Music therapy for meditation

music therapy for meditation

Indian classical music therapy is a complementary therapy that promotes the inbuilt natural healing process. This music produces beneficial effects and is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually uplifting. It can be effective by itself and also can be applied as an adjuvant therapy from our ancestors who were spiritually evolved and had realized essential harmony between the human being and nature. Original knowledge of these things is found in Vedas. Gandharva Veda, which is a constituent of Sama Veda, is regarded as the Veda of Music. The science of medication is one of the most enlightened ways of Sama Veda.

Omkar Music Therapy by Dr Arun Apte

Arun Apte - Omkar Music TherapyThe Omkar Therapy is part of a discipline called music therapy (in this case Indian music), a type of therapy that allows the improvement of the health through music.

In particular, through the combination of specific notes (this combination of notes is called Raga) you can act on specific chakra.

OM (Omkar) is the primordial sound of which created the universe. Also the sound of the residue, called Kundalini.

The Omkar consists of 4 sounds: A and U contracts that give O, O nasal (anuswara) and M.
Each of these sounds has a direct effect on our energy system:

  1. A - kar has the power to activate the left channel or lunar channel,
  2. U - kar has the power to activate the right channel or solar channel,
  3. M - kar acts directly on the center channel.

This therapy is widely used for stress management.

Sit upright and relaxed, cross-legged, on the floor. If you choose to sit on a chair, place your feet a little apart from each other, without shoes. Rest your hands palms open and upward on your lap.

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Mantra recital by Deborah Eckman

Deborah EckmanIt was discovered in ancient India that there are 7 basic musical notes, which were derived from sounds of nature or songs of various animals. Through meditation, we can feel that each note corresponds to a certain chakra, or energy wheel, within us. The chakra becomes activated when the frequency of the note matches that of the corresponding chakra and can be strengthened by it. By using the notes in certain combinations, the connection between the chakras is also activated.

SA - the root note - corresponds to the Mooladhara, the chakra at the base of the spine. This is the protector of the subtle system and therefore SA is present in all scales and is constant. Four notes in the Indian scale can be flattened, or lowered - RE(2nd), GA(3rd), DHA(6th), NI(7th). One note can be sharpened, or raised - MA(4th). PA(5th) is also a constant like SA. By using mantras, or affirmations, we not only invoke the qualities of the chakras with the name of the deity (or archetype) present at that chakra, but we can also use the notes that give the strongest effect.

This workshop presents a series of mantras in different raagas for each of that 7 basic chakras. There are also 2 extra mantras: - one for the Void, which is the center of our mastery and one for the Liver, which helps calm down our thoughts, as the liver is the seat of our attention. As you listen to each one, try to keep your attention at the Sahasrara level (the uppermost chakra at the crown of the head), but be aware of any sensations or vibrations at each of the corresponding chakras or on the palms of your hands.

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Indian classical music therapy by Dr Arun Apte

Dr Arun ApteDr Arun Apte is a registered medical practitioner in music therapy by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines registered by the government of West Bengal with the open International University of Complimentary Medicines. He is internationally as expert in the field of music therapy through spiritual yoga method.

Dr. Arun  Apte’s Medicinal Indian vocal music therapy is a culmination of 10 years of research on the effects of Indian music based on a combination of multiple sciences . It  is not only therapeutic for physical, mental and emotional disorders, but it also elevates the participant to a new spiritual dimension effortlessly.

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How does Indian classical music therapy work on the chakra system?

In our day-to-day life, we find that all the seven chakras are not active all the time. Some do not work properly, as there are some hindrances, due to lack of required energy power. Since these chakras are connected with different organs, any hindrance in their functioning creates physical imbalance in the person. Emotional and mental imbalance are also seen depending upon the state of the chakras. Indian classical music produces different effects such as heating, cooling, soothing and emotional psyche of the listener. When the energy, vibrations and frequency of Indian classical music match with the energy, vibrations and frequency of the chakras, they get activated. This inner integration makes a natural path for the Kundalini to rise upward. When rising, the Kundalini nourishes the chakras and provides proper energy to them. Since organs are connected with the chakras, they also get the proper and adequate energy required and thus the balance is restored. Once the Kundalini finds its path to rise, it rises and pierces through the fontanel bone area and forms connection with the cosmic energy (power of divine love): it enlightens the brain and activates all the nerves in the brain, which in return, enlighten the heart.

About the raagas

Indian classical music is based on the raaga system. The raaga is a melodic scale, consisting of notes. The word 'raaga' in Sanskrit means 'to please'. Technically then raaga means a sweet combination of musical notes coming after another in succession.

Raaga Shyam Kalyan helps to activate Mooladhara chakra. It allows the Kundalini rise gently, easily and naturally.

Raaga Gurjari Todi has a capacity to cool down the liver and Raga Gurjari Todi and Yaman has a power of sustenance. Both raagas help to activate Swadisthan chakra. Both raagas have a power to stabilize the wandering attention which is very important for the meditation.

Raaga Abhogi helps to activate Nabhi chakra and stimulate the digestion process.

