music, vintage
“Many in the world take music as a source of amusement, a pastime; to many music is an art, and a musician an entertainer. Yet no one has lived in this world, has thought and felt, who has not considered music as the most sacred of all arts.
“For the fact is that, what the art of painting cannot clearly suggest, poetry explains in words, but that which even a poet finds difficult to express in poetry, is expressed in music.
“For those who follow the inner (path)…music is most essential for their spiritual development. The reason is that the soul who is seeking for truth is in search of the formless God.
“Art, no doubt, is most elevating, but it contains form; poetry has words, names suggestive of forms; it is music only which has beauty, power, charm, and at the same time can raise the soul beyond form.
“…it touches the deepest part of man’s being. Music reaches farther than any other impression from the external world can reach…
“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 color suggests form, but music suggests no form.
“Music also produces that resonance which vibrates through the whole being. It lifts 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…
“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 fulfillment of man’s life.”
~Hazrat Inayat Khan, from The Mysticism of Sound and Music
Music is my refuge, the fields where my soul runs free…
As Bob Marley sings, “Who feels it, knows it, Lord.”
Do you feel it?