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01 June 2007, 12:26 PM

That vibrations are excited by sound is beautifully exemplified by the eidophone, an instrument invented, by Mrs Watts-Hughes. Dry sand or Lycopodium powder is scattered on a diaphragm on which the eidophone concentrates the vibrations from music played near it. The sand, as it were, dances in time to the music and, when the music stops, is found to settle into definite forms, sometimes like a tree or a flower, or else some geometrical figure, but never a confused jumble.

It is reported that singing of a hymn to Virgin Mary ‘O Ave Maria’ brought out the form of Mary with the child Jesus in her lap; and again the singing of a hymn to Bhairava by a Bengali student of Benares, India, studying in France, gave rise to the formation of the figure of Bhairava with his vehicle dog.

Spiritualists aver that the repeated singing of the name of the Lord gradually builds up the forms of the special manifestations of God, the Deity whom you seek to worship, and this serves as a focus to concentrate the benign influence of the Being which, radiating from the centre, penetrates the worshipper or the singer.

Does any one know Eidophone's authenticity? Does it generate shapes consistently. Or is it a random phenomenom. Although, from my point of view, this validates how OM works.

More info may be found below.


01 June 2007, 12:42 PM

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01 June 2007, 08:27 PM
Namaste Atanu.

Marvelous! What designs should we be floating in the air, invisible, created by our emotions and feelings! What chaos in the air caused by the cacophony of today's world of speed!

One thing readily comes to mind. The kolam designs are known to Hindus since ancient times and these digital designs are drawn even by illiterate women in front of their homes every morning and lavishly during festival and seasonal times. They are digital because they start with a matrix of dots that are joined by various curvy lines. Kolams are supposed to be drawn by rice floor so as to feed our little friendly fellows such as the ants, crows and other birds, which is part of Hindu dharma of daily life.

I read somewhere long back that during the colonial times in India, some Germans were skeptical if Devi would give darshan if that specific stotra on her is sung 1008 times; they played the song on the spool tape, and lo and behold, as the song ended after 1008 times, the tape became powdery and neatly settled into a figure of the Devi!

Eidophone can have many practical applications. For example it can be developed into an 'emotionogram' to find out human emotional status, much like the electrocardiogram. Young Hindu science students can research the relationship between our kolams and mantras on the eidophone and develop an instrument that draws a kolam readily when a mantra or song is played repeatedly in the early morning, thereby helping our household womenfolk. And then ediophone can help us in our meditation, can even be used to manifest the thoughts of a person--imagination sours to skylimits!

Perhaps God has given us an instrument that can goad us more and more in our spiritual paths.

02 June 2007, 08:38 PM
Here are some more information on the eidophone:

"A relatively recent discovery has been an instrument called an Eidophone. It consists of a tightly stretched drum surface, covered evenly with a very moldable, pastelike substance. Sounds and words are uttered beneath the drum by human voices (happy, positive words) - and the sounds of such spoken words cause beautfiul shapes to form in the flexible paste, exact replicas of trees, ferns and flowers, as they are in Nature. If sand is spread on the drum surface instead of the pastelike substance, the sounds of "happy" words spoken beneath the drum cause the sand to produce precise geometrical designs, rather than plant forms. These are called Chladni figures, after their original discoverer, inventor Ernst Chladni, who enlightened the late 1700s and early 1800s to several secrets of our environment. When ugly, obscene or vulgar words are spoken beneath the drum, creating discordant or disharmonious sounds, both the paste and the sand form chaotic patterns, with no shape or form." (265)


A Theosophical book titled 'Thought Forms' by Annie Besant and C.W.Leadbeater explain and illustrate how our thoughts and emotions cause material forms of regular and irregular shapes to be formed on the astral plane. This book has illustrations on Chladni's figures and figures formed by pendulam vibration. This book can be read online/downloaded at: