• By Swami Sivananda
  • March 2002

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 energizes.
It elevates, inspires, strengthens and invigorates.
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 devotees sit 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.
Practice 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 Nritya-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, energizes, 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 state of despondency or pain.

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