The Healing Power of Sound


Sound has been used as a healing force for thousands of years. The Vedic seers called it dhwani, and encoded it into mantras with which the sonic energy was channelized to achieve supernormal feats, including bringing back dead from the grave, as done by Guru Shukracharya with the gyan of Sanjeevni Vidya. Egyptian papyri over 2,600 years old refer to incantations as cures for infertility and rheumatic pain. The ancient Greeks used the flute and the lyre for treating illnesses such as gout and sciatica. Pythagoras used special songs and incantations with particular melodies and rhythms, to cure diseases of the body and mind. The modern scientists are gradually opening up to the phenomenal potential of sound energy.

The French ENT Specialist, Dr. Alfred Tomatis reports that the ear is the most important of all our sense organs. It controls the body’s sense of balance, rhythm and movement and is the conductor of the entire nervous system.


Through the medulla, the auditory nerve connects with all the muscles of the body. Hence, muscle tone, equilibrium, flexibility and vision are affected by sound. Through the vagus nerve, the inner ear connects with the larynx, heart, lungs, stomach, liver, bladder, kidneys, small intestine and large intestine. Thus sound effects not just our auditory sense, but each and every cell of our body leading to harmony and even disharmony depending upon the frequencies generated.

In deep states of dhyan, one hears sounds and mantras that are not heard by normal ears. This is because when one does dhyan under the sanidhya of a Guru, he/she is able to access subtler frequencies which lie beyond the auditory range of human ear. Yogi Ashwini explains, “The world of energy exists and has an effect on us, just because one cannot see or hear it does not mean that the Vedic sciences are mumjo-jumbo.” Today, the science-patron Jim Oliver confirms that body responds to sounds that we cannot hear. He experimented with playing specific sounds in a headphone that was placed on the subject’s ankle, and found that the person responded to the vibration even though he could not hear the sound.

We have known Tansen to have brought down rains upon earth with Raag Malhar. What he would do is to create frequencies corresponding to the gods of rain and thunder. The modern scientist recognises this phenomenon as resonance. When an opera singer vibrates a glass with his/her voice, they have matched the resonant frequency of the glass. As the singer increases the volume of their sound, the resonance becomes too great for the forces that hold the glass together and it shatters. Today, medicine uses sound waves to break up kidney stones and gallstones.

Every organ, every bone, every cell in the body has its own resonant frequency. Together they make up a composite frequency like the instruments of an orchestra. When one organ in the body is out of tune it will affect the whole body. Through sounds and mantras it is possible to tune an out-of-tone cell/organ with the rhythm of the body to re-induce health, and if one has a Guru, these sounds can be used to tune into subtler frequencies to interact with devs and devis and even merge back into creation with the correct chanting of the sound of creation, Om.


Fabien Maman devoted a year-and-a-half to study the effects of sound on normal and malignant cells. Using drums, gongs, flutes, guitar, bass and a xylophone, they investigated the effects of sound on healthy blood cells, hemoglobin and the Hela cancer cell from the uterus. He found that as the sounds progressed up the musical scale there would be an explosion of the cancer cells at a certain frequency as the sound travelled outward from the centre of the cell to its outer membrane. The experiment yielded the most dramatic results when the human voice was used.

Masaru Emoto through his experiment with effect of sound on water molecules reaffirmed that since our body is made up of 70% water, we are constantly being influenced by the sounds around us and by the information stored in the water we consume.

Don Campbell, in his book The Mozart Effect, shows how music, has all kinds of beneficial effects for human health. When pregnant mothers listened to Mozart and Vivaldi, the babies’ heart rates invariably steadied and kicking declined. Rock music drove most fetuses to distraction and they kicked violently when it was played to their pregnant mothers.

Slower tempo music slows our breathing rate. The human heartbeat will tend to match the rhythm of the music. Music will also calm our nervous system and affect metabolism. The pitch and rhythm of music influence the limbic system, affecting our emotions. Scientists concluded that preferred music may elicit a profound positive emotional experience that can trigger the release of hormones, which can contribute to a lessening of those factors which enhance the disease process. Music is now used to reduce the pain and anxiety of patients undergoing dental treatment and surgical operations. In a study of 59,000 patients, 97% of the patients stated that music really helped them relax in the post-operative situation and during surgery in regional anesthesia. In his research, Dr. Mike Lewis found that classical music works on the whole brain, whereas pop music affects only one side of the brain.

Our ancestors insisted upon the politeness in voice and gentleness of tone because they knew the powerful impact of sounds and words on our cells and being. Dr. Tomatis recently found that a child traumatized by an enraged or screaming adult learns to survive by shutting out these noises. Once the hearing shuts down, the child finds it hard to learn, which explains why some people can sing in tune while others consider themselves tone deaf. According to modern science, it is impossible for us to make a sound unless we have heard that sound or note before. Again reaffirming the Vedic accounts of rishis having received the mantras and dhwanis from the creation itself in deep states of dhyan, busting any claims made by skeptics on the religious overtones of Vedic mantras. Rishi Vishvamitra received the Gayatri from the Sun, which is the source of energy for not a particular community or religion, but the entire creation.

Author: Poonam Kapoor


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