Guiding Light of The Month

THERE is a great difference between being in the midst of active work, of external action, while keeping one’s thought constantly fixed on Thee, and entering into that perfect union with Thee which leads to what I have called “absolute Consciousness, true Omniscience, Knowledge”. - The Mother

Harmony in Music

Words come from heaven and music, beautiful music, makes those words flow like a smooth river on earth. The lyricist, music composer and the musicians form the group to evolve the music here. They reach levels to catch the words and notes for the music. The singer adopts the expression and makes an effort to render the music in the right way. The background music creates the right atmosphere for the entire performance.

Good Music, or ‘soulful’ music as the musicians call it, has the power to connect us with ourselves and with people around us. It lightens the place and creates an ambiance of harmony when played. In a song, we see the interaction between the various instruments played or the notes that each instrumentalist is playing. And the light the words bring to such an interaction. It is all there together and strung in the right way. And there is a beauty.

It is a wonder to see how music connects deeply with nature. There is music in the breeze that blows and the trees that dance to it. In the rainfall that showers on the ground and in the waves washing the shore. Birds chirp and play a sweet music every morning to wake us up. I have read in a book that each note in Carnatic music originates from the sound of animals and birds. Like the note ‘pa’ is the note in which the koyil sings.

There is music in silence. There is music in our very living. I feel, each thought in us is a note and lovely thoughts link together to create harmony within us as a musical piece made of right notes would. Wonder what is the background music here…. And in this harmony that music creates, many have experienced the connection with Gods and Goddesses.

I attended a musical show called ‘Strings Attached’ at Jagrithi Theatre, Bangalore. It was a show with a confluence of music from the Veena, the Violin, the Mrindagam and the electronic pad. And what I saw was a beautiful, harmonious interaction between the various instruments, notes being played and the musicians.

- Sandhya

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