Posted 03/01/2009 - 22:07 by Thought revolution

Science of Sound - Part 1

This is the first part in a multipart series exploring the immense power of Sound, its science and the association of sound and theology. Each month, let us try to delve deeper and understand at least one aspect of Sound energy and try reaping its positive potential to bring peace and positivity to planet earth. Before diving into the source or fountainhead of this knowledge, first lets just get our feet wet and see what it is all about.

Every culture has its own form of sonic mysticism. Gospel music manifests the spiritual power of sound, as do symphony orchestras, Hebrew cantos, Sufi Qawwali singers, Siberian shamans, Benedictine monks, Tibetan Gyuto choir or the Vedic mantras. There have been several works that tried to explore this fathomless source of energy of sound. Probably innumerable PhD thesis can be written to fully describe the capabilities of Sound energy.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - Holy Bible, John 1:1

The holy Bible and several sacred scriptures in all religions place a significant emphasis on the how sound was responsible for creation (though the manner in which they are described may be metaphoric at times). The Hindu scriptures say the source of all existence of the universe started with the sound of AUM. It is believed that the whole universe, in its fundamental form,  is made up of vibrating, pulsating energy. Aum is considered as the humming sound of this cosmic energy.  The cosmic existence of sound, its expression in the rhythmic order of the origin and vivid manifestation of Nature, and its spiritual expansion in consciousness are dealt in the Vedas under the knowledge of Sabda Brahm– Nada Brahm.

Is sound really the basis of the universe?

Today it might have become only a medium of entertainment for many because of their ignorance but the fact remains that music is a faculty of divine serenity and power. Our cosmos consists of the sound waves in all frequency ranges,  beyond the grasp of our audio sensors and even beyond the limits of our imagination. Saints and Seers have always said that the sonic vibrations of each spoken or mentally thought syllable exist in the universe forever.  Some frontline researchers of the modern science of sound hope that further advancement of science and technology would one day enable recording the voices (of the sages of yore) in the omnipresent ‘ocean’ of ether.

Modern science has been slowly discovering that vibration does indeed create form and is the source of the universe. Though science is discovering this aspect at the material level, they are yet to find out it holds true at different dimensions manifestations and thoughts as well.

Hans Jenny a Swiss engineer and a medical doctor performed several experiments using sound frequencies on various materials such as water, sand, dust, liquid plastic and milk. Dr Jenny placed the material on a metal plate attached to a crystal oscillator which was controlled by a frequency generator capable of producing a wide range of vibrations.  He then filmed and photographed what happened on the plate. He termed this new science Cymatics. Some of the beautiful images he obtained are shown below:

Cymatic Sand Patterns

Cymatic Liquid Patterns

 Dr Jenny invented a machine called a Tonoscope which allowed a human voice to vibrate the plate directly.  He had a voice sing AUM into a microphone and the result was stunning. The image observed was strikingly similar to the famous Sri Chakra mandala.

Sri Chakra

Cymatic Sri Chakra on liquified glass

 

Watch the video below to see the physics of sound creating form. With different tonal frequencies on a tonoscope different forms are manifested.

WARNING : HIGH FREQUENCY SOUND, LOWER YOUR VOLUME

 

This idea extends to not only just in the two dimensional space (like the salt on the tonoscope in the video above) but also to three dimensional creation (and who know even higher dimensions that ordinary humans cannot perceive).

This next video details with stunning effect how galaxies and planets are formed, how the human heart beat is basically sound manifest and how structures like mountains are created just by the variation of sound frequencies.

 

So in effect we have seen that sound is the source of everything in the universe. This is also an important reminder to us that we should be careful in what we think. Thoughts are subtler forms of vibrations that have an effect on our environment. So if there is a strong intention of spreading peace around you then the purer your thoughts should be. In the next part lets discover some other aspect of this wonderful science of sound.

 

References:

Eternity of Sound and the Science of Mantras by Pt. ShriRam Sharma Acharya

Music - The nectar of life by Pt. ShriRam Sharma Acharya 

Hans Jenny and Cymatics

Effect of sounding Om on liquified glass

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