What is Nada Brahma


Nadabrahman (Sanskrit: नादब्रह्मन् nādabrahman n.) Origin of sound. Nada Brahma comes from Nada, sound and Brahma, the Creator. You can also say Nada Brahman and that comes from Nada (sound) and Brahman, the absolute. On the one hand, Nada Brahma means God who creates the world out of sound. Nada Brahman is also called the Absolute, which creates a world out of vibration or manifests itself as a vibration, Nada.

Nadabrahman नादब्रह्मन् nāda-brahman pronunciation

Here you can hear how the Sanskrit word nadabrahman, नादब्रह्मन्, nāda-brahman is pronounced:

Sukadev on Nadabrahman

Transcription of a lecture video (2014) by Sukadev about Nadabrahman

The whole universe is made of vibration. So one can also say that since every vibration is also sound, the whole universe consists of sound. There was a well-known author, Joachim Behrendt, who published a book about “Nada Brahma: the world is sound”. In it he describes that everything has its own vibration and that by working with certain music, you can have an influence on everything. Nadabrahma means the whole world is sound. And when you find the right sound, you can tune in to the whole world.

People have their own sound, every part of the human being has its own sound, every organ has its own sound. And so you can say the whole world is sound. Therefore it is also important that you can access this sound with mantra and also with music. And when you find access to this sound in this way, you can also come to the absolute through sound, back to Brahman. Nadabrahma - the creator as sound energy. Nadabrahman - the infinite and eternal, which manifests as vibration, as sound vibration and then as the whole world. Nadabrahma or Nadabrahman - the highest, which can also be experienced and realized through sound, through Nada Yoga.

Nada Brahma - The world is sound

Eminent yogis and other authors have written about the effects of music and mantras. Learn about the theory of sound here.

The world is sound

"Nada Brahma - The world is sound" is the title of a book by Joachim-Ernst Berendt, who has dealt intensively with the world of sound. Brahman is the cosmic elemental force from which all being arises. Nada means sound. Berendt not only looks at the sounds of different cultures and epochs such as Indian music, overtones, classical, jazz, rock, minimal, etc., but also refers to current physical and neuroscientific explanations and parallels.

Sounds have very special effects on us living beings. In experiments with plants, for example, it was shown that the plants grew better and developed more splendidly with some melodies. Playing ragas (classical Indian melodies) even led to 60% of the plants turning away from the light and growing towards the loudspeakers from which the music came.

What is particularly interesting is that sounds appeal to different parts of our brain; both hemispheres process the sound information. The right half deals with the coarse structure, the left half with the detailed analysis. The whole thing is coupled with the limbic system, which processes the emotions and is responsible for the release of happiness hormones. - Music makes you happy.

We memorize sounds and melodies much faster than a lot of other information, e.g. think of school knowledge. Melodies enable us to move outside of time, so to speak. How does it work? Very easily. We hear certain sounds. But actually we don't hear each note individually. Based on harmonies and listening habits, our brain finds an entire melody in which we then move, a small temporal universe of sound of its own.

The mantra as a sound

In yoga we deal particularly intensively with sounds in the form of mantras. What are mantras? First of all, mantras are sacred syllables or vibrations that are repeated loudly or in silence (mentally). What happens with the loud repetition? Snatam Kaur, one of the great mantra and kirtan singers of our time, describes it very pragmatically on her website: "When singing the mantras, the tongue hits certain parts of the palate in a special pattern. This creates a vibration or energetic one Creates a matrix that stimulates our brain in a very specific way.

In the moment of mantra chanting, there is no room for negative thoughts or emotions. So mantras help us with spiritual and emotional cleansing. They open the heart so that old topics, feelings or wishes may be remembered. That is why it can also happen that tears stream from joy or sadness and things can drain away.

