Music helps you from the outside to fall in tune with the inner. Music is a device; it was invented by the buddhas. All that is beautiful in the world, all that is valuable in the world has always been discovered by the buddhas. Only they can discover because they have traveled the inner country, the inner, immeasurable universe. Whatsoever they have found in the inner world, whatsoever they have experienced in the inner world, they have tried to make something similar on the outside for those who can only understand that which is objective, who are not yet able to enter the interiority of their own being, who are not yet even aware that there is an inner world. Devices can be created on the outside which can help.
Listening to great music you suddenly become silent – with no effort. Falling in tune with the music you lose your ego with no effort. You become relaxed, you fall into a deep rest. You are alert, awake, and yet in a subtle way drunk.
Once it happened:
A great musician came to the court of a king. The musician must have been an awakened master, must have been a buddha. He said to the king, “I will play on my instruments, but you will have to fulfill one of my conditions. Unless this condition is fulfilled I cannot play.”
The king said, “Whatsoever the condition is, it will be fulfilled. You say it.” He had never thought what the condition could be: “Maybe he will ask for much money – that can be given easily – or for some other favor which can be given easily.” The king had been waiting a long time for this man.
But the condition was very eccentric. The condition was: “While I am playing nobody should move his head. If anybody moves his head, his head has to be cut off. So the audience has to be informed beforehand that people should come knowing that they are playing with fire. If they start moving their heads in tune with the music, then they will lose their heads – make it clear to everyone who comes. And surrounding the audience let at least one thousand soldiers stand with naked swords so everybody remains aware and never forgets.”
The king was so interested in hearing the musician – he had heard about him for years and he was not ready to lose this opportunity even at this cost. Of course, whatsoever he was demanding was simply insane, but the king had to agree. He said, “Okay, your condition will be fulfilled.”
The whole capital was informed. Thousands of people would have come, but now they were afraid – only one thousand people came to listen to the musician. Even seeing one thousand people come, the king was surprised: “So many lovers who are risking their lives!” And one thousand soldiers were standing with naked swords. Again it was declared, “You have to remember and go on looking at the swords – they are standing for you. Nobody can escape.” And there were people standing who would take notes – whoever shook his head, moved his head, would not reach home alive.
The musician started playing, and he was such a master! After only a few minutes, a few heads started moving in tune with the master’s music. The king was very much afraid. He saw heads moving, swaying – people were getting drunk. He himself was afraid for his own head! But a tremendous desire arose in him too, he could not resist it. He himself started moving his head, he forgot all about it. What to say about the audience? The people who were standing with naked swords, many of them started moving their heads and their swords were swaying!