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Music as Therapy?

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

A baby is receptive to music whether it is eye movement, a turn of the head toward a pleasing sound or falling asleep to a lullaby. This will involve the children in listening, singing, vocalizing, movement, massage, instrument playing or creative Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with sound mental health needed. Developments in music therapy according to diseases , aging-related conditions, drug abuse , brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute pain, including mothers in labor. Music therapy is the use with modified effective learning patterns, to promote emotional, mental, social and physical growth Music Therapy is a creative, flexible and sometimes spontaneous means of using the appeal of music to help people of all ages. It improves the quality of life for persons and promote wellness to manage stress- alleviate pain- express feelings enhance memory- improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation. Several Hospitals in advamced countries like USA are adapting this method even during complicated surgery.

Mysticism of Sound In music
Mystics the world over are familiar with the “Music of the spheres” heard in the innermost recesses of the heart when the mind is still. Every religious tradition has a distinct way of expression, and what is common to all is that the experience always comes as revelation and can never be mistaken for the sound audible to the human ear. This is the primal and pristine music of the dawn of creation, the beginning of the human era . This is the subtle inner sound, incessantly heard in the cosmos, behind the gross physical level, revealing itself in various forms at different planes of existence, which is intrinsic to the very creative process. Hindu spiritual tradition refers to it as the Pranava, the mystic word “OM”, which according to opening verse of the Mándükya Upanishat is beyond the triple conception of time. Truly “OM”. Sound (shabda) is the body of Brahman (Ultimate Reality) and it is from this sound the entire creation came to existence.

(to be continued)
By B S S Rao, Secretary Sri Lalithakala Acadmy Foundation, Mysore

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