Fanna-Fi-Allah, Qawwali or Sufi devotional music.

The following words touched me deeply these last few days. Swami Dayananda Saraswati is answering a question about the role of music in life. Enjoy!



Love resolves contentious division. But to discover love without conditions in this highly competitive society is beyond the reach of the average survivor ego. Without the experience of such love there is nothing worthwhile in life to accomplish. Then how can a human being survive with hope? The magic of music can bring about that experience of contention-free connectedness to the whole.

Music cuts across all the barriers set up by the survivor/ego. The musical notes and the forms created by them have nothing to do with class, culture, age, and gender. In the Vedic vision, all that is here is the manifestation of the Lord, Isvara. The order that we see in the world of sound, like any other order, is Isvara. When one is exposed to music, one is in harmony with Isvara. There is joy, there is love. The contentious ego resolves into the experience of Isvara whether one recognizes it as such or not.

Music is not a healing balm or a pursuit of diversion. It evokes the unhurt, invulnerable, simple person that every ego has as its self. Music puts one in touch with this unhurt self, that is free from fear and guilt. Of course, without spiritual maturity, one does not have any other means except music to discover the most desirable self in oneself. I see music as a blessing of Isvara for the self-conscious, self-judgmental human to survive and experience for the time being, the reality of the oneness with the total, the Lord, without any qualifications for it.

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