Music is not something biological; it is not something concerned with your chemistry or physiology. Music is not even of the mind.
Music is something...a space between mind and meditation. It is one of the most mysterious phenomena. To conceive of it in intellectual terms is almost impossible for the simple reason that it is beyond mind—but it is not yet meditation.
Music can become meditation—it has both possibilities—it can come down and become mind. Then you are only a technician, not a musician. You may be playing perfectly on the instruments, without any faults, but still you are only a technician. You know the technique perfectly and entirely, but it is not your heart and it is not your being; it is just your knowledge.
Music can go higher and further away from mind, and then it starts becoming closer and closer to peace and silence. One is a musician only when he understands the sound of silence, and one who understands the sound of silence is capable of creating sounds which are synonymous with silence. That is the most miraculous thing. Then the musician has come to his full flowering. Beyond this music starts the world of meditation. In fact, as far as the East is concerned, the ancientmost sources say one thing definitively about music, and that is that it was born out of meditation. People who went deep into meditation enjoyed the silence of it, loved the peace that seems to be unfathomable. They wanted to convey that you are far more than you think you are, far bigger than you think you are; you are as big as the whole universe—but how to say it?
Words are very poor philosophical concepts, almost like beggars.
The ancient meditators tried to find some way to convey their peace, their silence, their joy, and those were the people who discovered music.
Music is a by-product of meditation.
But you can go both ways: either from meditation you can come to music as an expression, a creative expression of your experience; or you can go from music to meditation, because music brings you closer and closer to meditation as music becomes immense silence, sounds merging into silence, sounds creating deeper silences than you have ever known.
Then you are very close to the boundary of your meditation....
Music is not in the same category as sex, although in the West the modern music has fallen so low that it has come very close to the category of sex.
Only that music is appreciated in the West which provokes sexuality in you. Sex is the lowest point of your life energy, and if music is used to provoke sexuality, then naturally it has to fall to the same category.
Superconsciousness is the highest point of your life energy.
When music reaches superconsciousness, it provokes within you unknown territories, unexplored skies. It can become a door to the divine.
Just as it can become a door to the animal on the lowest, on the highest it can become the door to the divine.
Man is only a bridge to be passed. Man is only a bridge between the animal and the divine. You should not make your house on the bridge—bridges are not for making houses on—you have to pass on, from this shore to that further shore.
Music is your creativity. But we have lost contact with the authentic music. And slowly slowly, as humanity has become less and less interested in the inner world, its music has become lower and lower.
The contemporary music is absolutely the lowest that has ever existed. It touches you, but it touches you at your lowest center of sexuality.
The contemporary music is sexual, and the classical music was spiritual.
I would like my people to create music on the path of meditation— or create music if you have found meditation, as a language to express the silence of it. \ OSHO