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Q&A: Can some kinds of music cause us to feel upset?

Can some kinds of music cause us to feel upset and change our spiritual condition?

Yes. There is some music that is really destructive to our inner being. This music comes from the gross physical or the lower vital. Undivine music tries to awaken our lower vital consciousness and throw us into a world of excitement. The spiritual person will immediately be affected by this music.

Music has tremendous power. With Fire we can burn ourselves, or we can cook and do many other good things. It is the same with music. Divine music immediately elevates our consciousness, whereas undivine music immediately lowers our consciousness and tries to destroy our sincere inner cry for a better, spiritual life. Vital music brings our consciousness down. For a few fleeting moments or hours we get a kind of pleasure; but then this pleasure takes us into a lower vital consciousness where temptation looms large. From the temptation-world we enter into the frustration-world, and from the frustration-world we enter into the destruction-world.

We all know that vital music is most appreciated all over the world. Psychic music is not very widely appreciated, and very few people appreciate the soul's music. They feel that it is like a stranger entering into their consciousness. But this is actually because spiritual music awakens the eternal tenant, the soul, that is deep within them waiting to come to the fore.