God the supreme Musician

God the Musician knows that music is spirituality, music is Immortality. Man the musician thinks that music is sensuality, music is mortality.

God the Musician knows that His Music is His transcendental Self-communion. Man the musician thinks that his music is his world’s life-long companion.

God the Musician is divinely and eternally mysterious. Man the musician is humanly and temporarily marvelous.

God’s Music tells us that music is the realisation of the universal Soul. Man’s music tells us that music is the aspiration of the individual soul.

God’s Music runs from the height to the depth. Man’s music runs from the breadth to the length. On the height God’s music is His Vision. In the depth God’s Music is His Reality. In the breadth man’s music is his crying soul. In the length man’s music is his victory’s goal.

God’s Music is the constant expansion of His Soul’s Delight. Man’s music is the preparation of his life’s hunger for perpetual joy.

God’s Music kills God with its infinite Luminosity. Man’s music kills man with its undying curiosity.

Music in the unlit body is destruction. Music in the unlit vital is passion. Music in the unlit mind is confusion. Music in the unlit heart is frustration.

Music in the aspiring body is creation. Music in the aspiring vital is purification. Music in the aspiring mind is liberation. Music in the aspiring heart is revelation.

My God the Supreme Musician has two families. One is in the East, the other in the West. He tells His Eastern children, precisely His Indian children, that music is the soul’s purity. He tells His Western children that music is life’s beauty. He tells his Eastern children that music is the fulfilling rest at the bottom of the life-sea. He tells his Western children that music is the dance of the multitudinous waves of the life-sea. He tells His Eastern children: “My children, among you those who can run will run, those who can march will march and those who can walk will walk towards their destined goal.” He tells His Western children: “My children, I want you all to stay together. I want you all to run together towards your destined goal.” He tells His Eastern children: “My children, what you have is a one-pointed and unbroken chain of unity. That is good.” He tells His Western children: “My children, what you have is the unity in diversity. That is great.” He tells His Eastern children: “My children, what you have is your dream’s poetry, what you have is your reality’s literature.” He tells His Western children: “My children, what you have is your dream’s arithmetic, what you have is your reality’s mathematics.”

Here we are all seekers, seekers of the infinite Truth. I wish to tell you that Beethoven was also a genuine seeker. Some of you are consumed with the desire to arouse and awaken your Kundalini so that you can have occult powers to perform miracles. Well, I wish to tell you that you do not have to practise any specific spiritual discipline in order to awaken your Kundalini. Beethoven is a striking example. His soulful music of the other world did awaken his Kundalini. You try with your own soul’s music. I assure you that you, too, will succeed. Now, what Beethoven says on music is true not only from the intellectual and emotional point of view, but also from the spiritual point of view:

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.

Music is the Vedic bird in us. This bird is called Suparna. This bird divine flies in the welkin of Infinity, through Eternity, with the message of Immortality. Here on earth we do notice that the birds have the capacity to sing in endless measure, whereas we human beings try to create or develop this capacity. Tagore defends us:

To the birds you gave songs, the birds gave you songs in return. You gave me only a voice, yet asked for more, and I sing.

The poet-bird in Keats, divinely intoxicated, flies in front of me, before my ken.

Was it a vision, or a waking dream? Fled is that music: — Do I wake or sleep?”

The music bird is within us to stay, to give us love.

The music bird is without us to fly, to give us joy.

Since music is a universal language, it has no need to express itself in any particular language of the world. Rabindranath Tagore says:

Music is the purest form of art and, therefore, the most direct expression of beauty, with a form and spirit which is one and simple, and least encumbered with anything extraneous. We seem to feel that the manifestation of the Infinite in the finite forms of creation is music itself, silent and visible.

Our body’s food is either vegetable or meat or both. But our soul’s food is music. Undoubtedly it is so. Even our physical nature at times desperately needs music. What Bovee says is undeniably true:

Music is the fourth great material want of our nature — first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.

In the spiritual world next to meditation is music, the breath of music. Meditation is silence, energising and fulfilling. Silence is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

— Aldous Huxley

They say: “Music is another woman who talks charmingly, but says nothing.” I say, “Music is verily the woman who at once tells everything divinely and offers everything unreservedly.”

They say, “Classical music is the music without words, modern music is the music without music.” I say, “Classical music is the music that lasts after it has all been sung; modern music is the music that begins long before it actually begins.” In classical music we try to see God the eternal Beyond. In modern music we see God the eternal Now.”

Music is our soul’s home. God is the Supreme Musician. In Sri Krishna I see God the Supreme Musician. Krishna’s flute stirs the universal Consciousness. He plays on His flute. We listen. We do something more. We barter our body’s dust with His Soul’s plenitude.

To Sri Krishna I bow, we bow.

Sri Chinmoy, God the Supreme Musician.First published by Sri Chinmoy Lighthouse in 1974.

This is the 168th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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