The ResonanceThe Indian history and Indian mythology has mention of events and powers which do not exist currently and which do not have any scientific reasoning. To list a few, raag “Malhar” by Tansen is believed to have caused rains when sung. Similarly, raag “Deepak” would light up all the lamps. Ravana was supposedly having a plane which he used to kidnap Sita(Wife of Rama). It was called “Pushpaka Vimana”. Our history has rich mention of many more such fanastic events, people with extraordinary powers.
One of the important means of achieving these super powers was chanting mantras. Traditionally, the mantras are chanted in loud voice in a particular rhythm. I come from a family of priests. So I was also taught various mantras and was made to believe that they do miracles. The concept went down very well in me during my childhood but I started doubting it once I started my stint with science especially physics. Somehow I started believing that, there is nothing in the world without a reason.
I recently attended a session about Reiki and was astonished by its history. It goes something like this. A professor was teaching about Jesus and a student asked if Jesus Christ could heal by touching, why can’t we. The professor was moved. He came with the answer after fasting and meditating and it is know as “Reiki”. The “Reiki” practitioners tap the universal energy and heal themselves and the patients.
I thought can it be the same with chanting Mantras. Is it possible that we are trying to tap the energy using Mantras? The scientific phenomenon could be the resonance effect. I mean it could be like by chanting mantras in a particular rhythm, people might be setting up a set of frequency waves which resonate and impart us with power. The Soothing effect of Music(Music Therapy) on our mind and body is quite well known and scientifically tested and documented.
The more I read about Indian medicine system, scientific reason behind our customs and rituals, the more I am forced to believe that our ancestors were for sure far more intelligent and they probably knew more about everything than we do currently. But the numbers of such people was very limited and were often called as “Yogi” or “Rishi”. They definitely wanted the best practices to be known to common people but were sure that they would not be accepted by people right away. We all know what happened to “Galileo” when he put across his theory of “Sun being the centre of our Solar System and not Earth”. But the church didn’t accept this and Galileo was jailed and forced to take back his words. We all know that Galileo was very correct but he was ahead of his time. So probably, the “Yogi” and “Rishi” community was aware of this and they devised a new method. They linked everything to “God”. They knew that the common man will never dare to against something which will displease the Gods. Putting in other words, they will definitely follow the best practices as it “Pleases the God” and in turn God will bless them with Good Health and prosperity.
Probably, It’s just that may be we are still not able enough to understand it, measure it, test it. For example, my grandpa keeps on wondering how is it possible to see and talk (Video chat) to my bro who is abroad. But for us, it’s a very obvious thing.