Sound, the Standard Bearer of Form

Connecting form, sound, and mantras.

“Many say that life entered the human body by the help of music, but the truth is that life itself is music.”

— Hafiz (Persian Sufi poet)

Out of all the theories, superstring provides a view that is similar to music. It suggests there are membrane-like strands of energy vibrating in twelve dimensions of space. These dancing strands, like musical notes, are blueprints. They are the layouts for all particles and forces in the universe. Whether sound is the fruit of superstring interactions, or more interestingly, its cause, remains to be seen.

Sound, the Standard Bearer of Form

While we wait for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to falsify or validate this theory, scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, have found that atoms, when excited, do produce sound.

It’s a  ‘D-note,’ about 20 octaves above the highest note on the piano.

Properties like the atom’s wave function, thermal energy, electron spin, and density–to name a few–are naturally occurring forces that constantly stimulate it above a ground state. On one level then, atoms are always expressing sound. The relationship between form and sound is further conveyed by feeding sound into an oscilloscope. It converts sound waves into electrical signals and will read this and display the form attached to the sound.

Light Waves

The human eye and light are similarly interrelated. The eye is a kind of oscilloscope too. It converts photons of light waves into nerve impulses that are translated by the visual cortex. Carried along the optic nerve, it’s here where the brain associates form with the electrical signals it receives. Since light vibrates too fast, the eye “can only detect changes in its intensity, not its wavelength“. With the help of just a little sand, however, there is a clever way to see the wave patterns sounds make. It’s called the Chladni technique.

Sound Waves

Bowing Chladni plateErnst Chladni used a metal plate lightly covered with sand and a violin bow to display these patterns. While Robert Hooke was the first to discover the effect, Chladni was the one who began systematically recording the geometric modes the effect produced. As the plate is excited the surface becomes divided into regions moving in opposite directions. The sand is pushed away toward the nodal lines where the surface remains completely still. As the frequency is changed, the sand takes on new patterns as it settles into different nodal line paths.

Chladni Patterns

“If we know the whole existence is just a reverberation of energy”, then sound is the standard bearer of form.

Mantras, shaping patterns

Another instrument with the capacity to create resonant forms are our vocal chords. While our capacity to create Chladni patters with them is somewhat limited, they affect form just the same. When what comes through them is organized beyond aesthetic intents, it is called a mantra. Given how form responds to sound, as demonstrated by Ernst Chladni’s discoveries, it follows that imbuing our vocal chords with a certain awareness and intensity can create patterns we can actually integrate with. This is the science of sound or Nada Yoga.

[A Mantra] is something that you strive to become because unless you become the key, existence will not open up for you. Becoming the mantra means you are becoming the key. Only if you are the key can you open the lock. Otherwise someone else has to open it for you and you have to listen to him. –Sadhguru

In vedic sanskrit, some of the oldest Indian texts like the Atharavaveda, Regveda, Khilani, Samaveda, Yajurveda (among various other sources) identify sound formulas that have activating properties. When these mantras are properly applied they generate energy, or more specifically, forms. Since each mantra produces unique currents, the forms they create are as wide-ranging as types of flowers found on the planet.

Sound Formulas

Today, Chlandi patters can be replicated using a speaker hooked up to a frequency generator. With the proper tools producing the effect is a matter of following instructions. In the same way, there are present day road maps for navigating mantras to create healing effects. Rootlight, in particular, combines the science of sound (Nada Yoga) with Naam Yoga. The collections found at Rootlight music represent an array of sound formulas that set a unique healing ambiance. When listened to, or better yet, practiced, the blueprint released by these sounds becomes manifest.

Dr. Levry uses a complex exchange between the upper palate and the tongue to affect the healing pressure points located within the human mouth. This in turn stimulates the hypothalamus, which causes the pituitary and pineal glands, which regulate hormones and many other important body functions, to go into a vibrational resonance. — Dr. Robert Mirshak

Sounds of Isha also takes great care in its arrangements, and creates an atmosphere “[your] physiological and psychological framework” can connect to.


Posted in Mantra, Meditation, Science, Sound on December 16, 2016 and tagged with