Along the same theme as my last post, I heard a This American Life program a few months back called “Music Lessons.” It’s a mildly amusing story that perhaps musicians can appreciate more than I. However, in Act 3, about 45 minutes in to the program – a woman reflects on a recent experience she had at her church and how music created a “miracle.” Her poetic account of this experience is brilliant.
When I originally heard this, I immediately thought about Keertan, and the profound impact it has had on me and many others. Gurbani is not simply words on a page, but Guru Sahib specifically prescribed a raag to each Shabad – to convey it’s mood, to create that feeling and emotion he felt when writing it. How beautiful!
After listening to this, I thought about those rare moments at a Keertan Darbar or Samagam where I felt a sense of connection with the Sangat and how Keertan created that connection. It can be powerful!
I’m curious to hear what others think of the program and if anyone else has had a similar “Sangat Moment.”