e l e v a t i n g 

M U S I C

1. Joy

Youth,
REJOICE inyour LIFE !

(Ps. 11.9 )

A SAINT;
who is SAD,
is a SAD SAINT.

(Franz von Sales)

Don't deny yourself the HAPPINESS
of THIS day;
donīt pass by
the ENJOYMENT; 
that you are ENTITLED  to.

(Sir 14,14)

In the Talmud,
after death,
a manīs soul 
has to account to God
for each legal joy
that he needlessly missed.

("Presented at night",
WDR", 08.09.88)

Scrutinize EVERYTHING;
and KEEP what is GOOD.

(1 Thess 5,21)

God RESPECTS me,
if I WORK.
But he LOVES me,
if I sing !

(Author unknown to me)

2. Music

The very first time I 
heard an aria by Bach,
I knew that negroes
could become my friends.

(Erst Bloch)

...The PRESENTATION 
of a comprehensive PEACE
can be found here:
...On Bachs scores
the DISINTEGRATED world 
looks like ONE
integrated whole.

(Albert Schweitzer)

Then time stands still,
and the ORIGINAL MELODY
becomes AUDI-ble.

(Kurt Tucholsky)

3. Music + Mystic

Nobody has more profoundly understood
the relationsship that exists between
MUSIC and RELIGION
than Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi,
whos whole life was dedicated 
to music and extatic dance 
as forms of praying to God.
This excellent man,
who established the movement
of the "dancing dervishes of  Konya"
in the 13th century,
knew like none else

that the secret of MUSIC
lies in the LONGING 
of the separated creature
for UNITY.

(E.Drewermann, Structures of Eviel II, 310)

That one who LOVES,
NOURISHES his love,
by listening to MUSIC.
Because music REMINDS him
of the JOY of his 
first UNION with GOD.

(Dschalal ad-Din ar-Rumi)

To look into the face of the person
you LOVE,
is like the SOUND
of heavenly MUSIC.

( RBB)

Walk on EARTH 
with your FEET;
but be in HEAVEN
with your HEART.

(Don Bosco)

Translated by Christian Beck
and revised by Joachim Sanner

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