7/19/05

esoteric music theory: Hazrat Inayat Khan


Hazrat Inayat Khan was one of the first Sufis to introduce the wisdom way of Sufism to the west. He was a master musician as well as being a Sufi master of high attainment. He was a member of the Chisti Sufi order of Hindustan. The Chisti Sufis use music and dance to attain mystical trance states of divine intoxication, this is called Sama. Hazrat Inayat Khan wrote many great books on spirituality, but my favorite books by him are the ones dealing with the spirituality of music. In many ancient wisdom traditions music is the science that ties everything together. In western esoteric teaching music theory is needed to understand mathematics, astronomy, astrology, psychology, cosmology and medicine. Music is the framework that these other disciplines are based on. Music was also called 'qualitative mathematics'. The Vedic tradition has been called a 'sonic theology' and even the Hebrew Qaballah, which is based on a glyph called the 'Tree of Life', maps the overtone series as divine emanations and the Hebrew letters as musical intervals (whole number ratios) connecting these overtones. Music is still a sacred science because of it's effect on innermost part of the human being, but this is not taught at our conservatories and universities today. Here is a very interesting and profound treatise on music by Hazrat Inayat Khan. I will deal with this subject in more depth at a later time......

1 comment:

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Great post, I also love his books. The theory of the music is just amazing, I watched some videos on how music can create patterns and geometrical figures by the vibration of the sound.