Listen To The Music Of The Universe

Dated : Thu, 27 Jul 2000

Across the many centuries and around the world, mystics, in the scriptures they left behind, recorded some of their experiences with inner Sound, the heavenly Music that comes from beyond the silence. Encountering the Sound Current might be as subtle as hearing a faint tone or hum in meditation, or as blissful as becoming one with a cosmic symphony on a higher plane of existence -- an experience beyond what earthly language is capable of truly conveying.

THE SOUND CURRENT IN BUDDHIST MYSTICISM

The ancient Buddhist scripture known as the Surangama Sutra speaks of the way to enlightenment through meditation upon the inner Sound. "Avalokiteshvara Buddha, the hearer and answerer of prayer, has visited all the Buddha-lands of the ten quarters of the universe and has acquired transcendental powers of boundless freedom and fearlessness and has vowed to emancipate all sentient beings from their bondage and suffering. How sweetly mysterious is the Transcendental Sound of Avalokiteshvara! Is the subdued murmur of the sea tide setting inward. Its mysterious Sound brings liberation and peace to all sentient beings who in their distress are calling for aid."

This beautiful sutra contains discourses teaching those who practice meditation to turn their attention inward and listen for spiritual Sound. "All the brothers in this great assembly should reverse your outward perception of hearing and listen inwardly for the perfectly unified and intrinsic Sound of your own mind-Essence." ("A Buddhist Bible," Dwight Goddard, Beacon Press)

Writer: James Bean