Basic Sahaj Music - By Yeng Chan

This article was published in the Malaysian Yuva Shakti Newsletter 4th Issue - Apr 2010.

Basic Sahaj Music - By Yeng Chan

Sahaja Yoga Music or in short, Sahaj Music, is a form of technique that uses music to clear our chakras. In this article, I will explain on the connection of music to our chakras.

Sahaj Music uses Indian Classical music notation. As we all know, we have 7 chakras in our subtle system. There are also 7 music notes in Indian classical music similar to the Western classical music. These notes are Shadja, Rishabh, Gandhar, Madhyam, Pancham, Dhaivat and Nishad. In short these notes can be referred as Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha and Ni. Each note corresponds to our chakras as it is given below.

As the western classical music even the Indian classical share similar flat and sharp notes. The 5 additional notes are Re flat, Ga flat, Ma sharp, Dha flat and Ni flat. Flat notes are notes which are to the left of the original note while sharp notes are notes that are to the right of the original note.

Flat notes are used to clear our left side while sharp notes are used to clear our right side. Here is the table to show you how it is connected:

From the table you can see that for Mooladhara and Vishuddhi, there are no flat or sharp notes. So, you use the same note to clear all 3 channels. In Sahaja Yoga we do not speak of left or right Sahasrara. We only have one Sahasrara. The Ni flat is to help to bring the attention from the left side through the Sahasrara.
How does the clearing happen? Each chakra rotates in a clockwise direction at its own frequency. If a person is too left sided, then the chakra will rotate slower than expected and if a person is too right sided, the chakra will rotate faster. The music helps to balance the rotation of the chakra by producing a sound with a frequency that matches the chakra. Therefore when the music is sung or played correctly, the chakra will then get into balance by getting into its correct frequency.

You can sing the notes or play it on the piano or harmonium to clear you. How do know if the note is the right note? Here’s a keyboard to show you the location of the notes. Try it at home today.

(The Sa as shown here is on black 5 (5th black note from the left) on the harmonium or B flat of Western Classical music)

This article is based on the knowledge obtained from Sahaj music class, KL. For more information, see “Music and Sahaja Yoga”, a book written by Dr. Arun Apte.