The Mysticism of Sound and Music

Author: Hazrat Inayat Khan

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834824922

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 2409

Music, according to Sufi teaching, is really a small expression of the overwhelming and perfect harmony of the whole universe—and that is the secret of its amazing power to move us. The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), the first teacher to bring the Islamic mystical tradition to the West, was an accomplished musician himself. His lucid exposition of music's divine nature has become a modern classic, beloved not only by those interested in Sufism but by musicians of all kinds.

Music and the Power of Sound

The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness

Author: Alain Daniélou

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620550903

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 3932

Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness, a power founded in the purity of simple harmonic ratios. In this book, Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and tuning from their origins in both China and India, through their merging in ancient Greece, and on to the development of the Western traditions of modal and polyphonic music. Understanding these potent harmonic relationships offers a way for today's musicians to transcend the limitations of overly rationalistic music by drawing on its metaphysical roots.

The Soul's Journey

Author: Inayat Khan

Publisher: Omega Publications

ISBN: 9780930872533

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 289

View: 5424

Essential teachings on nature and meaning of life, exploring the soul's experience from manifestation, through life on earth, and its return to the source of life.

Bridge of Waves

What Music is and how Listening to it Changes the World

Author: W. A. Mathieu

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590307321

Category: Music

Page: 296

View: 2139

Music is nothing but a sequence of fleeting vibrations that arise and subside. Why can something so insubstantial thrill us, pacify us, or even make us cry? Because, says W. A. Mathieu, whether it’s a cantata or a blues jag, a harmonica solo or a symphony, music always reveals the sacred, making a bridge across the space between us and others, and uniting mind and heart within us. It’s truly a mystical path, and you don’t even need to listen that deeply to discover it. Mathieu’s lively and delightful essays lead you to question what music is, how it works, and what it’s for. And he shows you how to make music a spiritual practice, to understand its value in your life and in the creation of family and community.

Teachings of the Sikh Gurus

Selections from the Sikh Scriptures

Author: Christopher Shackle,Arvind Mandair

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136451080

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 3219

Recognized masterpieces of Indian literature, the Guru Granth Sahib and the Dasam Granth are fundamental to the Sikh religion, not only in the physical layout of temples and in ceremonies of worship, but as infallible reference texts offering counsel and instruction. Teachings of the Sikh Gurus presents a brand new selection of key passages from these sacred scriptures, translated into modern English by leading experts, Christopher Shackle and Arvind-pal Singh Mandair. Including six longer compositions and many shorter hymns thematically organised by topics such as Time and Impermanence, Self and Mind, Authority, and Ethics, the book’s accessible and carefully chosen extracts distil the essence of Sikhism’s remarkable textual and intellectual legacy, depicting how its message of universal tolerance suits the contemporary world. The detailed introduction and notes to the translations aid readers’ comprehension of the hymns’ form and content, as well as providing some historical context, making it an ideal introduction to Sikh literature.

The Harmony of the Spheres

The Pythagorean Tradition in Music

Author: Joscelyn Godwin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620550962

Category: Music

Page: 512

View: 3043

Professor of Music at Colgate University and a widely respected musicologist, Godwin traces the history of the idea, held since ancient times, that the whole cosmos, with its circling planets and stars, is in some way a musical or harmonious entity. The author shows how this concept has continued to inspire philosophers, astronomers, and mystics from antiquity to the present day.

The Music of Life

Author: Inayat Khan,Hazart Inayat Khan

Publisher: Omega Publications

ISBN: 9780930872380

Category: Music

Page: 353

View: 6470

Teachings on sound presenting a vision of the harmony which underlies and infuses every aspect of life. Science of breath, law of rhythm, the creative process, healing power and psychological influence of music.

The Mysticism of Sound

Author: Inayat Khan

Publisher: Ekstasis Editions

ISBN: 9781896860114

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 1830

First published in 1923, this classic volume contains timeless teachings on the nature of vibration and harmony as the basis of all creation. Transcending the barriers of religious traditions, The Mysticism of Sound explores profound and universal truths in a personable manner that will appeal to any seeker on the path of illumination.

The Heart of Sufism

Author: H.J. Witteveen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 083482874X

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 1239

The Indian Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927) was the very first teacher to bring Sufism to the Western world. This is the first representative collection of the master's teachings – making it the perfect book for anyone who has been intrigued by his writings but unsure about where to start in his sixteen-volume collected works. Newcomers will be inspired by just how delightful and useful Inayat Khan's teachings are for everyone, regardless of religious background. Long-time students will find the book a valuable reference to the essence of his teachings on a variety of subjects. Each chapter includes a wealth of material taken from Inayat Khan's work on a particular subject, such as Mysticism, Discipleship, Music, Children, or Divine Intimacy, followed by a selection of his short sayings and aphorisms on the same topic.

Tripura Rahasya

The Secret of the Supreme Goddess

Author: Sri Ramanananda,Swami Sri Ramanananda Saraswathi

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 9780941532495

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 3612

A beautifully realized synthesis of the ancient tradition of Advaita Vedanta and Tantra.

