Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation
White Swan Records
Release date: 2002-09-03
Sensual and uplifting
This wonderful CD combines the sensual beauty of the middle eastern rhythyms with the uplifting, entrancing spirituality of the chants. Each of the three long tracks builds from a simple beginning, increasing in tempo and passion. This is a wonderful CD for meditation, particulary active...
This is the first time I have listened to Sufi music and I am impressed. The music is spiritually uplifting, but one must focus in order to really "feel" it.The Sufis are a small group of mystics who emphasize the esoteric aspect of the Islamic religion. They have become better known through the...
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Sufi Splendor - Music for Whirling Meditation
Like most religions, including a highly detailed and challenging component of ritual, Islam has a mystical offshoot, the practitioners of that deal more with the creation of ecstatic union with God than with the careful observation of legalistic ritual. A subset of the Sufi sect, known as the Whirling Dervishes, realizes that state of mystical ecstasy by a spinning dance, followed by a period of contemplation prostrate.Multi-instrumentalist and composer Manish Vyas is flanked by a small ensemble of Indian musicians on Sufi Splendor: Music for Whirling Meditation, a program of music inspired by the practice of these ancient mystics, each of the three tracks is a song based on one of the mantras Sufi, all simply and beautifully sung by Dina Awwad. Unlike his work with Prem Joshua, this music does not involve Western club beats or lush synth washes, the primary instruments are the santoor (a kind of hammered dulcimer), sarod, flute, and an African drum called a djembe....