‘The Mysticism of Sound and Music’ – The Sufi Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Back page explanation: “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 is a really fascinating book. It delves into rhythm, harmony, vibrations, the mystery of sound, the healing power of music, the effect of sound on the physical body, the connection between dance and music and so much more. Tone, rhythm, harmony.
Here are some quotes lifted from within:
“When one looks at the cosmos, the movements of the stars and planets, the laws of vibration and rhythm – all perfect and unchanging – it shows that the cosmic system is working by the law of music, the law of harmony.”
“Music is not expressed through language, but through beauty of rhythm and tone which reach far beyond language. The more the musician is conscious of his mission in life, the greater service he can render to humanity.”
“The true use of music is to become musical to ones own thoughts, words and actions. One should be able to give the harmony for which the soul yearns and longs every moment. All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and the multitude, comes from lack of harmony, and harmony is best given by producing it in ones own life.”
“Colour and sound are the language of life”
“The vibrations of music free the soul and take from a person all the heaviness which keeps him bound.”
“The vibrations of mind are much stronger than those of words”
“Let the most antagonistic person come before a real vina player, and he cannot keep his antagonism. As soon as the notes have touched hum, he cannot prevent the vibrations which are created within him.”
“The best way for the genius is to make himself an empty cup, free from pride of learning or conceit of knowledge, to become as innocent as a child who ready to learn whatever may be taught to him.
We are in a fascinating time and nothing much moves and shifts people and energies like music.