Ayurveda Yoga Sound Therapy
Human beings have always been affected by different sounds whether heart, drum, vocal or instrumental music. Some tend to uplift or calm us, while others agitate or irritate us. Sounds have a strong effect on our mood and state of mind. They have the ability to clear out emotional blocks and stuck energies.
Sound or vibration is the source of all life. According to the Vedic system, all creation begins through sound. The universe is music, which moves matter into a certain form and every form vibrates at its own frequency.
MANTRA AS THERAPY FOR THE MIND
Sound is the original and most primal of all healing energies. In Yoga and Ayurveda, mantras are very powerful sounds, usually root sounds of the Sanskrit language. The word mantra literally means the instrument of the mind or what protects the mind.
Healing sounds like mantras can balance the mind. They can help change the structure of the mind and recreate it on a more harmonious level. Mantras affect the mind in the same way as asanas (yoga postures) affect the body. While asanas control the body and pranayama (breathing techniques) control the breath, mantra controls the mind.
Mantras are used to correct psychological and psychic disorders. Such disorders are considered an imbalance of energy in the mind. Mantras have the ability to maintain the strength and integrity of our mental field to ensure the proper circulation of energies in it.
Mantras serve to empower all our actions on a subtle level. Through them the cosmic life force can be infused into our healing methods, allowing for a truly integral healing process.
Most important in mantra therapy are single-syllable or seed mantras, also called primordial sounds. They carry the strongest force of Prana (healing energy).
AUM (pronounced A OO MMM)
AUM is the most important mantra. It energizes or empowers all things and all processes. This is why all mantras begin and end with AUM.
It clears the mind, opens the channels of the body and increases immunity. It awakens the positive life‑force (Prana) needed for healing to occur.
RAM (pronounced as written)
RAM mantra gives strength, calm, rest, peace and is especially good for high Vata conditions and mental disorders. Use RAM for insomnia, bad dreams, nervousness, anxiety and excessive fear. It also fortifies and strengthens the immune system.
HUM (pronounced with the u sound as in put).
This is the best mantra against negative influences such as disease causing pathogens or negative emotions. Chanting this mantra regularly helps ignite digestive fire (agni) and to improve digestion. It is good for burning up any toxins in the body and for cleansing the channels.
AIM (pronounced aym)
This is the best mantra for the mind, for improving concentration, thinking, for rational powers and for improving speech. It awakens and increases intelligence. It is helpful in mental and nervous disorders for restoring powers of speech, communication, control of the senses and mind.
SHRIM (pronounced shreem)
This is the best mantra for promoting general health, beauty, creativity and prosperity. SHRIM strengthens the plasma (rasa dhatu) and reproductive fluids (shukra dhatu) and increases overall health and harmony.
HRIM (pronounced hreem)
HRIM is a mantra used for detoxification, cleansing and purification. It also gives energy, joy and ecstasy.
KRIM: (pronounced as in our word cream).
This mantra gives the capacity for work and action and adds power and efficacy to what we do. It is beneficial to chant while making food or herbal preparations as it allows them to turn out better.
MANTRAS AND THE DOSHAS (YOUR CONSTITUTION)
If your dosha type is predominantly Vata, you should chant mantras that are soothing and calming. Vata types should not chant out loud for too long as this may have a depleting effect on your energy. After a few minutes of vocal chanting, you should chant silently. Also, too much of AUM chanting is not always good for Vata types as it tends to increase the ether element in the mind, which is already high in Vata types.
RAM is the best mantra for those with predominantly Vata constitution, as it is warming, calming and protecting. Vata types prone to fear and anxiety should chant the HUM mantra regularly.
People with predominantly fire or Pitta constitutions should chant mantras that are cooling, soothing and calming. AUM, AIM, SHRIM and SHAM are considered appropriate.
If you are KAPHA or earthy type you are able to handle a lot of vocal chanting or singing. Mantras for Kapha types should be stimulating and activating. HUM is excellent, also AUM and AIM.
APPLICATION OF MANTRA
To activate the healing properties of mantras, they should be chanted with pure intentions and when one is following a sattvic lifestyle and one aimed at balancing the doshas.
It is important to pronounce mantras properly, which for some people may require personal instruction from a qualified teacher. They must be chanted with care as a sacred ritual and not simply as a pastime.
The magic of mantras only appears after we have repeated it for some time. To get the full benefits of mantras, they need to be repeated a minimum of a hundred times a day for a period of at least one month. Mostly a mantra does not become fully enabled until it has been repeated at least a hundred thousand times per syllable of the mantra.
Mantras can be repeated not only during meditation, but also during anytime of the day when the mind is unoccupied. It is beneficial to repeat mantras before sleep to promote peaceful sleep and dreams and after waking up in the morning to promote healthy mental activity during the day.
You can also opt for a so-called “mental fast” to clear the consciousness by chanting mantras repeatedly for extended periods of time. This is known as a “mantra bath” for the mind, which helps to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and impressions.
A mantra bath is comparable to bathing our bodies with soap and water daily. It is the best thing for cleaning the mind, which is otherwise too dirty with its various self-centered thoughts to concentrate on anything productive.
A mind that has not been cleansed through mantra is unlikely to have the clarity for psychological peace, meditation or spiritual growth.
Frawley, D., (1996) “Ayurveda and the Mind: The healing of consciousness”