Music and meditation cannot be separated. If the artist is in a meditative or high consciousness it flows through the music adding to your meditation. Conversely if the artist is in a negative consciousness it will enter the music. No matter how melodic the piece is it will effect your meditation. That is why it is important to find some meditation music that elevates you and uplifts you. “Naturally, undivine music will immediately lower the consciousness,” said Sri Chinmoy, who played over 800 free Peace Concerts around the world. “But if divine music is played during deep meditation, it enhances the meditation. Soulful music will immediately help in elevating the consciousness. This is why we play music from time to time in our Centre…So, if you are fond of music, then please play soulful songs or chants during your meditations at home. Soft, soulful music will definitely help you.”
It is nice to meditate in silence also but meditation music can create ambience and block out some of the disturbing outside noise. There are many ways to use music to meditate to also. You can imagine you are a bird flying on each note of the music, being carried upwards and inwards in a vast sky. My friend who initially didn’t like music in conjunction with his meditation one day sat down determined to utilise it. He put on Sri Chinmoy’s organ music. It is very different. Powerful, inspirational and extemporaneous with no melody. He imagined that his body was a speaker and music was coming out of him. Two hours later he finished one of the best meditations of his life. You can also listen to uplifting music of a more dynamic type if you want to meditate while walking or running.
“Music keeps us alive. The sweetness and the haunting quality of music teaches us how to behave properly. Our inner music does not allow us to create disharmony. Music gives us the feeling of sweetness, tenderness and softness. The inner music always inspires us to do something good for humanity. Our inner music is a form of prayer and meditation,” says Sri Chinmoy.
A list of seven meditation music groups, meditation music performers or meditation music albums.
- Sri Chinmoy: a master at meditation and a truly gifted spiritual musician. I have listened to Flute Music for Meditation around one thousand times and it is still inspiring. Nearly all the meditation class givers in Perth will play it at least once during the meditation class series.
- Aum Ocean Meditation: Featuring the flute of Premik Russell Tubbs, the ocean in the background and Sri Chinmoy chanting Aum it is a frequent best seller.
- Agnikana’s Group: We hosted this mainly Czech female group in Perth. Their music is outstanding and beautiful. You can listen for free on the link.
- Monk Party: A professional father and son New Zealand duo that get better with each album (pictured). Their music is dynamic. Great for yoga, running, meditation, chanting, kirtan or driving.
- Alap Jetzer: Playing new age meditation music long before it was fashionable, Alap often makes his own musical instruments.
- Ananda: this British male meditation group have made their album free with mantric music notation available to boot!
- Krishna Das: Playing devotional music, Krishna Das is a premier Kirtan performer and world renowned with his classic call and response chants.
The Perth Sri Chinmoy Centre teaches many different forms of meditation based on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy. Music features in some of the classes along with mantra. Music and mantra can help you focus and bring forward your inner peace. Particularly helpful if you have a busy mind. Visit our class calendar pages to find out when the next free meditation classes (both evening and weekend) are on both North and South of the River or phone 61614156 for more information.