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Explores religion through music, covering 6 of the world's major world religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. This book is accompanied by a CD of forty excerpts of music and chant.
The mantra and kirtan (call-and-response devotional chants) of yoga practice sometimes get short shrift in the West because they aren’t well understood. These chants are an integral part of most every Eastern spiritual practice because they are designed to provide access into the psyche while their underlying mythology helps us understand how our psychology affects daily life. Sacred Sound shares the myths behind the mantras, illuminating their meaning and putting their power and practicality within reach of every practitioner. Each mantra and kirtan includes the Sanskrit, the transliteration, and the translation. Clear retellings of the pertinent myths highlight modern-day applications so that readers discover their own personal connection to the practice. Alanna Kaivalya has refined her teaching over a decade with tens of thousands of diverse audience members. Her unique and popular approach to human connection and self-knowledge turns a time-tested tradition into a versatile and potent tool.
Whether music's appeal to the senses detracts from or contributes to devotion is an important question for all religious traditions. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collection is intended as a first step towards a phenomenology of religious music. Topics range from the mystical strain in Jewish liturgical music to music in the Theravada Buddhist heritage. Contributors include Lois Ibsen al Faruqi, Bruce B. Lawrence, John Ross Carter, and Donna Marie Wulff.
"Sacred Sounds" reveals to today's seekers how to tap into the magical and healing aspects of voice, resonance and music that, on a metaphysical level, have been used to induce altered states of consciousness, open new levels of awareness, stimulate intuition and increase creativity.
Teachers, students, composers, performers, and other practitioners of sacred sound will appreciate this volume because, unlike any book currently available on sacred music, it treats the history, development, current practices, composition, and critical views of the liturgical music of both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Contributors trace Jewish music from its place in Hebrew Scriptures through the nineteenth-century Reform movement. Similar accounts of Christian music describe its growth up to the Protestant Reformation, as well as post-Reformation development. Other essays explore liturgical music in contemporary North America by analyzing it against the backdrop of the continuous social change that characterizes our era.
Visionary singer Susan Hale believes that early peoples deliberately built their structures to enhance natural vibrations. She takes us around the globe-from Stonehenge and New Grange to Gothic cathedrals and Tibetan stupas in New Mexico-to explore the acoustics of sacred places. But, she says, you don't have to go to the Taj Mahal: The sacred is all around us, and we are all sound chambers resonating with the One Song.
Rivers of Sacred Sound traces the flow of influences from East to West, from BC to AD and from wordless jubilations to the setting of texts. It takes the discussion about western chant beyond a European perspective. The text of this book, preceded by an introduction, is presented in seven chapters and covers a period of approximately five thousand years. There are many references all over the world to praising the divine with sound. Thus the starting point is the praise song, a fundamental impulse in mankind. The Rg-Veda requests that our loudest-sounding hymn be accepted, as food most delightful to the Gods. The Psalms request us to make a joyful noise unto God and to sing forth the honour of His name. Spontaneous songs became ritual events. In an aural culture what was the role of gesture and what is its role now? There are many doors to open in pursuing these and other questions. This book opens some of them.
What if there was a technique for sounding the personal name of God that could change the world? In this remarkable revised-edition book, Jonathan Goldman shares his incredible discovery of the Divine Name, a universal sound that, when intoned, can bring about harmony and healing. With three all-new chapters featuring his latest findings – including information on the Angel of Sound – this groundbreaking and award-winning work will allow you to experience the power, majesty, and healing of the Divine Name for yourself. This mystical sound, encoded within our DNA, is said to be the personal name of God, once found in the religious texts that link over half the world’s population. Prohibited and then lost for nearly 2,500 years . . . the Divine Name is available once again. When vocalized, it has the ability to resonate both the physical body and subtle energy fields of anyone who intones it – irrespective of religion, tradition, or belief. Included with this book is an audio download of instructional material to help you learn to intone the Divine Name, enabling you to revel in its astounding transformational properties – as well as a bonus "Angel of Sound" invocation. Discover the power of sacred sound to usher in a new era of human consciousness, uniting us in healing, peace, and oneness!