The knowledge of Vedic Music—Gandharva Veda—is located in the ancient Vedic Literature and in the oral tradition of Vedic families of India, who for countless ages have preserved this knowledge in its completeness. It is scientific, authentic, and reliable, because it is a revelation of the most fundamental level of Nature’s intelligence, the Unified Field of Natural Law*—the common basis of all streams of knowledge, where the holistic value of Natural Law and specific values of Natural Law function in unison.
Scientific research studies have been conducted on the influence of Gandharva Veda music in the areas of consciousness, behaviour, physiology, and the environment, and further experiments continue to be conducted. Studies have observed that the beneficial influences of Gandharva Veda are irrespective of an individual’s personal musical background, taste, or subjective experience.
Furthermore, Maharishi has explained that every environment is ultimately made of sound vibrations which resonate with other sound vibrations. Even if no one is present to listen, the balancing sounds of Gandharva Veda create a positive influence in the atmosphere. By playing Gandharva Veda music at home or in the work place when no one is present, it is possible to neutralize stress and produce an effect of harmony and coherence in the environment.
The following studies indicate the ability of Vedic Music to create a harmonizing, life-supporting influence in the physical and mental health of the individual, as well as in the environment.
RASMUSSEN, S., ORME-JOHNSON, D., and WALLACE, R.K., 1990, USA. Integrating effect on the brain functions of humans: the electrical potentials of the activity of the brain before and during the listening of Gandharva Veda music were analyzed by a computer, for frequencies as Delta–, Theta–, Alpha– and Beta–waves. While listening to Gandharva Veda music, a clear increase of the electrical potentials within the Theta–wave–range (frequencies 4–8) can be observed. A similar effect has been found during the practice of Transcendental Meditation, where it correlates with a state of relaxation and the experience of bliss.
OLSON-SORFLATEN, T., Dissertation,1995, USA. Balancing of the physiology, decreased tension, decreased irritability, less lethargy, and increased brain wave activity in the Alpha–, Beta–, and Theta ranges verify the relaxing and integrating effects of this music, which have also been found during the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
SINGH, T. C. N., Gnanam A: Studies on the effect of sound waves of Nadeshwaram [a traditional Gandharva Veda wind instrument] the growth and yield of paddy, Annamalai University, 1965; 16:78–99; and SINGH, T. C. N., On the Effect of Music and Dance on Plants, Bihar Agricultural College Magazine, Volume 13, no. 1, 1962–1963:
The Sound and Music of Plantsdocuments research on the effects of various types of sound and music on the growth and health of plants. A monotonous tone played for several hours was totally destructive of plant life, as was rock music. Western classical music had mixed effects. When Gandharva Veda was played, the plants responded most positively—they flourished.
The Secret Life of Plantsalso documents research on the effects of various types of sound and music on the growth and health of plants. When Gandharva Veda music was played to plants, the plant which was closest to the source of sound virtually embraced the loudspeaker. When hard-rock music was played, the plants moved away from the source of sound.
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