. Then Swamiji decides: ok, this person gets healing, or this person is unfit. Sometimes he is only witnessing, because he has no orders from Lord Datta, Lord Christ, Lord Buddha, they do not permit, Mother Goddess does not permit. Swamiji is only witnessing like a good friend, but he cannot help, because of your 'karma', because you must face your 'karma'. "