The Power of the Seven Notes


Music is not just a balm for the soul but a sure way to achieve success.


‘Is music the key to success?’ – was the headline to an article in The New York Times reproduced in The Hindu on October 23. The author, Joanne Lipmann, had interviewed people in top positions in different companies, seeking an answer to this question.

A common factor among these successful people is their love of music — they play on different instruments. None ascribes his/her success to practising music but some of them feel there is some connect between their music and their professional success.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists the world has ever seen, was a great lover of music and could be often seen playing on the violin. One of the songs that fascinated him was the simple folk song, “Twinkle, twinkle little star.” His favourite part of the song was ‘When the blazing sun is gone,

When there shines nothing upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle little all the night.”

Obviously, the limitless cosmos with all its galaxies, suns and planets which he could visualise as a scientist came to his mind from this simple song.

An incident in his life brings out his wish that everyone should learn music. A young man had learnt music and could sing well but was too shy to sing before others. At a party in his honour, Einstein was told of the boy’s shyness. Einstein took the boy into a room, talked to him for a long time and when they returned to the hall, the boy sang very well indeed. The host asked the scientist, “Where were you all the time?” The reply was, “We have just opened a door to beauty.” The idea was that music opens the mind to beauty when the mind experiences immense joy.

This aspect of the power of music is well brought out by the saint-poet and composer, Tyagaraja, in a short kriti ‘Sangeeta Sastra Gnaanamu’ (Mukhari).

The saint says if music is learnt in accordance with the scientific basis on which it has been developed, it leads to unlimited joy equal to the joy God enjoys. According to our systems of philosophy, God is Sath, Chit and Ananda or Gnaana Anandaika Swarupa. God is the embodiment of joy.

What this joyous state of mind brings to a musician is listed in the song. A joyous mind is a clear mind that does not suffer from such distractions as anger, sorrow, jealousy and greed. Such a clear mind is capable of sizing up and solving difficult problems easily. Here are the benefits for a musician:

Prema: Love for all creation. This is not confined to human beings but is applicable to all living beings and non-living things. Everything is supposed to have been created by God. When love rules, one’s work is bound to be successful and thus he wins the affection of his superiors.

Bhakti: Devotion to God. We are told to think of the work itself we do as service to God. Devoid of personal attachment to any work we do, and with a clear mind, we tend to do our work to the best of our ability. That surely wins the appreciation of the bosses.

Sujana Vatsalyam: Vatsalyam is affection. If a man does his work honestly and sincerely, he is bound to be successful in his work.

Srimad Rama Vara Katakshamu: Ramaa or Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth. A man who works with devotion, will be successful in his efforts and wins the blessings of the Goddess.

Nemamu: A man with a clear mind does not even think of bad ways and adheres to achaara or good, clean habits and behaviour. Who will not respect such a person?

Nishta: A happy mind is a resolute mind. Nishta is imperturbability. Since there are no distractions such as anger, sorrow, greed and jealousy, one is able to concentrate and successfully complete any task entrusted to him.

Yaso (Yasas): The man wins fame for his character and conduct.

Dhanamu Osangune: Such a man is sure to be endowed with much wealth. These then are the benefits of a man who learns sincerely music.

Music can ensure success in all the efforts of a person.

Music opens the mind to beauty when the mind experiences immense joy.