Volume 4 (3) 2006


Hridaya Ranjan Sharma, BHU, Banaras, India

Om Bhadram Karnebhih shrinuyama deva, Bhadram pashyemakshabhir yajatrah.
Shirair angais tustuvansas tantanubhir, vyashemahi devahitam yad ayuh.   (Rigveda 1.89.8,vs 25.21)

O the Absolute one! may we have the strength to see and hear the right things, perform right duties and looking after the well being of others, not aspiring for the results of our good deeds, having to have the fitness and strength of bodies (Five-Koshas), attain a full span of life as a prosperous human being.
Abstract: Five sheaths (PANCHA KOSHA) are the names of those five bodies which human beings posses in their worldly existence. In the tradition of Vedantin School of Indian philosophy, the existence of five different bodies of a human being are defined and explained as "panch kosha" (five sheaths).  However, in Vedic texts and other Unpanishads these five existences are addressed as pancha-Janah, pancha devah and pancha purusha etc. The implied meaning of the words janah, devah and purusha is denoted as "Koshair annamayadyaih panchabhiratma na samvrito bhati" (Viveka chudamani 151)
"With the manifested gross and subtle five existences of celestial and physical bodies of human beings, the “Absolute one” is veiled and is not fully expressed”


THE CELL BIOLOGY OF ENERGY MEDICINE:A Human Osteopath-Based Study on Therapeutic Touch
Gloria Gronowicz and Ankur Jhaveri
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Abstract: Our goal was to determine if Therapeutic Touch (TT), a recently developed technique for energy medicine, has any effects of cells when TT is performed in cells in a laboratory.  TT was performed twice a week for 10 minutes each on human osteoblasts (HOBs) and on an osteosarcoma-derived cell line, SaOs-2. No significant differences were found in proliferation, assayed by [3H]-thymidine incorporation at 1 or 2 weeks for SaOs-2 or 1 week for HOBs. However, TT significantly (p=0.01) increased HOB proliferation at two weeks, compared to untreated control and placebo-treated groups.  Immunocytochemistry for Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) confirmed these data. At 2 weeks, TT significantly increased bone formation in HOBs (p=0.002) and decreased bone formation in SaOs-2 cells (p=0.004), compared to control and placebo cultures. Additionally, Northern blot analysis indicated a TT-induced increase in mRNA expression for several bone matrix proteins in HOBs and a decrease in them in SaOs-2 cells. In conclusion, Therapeutic Touch increased human osteoblast proliferation, differentiation and bone formation and decreased differentiation and bone formation in human osteosarcoma-derived cells. These results demonstrate that a human biofield may exist that is able to affect cell activities and that it may have therapeutic value in patients.


Krista K. Rodin
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Abstract:  Mozart is arguably the best known composer in the world. His deeply felt connection to the Divine inspired works that appear to have a curative effect on many of its listeners.  He and his compositions have spawned research in both the scientific and artistic communities for centuries, but we still do not know why and how his music affects those who carefully listen in the ways it does.  Studies on the physical effects of music and of music on brain waves are sometimes classified as “the Mozart effect”, but there is more to be investigated. This paper sketches a background on Mozart’s belief system and his actions. It puts this framework into a larger more ancient understanding of the effect of sounds and auditory vibrations on humans.  There is finally a suggestion of further investigative studies on the effects of Mozart’s music on the chakras as a means of developing additional auditory diagnostic tools for healthy well-being.