About Truth and Music

Someone told me recently that in Indian classical music the whole performance is stopped if there is just one instrument even slightly out of tune. Even if there is the most minute discrepancy imperceptible to most people, and the performance is on stage in a concert in front of a huge audience… even then, everything is stopped. The instruments are brought back in tune and harmony with each other, and only then the performance continues.

This strikes me as such a beautiful analogy of how it should be with truth.

If there is any energy even slightly off in a situation or interaction, any unspoken truth or energy in the air, all should be stopped and the truth spoken even if it ‘ruins’ the moment. It is something to aspire to, and for us to have courage to voice the truth even with the risk of “spoiling” the ‘beautiful’ occasion. If we go on with untruth the whole interaction is fake anyway as it’s based in falsehood. There is no real beauty without truth, it is just us wanting to protect the image of beauty, the idea of connection and harmony with someone… the ‘beautiful’ picture we want to keep up and are afraid of losing. In reality it is just us not daring to voice our truth and break the illusion. Real beauty is found in truth, and only truth can create something truly beautiful.


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