In part 3, the focus was to understand music as per prevalent beliefs. In this part we will progress further considering basic nature of music.
Music is an Art: A piece of art is considered as creativity and surely music is one of them. Thus whatever music we generally hear is created by someone or the other. Please note that such music may be soothing or even touch soul but it is not eternal. It will be eventually lost, forgotten as the mortality has stamped it name on it. If mortals cannot escape their end how could their creation. Their so called creation may last more but eventually it will meet its destiny, The End. Also, such music is stamped by name of ‘Mortal Creator’ which implies ‘The Implicit Ego.
What kind of impact it will have on listener? What kind of emotions, thoughts or expression it will seed in side the listener? Such music will make the listener haywire and will surely hurt his spiritual journey. The impact may not be visible since the mysteries of consciousness lay deep down. And mysteries only unfold when an individual attune to ‘Celestial Music’ which only appears when an individual attaches himself to ‘Kirtan’ via ‘Gurshabad’. By grace of ‘Gurshabad’ an individual realizes what ever he has been listening other than ‘Gurshabad’ was false.
ਖੋਜਤ ਖੋਜਤ ਖੋਜਿਆ ਨਾਮੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਕੂਰੁ ॥*
(Searching, searching, searching – without the Naam, everything is false.)
ਗੀਤ ਨਾਦ ਕਵਿਤ ਕਵੇ ਸੁਣਿ ਰਾਮ ਨਾਮਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਭਾਗੈ ॥**
(I have heard the songs and the music, and the poems of the poets; but only the Name of the Lord takes away my pain.)
So what music will end the suffering? Paatshahi 5 answers in following words:
ਜਪੀਐ ਸਹਜ ਧੁਨੀ ਹਾਂ ॥***
(Meditate on the celestial music.)
And this ‘Celestial Music’ is ‘Anhad – Unstruck Music’ as per following words of Paatshahi 4:
ਅਨਹਦ ਧੁਨੀ ਦਰਿ ਵਜਦੇ…****
(The Unstruck Celestial Music vibrates for them…)
The music mortals create as per the delusion offered by their ego is created when matter is struck or blew through something. Leather, String, Air all are matter. But the ‘Celestial Music’ is ‘Anhad – The Unstruck’ and no mortal can create it. It has to be the creation of ‘The One Formless Eternal True Lord’ as said by Paatshahi 5 in following words:
ਹਮ ਤੇਰੇ ਜੰਤ ਤੂ ਬਜਾਵਨਹਾਰਾ ॥*****
(I am Your musical instrument, and You are the Musician.)
Paatshahi 3 also says that ‘He’ is musician in following words:
ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਗੁਫਾ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਰਖਿ ਕੈ ਵਾਜਾ ਪਵਣੁ ਵਜਾਇਆ ॥******
(The Lord placed the soul to the cave of the body, and blew the breath of life into the musical instrument of the body.)
So, ‘The One Formless Eternal True Lord’ is the ‘Musician – The Creator of Celestial Music’ which ‘He’ has established in human body. Human body is ‘His’ musical instrument. And listening to ‘Celestial Music’ salvation is achieved. ‘Baba Nanak’ has blessed us with ‘Japji Sahib’. And ‘Guru Maharaj’ and all ‘Revered Saints’ have presented ‘Celestial Music’ in form of ‘Keertan’. Another reason why ‘Keertan is Pardhana in Kalyug’.
* Bilaval Mehla 5 – Ang 811 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
** Tukhaari Chant Mehla 1 Barah Maha – Ang 1109 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
*** Aasavree Mehla 5 – Ang 409 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
**** Shreeraag Mehla 4 – Ang 42 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
***** Bhairaon Mehla 5 – Ang 1144 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
****** Raamkali Mehla 3 Anand – Ang 922 Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji