It is difficult to mix the concepts of different concepts of God and sacred practices and remain clear. There is a great danger of ultimately arriving only at the mind, which performs technical practices and recites texts word for word. The bond – so clear and solid in each religion – is so tangled and mixed that the mind does what it does best: Order, separate, follow instructions for use. So it is a good idea to walk a single path in its entirety. This path should be clear and the one should be chosen that can tear you away from the mind and lead you into the world of soul perception.
It is different with the chants of the different religions. Of these, one should hear many and many different ones. Without understanding even one word, these most diverse invocations to God lead us again and again to the realization that there is only one way, one God, one destiny. Because singing is not graspable with the mind, but opens directly to the heart.
Only the trained singer or musician has a somewhat more difficult time with it, because he hears the music, the sound, the singing also in technical terms. He hears it as notes, harmonies, scales and much more. The musician is tempted to commit himself to a technical judgment rather than to let the spiritual perception have its say. Thus there are cases where the Western trained singer describes a Far Eastern singing as absolutely inadequate according to vocal standards and rejects it, while I shed tears of joy and security at the same sound. My access is direct, while that of the musician stops after the rejecting judgment of the mind. Thus, not knowing is always beneficial if we want to receive with the soul. The mind should not always be allowed to make the final judgment.