Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)
Sufi Music: Dancing To The Melodies of Divine Oneness
As the name suggests, Sufi music takes its inspiration from Sufism and in particular from Sufi poets such as Rumi and Faiz. Sufism has been described as the distillation of the core teachings of many Eastern religions into a way of living in harmony with the universe and the Divine.
Sufism Through The Ages
Sufism is somewhat difficult to trace historically as the most sacred teachings were never written down but were passed by word of mouth from master to student. Music and ecstatic dances are characteristic of Sufism and are an important part of worship.
Traditionally, the teachings of Sufism can only be passed on by a Master who has been authorised to teach by another Master, thus creating unbroken succession back to the time of Muhammad and the prophets.
Though its origins lie in Islamic nations Sufism has spread to the Western world. Once regarded as an integral part of the Islamic religion, Sufism has now become a collection of beliefs that can be part of Islamic practice but is just as often (at least in the Western world) a religion or 'state of mind' that is separate from Islam. Not all Sufis are Muslims, and not all Muslims practice Sufism.
Sufi Music As A Path To Peace
Central to Sufism is the idea that all religions are potentially a pathway to enlightenment and unity with the Divine, and promotes peace and unity through acceptance and religious tolerance.
Sufi music and movement (dance) is an integral part of Sufism and recreates the flow of the universe: revolution, vibration, rhythm and harmony. It follows the rhythms of life, the heartbeat and breath, as a Divine Art. Rhythmic dancing, whirling, poetry and chanting of religious texts combine to induce an ecstatic state, at the climax of which the participant 'may see God'. It is a joyful celebration of the Divine and of universal oneness.
Regardless of race or religion Sufi music can be enjoyed by anyone. It is a truly uplifting experience, completely original and ecstatically alive!
Please see our compilation Sufi Ecstasy and listen to tracks.
Mathnawi II, 716-718 - Rumi
The beauty of the heart
is the lasting beauty:
its lips give to drink
of the water of life.
Truly it is the water,
that which pours,
and the one who drinks.
All three become one when
your talisman is shattered.
That oneness you can't know