Raaga Bhairav and Durga have a power of divine bliss and protection. Both raagas help to activate Heart chakra.

Raaga Jaijaiwanti helps to activate Vishuddhi chakra which controls five sense organs.

Raaga Bhup is found effective to purify and open the Agnya chakra by deflating the baloon-like structures, of subconscious and ego. It is also useful to release tension, anger and mental fatigue. Mood created by this raaga greatly assist the Kundalini to pass through the Agnya chakra and enter the apex chakra Sahasrara in the limbic area. The person is now in the state of thoughtless awareness.

Raaga Darbari and Bhairavi are extremely helpful to settle and prolong the thoughtless awareness state. Notes of this raagas relax the limbic area. The Kundalini then soothens and nourishes the chakra and the brain. One feels joyous, energetic, peaceful and relieved of tension and depression. The person also enjoys the sensation of cool breeze on his fingertips. This is the state of yoga. Regular practice in this way can open a new dimension of self knowledge and collective consciousness. Through Sahaja Yoga Meditation, the person can effortlessly achieve his complete well-being.

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43 comment(s) so far, want to say something now?

    Sep 7, 2009
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  • Vitaliy
    Sep 7, 2009
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    August 22nd, 2010

    really great



  • Praful
    Sep 7, 2009
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    Thanks for this beautiful website. The music here is truly beautiful and lovely. Great work.



  • Kuntall Sood
    Sep 7, 2009
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    Experience cannot be described in words after listening Omkar treatment specially



  • Anil Kumar Kanhaua
    Sep 7, 2009
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    It’s a wonderful website.



  • Dhiraj Kumar Sharma(D.K Sharma)
    Oct 23, 2009
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    It was very nice and I felt peace in my mind. Got clearence by listening all these ragas. Thanks a lot.



  • rick
    Nov 5, 2009
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    could you tell me which music, or meditation helps with anxiety?

    Thank You


    November 5th, 2009

    Hello Rick,

    In general, practicing regular meditation helps with anxiety. You can learn to meditate online
    or attend a local class.

    Warm wishes



  • Vikas
    Nov 19, 2009
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    This is excellent music that I have heard till date. I can feel immediate vibrations and kundalini rising upwards…Thanks for this great work and music

    Great Work!!!!



  • Nilufer Mirel
    Dec 2, 2009
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    Indeed, Divine Music has a capability to bring some moments of silence in the mind and beyond the duality of sadness and happieness gives us pure Joy….OM the first, last and ultimate sound, isn’t it?…..thank you for providing these amazing audios


    January 8th, 2012

    very calming,and relaxing,makes me feel light and tingly.



  • shirin
    Dec 29, 2009
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    By listening to the music while i was in meditation i found my self in the kingdom of devine .the music has really a big effect on gave me so much joy .mother may bless all of you with love and vibrations who provided all these beautiful moments for us.



  • Anatoly
    Jan 17, 2010
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    Согласен, потрясающе!!!
    Очень хорошая музыка ,отличные вибрации!



  • Sandeep Gholap
    Feb 15, 2010
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    It’s a wonderful website.Thanks for creating beautiful website.



  • abhilash
    Mar 31, 2010
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    What a wonderful commentary on the effect of raagas on the chakras.The recital of mantras in various raagas is so so soothing.



    Apr 1, 2010
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    This is truely Awesome.I have no words to express,I am falling short of words.



  • James
    Jun 14, 2010
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    Anyone know how I can download this music by Eckman? Her links don’t work and cant seem to find anyplace to buy her music

    Any help greatly appreciated




    June 22nd, 2011

    Hi James,
    I don’t know if you are still looking for my music, but it is now available through the Sahaja World Foundation online store. This is their home page –
    and you can find my CD SAHAJA AWAKENING on the audio page, or just type in my name, Deborah Eckman, or the name of the CD in the search engine and it should come up! Hope this is useful for others also and thank you for asking about it. Sorry it took so long to answer your question though….



  • Ntumba Rachel
    Jun 26, 2010
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    Je viens juste de découvrir votre site, il est très bien fait. J’arrive à retrouver les bienfaits de la méditation à la maison. Je suis venu quelques fois et il me reste encore une multitude de question. Cette semaine encore mon horaire ne me permet pas de venir à Longueuil. La semaine prochaine peut-être. Au plaisir de vous revoir.



  • umendra dikshit
    Jul 5, 2010
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    It has an excellent piece of deep research , ………… culminating in to a heavenly experience…………..very difficult to put in to words.
    It is simply superb ! should be used at every centre world over for quick and effective way of raising kundalini.



  • Milind
    Sep 13, 2010
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    It’s very very nice & important for all sahaji. Thank you mother for giving all supporting tools for our Depth.



  • dilia o.
    Sep 16, 2010
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    Hello, there everyone. It is fantastic . I will use it more often from today. I had just found it



  • rashmi
    Oct 4, 2010
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    its a total JOY !!!



