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How Learning Sanskrit Can Improve Your Health: The Science of Mantra

For centuries yogis have experienced the tangible, healing effects of Sanskrit mantra on body, mind, and spirit.  They discovered by repeating the primordial sounds of nature  encoded in the Sanskrit alphabet over and over again — especially the three syllables comprising the mantra Om — they would be healed of ailments, free from emotional disturbances, and elevated in spirit and consciousness.  According to the Vedic system of Ayurveda, Sanskrit is vibrational medicine.

In Ayurveda, disease begins with the energy that surrounds us.  The balance of our body and mind responds to environmental energy.  For this reason, the ancient rishis (the "seers of the Veda") developed the system of yajna or fire sacrifice to heal the environment first.  They experienced how the smoke from such ritual fires combined with the repetitive chanting of Sanskrit mantras positively charges the ions in the atmosphere, producing nourishing rain.  The system of Yoga that developed out of the Vedic tradition of macro-healing used the power of chanting Sanskrit mantras to purify the prana or the life-force in the body-mind.  The result was not only perfect health, but enlightened consciousness.

In modern times, much of our diseases are caused by the repetitive noise we experience in our environment.  We're bombarded with noise pollution that weakens our immunity by weakening first our Reticular Activating System (RAS).   The RAS consists of a bundle of nerve fibers in the medulla oblongata (near the brain stem) and is responsible for alerting the brain to the presence of new stimuli.  They are the primitive responses we all have to protect us from the threat of danger.  The RAS was very useful when we were hunters and gatherers, but in the post-industrial, high tech age we find ourselves bombarded by a continuous assault of noise and images that contribute only to the over-stimulation of our instinctual reactions.  Instead of inducing heightened awareness, our brains become dull and unresponsive, inviting disease of both body and mind.

But when a stimulus, such as a Sanskrit mantra, becomes repetitive, the RAS is invigorated, enlivened, and soothed by it.  Somehow our RAS can tell the difference between noise that is assaulting and vibrations that are uplifting.  Ted Melnechuk of the Institute for Advancement of Health claims that when such a repetitive sound pattern like a Sanskrit mantra is pronounced or played in the environment, the brain releases opiate-like endorphins as the RAS relaxes.  Instead of inciting the brain to take immediate action, it calms it down instead.  When the mind experiences this kind of calm, the body follows.  When stress dissolves, the potential for disease also vanishes.

Just as there are three syllables that make up Om — A U M — brain waves are distinguished according to three types.  Beta waves correspond with the waking state and are measured as heightened mental activity, such as we saw with the “a” sound of the mantra.  The “dream state” of the syllable “u” mirrors the Alpha waves of the brain in a state of mild relaxation.  And the “m” syllable that conveys complete satisfaction is experienced in the Theta state of deep relaxation that leads to meditative awareness or higher states of consciousness.  Finally Delta brain waves (which scientists associate with dreamless sleep wherein ordinary awareness of “self” is absent) emit the pure silence of the anahata nada described by the original yogis.  That is the goal of “sonic samadhi” gained through the simple repetition of the Sanskrit syllables — when they are perfectly pronounced! 

Dr. Ernst Rossi, M.D. suggests in his book, The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, sacred languages like Sanskrit can create positive physiological changes in the body.  The hypothalamus, located in the mid-lower level of the brain, “communicates” language via the nerve fibers within the higher cortex to reach the various organs and systems of the body.  In this way, the brain sends electrical patterns or brain waves throughout the entire bodily structure that correlate with specific mental and emotional states.  When the primoridial syllables of Sanskrit that make up a mantra are repeated, the hypothalamus communicates the inherent healing power within the mantra to the entire body.

Of all the mantras, Om is perhaps the most healing of all because it unites all three types of brain waves.

The Sanskrit alphabet requires perfect pronunciation to affect its healing power.  Each syllable requires a certain placement of the tongue or other organs of speech to stimulate a marma — which is like an acupuncture point — within the vocal cavity.  The marma point opens an energetic channel connecting it with specific organs and systems within the body's physiology.  In addition, each syllable requires a specific force of breath to make the sound properly.  The force of breath regulates the amount of prana or life force that is delivered to the body's system through the nerve channel connected with the marma. As a result of even chanting the 50 syllables of the Sanskrit alphabet, the entire body and psychology influenced by the flow of breath is nourished and healed with life-giving prana.

Now that I've introduced you all to some of the healing benefits of chanting Sanskrit, I'll soon be offering a free webinar on the science of mantra.  In the meantime, I invite you to enroll in my new online course — Feeling the Shakti of Sanskrit — which instructs you in the proper pronunciation of the 50 syllables of the Sanskrit alphabet.  Soon you'll experience the healing power of Sanskrit yourself!  You can download the audio course and guidebook by visiting this link: Feeling the Shakti of Sanskrit

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