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Swami Kriyananda on music

Music consists essentially of sound vibrations condensed from the music of Creation. Without music, life itself would cease to be.

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Of all the musical instruments, the voice is the most perfect because it most instantly and clearly expresses the feelings and consciousness behind it.

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Of all means of communication, at least as much as the eyes, the voice will tell you what you are, what you are thinking, what your consciousness is. As Jesus said, ‘Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh.’

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If you want to know me, listen to my music. It is through this that people have come to understand what Ananda is truly all about. Without its influence, Ananda would not be what it is today. Books and lectures are only the outer form of the teachings. Music is its coursing blood.

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A work of art is achieved when the artist himself channels something greater than he is. It can never be something done from the ego — ‘I want, I am doing, I will produce, I am creating’. The more you can eliminate the sense of the ego and get out of the picture, the more you can be an inspiration for joy, for love.

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Swami Vivekananda said that the first thing that you notice about people who practice yoga is that their voices become sweet.

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The instrument is blessed by that which flows through it.

 

What Is Love
by Swami Kriyananda

What is love? Is it only ours?
Or does love whisper in the flowers?
Surely we, children of this world,
Could not love by our own powers.

What is joy? Is it just a dream?
Or does joy laugh in every stream?
Are the clouds mindless after all?
Or is joy all nature's theme?

"God is dead" — so men say.
Can't they see all life's His play?

Not a church binds Him as its own
Not a creed makes Him fully known
Foolish we if we limit Him:
Every atom is his throne.

What is love? Is it only ours?
Or does love whisper in the flowers?
Surely we, children of this world,
Could not love by our own powers.