Friday, January 4, 2008

The Five Intoxications

While listening this morning to Bach's Sonatas (BWV 1001, 1003, 1005) transcribed for classical guitar, I ran across this snippet that I saved a few months ago. I don't remember where I ran across it.

According to the thinkers of the East, there are five different intoxications:
  • Of beauty, youth and strength
  • Then the intoxication of wealth
  • The third is power, command, the power of ruling
  • And there is the fourth intoxication, which is the intoxication of learning, of knowledge.

But all these four intoxications fade away just like stars before the sun in the presence of the intoxication of music. The reason is that it touches that deepest part of man’s being. Music reaches farther than any other impression from the external world can reach. And the beauty of music is that it is both the source of creation and the means of absorbing it. In other words, by music was the world created, and by music it is withdrawn again into the source which has created it.

Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) Founder of the Sufi Order in the West


Michael5000 said...

One notes the absence of the intoxication of, you know, intoxication...

Phineas said...

Indeed - my favorite.

wilma henn said...

thank you for this