During the Music and Silence Meditation (Satsang), instrumental live music is alternated with periods of silence. Often we hum together in the middle of the meditation and sing together at the end. It lasts from one to one and a half hours.
“Listening to great music you suddenly become silent – with no effort. Falling in tune with the music, you lose your ego with no effort. You become relaxed; you fall into a deep rest. You are alert, awake and yet in a subtle way drunk….
And that is the whole secret of meditation. The paradox disappears – the paradox between drunkenness and awareness. And its first experience can happen in music more easily than in any other place, than in anything else.”
“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.”
“If you make music then forget the technician, then forget yourself. Let music happen as if on its own accord, as if you are just an instrument of some unknown force that is flowing through you.
If you are not making music, listen, but in listening forget the listener. Just become listening, just ears and ears and ears, as if your hole body has turned into ears: you have become two big ears and nothing else. Your eyes are listening, your hands are listening, your feet are listening; every fibre of your being is just a listening. Then the same thing will happen.
The point is to disappear in music; then something starts descending. Then something is heard at the innermost recesses of one’s being. The outer music becomes just a space, a context, in which something inside arises.”