Mindfulness in Music

Notes on Finding Life's Rhythm

Author: Mark Tanner

Publisher: Leaping Hare Press

ISBN: 1782406786

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

View: 3428

“Mark Tanner has written a mindfulness manifesto for music” - BBC Radio 3: Music Matters "Mindfulness in Music is both informative and thought-provoking - a fascinating read on many levels" - Julian Lloyd Webber Mindfulness in Music is a joyful exploration into the meditative nature of music and its holistic beauty. Mark Tanner reveals how composers and musicians have always embraced mindful connections, and how everyone can cherish the same life-affirming chords. Whether listening to a forest soundscape, playing trombone in a ska group or listening to Beethoven or Beyonce, he reveals the natural ecology to all forms of music, and the creative mindful instinct we share. Through unique meditations, personal reflections, and holistic notes, this astute author shines a spotlight on the humanity and spirituality in music.

The Healing Power of the Human Voice

Mantras, Chants, and Seed Sounds for Health and Harmony

Author: James D'Angelo

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776385

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 1666

A complete introduction to using the sounds of the voice to promote healing • Explains the emotional meanings and healing attributes of human vocal expression, from vowels and consonants to natural sounds such as laughter or sighs • Includes easy-to-follow vocal and breathing exercises • Contains chants and mantras from cultures around the world As infants and children we use our vocalizations to express our needs and emotions. As we grow older these vocalizations become confined to language. The suppression of emotional sounds because they may be considered childish or undignified is quite commonplace in Western cultures. Yet when done with vigor, the sounds made by laughing, groaning, humming, keening, and sighing hold within them great power for healing. In The Healing Power of the Human Voice James D'Angelo introduces the concepts behind sound healing and provides simple, practical exercises for beginners. He explains in detail the meanings and healing attributes of the whole range of human vocal expression, from vowels and consonants to the natural sounds of laughter or sighs. He praises the power of singing and reveals the ways in which group singing can contribute to physical and mental health. He also presents authentic classical chants and mantras from cultures around the world and shows how we can combine various vocal sounds to form our own mantra to help clear chakra blockages. All of the sounds discussed, as well as the techniques for producing overtones, are placed in a ritualized context and are accompanied by simple movements to enhance tuning the body toward inner harmony, health, and peace.

In Defense of Lost Causes

Author: Slavoj Žižek

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844674290

Category: Philosophy

Page: 530

View: 3207

A high-energy philosophical manifesto on the concept and virtues of universal values addresses such topics as Heidegger's engagement with the Third Reich, the role of class struggles in global capitalism, and the legacy of Christianity against New Age spiritualism. Original.

Composition in Retrospect

Author: John Cage

Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

Page: 171

View: 2212

A superb introduction to the work of John Cage, celebrated minimalist composer, who died in 1992, aged 79 years. Printed in the style requested by the author, this book summarises his major works in one volume.

Sufism in the West

Author: Jamal Malik,John Hinnells

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134479816

Category: Political Science

Page: 214

View: 8667

With the increasing Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism – intellectually as well as sociologically – may eventually become Islam itself due to its versatile potential. Although Sufism has always provoked considerable interest in the West, no volume has so far been written which discusses this aspect of Islam in terms of how it is practised in Western societies. Bringing together leading international authorities to survey the history of Islamic mysticism in North America and Europe, this book elaborates the ideas and institutions which organize Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters cover: the orders and movements their social base organization and institutionalization recruitment-patterns in new environments channels of disseminating ideas, such as ritual, charisma, and organization reasons for their popularity among certain social groups the nature of their affiliation with the countries of their origin. Providing a fascinating insight into how Sufism operates within different spheres of society, Sufism in the West is essential reading for students and academics with research interests in Islam, Islamic history and social anthropology.


Myth, Magic & Mysticism in the Age of Information

Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1583949305


Page: 423

View: 5829

"A reissue of a classic media studies book exploring the connection between digital and spiritual realms and their effects on technological communication"--

Glimpses of Abhidharma

From a Seminar on Buddhist Psychology

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834821346

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 8966

The Abhidharma is a collection of Buddhist scriptures that investigate the workings of the mind and the states of human consciousness. In this book, Chögyam Trungpa shows how an examination of the formation of the ego provides us with an opportunity to develop real intelligence. Trungpa also presents the practice of meditation as the means that enables us to see our psychological situation clearly and directly.

Way of the Wolf

Author: Martin Bell

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345305221

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 7553

Stories, songs, and poems based on Christian parables.

The Listening Book

Author: W. A. Mathieu

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834827670

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 530

The Listening Book is about rediscovering the power of listening as an instrument of self-discovery and personal transformation. By exploring our capacity for listening to sounds and for making music, we can awaken and release our full creative powers. Mathieu offers suggestions and encouragement on many aspects of music-making, and provides playful exercises to help readers appreciate the connection between sound, music, and everyday life.