  • Miihael
    Oct 28, 2010
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    I hardly understant why all the people are not enjoyin Sahaja Yoga. This music is so pure I really don’t have to say nothing.

    Wish everyone the best.



  • vijaya
    Jun 9, 2011
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    thanks a lot for this site. It’s very helping. but I couldn’t understand clearly where you have asked to keep our palms. keep your hands on heel? if so, how is it possible in cross-legged position? do you have any video for this? or written material?
    i have vitiligo since last 45 years. which raga is suitable for me?


    August 17th, 2011

    Hello Vijaya, I don’t know if anyone else has replied to you yet, but I have just looked up what “Vitilgo” is so I could try and answer your question. It seems to be mostly an auto-immune disease so in general, just by practising Sahaja Yoga daily, your immune system should naturally improve, and to boost it in general, that is governed by the Centre Heart chakra.. But as Vitilgo is specifically a disorder which affects the skin, this is most related to the Vishuddhi Chakra in the throat, so try to concentrate on that area. The science of Music for Meditation is just a guide, so many ragas will work on the subtle system, but you could also try listening to some good flute players as this instrument is of course directly linked to the Vishuddhi Chakra.
    Your query about the correct position to meditate in – I think you got a little confused by the wording. If you are sitting cross-legged, it just means that your hands should be on your lap, palms upwards. Or you can just sit on a chair with your hands on your lap. Have a look at the chakra chart which has a diagram of someone sitting in meditation – Sahaja Yoga should be comfortable, so you wouldn’t normally be asked to sit in any strange yoga positions! Good luck..



  • nishin
    Jun 19, 2011
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    its really fantastic site. may shrimataji specially blessed those who have contributed to this site.



  • venus
    Sep 19, 2011
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    its amazing..i want to download it but unable to do so..can anyone help me?
    jai shri mataj



  • suchita
    Dec 2, 2011
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    Hi, I am a believer of Mataji and try to follow Sahaj Yoga.I would like to know from where can I obtain the CDs or recordings of the raagas or the mantra required for therapeutic music sessions or for meditation.



  • Mohan
    May 5, 2012
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    Pearls of Wisdom deep down in the sea of subconsciousness brought up to the surface. Hats off to all the Great Artists for the yeoman service rendered



  • jotsna
    May 26, 2012
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    it is divine



  • Mamta
    Jul 14, 2012
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    Dear Apte Sir,

    It was a great pleasure for me to listen to this divine music and stress therapy.
    In fact after so many year I learn the right way of pronouncing “OM” which filled my heart with tremendous joy, something beyond explainatiom. i am thankful to all of you to post this audio clipping on this website.

    Nirmal Love



  • Mamta
    Jul 17, 2012
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    Sir, I would like to know if this chanting of “omkar” has to be co-ordinated with our breathing? If yes, how it is to be done?



  • yonca Bursali Ahmed
    Jul 28, 2012
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    This is great. But, I’d like to play all the music without having to stop my meditation and press play for the following track. Is there a way to do this? Also, I would love to download this music if possible.

    Thanks :)



  • Colleen
    Aug 27, 2012
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    Absolutely beautiful!!! I find it kind of hard to type this with the vibrations in my hands. : ) THANK YOU!!



  • Jerry-Yah'Kov
    Sep 13, 2012
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    Delightful … thank you for the gift of music and spirit, blended together as ONE.



  • gaya3
    Nov 4, 2012
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    Hey sir please let me know how to get those music files dont know where to download .i saw the last all the comments went that link wat u gave but it doesnt provide the music :(.am really so eager to start my meditation with this music so kindly tell me



  • Ene Gabriel
    Dec 1, 2012
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    Sound,then music ,then silence!



  • michael
    Dec 1, 2012
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    so beautiful and calming, many thanks for going to the effort and doing it so well. Has made my whole morning so much lighter

    Nirmal love



  • Varunk
    Dec 13, 2012
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    Vedic Chants are also belived to effect many aspects of health and personality. Despite being rich in literature, the prowess of our culture is more recognized in the west than at home



  • Varun Agarwal
    Jan 11, 2013
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    Awesome website. Just Love to be here..



  • Sulakshana
    Feb 21, 2013
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    Wonderful effort, which can’t be expressed in words.
    Divine Music & work.

    Thank you so much



  • metronome online tap
    Jul 13, 2013
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    I am really thankful to the owner of this site who has shared this great
    piece of writing at here.



  • how to download music
    Sep 16, 2013
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    It’s remarkable for me to have a site, which is beneficial in favor of my experience.
    thanks admin



  • Fitness Guru
    Sep 17, 2013
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    This is great. Thank you for sharing!


  • comment arrow

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning
    this article and the rest of the website is also very good.



  • Ravi Shankar
    Mar 1, 2014
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    Dr Arun Apte

    Sir, Its very useful for us… Im in stress and search in google about meditation. I got this site at the first search.. Really useful for people who needs meditation.. Many thanks for teaching this OM Kar…..Im very happy to listen your voice when you teaching us….feel very great experience…. Thanks a Lot Arun Jee !!!!



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