Saturday, November 27, 2010

Though people today no longer know why, the mysteries refer to the existence of two kinds of cognition, ordinary bodily, intellectual cognition and spiritual cognition, which is in fact, a musical cognition, a cognition living in the musical element.

-- Rudolf Steiner
(in Divine Sparks: Collected Wisdom of the Heart,
edited by Karen Speerstra)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

When we are touched by mystic grace and allow ourselves to enter its field without fear, we see that we are all parts of a whole, elements of an universal harmony, unique, essential and sacred notes in a divine music that everyone and everything is playing together with us in God and for God.

-- Andrew Harvey
(in The Essential Mystics)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

And yet, though we strain
against the deadening grip
of daily necessity,
I sense there is this mystery:

All life is being lived.

Who is living it, then?
Is it the things themselves,
or something waiting inside them,
like an unplayed melody in a flute?
. . .

Who lives it, then? God, are you the one
who is living life?

-- Rainer Maria Rilke
(in Rilke's Book of Hours,
translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

-- Berthold Auerbach
(in Music: A Book of Quotations,
edited by Herb Galewitz)