Music and Meditation
“If you can sing divine songs most soulfully,
you are bound to get the same results
as from your sublime meditation.”
Sri Chinmoy~ The Source of Music pg. 53
As a musician and singer, I can attest to the power of music as a vehicle to uplift your consciousness and create a deep sense of inner peace.
On those tough days when it is difficult to still the mind during meditation, singing a few soulful, spiritual songs gives me the inner peace and poise to open my heart, quiet my mind, and once again feel harmony with the world.
As a teacher, my greatest joy is in sharing music. And one of my favourite ways of sharing music is with seekers at our meditation classes.
At the classes, I spend about 15 minutes teaching a few simple spiritual songs that anyone can sing, and then everyone in the class sings together.
When I ask if anyone in the class is a singer or musician, the usual response is blank stares and looks of terror. I can almost hear people thinking;
“Oh no, she’s going to ask us to sing. I can’t sing!”
Yet in every class willingness overcomes fear, and the music that is created is sweet and joyful and helps to open the heart in order to facilitate a deeper meditation.
“When we sing, we embody and become the power of music.
This power has a free access to the universal heart.”
Sri Chinmoy~ The Source of Music pg. 89
The peace and sweetness that you get from singing is a feeling that you remember forever, and it can also be a tool that you can take with you wherever you go to uplift your mind and open your heart.
If you would like to experience the joy of sharing spiritual music in a meaningful way, you are warmly invited to join one of our meditation classes. Just leave your name and contact information on our contact list, and someone will connect with you soon about our next class.
“Let us not try to understand music with our mind.
Let us not even try to feel it with our heart.
Let us simply and spontaneously allow the music-bird to fly in our heart-sky.
While flying it will unconditionally reveal to us what it has, and what it is.
What is has is Immortality’s message.
And what it is, is Eternity’s passage.”
Sri Chinmoy~ The Source of Music pg. 90
Purnakama (the author of this article) is a member of a musical group called Sangit Surabhi which performs the music of Sri Chinmoy, as in the link below:
Sangit Surabhi performs in New York City
Additional musical arrangements by Purnakama.
The book quoted in this article, The Source of Music, (by Sri Chinmoy), is available to music-lovers here (courtesy of Amazon Canada).
(article by Purnakama Rajna)