Khan, Hazrat Inayat - The Mysticism of Sound and Music - On spells and chants
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Hazrat Inayat Khan – The Mysticism of Sound and Music
The repetition of a certain word or phrase is of great use in curing oneself of certain illnesses. This is new because psychology in the Western world is discovering it today.
But what about the Buddhists who, sitting in their temple, have repeated the different mantras for so many centuries, repeating them two thousand, three thousand times a day?
And what about the Hindus who have kept their sacred mantras, the sacred chants which came down to them from thousands of years ago? Even if their language is different, they have still kept their ancient mantras.
And what about the Jewish people who still have stored sacred chants which they inherited from the prophets of Beni Israel?
And what about the Muslims who for ages have repeated the Qur’an daily for so many hours, and who still continue to repeat the verses of the same book every day?
And think what secret there is behind the repetition of the priests and Catholic mystics.
The Zoroastrians – the Parsis, whose religion dates from ages ago – have maintained even up to the present time their sacred words, and they chant their prayers several times a day, always repeating the same words …
Is there something worthwhile in the fact that these millions of people have been clinging to those mantras, repeating them day after day all their lives, never becoming tired of doing so?
If it were a religious fanaticism, then nobody could continue these repetitions as no intoxication can continue longer than its influence lasts. Then it goes and a person is disillusioned