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WHERE DOES SOUND GO?

Robert Holcomb

 
One day at Meherazad, Mani was talking to me about music and she remembered an incident when one of the girls asked Baba if it were true that in the old times there were singers who could light candles and start fires by their signing.

Baba replied that once there was a majzoob who had no consciousness of the world and was completely absorbed all the time. He never ate or drank or paid any attention to his body. This mast had attendants who wanted to look after his physical well-being, but how could they ever feed him or bathe him or put new clothes on him when he was so completely drowned? So, they had a fakir come regularly to sing to this mast. His singing was so powerful that the majzoob would sit up and become aware of his surroundings enough to be fed and bathed.

Baba then said, "If sound could do this, of course it could do the other, which is so insignificant in comparison." Baba asked, "Where does sound go?" None could answer him. Then Baba said, "It doesn't go any where, but rather it collects. All the sound gathers together and is ultimately used for spiritual creation." To Mani, this spiritual construction also meant physical destruction.

At another time, Bhau mentioned to me that Creation is like a universal container or bowl that has a limit to how much sound or noise it can contain, and that this container can never overflow. Therefore, when the noise builds up to such an extent that it might overflow this container, three-fourths of the world is destroyed, and in this process the accumulated universal sound is the factor that causes the material or sanskaric destruction.

 

HOW A MASTER WORKS, p. 745a, Ivy O. Duce
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