Chanting mantras is anchored in Bhakti Yoga. Bhakti is the way of love, devotion, worship of God. There are mantras in every culture and language of our world, e.g. the Hallelujah (from Israel) or Kyrie Eleison (ancient Greek) mantras always contain a certain higher aspect that is invoked (activated) by the repetition (Japa). A connection is established between us and higher energies.

Kirtan is mantra repetition in the form of an alternating chant. This enables us to bond strongly with one another. We melt our ego in the process. Aspects such as compassion for other beings and being there for one another are becoming more and more important. It is then also said, 'Bhakti can flow'. Kirtan melodies emerge again and again from within after a kirtan or mantra singing in everyday life and continue to "function" in their healing energy.

There are mantras that are specifically used for purification or healing, e.g. the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra (Om Tryambakam). Some mantras give a lot of concentration, light and great strength, like the Gayatri mantra. Mantras that invoke the aspect of Krishna such as B. the Maha mantra awaken deep inner joy and simply make you happy.

The mantra in silence

The mode of operation of the internal mental repetition of mantras is a little finer, more subtle. Many people use a mantra for meditation, i.e. they repeat the mantra over and over in their minds in order to calm the thoughts of everyday life, to focus their minds and in the best case to bring them to one point (Ekagrata). The same mantra should be used whenever possible. This creates a "furrow" in the brain that deepens over time with daily meditation and leads us to a greater understanding of ourselves and paves the way to a higher level of awareness. One possibility of loud and quiet mantra repetition is Japa, the repetition of the mantra with a prayer chain (mala).

Another aspect: If negative thoughts disturb and people cannot get out of the thought spiral, e.g. because of this they cannot fall asleep, the constant repetition of mantras is a very good way to interrupt this. It's like switching a transmitter to a more peaceful or salutary wavelength. Due to their diverse positive aspects and modes of action, it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with mantras, perhaps to go to a kirtan concert or just sit down more often for 5 minutes and repeat a mantra in your mind or even to a piece of paper write.

Nada Brahma or the power of sound

Article by von Lore Tomalla, published in the Yoga Vidya Journal March 2011

On a trip to India many years ago we were lucky enough to hear a lecture from a famous professor of Indian philosophy. At first he made the impression on me that he was quite conceited and arrogant. He came wrapped in Indian clothes. I had never seen men in India wear a dhoti and was amazed why they had a sheet wrapped around their legs. But we wanted to learn something. We were allowed to ask questions.

A Frenchman asked: “What is Brahman?” The distinguished professor, puzzled, replied: “Brahman is Brahman”. The French repeated his question. "We do not grow up with these thoughts, we do not know what Brahman is". Like a schoolboy, the professor repeated: "Brahman is Brahman". The French intensified his question: “We are Europeans. We have made a very long and expensive journey to learn what Brahman is. Please explain to us: what is the Brahman? We have heard of Indian gods, Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Ganesha, Rama, Krishna, Lakshmi, Kali and many others. We do not understand that. Brahma has four heads, can see in all directions - and what is Brahman? "

Then the professor sat down very quietly and thought about it. All arrogance and vanity had drained from his demeanor. He wanted us to grant our wish, but at the moment he didn't know how to do it. It took him about ten minutes to speak. “Brahma is a sound. How should I explain what kind of noise a car makes to someone who cannot hear? Brahma is not just noise. Brahman - these are fine, subtle sounds ”. He spoke for an hour. After that we were all convinced: Music is God and God is music. I am grateful to have heard this lecture by the Indian professor.

Music as meditation

Later I often went to chakra drum concerts with Debasish. Sometimes it was lively, loud, and stimulating. Sometimes it was very intense, tender, quiet, haunting. It was just as the professor in Madras explained Brahman to us. We were immersed in Brahman's world. Debasish's drums had led us there. I was completely relaxed, as if in a trance. I woke up as if from Susupta, a dreamless sleep.

Actually, part of deep meditation is to remain wide awake and yet not be aware of the surroundings. I couldn't pay attention to the others, I had to do with myself. Debasish meditated to give us time to find our way back into our everyday skin. It was good for me - but it was so intense that I was completely exhausted and wanted to go home straight away. But it was good that I stayed to chant OM at the end.

