Hazrat Inayat Khan
" I gave up my music because I had received from it all I had to receive. To serve God
one must sacrifice the dearest thing, and I sacrificed my music, the dearest thing to me.
I had composed songs, I sang, and played the vina. Practicing this music I arrived at a
stage where I touched the music of the spheres. Then every soul became for me a mu-
sical note, and all life became music. Inspired by it I spoke to the people, and those
who were attracted by my words listened to them instead of listening to my songs.
Now, if I do anything, it is to tune souls instead of instruments, to harmonize people in-
stead of notes. If there is anything in my philosophy, it is the law of harmony: that
one must put oneself in harmony with oneself and with others.
I have found in every word a certain musical value, a melody in every thought, harmony
in every feeling, and I have tried to interpret the same thing with clear and simple
words to those who used to listen to my music.
I played the vina until my heart turned into the same instrument. Then I offered this in
- strument to the divine Musician, the only musician existing. Since then I have be- come His flute, and when He chooses He plays His music. The people give me credit for this music which, in reality, is not due to me, but to the Musician who plays on His own
"The Mysticism Of Sound and Music - The Sufi Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan"