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Music and spirituality

The universe was created with a sound, a musical note: 'OM' according to Holy Scriptures in Hinduism, 'HU' according to Sufi mysticism.
In holy Hindu texts, 'OM' is the prime vibration of the planets, a vibration which gave rise to the whole universe. Such a sound embraces all other sounds. Likewise, Sufis consider the word 'HU' as being the spirit of all other sounds and all words, like the spirit hidden within the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can possibly escape its embrace.

Thus the whole universe bathes in perpetual music - that of the rotating earth, the blowing wind, the waves, the singing birds....

In fact, there can be no life without music.

The human being is himself made up of music: the beating of his heart, his voice, his demeanour; everything within him is a rhythm. This is why in all religions and all spiritual paths music is at the very heart of their practice. Sufis, who have a particular liking for music, say that music is the elixir of the soul.

Music has always been at the heart of human existence. It is the means through which man connects with his inner self, and hence with his Creator. Through music one can taste the beautiful experience of the unicity of the universe, for music transcends all differences, all barriers pertaining to language, culture, race, sex or class. As Rumi said, music is an invitation to lift the veil which covers our hearts to rediscover, through the experience of the senses, He who is within us and in whom we are. Thus, musicians and listeners form but only one entity: an osmosis of hearts.

Every music is a language in itself, a communion between musicians and their instruments. It constitutes man's real freedom of expression. Music is to man what water is to the fish: an essential element for his development, his progression and his very existence. Music springs from a realm that words cannot describe. In fact, it is the language of the heart, a language of beauty which liberates, enchants, awakens, mesmerises and intoxicates.....

It is an experience lived by musicians and shared with those listening. Music awakens, in one who listens, a sensitivity which carries one away, shakes one’s heart, and makes one’s soul vibrate.

Sufi Chants for Peace and Harmony

Sufis, who have a particular liking for music, say that music is the elixir of the soul.

Peace starts within the human being, deep in his heart. One of the essential practices of the International Sufi School is Zikr Ullah, for it is through the remembrance of God that the heart finds peace and tranquility.

The School has produced three CDs of Zikr Ullah to illustrate the different stages which the heart goes through in its way towards the attainment of peace.

The three CDs are entitled ‘The Liberated Heart’, ‘The Appeased Heart’ and ‘The Ecstatic Heart’.

On the beat of the djembe, the International Sufi School performs Zikr Ullah on the exhilarating West African mystical melodies.

Verily, the remembrance of the Lord liberates and appeases the heart until it is led into ecstasy.