A meeting by the bamboos


Chinmaya and Shastro improvise on Rag Bhairagi while meeting in New Zealand (video).

Shastro and I met after many years in New Zealand in February. This musical meeting was filmed in the bamboo grove in my garden. Unrehearsed, we freely improvised in Rag Bhairagi, listening carefully to each other and to the silence between the notes. A silence full of our love and gratitude to Osho and of the sounds of nature that surrounded us.

Haridas to Tansen (free translation):

Soon you will transcend the small music,
the boys, toys and noise stage.
By being aware of the mind acutely,
how it creates and promotes shadows, the personality,
– just by watching how it works –
you will be freed of it, its impulsive reactions.
The mask will have less and less hold on you.

Once even that is but a faint memory,
the Big Music will claim you,
and from that moment on you will not do,
not conceptualize any music.
Just a no-sound orchestra will be left.

Tansen was the most famous musician of his day at the Emperor Akbar’s Mughal court in 16th Century India. His reputation survives to this day as a musical wonder who helped create today’s Hindustani classical music. Lesser-known is his teacher Haridas, who refused to perform for the Emperor, and in fact played mostly only for himself in his house.

Music and meditation are two aspects of the same phenomenon. And without music, meditation lacks something; without music, meditation is a little dull, unalive. Without meditation, music is simply noise – harmonious, but noise.

Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 1, Ch 2, Q 1

In the East music has been always used as a support for meditation. It is difficult to fight with the mind, its constant rush of thoughts, but being absorbed in beautiful music all those thoughts disappear. Music is sound, but sound can be used in such a way that it creates silence; that is the whole art.

Osho, The Golden Future, Ch 21, Q 1

Text by Chinmaya

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