The group carries, and precisely the sound "Om" belongs to Brahman. A rudra vina is a very special instrument and is similar to a sitar. The sitar has one sound body, a rudra vina two. The sitar is held like a guitar. The Rudra Vina stands on the two sound bodies. In between, the strings are pulled up on a neck. A European had heard Rudra Vina music and was enthusiastic about the sound of this instrument. During a stay in India he went to a music store and wanted to buy a Rudra Vina. “We don't have any in stock,” was the answer. He went to another music store and got the same answer.

In a third music store, it was no different for him. Then he came to the Music Museum in Madras and made his request there. Here, too, there was no Rudra Vina for him. He was desperate. "I want to learn to play Rudra Vina, I'm only three weeks in India and to learn it I need one first." "You want to play Rudra Vina?" He was asked. "Yes - that's why I want to buy one." "You want to buy the Rudra Vina for yourself?" The question was repeated. "Yes, for myself." Then the salesman ran away and came back with a centimeter ruler.

He started by taking certain measurements from the customer and writing them down on a piece of paper. “What are you doing?” The customer wondered, “I don't want to buy anything to wear, I want a musical instrument, a Rudra Vina.” “Yes ", Said the instrument maker," I want to make a Rudra Vina for you, for this I need your measurements. "A Rudra Vina is a special instrument. It is made individually for whoever wants to play on it. The European had to be patient.

The instrument was not finished during his stay in India this time. When he came back to Madras the next year, the finished Rudra Vina was already waiting for him. Lessons could begin. I have the book the man wrote about Rudra Vina. There is an audio cassette included. He learned to play wonderfully on the Rudra Vina. It sounds like a whole jungle at once.

The Rudra Vina - the individual melody of life

Years ago I wrote a poem called the Melody of Life. In this poem I try to express that every person has their own specific melody and rhythm of life. You can't just buy any Rudra Vina. The musician gets his individual instrument. Every Rudra Vina sounds a little different. Everyone is a piece of music.

Every person is a song, an individual song. Discrepancies disturb us in everyday life. Chakra drums or the sounds of the vina harmonize us. Those who hear it come into harmony with themselves. You then have to put that back together with the everyday life that you live, because you have tried to adapt to what does not belong to you and that has offended you, made you sick. In order to heal one must also order one's surroundings. Sometimes this is not even possible because the circumstances do not allow it. After meditation you slip back into your adjusted lifestyle, which does not belong to the innate rhythm of life. All is not ideal at this relative level of being. This is called karma. Our life's work is to deal with it well.

The spiritual name of Nadabrahma

Nadabrahma, Sanskrit नादब्रह्म nādabrahma m, is a spiritual name and means The sound of Brahma; Brahma as the origin of all sound. Nadabrahma can be given to aspirants with Soham mantra, Om mantra, Saraswati mantra.

Nadabrahma means God is the creator and he creates through a sound. If your name is Nadabrahma, then it should mean that you want to recognize Nada the creative God in sound. And you want to know God in music too. And you also know that God himself is ultimately manifest in the sound.

Nadabrahma is also a nice name for people who want to teach sound yoga, which has a special relationship to music, to mantras.

See also


  • Hazrat Inayat Khan: Music and cosmic harmony from a mystical point of view, Weinstadt, 2004.
  • Joachim Ernst Berendt: "Nada Brahma" in: The world is sound, Frankfurt, 1983.
  • Ders. "The third ear" in: From hearing the world, Frankfurt, 1985.
  • Ders. "I hear - therefore I am" in Listening exercises - listening thoughts, Munich, 1993.
  • Barbra Irmer, Carmen Mager: Nada Yoga - turning to the inner sound
  • Gunda Dietzel: The individual sound of the human voice, introduction to the Nada Brahma system according to Vemu Mukunda, Kisslegg, 2001.

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