The Law of Sympathetic Resonance
At the core of the remedial measures used in Jyotish is the understanding that karma, which is the root cause of suffering, is impressed on the causal body in the form of vibration. The upayas (remedial measures) of Jyotish seek to impact the karmic impressions by introducing sympathetic vibrations. The principle by which many of these upayas work is well known in modern physics as The Law of Sympathetic Resonance. According to this law, striking a tuning fork on one side of a room will cause a piano string on the other side of the room to spontaneously begin to vibrate, sounding either the same note or a harmonic of the note sounded by the tuning fork. This is a principle that musicians also know well and utilize daily. In jyotish, we sometime recommend gemstones, or mantras, both of which are known to have specific vibratory properties, in order to create sympathetic vibrations in the causal body. The result is to both facilitate the shedding of karmic impressions and also to harmonize the person's mind with the planetary energies connected with those karmas.