Vrindavan, 2014.08.07 (VT): On Wednesday, DD Bharati shot a program at the Jiva Institute in Sheetal Chaya on the subject of music and spirituality. The program included an interview with Jiva Institute director Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji.
Interviewing Babaji Maharaj was Nishant Kumar Mallik, a dhrupad singer from the famed Mallik clan. Answering his many questions in a simple language, Babaji Maharaj connected music to spirituality with many logical arguments, scriptural references and examples. Not only that, but he also explained how many diseases can be cured by the sound of music alone.
Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa Ji said that sound, the characters representing these sounds, and the Supreme Brahman, are all different forms of God. “In fact,” he said, “The Param Brahma can only be attained through the medium of sound. In the Kaliyuga especially, the chanting of God’s great glory is the primary means of attaining direct vision of the Lord.”
He continued by saying, “Not only is this idea found in popular texts like Rāma-carita mānasa, but Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught the method of chanting the Holy Names in sankirtan as the Yuga Dharma and the best means for attaining sacred union with the Supreme Lord. Krishna himself, the Lord of the Rasa dance, is the fountainhead of all music.”
Music is described as one of the Vedic disciplines. All the mantras of the Rigveda are songs to be sung according to specific ragas and rhythms. These ragas are meant to be sung at the appropriate times of the day. The Sama Veda stresses the importance of music and mantras and indicates how the Vedic mantras are to be chanted of the way done and way the words are to be synchronized with the music.
Lord Shiva is the originator of the sound omkar which is the source of music in the world, the creator of song. Narada Rishi is the one who brought music into the world.
Through on the one hand music brings us joy in this world, but on the other it also leads to divine union.
Dr. Dasa said that music has the power to cure many ills such as headaches. Nowadays, however, when the cacophony produced by loudspeakers and radios is omnipresent, the therapeutic and spiritual power of music has been weakened.