In 2017, we at the Prabhupada Research Institute for Integrative Medicine (PRIIMe) embarked on our first study to quantify the link between science and spiritual sound vibration. The results were so convincing that this study resulted in the publication of an article about the auspicious effects on heart health from audibly chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra after a short 20 minute training session on the simple technique of vibrating the Mahamantra with their own voice. The reference for that publication is-
Please check out the video clip... The power of chanting the Hare Krsna Mahamantra
When a pioneer and expert in the field of heart rate variability took a look at our findings, he told me that all the other meditative processes he had analyzed thus far would take many months for the beneficial effect to manifest. He was in utter disbelief when I told him that the increases of healthy heart wave rhythms occurred with only 30 minutes of vibrating this Mahamantra at the very first try. This was an insight into the power of this particular mantra and seems to validate the Vedas’ mention that the Maha mantra enables such increases in heart-brain coherence through an embedded universally healing passcode. This appears to lead to better states of well-being, integration and self-regulation, suggesting its utility in the prevention of many common stress-induced lifestyle diseases.
By expanding the Maha-Mantra studies in a scientifically rigorous way, we believe it will allow for the Maha Mantra to begin to be prescribed by the medical community and maybe even shared in after-school programs. We believe the Maha Mantra is worthy enough to be an alternative option to other modalities like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and plan to study them side by side in the future.
As Board Members, we are happy to announce that after a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rolled out the next phase of our research in the United States and have enrolled the first batch of participants for the 10-11 week-long study, which utilizes the latest in technology to record heart waves remotely using a bluetooth device. This will be in conjunction with the same study protocol in India implemented at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences, and we could have a stronger cross-cultural study sample with a larger number of participants with greater chance of getting published in respectable medical journal study in 2022. This would be an exciting form of support for the Maha Mantra as an acceptable therapeutic intervention in medical practice! We have the computers, the measuring devices, the ethics committee clearances, the training manual, the legal agreements, the protocol, and the good will. The project is slated to start this June and we need just $3000 for purchasing the heart rhythm remote sensing equipment and paying the USA research participants. $3000 is not much compared to all that has been put in for this to date and would cover the honoraria so that we can pay the research participants as is standard practice in professional settings. It would be a huge support at this potent timing when the world is starting to respect research validated spiritual practices and there is such a palpable greater need for the heart and mind to work together. It is clear more people in the world today need greater access to ancient wisdom tools. This research can empower them to have access to greater choice with their power of self-regulation leading to sustainable inner peace and strength to make better choices.
Our project will reinforce and answer the question: Does the ancient Vedic practice of Audible Mantra Repetition by ordinary people beneficially impact Heart Rate Variability (HRV), and the functionality of the brain, necessary for proactive well-being and health? We believe that precise application of this easy meditation practice daily can improve its impact on personal and global spiritual wellness, by lowering stress and many harmful processes which lead to heart disease, stroke, cancers, depression, anxiety and diabetes (non-communicable diseases). It can also potentially lead to better lifestyle choices by helping people raise their consciousness up to the mode of goodness, as an earlier Maha Mantra study has shown.
Time is short! Funds are needed urgently to fund the honoraria so that we can enroll 30 participants in the United States in addition to the 50 participants at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences study. Money over the $3000 amount if raised will go to pay the research staff in the USA and India, and if there is even more, we will be able to move forward with increasing the sample size of US study to 40 people.
We welcome any amount above ten dollars, ($10). By donating $70 USD, or more, you are sponsoring at least one study participant in India. By donating $150 USD you are sponsoring one study participant in the United states. Donations can be made my Paypal, Bitcoin, or check to Prabhupada Research Institute, a 501c3 Non-profit Corporations, and it’s partner non-profit institute in India.
Your donation to this project is all about supporting personal and global well-being and increased self-awareness through the method of audible mantra repetition. Your donation supports the achieving of heart-brain synergy that effectively cuts down on stress and increases mental clarity in the public at large. Also if you know anyone who would like to donate, any amount, they can also send it via Paypal, directly to our 501c3 nonprofit here: PriimeMeditationStudies@gmail.com (please cut and paste to avoid typos as it goes directly into the PRIIME account). If they need an invoice we are happy to send that. Priime now accepts donations in cryptocurrency as well. The QR code for Bitcoin,is listed below. Please make sure to only send Bitcoin to this Priime address. If you would like an address for another crypto currency please let us know. Also if you are donating more than $300, please let us know if you would like us to send you a 501c3 Donation receipt. We send all prayers and wishes that you are safe and healthy in this unprecedented time of a communicable disease pandemic!
Thanking you, Yours respectfully
Venugopal Damerla MD, Founding President Babette Goldstein MEd, Founder and COO and Krishna Madhavan PhD Board member of the Prabhupada Research Institute
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