Thursday, 11 February 2016

The False Gurus of Classical Music

Music is not just the expression of Bhakti. Music was created in Heaven before it was given to us. The entire Universe was created through the dance of the Goddess.Knowledge about music is just like knowledge in spirituality. We think it took us very little to get the Self Realization, when in reality it took us many lives, and we were watched carefully by Shri Mataji in every step we made. But still, it took us months and to some even years to realize who actually Shri Mataji is. And all these while the Kundalini energy was increasing the strength in each of us.  It took us years to give up bad practices, the attachment to false knowledge and false gurus, to understand the falsehood of the religious organizations of the world. It took years for some to even quit cigarettes and alcohol, while the society never condemned “social drinking”. A non-realized soul will read random books and articles.

For music, things work in the same manner. Yes, music is for everyone, but everyone knows what music really is? Shri Mataji advices the artists to keep the dignity of art. You can read here:

But people don’t make a difference between ART and entertainment, for both use sounds. They say: music should give joy. But let’s see what joy is.
Can one compare the joy from getting a present for your birthday and the one in the deep meditation? Is the first one really joy, or just excitement?
Yes, this is the confusion people make. They mistake joy with excitement, as they mistake art with entertainment.
But, as in spirituality, where it took us years in the physical presence of The Guru of all Gurus to feel a little of the light we should achieve, also in music you need a little exposure and education about the real classical music (Indian or European), or in the traditional ones to understand what they are. By this education you don’t become a musician, you don’t become a guru, not even a disciple in Art, but an aware witness.
Unfortunately, just like in spirituality, many people in order to get more money pretend to do classical music, while in fact they defile it. And they play some light music (entertainment zone) or execute out of any style and rule excerpts from classical composers “adjusted” to pop culture. Names: Andre Rieu, Havasi, Richard Clayderman, Vanessa Mae, etc. Is this making any service to classical music? Is this going to approach more people to the world of enlightened musicians? Facts proved that, NO! Is this a work of a false guru?
Yes. It is the same manner in which some guy pretends to give Realization, while in fact it takes your money and gives you troubles in evolution, the false gurus of classical music give you bad taste. Is this that bad? Well, yes. Since the real musicians won’t find anymore the place to live in this world. The whole artistic world might collapse if not fed with our attention, care, love and appreciation.
In Indian music things are not going any better. All people know about the popularity of Ravi Shankar. But was he a real exponent of Indian music or he gone to the easy cheap way to gain more popularity and money? Also Shri Mataji spoke about this:

“They like somebody like Ravi Shankar who just goes on mixing up notes and just goes on playing something which is very, very unscientific according to Indians things, and is not at all entertaining; it doesn’t open your heart and something like that. But, that is the thing that appeals to them, to go into a big sort of a rock and roll sort – make it, sitar into rock and roll, and even worse than that. I don’t know the new, latest one I don’t know what it is.” Shri Saraswati Puja, Vancouver (Canada), August 11th, 1990

Even when he was young he was dedicated and that time Shri Mataji was very well impressed by him. But…money and ego change everything.
 Here I give you some samples of what classical music is and what it is not:

Here is a crime against childhood and music education. This little girl obviously has talent, but in this way she will lose her voice by the age of 20

This is how children voices should be trained like:

Maybe some of you don’t notice the difference. It is slight for ears, huge for the music.

 This is the result of not exposing people to Classical music, they believe all impostors. How these people get so famous while real musicians struggle so hard only to have enough contracts so they can pay the bills and eat? It is a lot of marketing for nothing at all. The problem is that it is not enough music education in the real sense of the word and the entertainment's ugly head is mistakenly taken as art. It is a big difference; even high spirits can have fun with art too. Only most of the people never ever hear classical music, because nobody exposes them to it. They are being served only cheap things. Cheap as value, expensive as price
The shadows of grey are much more dangerous than black. At least when it is black, you know.

And just what kind of marketing are doing these people? Havasi says he is the fastest pianist in the world....But music is not a race! What about Rieu? Rieu takes advantage of a tragedy (fire accident at Colective club in Bucharest) to promote his new CD. He comes to the place of tragedy, brings a Mafia-like mortuary bucket, and makes declarations in front of TV cameras while blubbering his nose (out of sadness, of course), that people can buy his new CD from Carrefour.  How gross this can be?

To reach a professional level in music need sacrifices and real work since early childhood. A person who since 5-6 years works so hard and learns and knows what is doing, must have love for music. Like Perlman, Menuhin, Debu Chauduri if you want Indian....they love and they do music. Rieu loves and makes money. The difference between Rieu and a ....musician is like the difference between Osho and Shankaracharya
The value of o a musician (and also of a person) is not determined of how well known is. Let's take a very short example: very few people heard about William Blake, but everybody knows who Hitler was. And he is quite popular in Asian countries as well. Cheap popularity is not the aim of a musician, but the QUALITY of the musical act itself.

