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The Mysticism of Sound and Music

Revised Edition
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
September, 1996
ISBN:
9781570622311
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$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Music, according to Sufi teaching, is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the whole universe—and that is the secret of its amazing power to move us. The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), the first teacher to bring the Islamic mystical tradition to the West, was an accomplished musician himself. His lucid exposition of music’s divine nature has become a modern classic, beloved not only by those interested in Sufism but by musicians of all kinds.

This definitive 1996 edition clarifies earlier texts while including some previously unpublished teachings as well. Actually several books in one, this volume includes “Music,” “The Mysticism of Sound,” “Cosmic Language,” “The Power of the Word,” and “Phrases to be Repeated,” a selection of the inspired, beneficial mantric phrases he composed for the use of his students.

What is wonderful about music is that it helps man to concentrate or meditate independently of thought. Therefore music seems to be the bridge over the gulf between the form and the formless. If there is anything intelligent, effective, and at the same time formless, it is music. Poetry suggests form, line and colour suggest form, but music suggests no form.

Music also produces that resonance which vibrates through the whole being. It lifts the thought above the denseness of matter; it almost turns matter into spirit, into its original condition, through the harmony of vibrations touching every atom of one’s whole being.

Beauty of line and colour can go so far and no further. The joy of fragrance can go a little further. Music touches our innermost being, and in that way produces new life, a life that gives exaltation to the whole being, raising it to that perfection in which lies the fulfilment of man’s life.

Here is inspiration in spades for musical souls; profound glimpses of the vibratory, sonic nature of the universe.

“Inayat Khan says that music is the ‘picture of our Beloved’ and then draws the picture stroke by stroke from every angle and plane until we see it. He is the only holy man I know who delivers an authentic and inclusive spiritual message from a musical sensibility. He does this rigorously, poetically, and spontaneously, until we perceive our own actions as music. Open to any line on any page: you will be opened.” —W.A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and The Musical Life

Publisher’s Description: 

Music, according to Sufi teaching, is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the whole universeand that is the secret of its amazing power to move us. The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (18821927), the first teacher to bring the Islamic mystical tradition to the West, was an accomplished musician himself. His lucid exposition of music's divine nature has become a modern classic, beloved only by those interested in Sufism but by musicians of all kinds.According to Sufi teaching, music is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the universe--and that is the secret of its amazing power to move us. The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan, the first teacher to bring the Islamic mystical tradition to the West, was an accomplished musician himself. His lucid exposition of music’s divine aspect has become a modern classic, not only among those interested in Sufism but among musicians of all types.

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