Shankh & Aum/OM – Sound Effects, Universal Vibrations & Science behind it
Our Ancestors knew that when a Shankh is blown its cosmic vibrations can cure diseases. Shankh or Shankham in sanskrit means “a conch holding the sacred water”. Earliest written documentation of Shankh can be traced back to Vedas and other Holy Hindu texts like Bhagwad Gita and Vishnu Purana. They are widely used in many Hindu rituals from bathing of a deity to the starting and ending of a holy ritual.
Each conch shell has a specific name from the Vishnu Sahasranamam(thousand names of Hindu deity Vishnu). Krishna’s conch shell was known as Paanchajanya, Arjuna’s Devdutta, Bhima’s Paundra, Yudhisthira’s Anantavijaya, Nakula’s Sughosa and Sahadeva’s was known as Manipushpaka. Even in the great epic Mahabharata, these were given a lot of importance. According to Hindu mythology, Paanchajanya, the first Dakshinavrutha Sankham, emerged during the churning of the ocean of milk or Ksheerasagara by the gods and demons. As it rose out of the ocean, its tremendous decibel frightened the asuras(demons) who prayed to Lord Vishnu as their savior. Lord Vishnu obliged, taking charge of the conch shell.” The primordial sound of creation, that is the Omkar or Pranavanadham, was then controlled. Hence forth, it became a part of Vishnu’s five weapons.
Conch shells have a significant place in Indian mythology. If we hold a conch shell near our ear, the sound of the ocean humming gently can be heard. It is actually the natural vibration or cosmic energy of the earth that gets magnified on entering the conch shell and keeps vibrating forever. These unique whorls are directed clockwise in perfect synchronization with universal harmony. That is why a conch shell is blown during sacred rites to get rid of negative energy. By blowing the conch 3 times before beginning any ritualistic worship, movement of negative energies in the enviroment is reduced
Dr. Hans Jenny, a pioneer in the field of cymatics, the study of the interrelation-ship between energy and matter, conducted a series of experiments on the Hindu mantra “OM”, utilizing a tonoscope which is a device that transforms sounds into their visual representations on a screen. Dr Jenny found that when “OM” was correctly intoned into a tonoscope, a circle appeared which is then filled in with concentric squares and triangles, finally producing, as the last traces of the ‘M’ disappear from the screen, the core structure of the Sri Chakra. These experiments are a scientific confirmation of what the Rishis had cognized. Dr. Hans Jenny made use of crystal oscillators and an invention of his own by the name of the tonoscope to set these plates and membranes vibrating. The tonoscope was constructed to make the human voice visible without any electronic apparatus as an intermediate link. This yielded the amazing possibility of being able to see the physical image of the vowel, tone or song a human being directly produced. Making it possible for us not only to hear the melody but infact to see it.