A person can speak a single word and cause a whole series of events to follow from
it. Such is the power of sound in the form of the spoken word. If that word was
not pronounced correctly it may be misunderstood and the events which follow may
not be those which were originally intended. We understand this aspect in the use
of sound and the importance of our language being heard and understood properly,
especially when it is important for the intended effect to follow on. But do we also
understand this in respect of music? Music, or more properly melody, has the potential
for a greater power than the spoken word. So it may be more important for us to
examine the accuracy of the music we make or that which we listen to. (see Danileou
Melody, which is the occurrence of natural intervals, will give delight to the soul
of man. If these intervals are pure and purposeful then our mind and spirit will
be uplifted. The use of altered or unnatural intervals may produce tensions and deprive
us from the experience of delight.
Has anyone determined the effect which modern music produces on the mind or the psyche
of the listener, in respect of the unnatural intervals which it contains? (see Danielou
There are philosophers of the past who would point to music with unnatural intervals
as being the cause of the downfall of the state (see Danieliou quote 3), let alone
the affect it may have on the mind and soul of the listeners.
All the great teachings of the world point to sound preceding the visible universe
in the process of its creation. Hence we can deduce that natural melody may lead
us closer to the true Self than any other thing. We all know that melody can be
both played and enjoyed with the eyes closed. Hence we may also understand that melody
may be more deeply experienced with senses that look inward rather than with those
which point to the material world. Looking inward and seeking deeper causes are
the focus for the mystic or the philosopher.
Therefore in this section on melody we look at its more profound aspects as understood
by those who have lived among us and who have sought the cause of man’s existence.
The result of their searches and the beauty of their discoveries form the essence
behind this web-site.