Why Music: Dharmony and the Essence of Who We Are

September 3, 2014 7:36 PM

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A few weeks ago my dear friend and teacher Kavindra called me from Vancouver, excited to share a new discovery he had made. Jeffrey (Kavindra Rishi) Armstrong is, among other things, a Vedic master, sanskrit scholar, author and poet, who happens to be hard at work on 2 new books: one on etymology and the other on the Bhagavad Gita. He was thrilled to inform me that he had discovered the that word harmony came from the sanskrit root dhri, from which we also derive the word dharma. Now you may already be asking yourself, "why does this matter, and what does it have to do with the greater significance of music and it's impact on our lives?" Though I may not get as geeked out on wordplay as an etymologist, I am deeply interested in and fascinated by the relationship between sound, words and energy, as well as in how the vibrational properties of music affect the development and wellbeing of people and the planet.

Several months ago, I shared the story of a tribe in West Africa in which the mother initiates the conception, birth and identity of her child with an original song that is unique to that child, and which will be associated with them for the rest of their life. The song is a way to encode the essent...

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