Anca Elena Ratiu, musician and sahaja yogini says: "the worst of these kinds of people is that are living out of any Reality....and they use Sound just to glorify their Ego and steel your money! But basically they do not exist!!! They are completely out of any central vibrations of the Primordial Sound! They are in the limbo of the Universe. And what is really said is that when we professionally musicians condemn it, there are always other opinions!!!!!!! "I LIKE IT" or "What is wrong with this music?"....PEOPLE WILL NEVER EVER DISCUSS ANY OTHER PROFESIONIST, LIKE A MATHEMATICIAN, but they will say "I like this music. Because they do not realize is nothing to be liked there, because IS NOTHING THERE!....but they continue to like it in a not-real world where they live together with this wrong a simple think called "No-Music"!....and I will ask everyone here: DO NOT CALLED IT MUSIC, because the word will loose his meaning...."

Someone told once to me: you can do and say anything, people like what they like. Really? In spreading Sahaja Yoga, we were first giving Self Realization, and then taught how to talk to people, but also not to accept compromise.
I met once an Indian young man who told me “I know Shri Mataji is divine, everybody in India knows this, but I chose Osho for he gives me more freedom for my sexual life.”  How can one react to such a statement? It is not even of common sense! As absurd this statement looks to us, as absurd is to stick to law level sound production, to entertainment,  and not expose yourself to real music, being it classical or traditional, or worse, to mistake classical music with the massacre Rieu and Clayderman are doing.

Listen, go to concert halls, go to opera, go to temples and hear the real music! If you will not do this, kitsch will suffocate us.


  1. Hi, i practice sahaja yoga too since about 7 years, and also have a genuine interest in all types of music; i did get a classical music education for about 2-3 years while learning the piano in my childhood, but never formally continued. the passion stayed though, and i played a little bit of drums and guitar, up until starting SY and taking up some harmonium playing and lots of bhajan singing. at this point in time my spotify playlist is exploding with loads of different music style, from rock and metal to western/eastern classical music, from soulful and heartfelt indie music to robotic and computer-generated japanese pop. I liked your article a lot because it feels like you're really passionate about the subject. quite honestly i knew nothing until now about the false gurus of music that you have actively mentioned, although i am aware that the business behind it is a multi-billion dollar one, churning out product after product... would you be able to explain in simple terms, the difference in training of those children in the two videos, and why you think the girl will lose her voice at age 20? i found them both very pleasing to the ears but i wouldn't know specifics when it comes to voice training. thank you for sharing by the way, it's all very interesting to me.

    1. Hello, It is very simple. The little girl is singing an aria for a lyrical soprano, a Puccini aria. Even it is the easiest to sing aria of Puccini, it is still not ok. why? because the girl has no idea what she is doing. She is imitating an adult voice by the way she thinks it sounds, by forcing herself, but not following the physical, biological mechanism of correctly emitting the sounds. More, she uses a microphone and perhaps the sound engineer puts some effects there. The boy in the second sample is well and scientifically trained, not forcing his natural dates. He sounds a little more than most of the children, but he is Asian. He doesn't force anything and he sings something suitable for his voice and age.

  2. 100% truth. Thank you for writing such a good article. I have never known that Shri Mataji said this about Ravi Shankar, but from the very beginning of my experiences with meditation in Sahaja Yoga (last 21 years) I couldn't listen to his music, because there are not any vibrations, I tried few times, but its completely empty.I feel vibrations from artists like Pandit Jaggannath Mishra,Pandit Jasraj,Ustad Bismillah Khan,Hariprasad Chaurasia...But the best performances are when artists played or sang for Shri Mataji, then vibrations are the best. I am professional pianist, but only few times in my life I felt vibrations while playing Bach or Beethoven myself or from performances of western classical music by others musicians. The best music is Indian classical music, because its really vibrationally deep and gives you real enjoyment, you can always feel vibrations and thats the point :)

    1. Hello, Ira, nice to meet you! Indian music is special, indeed, but I wouldn't be harsh about European classical music. As about feeling vibrations while performing, I guess it is quite difficult. First of all your hands are busy and your entire being is focused on what you have to do. Honestly, I never feel vibrations while performing. I am always too nervous. Also, many times I hold meditations or pujas in public I can't focus on vibrations. You know, you have to be careful about many things, read correctly the names of deities... People attending tell me afterwards that it was very good, but myself I am too nervous :) What a coincidence, I also have 21 years of Sahaja Yoga. I felt very good vibrations listening Bach performed by Gustav Leonhardt. With Beethoven is another thing. He is closer to Romantic aesthetics and ...he fights with the destiny. Even the IXth Symphony with the Ode for is a victory after an exhausting struggle for something. I prefer Mahler's Symphonies. He is much humbler. Bach is a witness of Creation. Mozart is the expression of music itself. If he could live longer.... and there are many other composers, less known. Shri Mataji was listening European classical music and, actually She was a fine critic. She admired Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (who was a technical maniac :), you should see her master classes). Anyway, nice to meet you and hope we will perform together sometimes. I am a light lyrical soprano. Cleopatra David