Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Spirituality of Music
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Praise Him with music
    --Music: a compelling form of contemplative experience

    Midway down the page:
    --A story about St. Francis and the angel
    --Some great composers speak

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Holistic spirituality through music

  
   And the Last Word: Ralph Vaughan Williams
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote: I can't listen to that much Wagner.
I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.

Woody Allen

 
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Halleluyah! Praise God in His Sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His
power; praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him as befits His abundant
greatness; praise Him with the blast of the shofar; praise Him with lyre and
harp; praise Him with drum and dance; praise Him with organ and flute;
praise Him with clanging cymbals; praise Him with resonant trumpets. Let
all souls praise God, Halleluyah!

Psalm 150
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Chanting and singing can...lead to ecstatic states of consciousness. I
have seen this in Gregorian chant -- the way it pulls you into your
center as a recollective practice, into the divine. In India, people are
fond of
bhajans, popular hymns or songs sung in a sacred context.
These songs are simple, but they are hypnotic, even ecstatic.
Sometimes people in temples and ashrams will stay up all night
singing only one bhajan!  They completely lose themselves in their
singing, becoming absorbed in the spiritual impulse of the song and
transfixed by its rhythmic power. It is extremely seductive and
effective in altering consciousness, and can be a compelling form of
contemplative experience.

From "The Mystic Heart" by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001

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         Angels Playing Violin
William Adolphe Bouquereau (1825-1925)
(A) story about St. Francis illustrates (music's) power: One day, an angel
appeared to St. Francis, holding a violin. The angel looked at Francis, then
gently stroked the strings of the violin with his bow. The music was so
heavenly in its ethereal beauty and sweetness that it sent the saint instantly
into ecstasy. Such is the mystical power of music -- when it is the right music.

From "The Mystic Heart" by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001
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    Composers speak

    The aim and final end of all music
    should be none other than the glory
    of God and the refreshment of the soul.

    Johannes Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

    Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from
    God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's
    eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies,
    and orchestration.

    Johannes Brahms (1883-1897)

    Music is the mediator between
    the spiritual and the sensual life.

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    I can truly say that my mass has been
    more prayed than composed.

    O God of Truth, make me one with you
    in endless love.

    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

    The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music
    praises God. Music is well or better able to praise
    him than the building of the church and its
    decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

    Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Integrating music and art into contemplative
practice, or making them practices in
themselves, is another way of allowing
spirituality to become more holistic -- to affect
the whole person, each one of us in our
expanded integrity. Art and music have special
qualities that permit us to soar to heights far
beyond the range of intellect intuitive and
supra-rational experience. In time, and with
guidance, they can become precious means of
accessing mystical dimensions previously little
known or experienced.

From "The Mystic Heart" by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001
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But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all
the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
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