LD: Listening to music, especially classical music, can do remarkable things to the mind and be a useful adjunct to meditation. Not all classical music can slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, increase concentration, produce alpha waves, and bring about a higher state of consciousness that is conductive to meditation. For example, the faster classical music of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons does not do this.
As for certain types of non-classical music, such as high-decibel rock music as heard in discos, this can not only cause hearing difficulties in time but drive the listener mad. Such cacophonous music is in fact widely used in torture camps: high-volume caterwauling sounds of cats screeching and babies howling for hours — all this can be guaranteed to traumatise the listener and leave him permanently damaged. It is therefore very important to avoid listening to the kind of discordant music that debilitates, demoralises, and finally destroys you. We can justly describe all such music as satanic.
In contrast, there is angelic music, the music that has a bracing therapeutic effect on those listening to it. The music of Mozart has been shown to be best for this purpose. An exceptionally relaxing piece of anti-stress music, better than any antidepressant or anxiety drug could possibly be , is the adagio from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This is known to slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure, as well as to produce peace of mind, concentration, and a rapt state of higher consciousness. The more you listen to this music, the more its therapeutic effects will be felt.
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 3rd movement, adagio : 16 mins