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Rediscovering Our Lost Chord

Rediscovering Our Lost Chord

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Rediscovering Our Lost Chord
By Linda Oliveira
We have to become translucent, instead of opaque as we mostly are, and bringabout that harmony between the inner and the outer, the higher and the lower,which is a condition of true understanding and fitness
N. Sri Ram,
Thoughts for Aspirants 
WHEN a musical chord is struck, a certain harmony is produced by thatcombination of notes. But a chord in which just one note is incorrect producesdiscord, dissonance. This has a very definite effect.So it is with human beings. If one aspect of us is out of harmony with the rest,then we do not function smoothly, and our actions come from fields ofconsciousness that are not integrated. This could result in ill health. Followingfrom this, if the chords of enough individuals are not in harmony, then groups ofhumans can become mutually destructive, as we witness today. The communityof humanity is experiencing ill health because, clearly, there is discord in so manyareas.In contrast, let us consider nature. Nature is like an orchestra that somehowblends together countless keynotes. Since the time of Pythagoras, this cosmicsymphony has been known as the Music of the Spheres. According to thisconcept, every tiny atom is attuned to a musical note and is constantly inmovement at incredible speeds, each speed having its own numerical quality ornote. It follows that if we had the ears to hear, we could actually hear a tree growor a flower blossom. Equally, we would hear the deep cries of other humans andlife forms on the planet and be better equipped to soothe them.We humans seem to be forever searching in an attempt to rediscover somethingfrom Nature that we have lost—the chord of
harmony 
with the universe. Harmonyis not an airy fairy concept. It is very relevant to everyday life. Further, harmony isnot limited to the individual, the family and the human community. Rather, itimplies a state of deep inner resonance with all life in the terrestrial world andultimately with all life that resides in still subtler domains. The search for this lostchord has led us in myriad directions. We are seeking to fill gaps within ourmakeup, to help make us whole. Consequently, human beings are great
 
adventurers. We search every nook and cranny of life to try to rediscover thatprecious treasure —through excitement, drugs, alcohol, new forms of pleasure,wealth, gurus, meditation, and so forth. It would be fair to say that the humanbeing is often like a clogged backwater rather than an active participant in thegreat stream of life. We can only become one with the stream, reconnect with it,when we rediscover our depth. How do we, as individuals, rediscover the deepernotes of our existence, that can then help us move consciously toward a state ofharmony?
Moving toward HarmonyListening
Each of life’s myriad forms has a unique set of vibrations. This includes thehuman being. Can we sense the deeper notes of another person? Do we reallylisten to another—not just to spoken words but to the person's gestures andeyes, to that which is not spoken, so that we apply our
inner senses 
to what theperson is communicating? Krishnamurti commented that we always listen with apreconception or from a particular point of view. Can we listen with “new” ears?
Trust
Do we actually trust life, or are we afraid of it in some ways? Our actions may bebased on fear, such as fear of what someone else will think of us. As we evolve,the conventions of society loosen their grip somewhat and our
individual 
moralitybecomes the basis of our life rather than the morality of the world, which may beout of harmony with the workings of the universe. In
The Mahatma Letters 
thereis an important statement by Master K. H.: “[A Mahatma] must obey the inwardimpulse of his soul irrespective of the prudential considerations of worldly scienceor sagacity.” Worldly wisdom, so called, may be but a poor reflection at times ofthat wisdom that can enter from subtler realms, flooded with the light of
buddhi 
.As we become more inwardly confident, fears such as these recede and we trustlife because somehow we trust ourselves. We learn to cope better with situations,with our relationships, with heavy burdens, and with the task immediately athand.
Responsibility
To what degree do we genuinely take responsibility for what we do? If we cantake responsibility for our actions, then we become more consciously responsible
 
for the state of the world. The idea of karma may be nothing more than aninteresting notion moving around in the mind. But a conscious cooperation withthe workings of karma in our everyday life results in a conscious assumption ofresponsibility for our actions.
Aspiration
Aspiration may be thought of as the heart of the spiritual life. One of themeanings of `aspire' is “to seek after.” “Seeking” suggests searching forsomething that is hidden, like some undiscovered land. For example, when weaspire toward Truth, or seek it, we are stretching . beyond the mundane, thecommonplace, beyond our known limits, into new territory.
Coming to Truth
Theosophical teachings suggest that we fracture Truth through the divisions ofthe concrete mind, just as sunlight is divided when it passes through a prism.Microbiologist Darryl Reanney, in his book
Music of the Mind 
, comments that ourprimary mode of physical expression, language, also fractures Truth. We shouldqualify this, though, because language also provides opportunities to reachbeyond the mundane. We may hear or read beautiful, evocative words that actas catalysts for new insights, new understandings. Language is our primarymode of expressing thought, and thought has many manifestations. Therefore,language must give voice to that which is lofty and inspiring, as well as thegrosser aspects of the human mind. Ultimately, though, Truth may not requirelanguage, as the following story form the Zen tradition illustrates.The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog wouldbound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the nextgame. One evening, the teacher invited one of his brightest students to join him—a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the seeming contradictions inBuddhist doctrine.“You must understand,” said the teacher, “that the words are only guideposts.Never let the words or symbols get in the way of truth. Here, I'll show you.”With that the teacher called his happy dog.“Fetch me the moon,” he said to his dog and pointed to the full moon.“Where is my dog looking?” asked the teacher of the bright pupil.

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