Sunday, March 3, 2013

A song is made meaningful and beautiful by you being enraptured by it ....

Here is a must read excerpt from Osho's lecture series :

"It doesn’t matter whether your voice is sweet or not, for song isn’t a commodity to be sold in the marketplace, but rather an expression of gratitude and happiness. A song is made meaningful and beautiful by you being enraptured by it, not by the quality of your voice. You can be so immersed in your song that you are no more, only the song is – the singer is lost, the song remains. It can happen so simply…. If birds can sing, plants hum and the waterfall babble, are you so useless that you can’t stand amongst them? Are you so incapable that you can’t compete with the stream or with the birds and the trees?

The fact is that you are frightened since song has been made into a sellable commodity. As a result, it is no longer a natural act in life but a product for the market, and you worry about making time for it and whether your voice is adequately trained. Music is already within, so it needn’t be learned. All you require is the courage and daring to be a little mad, and then the song will spurt out of you. No stream stops to learn music; it is a natural flow. Birds don’t go to college to learn music; they don’t worry about who says what; they are not anxious whether their song will sell; they sing with joy and abandon. Why not you?

Since we started selling our songs in the bazaar another calamity has taken place; we stopped singing and became audiences. We are passive: if someone sings we hear, if someone dances we look.

Think of how impoverished and wretched we have become. The time will come when someone will be happy and we will be the audience. What a difference between watching someone’s happiness and being happy yourself! Imagine looking on while someone is making love, and you don’t make love yourself. Do you see the difference? Can love be known by watching? No, it can only be known when you yourself love.”

The True Name, Vol 2 44