Listening to the music of Swami Kriyananda and Ananda is always a joyful experience. Sometimes a particular line stands out for me as I listen. The phrase May Thy joy fill our days from O, Master is one of those lovely lines.
Let's face it - life on this planet is a challenge! Those on Yogananda's spiritual path have not chosen an easy road; we've signed up to be challenged so we can grow and move through the karma of this life. We want to get there already! Feeling the sweetness of the words May Thy joy fill our days serves as a gentle reminder and a gateway to the higher consciousness we are seeking. The words themselves are a bridge to joy.
Another beautiful line from the same song that catches my heart is the truth that all was made from love. Just connecting with the music and the words helps us know this truth.
Here's a link to a video performance of O, Master, music and lyrics by Mukti.
Joy on your journey. Take time to listen to the music.
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Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda
One cannot listen to music [or experience the arts] sensitively without soon becoming aware that it conveys more than sounds [or visual stimuli], that it is a vehicle for moods, for states of consciousness... As strings on a piano vibrate sympathetically to notes that are struck on another nearby instrument, so also all things affect one another - mostly on levels far outside the range of human hearing - by the subtle law of vibratory exchange.
Because vibrations react on many levels - like piano strings, many of which may respond sympathetically even though only one note is struck on another instrument - normally inaudible vibrations, even of thought and of feeling, can be captured sympathetically through music.
Music and the arts have a direct impact on our consciousness, and as spiritual seekers, we seek to surround ourselves with art that helps us on our way, not that which keeps us tied to matter consciousness and delusion.
From The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
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Inspiration from Bhagavati
When Love is a Magician’ began and Swamiji started to sing the words, I felt something pierce my heart, bypassing my mind and intellect altogether, and I began to cry. Actually, sob is a more accurate word, and that's what I did for the entire song. Thankfully, I had some experience of how God works, so I immediately got it’ that something very important and profound was happening to me.
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