By His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati
This article is an extract from the book Practice of Nature Cures, authored by His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati and first published in 1952. The electronic publication of this article on this webpage is with the blessings and kind permission from The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh.
HEALTH TIPS > MUSICO-THERAPY
Music is Sabda Brahman.
Mark the power of gentle, sweet sounds:
Sa, ri, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni, sa
Music has charms to soothe a ferocious tiger.
It melts rocks and bends the banyan tree.
It enraptures, lulls and energises.
It elevates, inspires, strengthens and envigorates.
It vibrates in the memory.
It cures incurable diseases.
There is music in the running brooks.
There is music in the cry of children.
There is music in all things, if you have ears for them.
Man wants music to relax and elevate him.
The devotee sits with his Ekatara, Tambura,
To melt his mind in his Lord in silence.
Narada Rishi roams about in the three worlds
With his Tambura in his hand, singing:
Sriman Narayana, Narayana, Narayana.
Music helps the devotee to commune with the Lord.
It makes the mind one-pointed quickly.
Anahata music steadies the mind.
Hear it daily and melt the mind in silence.
Practise Yoni Mudra to hear the Anahata.
Enter into Samadhi through steady practice.
Music is Nada Brahman. Sama Veda is full of high-class music. Ravana chanted Sama Veda and propitiated Lord Siva.
Bhava, Raga and Tala-these three constitute the whole conception of Nada Laya which leads to Nada Brahman.
Geeta, Vadya and Nriyta-these three make up Sangeeta which is offered in the service of the Lord.
Music captivates the mind. Music elevates the mind to sublime heights of divine splendor. Music causes Laya or dissolution of the mind in Brahman or the Absolute.
Harmonium, Veena, Sitar, Sarangi, Dilroba, violin, Villu, Yal, Svaramandal, harp, etc. are the various kinds of musical instruments, which express the various tunes that help the Laya process.
Music is an aid in the treatment of diseases. Music has an extra-ordinary power over disease. Harmonious rhythm caused by sweet music has attractive property. It draws out disease. The disease comes out to encounter the music wave. The two blend together and vanish in space.
Music soothes the brain and the nerves. It lulls the whole system. It stimulates, energises, invigorates, galvanizes and vitalizes the whole system. It affects the emotions and arouses the impulses to action and thereby influences all the vital functions. It consists of a series of harmonious vibrations, electrical in their nature and make up.
Music relaxes nervous tension and makes parts of the body affected by tension to resume their normal functions.
Music is highly beneficial in the treatment of nervous disorders, sleeplessness, etc.
Music has tremendous power to bring comfort and solace when one is in a state of despondency or pain.
His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati, served as Dr. Kuppuswamy in the rural rubber estates in Malaya between 1913 to 1922 prior to his monastic calling, bringing not only cures for ailment but also unsurpassed love and attention to the sick and needy.
His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati is the Spiritual Guru and Guide of His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati, who founded SivaSanta Medical Services in 1981 as a charitable project of The Temple of Fine Arts. SivaSanta Medical Services took on the name to institutionalize the wisdom and contribution of her founder, His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati and his Master, His Holiness Swami Sivananda Saraswati.