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"One of the most potent means of revolution … is "subversion" through culture. There are two aspects of this "subversion," and both are already evident throughout the mass media … Music, the theatre, and the plastic arts have become major avenues of ideas critical of our society, and there seems to be nothing the State can do to prevent this. At least in the case of pop music, the radicalism of Dylan, of the Rolling Stones, of the Jefferson Airplane reaches a vast audience in a meaningful way … there is little the (censors) can do against a changing culture, which flows into every cell of any cultural medium, even the media which are the main purveyors of false culture."
Greening of America

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" … music has power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions. The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself involuntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic movement of the body. From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified mankind.

"Rulers have made use of this natural taste for music; they elevated and regulated it. Music was looked upon as something serious and holy, designed to purify the feelings of men. It fell to music to glorify the virtues of heroes and thus to construct a bridge to the world of the unseen. In the temple men drew near to God with music and pantomimes (out of this later the theater developed) … ."
I Ching #16 - Image


 

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"Religious forces are needed to overcome the egotism that divides men. The common celebration of the great sacrificial feasts and sacred rites, which gave expression simultaneously to the interrelation and social articulation of the family and state, was the means of employed by the great ruler to unite men. The sacred music and the splendor of the ceremonies aroused a strong tide of emotion that was shared by all hearts in unison, and that awakened a consciousness of the common origin of all creatures. In this way disunity was overcome and rigidity dissolved. A further means to the same end is co-operation in great general undertakings that set a high goal for the will of the people; in the common concentration on this goal, all barriers dissolve, just as, when a boat is crossing a great stream, all hands must unite in a joint task."
I Ching #59 - Judgement

 

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" … music has a strange facination for the mind, the Guru's Word is to be sung to fire one's mind with an experience that sinks in the soul, and turning the usual, habitual tide of the mind, makes the soul experience the nature of God within one's emotional self. Yea, and then this God-nature will outflow into secular activity as well, deflect man's mind from his immediate environs and personal pulls and passions, and yoke it to the service of the others in order that the Name, the all-pervading Spirit, is seen through all creation."
The Sacred Paths - Page 203

 

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Music | Kahlil Gibran—"The Eye Of The Prophet" 


"Music is the quivering of a string, charged with waves from the upper air, it penetrates your hearing, its echo emerges from your eyes in a burning tear, and from your lips as they sigh for a beloved being far away, or it utters a moan caused by the sting of history and the fangs of destiny.

"And it can happen that the notes of music are reflected on your lips in a smile of fulfillment.

"Music is a houri in the paradise of the gods, who was in love with the sons of Adam. Then she came down to earth and told them of her love. The gods, in a fury, ordered a terrible wind t rush after her in a pursuit.

"In this way she was scattered through the air and disseminated to all the corners of the earth. She did not die, she still lives in the ears of humans.

"Music is the echo of the first kiss bestowed by Adam on the lips of Eve. And ever since then this echo has caused pleasure to rebound onto fingers as they play and ears as they listen.

"Through the eyes of hearing I was able to see the heart of love.

"Music is the language of the spirit. Its melody is like a playful breeze which makes the strings vibrate with love.

"When the fairy fingers of music touch the doorway of feelings they awake memories enclosed in the depths of the past.

"O divine Music!

"We lay our hearts and our souls closely within you.

"You teach us to see with our ears, and to listen with our hearts."