Topic May

Music among Sufis

desde: Hazrat Inayat Khan:

'Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty'

(see also Forum)

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Music is called Ghiza-i-ruh, the food of the soul, by Sufis. Music being the most divine art elevates the soul to the higher spirit; music itself being unseen soon reaches the unseen; just as only a diamond can break the diamond, so musical vibrations are used to make the physical and mental vibrations inactive, in order that the Sufi may be elevated to the highest Inner spheres.

Music consists of vibrations which have involved from the top to the bottom, and if they would only be systematically used, they could be evolved from the bottom to the top. Real music is known only to the most gifted ones. Music has five aspects:

1. Tarab - music which induces motion of the body (artistic)

2. Raga - music which appeals to the intellect (scientific)

3. Qul - music which creates feelings (emotional)

4. Nida - music heard in vision (inspirational)

5. Saut - music in the abstract (celestial)

Music has always been the favorite Sufi means of Inner development. Rum-î, the author of the Masnavi, introduced music into his Mevlevi Order, and enjoyed the memory of his blessed murshid's association while listening to it.

Since that time music has become the second subject of Sufi practices. They feel that it creates harmony in both worlds and brings eternal peace.

The great mystic of India, Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti, introduced music into his Chishtia Order. Even today musical gatherings for the elevation of the soul, called Sama, are held among Sufis.

Every form I see is Thine own form, my Lord,

And every sound I hear is Thine own voice.


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