Human civilization has thrived for thousands of years. A million things have hit the checkpoint of incongruity as time has passed – the kind of clothes, how our houses ought to look, and social customs among other things. However, our approach to music has withstood minuscule changes. The evolution of rock, edm, and various other branches can merely be seen as an extension, however, the intrinsic nature found in the form of classical music, whether Indian or western has arguably remained intact. This is because it is directly in connection with the spirit. Man’s relation with his spirit can never change, then how can his relationship with music?

It has been reported by many people that when we close our ears and concentrate deeply on the sounds, the drums, the bell, the flute are all in there. In fact, you probably are already listening to a humming sound in your ears (right especially) while you’re reading this post. This by and large is the essence of a specific type of meditation practice that has proven to be extremely effective in our journey inwards, call it meditation or concentration. Shakespeare stated, ‘Brevity is the soul of the wit’, while in spirituality, ‘Through listening to these sounds, one knows the wit of the soul’. Surprisingly our notorious mind finds no expression while we perform this act of listening. Imagine how it would be – when the mind doesn’t chatter or visualize.

Since the last few centuries, listening to an orchestra has often been construed as a predilection of the evolved. Maybe it indeed takes one to be fairly evolved to recognize pure symphony as a backdoor entry into passive meditation.

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