Physicist Nikola Tesla had once said: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” But rarely do we think of life in these terms. Interestingly, quantum physics has proven that the universe is nothing but vibrating strings of energy. In fact, it holds that thoughts are energies too. Apparently, positive thoughts resonate at higher frequencies, thereby keeping our internal energy at a higher vibration. No wonder we are frequently told to think more positively.
Often, we get entangled in a maze of negativity and so, we try to find ways to escape the negative mental loop. Some find solace in listening to music, while some play a rough sport to release the pent-up energy. Others try introspecting out in the nature, while some meditate to find peace. But not many are aware that chanting too can have a similar effect on us.
Chanting is an age-old practice that helps channelise one’s energy through a combination of sound, breath and rhythm. Ayurvedic physician Dr Manikantan Menon observes that chanting can induce higher energies within us. He says, “Chanting is the practice of repeating selected words aloud for a certain period of time. It is known to balance and improve energies in body and mind.”
It is fascinating to know scientists have established that the universe vibrates at a constant frequency of 432 hertz. The primordial sound ‘aum’, used as a chant, also produces the same frequency. This is an outstanding example of the intimate connection between the universal energy and the high frequency produced by chanting.
Chanting mantras is a popular Hindu practice. Though a mantra is a powerful sound, it may consist of a single letter, a word, or a mere string of syllables, if not a whole sentence. Generally, Hindus chant mantras to appease a deity, or invoke a deity to keep evil forces at bay. Swarnam, a Sanskrit enthusiast, believes chanting mantras can help protect oneself. She says that chanting has the power to remove mental obstacles and bring peace of mind.