Jun 01 2012

Reading Berendt’s The World is Sound: Nada Brahma – Music and the Landscape of Consciousness (part 3)

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“God made a statue of clay in His own image, and asked the soul to enter into it; but the soul refused to be imprisoned, for its nature is to fly about freely and not to be limited and bound to any sort of capacity. The soul did not wish in the least to enter this prison. Then God asked the angels to play their music, and as the angels played the soul was moved to ecstasy, in order to make the music more clear to itself, it entered his body.” -Hafiz

“This is a beautiful legend, and much more so is its mystery. The interpretation of this legend explains to us two great laws. One is that freedom is the nature of the soul, and for the soul the whole tragedy of life is the absence of that freedom which belongs to its original nature; and the next mystery that this legend reveals to us is that the only reason why the soul entered the body of clay or matter is to experience the music of life, and to make this music clear to itself.” -Hazrat Inayat Khan

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