I agree with
Gene that often the "right" music can facilitate a beginner's experience of the
quieting of the mind's fluctuations. Sometimes people starting meditation
in silence just cannot tolerate the loud oscillations of the mind. Music
does then seem to allow them to connect with the quiet within a little more
easily. Music is such a powerful tool.
When I first
heard the vina being played in India years ago, I found that I had wonderful
meditations while listening to it being played.
produces a resonance which vibrates through the whole being. It lifts the
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 our whole being. Music can touch our innermost being, and in that way
produces new life, a life that gives exaltation to the whole being.
importantinly, as Gene said, it must be the "correct" music. If not it
will, indeed, just become yet another distraction.
But, as with most of us, I would presume, I do my daily meditations in
Peace and Love,
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 12:44
Subject: [Meditation Society of America]
Re: music with meditation
> "Nina" <murrkis@y...> wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone plays
> music during meditation and
> There is a local Vipassana meditation
where the teacher plays music
> during the meditation. In the past,
> has generally been asian-influenced
> etheric music, but last
night it was
> Japanese flutes and clapper music
> with definite
melodies. I don't understand
> why someone would add 'ambience'
> a practice that would have found a perfectly
accompaniment in the already
> present sounds of crickets, distant
> rumbly-humming furnace, the high-pitched song
> of the
lighting, shiftings and stirrings
> of our colleagues, one's own
> and creaking joints.
> Anyway, I
wonder if there is some aspect of
> Vipassana meditation that would lead
> use music during meditation, some aspect I
> don't know
about... anyone know?
'know' about this, but I can tell
you that I personally have a long
of using music in conjunction with
background in electronics, I have
assembled, whenever needed,
quad-channel sound systems... and placed
the speakers for
While this is good for music listening, I
used it many times as a aid to meditation...
not so much for
myself, but as a way of
obliterating the 'internal conversation' for
clients and visitors.
Having tried many forms of music, I
found that certain 'techno' styles work best
for this purpose. The
music 'entrains' the
mind of the meditator, effectively removing
internal arguments which are the usual
(torturous and inaudible)
Relieved of the usual self-stifling, a person
experience thrilling release; this is an
liberating experience, and for
many, has been
their first introduction to the self-clearing
After this experience is had, I point out how
enjoyment is not so much of the
music, but instead, of the freedom from
internal argument. This is usually comprehended,
and at this
point, meditation is available
I have had a few
experiences of conflict
about this, with meditation 'purists', who
been taught to follow strict rules;
and I can report, that after
my 'meditation music' session, that there
is agreement to
its usefulness... as a
method of induction, as introduction to
Years ago, I had the pleasure of attending
private meditation session, which
was conducted by a Tibetan Lama. He
chanted and 'played' skull-drums, flute and
bells during the session.
His chanting was
in Tibetan, but yet, I went to the exact place
described. I was able to check on this
after the session.
no doubt, for me at least, that
various methods can be used to
the awareness of a person, for the purpose
of clearing the way
for that person to learn
the way of self-clearing. Music is probably
most accessible of those ways.
My approach, as I have described above,
generally does not use music which can be
described as 'soothing
instead, I choose (carefully!) music which
the brilliant thunder of silence...
unsubscribe from this group, send an email
use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.