If you know meditation deeply, you can sit in the market-place and nothing will be disturbed because you have a powerful music going on inside you. It is so powerful that the market-place and its noise cannot affect it; on the contrary, people who are around you may start feeling a certain soothing effect, a calmness coming. If a real buddha sits in the marketplace, he creates there too a buddhafield, and whosoever enters into the buddhafield is affected immediately – he starts falling into harmony. Something starts settling inside him; something starts getting together inside him. He becomes more centered, together.
That’s the secret of satsang – being with a buddha. The whole secret is this: to be with the master means just to allow his vibe to provoke your inner harmony which is fast asleep and you are unaware of it. But ordinarily if you go to the market-place, you come home a little lost, exhausted, tired, something is missing. You need rest; only after a good night’s rest will you be able to go to the marketplace again.
Music is a harmony – it is harmony between sound and silence. Sound belongs to the earth, silence belongs to the beyond. Music is, as Pythagoras believed and called it, numinous. The word numinous comes from a Latin root numen. It is a tremendously significant word, very pregnant with meaning. Numen means a nod from the above, a yes from the beyond.
Music creates such a harmony that even God starts nodding at you, saying yes to you. Music is numinous…suddenly the sky starts touching you; you are overwhelmed by the beyond. And when the beyond is closer to you, when the footsteps of the beyond are heard, something inside you gets the challenge, becomes silent, quieter, calmer, cool, collected.
In the Pythagorean mystery school, music was one of the greatest things – and that’s my effort here too. We have to create great music so that great meditative states become possible. Music is outer meditation: meditation is inner music. They go together, hand in hand, embracing each other. It is one of the greatest experiences of life when music is there surrounding you, overwhelming you, flooding you, and meditation starts growing in you – when meditation and music meet, world and God meet, matter and consciousness meet. That is Unio Mystica – the mystic union.
In the East we have called it ‘yoga’. Yoga simply means union. The best definition of yoga, and the shortest, is by the great seer Vyasa. He says yoga is samadhi, yoga is enstasis. Ordinarily samadhi is translated as ecstasy – that is not right, because ecstasy literally means to stand out. Samadhi is to stand in! It should be translated as enstasis not as ecstasis. Yoga is enstasis – standing in, doing nothing, just being. That state is meditation.
And anything that can help from the outside will have some music in it, only then can it help. The sound of running water in the hills can help, because it has its own music. The roaring waves of the ocean can help, because they have their own music. The singing of the birds in the morning can help, or the sound of insects in the silent night, or the rain falling on the rooftop – anything that creates music can also create meditation.
The Pythagorean school was a school of music, of song and dance. of great celebration. You are again living in that kind of school.