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#3581 - Thursday, July 2, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz  

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This issue has a few pieces on music and nonduality.    


I am new here, so pardon if this topic has been discussed before. My first experience with nonduality came about through music. It was this complete loss of self upon hearing a certain completely instrumental piece of music.  After that brief experience, I became much less interested in music with words or lyrics, as they somehow split the experience.

Now I hardly ever listen to music with lyrics-- unless forced to when riding in a car with someone else, etc. Somehow just "becoming the song" in the moment would be broken by putting words into the experience. This experience is heightened even more when I play music on piano, guitar, etc.

Is this odd?    

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Hello Rgatess,
No, but I might suggest not keeping a bias for instrumental music because both fingers playing and or voices singing can tap into the same deep laws of music that arise from Oneness.

The whole universe is created out of sound and light.  The Earth would not exist without being woven from that sound and light, nor would human beings or anything else.  Also, there would be no "music" without the exact timings and spaces of silence.

Om   -Bob    

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i have heard that creativeness puts one in the alpha level......so is like
meditation......it keeps one in this moment and gives the mind a
rest....lol...and odd.....is jus a label...eh?.....it
jus.....IS......:).....love inkyONE*:*    


The following is a portion of a chapter that never made the final cut in a book I edited, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality. It comes from the book, Dancing With The Void, by Sunyata.  

had three music chapters ready for the book, the one by Sunyata, a jazz article by Dustin LindenSmith, and an article on HipHop and nonduality, by Justin Miles. However, the three chapters would have taken up too much space in a book whose size had to be limited.  

 

NONDUALITY AND MUSIC: BEETHOVEN’S FOUR QUARTETS

 

SUNYATA

 

It was in the late 1920’s that I became familiar with Ludwig van Beethoven’s four quartets. Called ‘the impossible quartets’ in  academic circles, at one time, these were not accepted as technically well crafted. They were rarely performed until a hundred years after their composition (at Beethoven’s death centenary), when they were actually recorded on gramophone and eventually became quite popular as chamber music and in radio broadcasts. – Sunyata

 

While these word symbols are bubbling up, I am actually also playing Beethoven’s last quartets. They are ever playing themselves in the Himalayan Silence, in the akasha vastness of Advaita Sunya. “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.” At present, they are also actually playing themselves by my side on the verandah, to the snowy deva peaks around us, yes, through a gramophone record.

 

Thus it was my habit in the late 20’s, when I first heard these melodies, that I would let them play themselves while I was writing or doing things. When I am ego-freely alone, there are no clashes in the seeming dual consciousness. The music goes on and is responded to – aye, merged into, by the deeper Ground of consciousness, while the surface play, activities and thoughts, go on co-existingly. There is full conscious awareness and the deeper aware unconsciousness. Wu!

 

 

 

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