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Published:September 20th, 2009 15:16 EST
Sacred Music vs. Secular Music

Sacred Music vs. Secular Music

By Sean Beelzebul

Sacred Music vs. Secular Music

In many great cultures and all the great religions their-in, many contain a musical tradition. In the Abrahamic world of Christianity, everything from gospel, rock, and Baroque through Romantic Classical music has been inspired in the sacred manner. In Sikhism, the Adi-Granth is recited ceremonially with an accompanying Tabla drum and Harmonium. In Sri Lankan Buddhism, a thirteen beat rhythm pattern is said to awaken the Gods. In Confucianism, sacred music was promoted by Confucius himself.

In the modern era, the majority of music listened to is secular in nature. This is not necessarily wrong, as many modern composers and musicians, write and play music which is positive in intent. However, many other composers and musicians write music inimical to any religious or at least philosophical growth. Much of the music we listened to is linked to the idea of profit and is motivated by s*xual and material gain. This type of music sells because of an image, and often promotes a lifestyle which is the furthest deviation from the spiritual realms possible. It is when music because more about glamour and appearance, that it`s positive inspirational characteristics diminish. When Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony, he wrote it to honor his God and everything spiritual he knew. Yet, today when composers write music about strip clubs, drugs and even murder, they win awards and millions of dollars. Something is wrong here.

Music has a profound motivational effect on the psyche. And if not being used for spiritual purposes should at least be constructed with authenticity and positivity in mind. When music is designed strictly for the purpose of making money it loses the honor of being called an art form. Perhaps this is why Confucius supported ritual music, and criticized the music of the masses.