Current Update as of June 11, 2006
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
(New World Library)
research now validates immense physiological benefits from chanting:
lowered blood pressure, stabilized heart rate, improved circulation
and the production of endorphins, which are bodys natural
painkillers and mood enhancers.
is a term that points to an ideal state in which the physical, psychological,
and spiritual dimensions of health come together. Many are the paths
toward that end and each is a type of yoga.
cope with the stresses of life, a large number of people use chemical
stimulants, antidepressants, alcohol, caffeine, and the like. These
solutions come with a price to our health with side effects that
range from accumulated acidity in the body to chemical dependency
and mood swings.
do more than help us cope with stress; they make us come alive.
Unlike chemical stimulants, these spiritual organics are not passively
imbibed or ingested, but are actively employed and personally digested
in the fire of our souls yearning for a connectedness to the
deep pulse of life itself.
are these strange sounds and how do we trust them? My argument is
that if we can trust the chemical ingredients listed on the packaging
of prescription drugs, then mantras are safer to use, and perhaps
easier to pronounce.
trust mantras we may consider that they come from the very same
culture that gave us Yoga, Ayurveda (the worlds oldest medical
system), and our numeric system, including the discovery of the
zero, which in world of mathematics is akin to the discovery of
Add to that current medical research that reveals a network of acupuncture-like meridians that originate in the palate and are stimulated by inflections in speech. Sanskrits extraordinary phonetic range promises a tremendous power to influence our physical as well as spiritual immunity. The therapeutic powers of mantra may well prove to be as valuable to integrative medicine as mathematics is to science.
get a taste of mantra, try Om Shaanthi,
the mantra for peace, when you feel anxious or disturbed. When your
energy is low, or fear creeps in, try Om Shuckthi
the mantra for power and energy. Place tongue tip between
teeth for the thi in both cases.
Russill Paul is the author of The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power in Chant and Music (New World Library, May 2006) and serves on the faculty of The University of Creation Spirituality / Naropa Institute West. He is a world-renowned musician, blending Indian and contemporary music in his recordings and performances.
on the book The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power in Chant
and Music © 2006 by Russill Paul.
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