Tradition

The sung note as a means of supporting good health is not a new discovery but is part of a long tradition. In Indian yoga tradition you will find, amongst other things, the method of Nada-Yoga which is the Yoga method of sound. In many nations the knowledge of the healing power of sound naturally belonged to the esoteric knowledge of their shamans and medicine men. In the course of time, this holy knowledge unfortunately has disappeared more and more. It is to Vemu Mukunda’s credit that he rediscovered the remnants within the assets of his culture and brought them to light. In the holy scriptures and secret writings of his native country he discovered hints and hidden facts upon which he built his Nada Brahma System. By doing so, he probably saved the remnants of knowledge of the healing power of sound from disappearing entirely.

Even though the link to present-day musical training comes from Indian culture, the effectiveness of the sung tone is absolutely culturally universal. Since it is a matter of physics, it is independent of time and culture. For the person singing, it is neither necessary to have musical knowledge nor a spiritual background. Experience has shown that the transforming power of sound may be felt by every single person at any time and any place.

Narada



According to Vedic philosophy the whole of creation originates in a single source, brahman. Naradiya Shiksha explains that the tone is the elementary power from which everything originates and which penetrates the whole of creation. Narada was the bearer of this knowledge. He was a great Rishi and a wise man who acted as a messenger of the gods between the worlds to reveal and spread the holy knowledge of the power of the tone in all worlds. Vemu Mukunda reported this event as follows:

Narada was given the order by Brahma to investigate why there was so much dissatisfaction and darkness amongst his creation. Therefore Narada traveled through the Seven Worlds. When he returned, he reported that the inhabitants of the worlds had lost the knowledge of their original divine nature. He asked Brahma to give him the means to rectify the current disorder and to remind all the creatures of their divine source. So Narada was instructed by Brahma in the Holy Knowledge about the power of sound and the art of divine music. Narada passed this knowledge on to the Gandharvas (demigods, connoisseurs of the art of healing and keepers of the Soma drink), who also distributed it in the Seven Worlds (Gandharva Shiksha). In this way, all beings in all worlds now have the possibility of remembering their original divine nature by means of the Gandharva music.

Even today an attentive and sensitive listener will recognize aspects of the Gandharva music in the music of all cultures, but particularly in the temple music of Southern India. Vemu Mukunda understood the Nada Brahma system as a centerpiece amidst the knowledge of the healing power of the notes in the tradition of the Gandharva music. He described the musical lore as a means for people to dissolve their mental bonds and to recognize their divinity residing within.